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  • 'Mr. John Deere' takes final tractor ride

    The man affectionately known to his friends as “Mr. John Deere” was sent off after his funeral Saturday in a manner fitting the way he lived his life.

    Murrel “Hopper” Tharp, 75, was known around his hometown of Hodgenville as a man who would stop whatever he was doing to help someone. He was a lover of tractors and, in particular, John Deere equipment.

  • Burglaries hit Elizabethtown’s north side
  • E'town council to discuss hall of fame lease

    The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame may be closer to securing a temporary home as it raises money and ramps up for a 2018 launch celebrating 100 years of organized high school basketball.

    An agenda item for today’s Elizabethtown City Council meeting indicates it will consider a motion to lease a vacant, city-owned building to the hall of fame.

  • Meade County resident indicted for robbery, assault

    A Brandenburg man lodged in Hardin County Detention Center was indicted in Hardin Circuit Court for robbery and felony assault.

    Zachary L. Miller, 22, was arrested Wednesday on charges of first-degree robbery and fourth-degree assault, which the grand jury upgraded to second-degree assault.

    An indictment is an allegation, not proof of guilt. Miller is considered innocent until proven guilty.

  • EIS names first class of alumni recognition

    Doctors, engineers, an accountant, a federal judge and other public servants comprise the inaugural class of the Elizabethtown Independent Schools’ Tradition of Excellence Alumni Award. 

    The 10 honorees, who were announced Friday, will be celebrated Sept. 28 during an awards ceremony at Elizabethtown Country Club. A social hour starts at 6 p.m. with the ceremony to follow at approximately 7 p.m. 

  • Unknown Journey: With life at a slower pace, Stillwell reflects on her cancer year

    There are reminders everywhere of the last year in Mary Jane Stillwell’s life: medical bills that come in stacks of mail; the circled Aug. 17 on the calendar; and the scar where her left breast was.

    Stillwell and her family have lived much of the last year in a blur. The married mother of three received the knee-buckling news that she had breast cancer in an afternoon phone call a year ago Saturday.

    Since then, she has lived with fear and hope. Cried and prayed, prayed and cried.

  • Parade route set for Pentagon fire truck

    Organizers have firmed up the parade route for the Sept. 10 coronation of Foam 161, the damaged fire truck that responded to an attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. The truck later will be put on display inside the General George Patton Museum of Leadership.

    Joining the event are three firefighters who responded to the crash aboard the truck: Alan Wallace, Dennis Young and Mark Skipper.

    The men are scheduled to arrive in the area on Sept. 9, taking part in a dinner with local firefighters in Stephensburg.

  • Initiative aims to put veterans to work

    Relying on strong community binds with Fort Knox, a 28-county regional organization is working to connect veterans, outgoing soldiers and military spouses with employment resources and jobs.

    Describing unemployment among veterans in their mid 20s at 20 percent, Beth Avey outlined accomplishments made by the regional veterans’ initiative and connections still are lacking.

  • St. John roadwork scheduled today

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be replacing and extending a guardrail today near the Elizabethtown Sports Park on St. John Road. 

    Chris Jessie, public information officer for KYTC District 4 in Elizabethtown, said the work will commence at 8 a.m. on the sports park side and last most of the day. The state will work in conjunction with the city to build up the shoulder of the road, Jessie said. 

  • School supply distribution features carnival theme

    Cecilia area residents and businesses are combining a new school supplies giveaway with family fun this weekend.

    The free event is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Howevalley United Methodist Church on Hardinsburg Road to benefit students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

    This is the first such giveaway. Area residents and businesses thought it was important to help families take home supplies as students return to school, organizer Miranda Hibbard said.