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  • E'town couple indicted on abuse charges

    Two Elizabethtown residents arrested earlier this month on charges related to the abuse of a 2-year-old girl have been indicted into Hardin Circuit Court.

    Mark Anthony Tharp, 26, faces a charge of first-degree criminal abuse while the girl’s mother, Allison Clark, 23, is charged with complicity to commit first-degree criminal abuse.

  • Local teachers receive state achievement awards

    Two teachers who came to education later in life have been recognized for their efforts.

    Kathy Thompson, an English teacher at Central Hardin High School, and Derisa Hindle, a math teacher at T.K. Stone Middle School, have been named recipients of the Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards. Thompson and Hindle are among 24 recipients in the state and are in the running for Kentucky Teacher of the Year.

  • Bluegrass festival makes music on and off stage

    Shelly Kern’s family reunion this year included a little bit of twang.

    She returned this weekend from North Carolina to Vine Grove, where she was raised.

    Kern spent the day reuniting with family members from as far away as Atlanta at the Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival in Optimist Park. Listening to a four-piece band singing and picking a song about how cowboys still are cowboys in San Antonio was awesome, she said.

    Her grandfather, Mitchell Ivy, said the atmosphere, camaraderie and spirit of the festival are good for the community.

  • Family loses more than money to a ‘Most Wanted’

    After providing financial assistance and support to a coworker in need, an Elizabethtown woman fell prey to one of Hardin County’s Most Wanted.

    Laura Hunt, who used to work with Jenny Lee Mauller at Wal-Mart, paid two of Mauller’s bonds. According to Hunt, she and her husband lost more than $10,000, including bond payments, attorney fees and other costs.

    “It makes us not trust people,” Laura Hunt said Friday. “We took her into our home. We even gave her $2,000 to be able to do Christmas for her kids.”

  • U.S. 31W resurfacing set for tonight

    Resurfacing work for U.S. 31W north of Radcliff is scheduled to begin tonight.

    In preparation for paving, contract crews will begin milling operations at 7 p.m. each night and work through 6 a.m. The section of work extends from mile point 33 (Meade County line) to mile point 37 (Jefferson County line). Crews will begin paving by midweek on the same nighttime schedule.

    Motorists should slow down and be aware of workers and equipment in and near the work zone. Brief delays are possible.

  • Run draws planet's defenders to E'town

    None were faster than a speeding bullet, but many of the champions for good at Saturday’s Superhero family fun run were pretty quick.

    The event, a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters, drew dozens of runners and walkers dressed as their favorite super heroes. Batman, Wonder Woman and Spider-Man look-alikes ranged in age from toddling titans to adult Avengers.

  • Child hurt during Clarkson's Honeyfest parade

    A third-grade student riding a float in the Clarkson Honeyfest parade was injured Tuesday morning and taken to the hospital.

    The child reportedly was climbing down after the parade, fell and was struck by the wheel of trailer being pulled by a pickup truck.

    The child’s name has not been released. She was transported by ambulance to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center for treatment.

  • Library hosts nutty science

    Science is getting nutty Monday at the Hardin County Public Library.

    Nutty Scientists of Northern Kentucky are hosting the area franchise’s first event with a free show at 3:45 p.m. at the library on Jim Owens Drive.

    The group promotes science among children by making it entertaining and capturing kids’ attention using experiments and participation.

    Lessons include messages about not bullying, health and hygiene.

  • Rineyville Days draws community together

    Zachary Cummings of Rineyville clung to the rock face before him by one hand after his feet slipped from under him.

    The 9-year-old from Rineyville scrambled until one of his grey and orange tennis shoes found a toe hold, and he propelled himself up a few more red plastic rocks.

    Zachary slipped again, but grabbed on to a rock with each hand and pulled himself up to the siren at the top of the rock wall at Rineyville Days.

    He climbed an easier wall during last year’s event. It made him happy to scale the hardest one Saturday.

  • Grace Heartland reaches out to community

    School was out Saturday, but the Heartland Elementary School courtyard was swarmed with people.

    Volunteers pulled weeds, raked fresh mulch over flower beds and planted pansies for the school as part of Grace Heartland Church’s third annual Grace Unleashed day of service.

    The day is aimed at reaching out to community residents by volunteering throughout the area.

    Julie Clark of Elizabethtown worked in a flower bed with her, Cara, 7.