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  • 3/1 cases colors for deployment

    Tina Watson wiped away a tear as her 2-year-old daughter, Dallas, stood nearby, fresh off an impromptu dance on Brooks Field as the 113th Army Band launched into the Army song.

    Her husband, Pfc. Keith Watson, stood in a line of soldiers Tuesday morning, hoisting a flag against the brilliant blue sky, fluttering in the breeze.

    “We’re just ready for him to go and come back,” she said. “He’s excited. It’s his first experience.”

  • County budget passes first reading

    There was little dissent Tuesday as first reading of the county budget passed the Hardin Fiscal Court.

    The fiscal year 2013-14 budget was approved with one change from the way it was originally presented last month. It is expected to come up for a final vote during fiscal court’s May 28 meeting.

    The change was to move $20,000 from a new social work program to the North Hardin Economic Development Authority.

  • Celebration planned to provide information to senior citizens

    An event Thursday is aimed at helping seniors care for themselves and find services they might need now or in the future.

    The 27th annual Senior Celebration is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pritchard Community Center on South Mulberry Street in Elizabethtown.

    The event kicks off with comments from state Rep. Jimmie Lee, Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker and Humana consultant Ken Shultz.

    Awards are planned to be distributed to seniors.

  • Stamp Out Hunger helps relieve need

    Postal workers delivered more than mail last week.

    They brought area families in need the chance to eat and a local charity a way to save money while providing services.

    Stamp Out Hunger brought in 7,223 pounds of food in Elizabethtown and about 8,700 pounds from Radcliff. The Vine Grove and Fort Knox post offices also collected food.

    That amount was about the same as last year’s collection for Radcliff and 183 pounds less than last year for Elizabethtown.

  • E'town man pleads guilty to sexual abuse, misconduct

    An Elizabethtown man arrested a year ago on allegations of sexual abuse pleaded guilty Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court to amended charges.

    Charlie A. Runyon, 45, originally was indicted in September on charges of first-degree sodomy and three counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

    According to the indictment, the charges involve three alleged victims, one of whom was a juvenile male at the time of the incident.

  • Former teacher pleads not guilty in sexting case

    A former J.T. Alton Middle School teacher facing 30 felony charges remains behind bars in lieu of a $100,000 cash after a Hardin Circuit Court judge denied a motion to reduce bond.

    Anthony D. Durrant, 46, of Rineyville, pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon to allegations he exchanged sexually explicit text messages and photographs with a female student who is younger than 16 years old.

  • Overturned truck blocks highway, injures driver, spills milk

    An overturned semi truck shut down eastbound lanes for several hours Tuesday afternoon on Western Kentucky Parkway near Elizabethtown and dumped half-and-half cream into a creek.

    The semi was traveling east on the parkway near mile-marker 134 and approaching a bridge over Valley Creek when it struck a guard rail in the left lane, said Chris Jessie, spokesman for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 4 in Elizabethtown.

    The truck then swung into the right lane and struck the opposite guard rail before coming to a rest on its side across the bridge, he said.

  • Truck overturns, blocking WK Parkway

    Eastbound traffic on the Western Kentucky Parkway is blocked today because of an overturned tractor trailer.

    The female driver was injured and needed assistance to get out of the vehicle, which is owned by Summitt Trucking. She was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital by Hardin County EMS.

    The single-vehicle crash occurred just before 1 p.m. on an overpass above Valley Creek on the west side of Elizabethtown near mile marker 134.

  • E'town reviews mutual aid agreement

    Elizabethtown officials reviewed a mutual aid agreement with local police departments in Radcliff, Vine Grove and West Point; Hardin County Sheriff’s Office; and Kentucky State Police earlier this week.

    Police Chief Tracy Schiller said the agreement formalizes a process the departments have adhered to in a more informal manner for years, ensuring the agencies are available to one another when and if an emergency strikes or a situation arises endangering the public's welfare and safety.

  • Hardin Water District No. 2 will tap Louisville for supplemental supply

    In the shadow of a million-gallon water tank under construction off Springfield Road, Hardin County Water District No. 2 entered a partnership Tuesday afternoon with Louisville Water.

    The water-purchase agreement is essential for the district to satisfy a growing community, Water District Chairman Mike Bell said at the ceremonial signing.

    “Teaming with you, we’re going to meet those needs and those demands,” he said.