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  • Valley Creek fire damages home

    A fire on Valley Creek Road Sunday morning damaged a basement and bedroom but caused no injuries, officials said.

    Valley Creek Fire Chief Joey Scott said his department responded to 3311 Valley Creek Road just after 9 a.m. and found a fire inside the basement, where it was contained.

    Scott said no one was home at the time of the fire and the residents have not been identified.

    Heavy smoke drifted into different parts of the house, Scott said, but damage was curtailed to the two rooms. The cause of the fire is unknown but the investigation is ongoing.

  • Early morning fire claims life

    An early morning fire at a home behind K-Mart in Elizabethtown killed a man officials believe was the owner.

    Hardin County Deputy Coroner Barry Brown said he will compare the homeowner’s dental records against the body found inside the home today to determine the victim’s identity.

    “From all indications, that’s who it is,” Brown said. “But I can’t confirm that until I compare dental records.”

    An autopsy was performed Sunday and results are expected today, Brown said.

  • Lost dog found 18 miles from home

    John Russell didn’t really think he found his dog when he approached the house where a couple sat with a miniature beagle that looked like his family’s lost Lola.

    The couple on the porch called him describing the dog that ran off from his back yard eight days before, but Russell’s odometer said this house was 18 miles from his own. The North Hardin High School girls cross country and track coach didn’t think she could have gotten that far.

  • Weighing the math in water

    Residents buying water from Elizabethtown pay less than Hardin County Water District No. 2 customers. Should the city choose to sell its water system to Water District No. 2, the state Public Service Commission would require the district to have a common residential rate, which means rate increases.

  • Celebration offers avenue for awareness

    Elizabethtown’s Heartland Festival is pliable in its purpose. While primarily an entertainment outlet for families on a sun-drenched Saturday, it also was a vehicle for awareness and fundraising.

    Of the more than 100 vendors who set up in Freeman Lake Park, churches and nonprofit organizations mingled in the mix to raise money for programming, give away prizes and bring attention to what they view as vital causes.

  • PHOTOS: Faces in unusual places

    Pareidolia n. —  the imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist.

  • Stunt bikes, reptiles attract interest at Heartland Festival

    Hayley Maday lay still on the pavement Saturday morning under the glaring sun at Freeman Lake Park. Her eyes were closed and the next moments were uncertain as a shadow loomed over her face.

    Chris Clark, straddling a red mountain bike, inched closer. The front wheel of his bike suspended in the air like a marionette over his volunteer.

    By then, a crowd gathered to admire Clark’s makeshift stunt shop as he casually performed a bunny hop over Maday.

  • Photo:Ready for some football?
  • Dr. Vo hearing rescheduled for next month

    A federal court hearing for an Elizabethtown doctor facing multiple charges involving non-FDA approved intrauterine devices has been rescheduled for next month.

    Dr. Canh Jeff Vo, owner of Bluegrass Women's Healthcare, is charged with misbranding, smuggling, health care fraud and mail fraud.

    Originally set to appear Monday in U.S. District Court in Louisville, the proceeding was continued to Friday before being moved again.

    According to court records, the hearing now is scheduled for Sept. 6.

  • E'town man accepts rocket docket agreement in DUI pursuit

    An Elizabethtown man arrested earlier this month following a pursuit by state troopers is set for arraignment Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court where he has agreed to plead guilty.

    Robert J. May, 23, accepted an agreement Aug. 16 through the rocket docket program, which allows defendants to waive preliminary and grand jury hearings and agree to information that forwards their case to circuit court.