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  • BBQ, Blues & Bikes takes over the (downtown) world

    Smoke, tinged with the aroma of a backyard cookout, drifted between numerous food vendor tents and trailers that drew large crowds, filling Elizabethtown City Hall’s parking lot. Visitors formed indistinct lines to sample the offerings of pizza, nachos, steak, pork chops, cheeseburgers and bratwurst, along with numerous varieties of the festival namesake, barbecue, as a father and daughter sat on a curb and ate their grilled lunch.

  • Hodgenville woman found dead in pond

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 officers are investigating a drowning death in Hodgenville.

    The body of Rose Marie Akin, 62, of Hodgenville, was found in a pond across from LaRue County Middle School on South Lincoln Boulevard at roughly 8 p.m. Thursday. The LaRue County Herald News reported fishermen found the body and contacted authorities.

    Foul play is not suspected, but police are investigating the circumstances surrounding her death.

  • Longtime Radcliff volunteer dies

    Leaving a legacy of volunteerism in Radcliff and Hardin County, Ernestine “Esta” Pigg, 83, of Radcliff died Thursday.

    Among her volunteer activities, Pigg taught citizenship classes at Fort Knox for decades, worked with North Hardin High School’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps food drives and assisted with Project Graduation at NHHS.

    Master Sgt. Chris Matthews with North Hardin JROTC said Pigg and Sgt. Maj. Paul Gray started the food drive program for needy families more than 20 years ago.

  • Local magician makes illusion his life's work

    A good magician never shares his secrets, but a great one uses them for a good cause.

    Despite performing in lucrative places such as Las Vegas, local magician Joseph “Dinky” Gowen stays close to home by performing his magic at fundraisers for places such as the Hardin County Animal Shelter, local schools and civic club.

    Gowen has performed magic since age 6. His love for magic began when his mother, a regular attendee of his earliest shows, bought him a magic kit. He said it has been a pivotal part of his life ever since.

  • Post 4 Trooper, Detective of the Year recognized

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown had its Trooper of the Year and Detective of the Year recognized earlier this month at the Frankfort Convention Center.

    Senior Trooper Michael Garyantes and Detective Jas­on Propes were honored May 14.

    Garyantes is an 11-year veteran of KSP and has been assigned to Post 4 his whole career.

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  • Local tributes to honor fallen vets Monday

    Elizabethtown will not be the only city welcoming ceremonies for the fallen on Memorial Day.

    Memorial services are planned Monday throughout Hardin County in Radcliff and Fort Knox and at Fort Duffield in West Point.

    Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff is hosting a remembrance service at 8:30 a.m., which will include the posting of the colors by the 19th Engineers Battalion and a performance of the national anthem by the 113th U.S. Army band.

  • Lakewood preschool to reopen in August

    Two years after Lake­wood Elementary School’s preschool class was moved to Creekside Elementary, the class will return to its original home.

    In 2012, Lakewood grew to having more than 600 students in the school which created an issue with space. Now, the school is at less than 600 again and teachers and administrators are ready to bring the 3- and 4-year-olds back to the building.

  • Quick-hitting storm levels businesses, uproots trees in Radcliff

    A storm that left decades-old trees leveled, businesses and homes without roofs and storefront windows smashed just before dawn Thursday in Radcliff also left shattered lives and plenty of work in its wake.

    Charles and Diana Eng­land live on Hill Street in Radcliff. Howling winds and rain woke Charles up, and then an uprooted tree toppled onto the front of the residence. He said the heart of the storm hit between 5:10 and 5:30 a.m.

  • Vietnam Memorial display dedicated at Nature Park

    Marshall Crutcher and his wife, Sandra, grew emotional as their hands brushed across the black monolith at the Elizabethtown Nature Park — the V-shaped slab laced with the names of more than 58,000 Americans who gave their lives during the Vietnam War.

    The Flaherty couple lost four friends from the Vine Grove area in the conflict, which spanned from the 1950s into the 1970s with most direct U.S. involvement falling in the 1960s and ’70s.