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  • Retired police officer dies in fire

    Elizabethtown Police Department Sgt. Tim Cleary said Monday afternoon he will remember his former co-worker, Michael Stephen McClure, as someone with a near photographic memory of places and people.

    McClure, 52, a retired Elizabethtown police officer and former dispatcher, died early Sunday morning at his residence at 115 Skyblue Ave. behind Kmart in a house fire. The cause of death was smoke inhalation, said Hardin County Deputy Coroner Barry Brown.

  • Sinister Tombs owner seeks appeals process for Heartland parade

    Marvin Skaggs, owner of Sinister Tombs Haunted House in Eastview, told the Heartland Festival parade committee he would leave his hearse at home and tone down his scary characters, but it was not enough.

  • Wagers found competent to stand trial

    An Elizabethtown man accused of striking another man in the head with a hatchet more than a year ago has been found competent to stand trial.

    Jamie B. Wagers, 25, was indicted last year on charges of murder, attempted murder, tampering with physical evidence and violation of an emergency protection order.

    He was arrested June 16, 2012, after police found Christian F. Higdon, 20, of Leitchfield, dead in the yard at 45 Magers Drive in Elizabethtown.

  • Minister reflects on historic 1963 civil rights march

    Jack Morrison only had seen larger crowds on the National Mall during July 4th fireworks celebrations — throngs stretching in every direction.

    It was an August day in 1963 that would come to reshape history as thousands united for what was known as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The civil rights movement was hitting its apex as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., uttered four words that have become legendary in their relevance to modern society: “I have a dream.”

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  • Mild weather brings expectations of good corn harvest

    Corn harvest is approaching with some farmers bringing in the crop as soon as a couple weeks from now.

    Some farmers who have contracts to fill likely will begin harvesting soon, said Matt Adams, a Hardin County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources.

    A lot of the corn is mature but will take longer to dry. The same moist, cool summer that helped pollination in the area has prevented corn from drying naturally so far, he said.

  • Vine Grove hydrants to be flushed

    Hydrant flushing in Vine Grove could cause some inconveniences for residents.

    The city’s public works department began flushing water hydrants Sunday as part of routine maintenance. Employees expect to finish by the evening of Sept. 9.

    Residents may refrain from washing clothing if they find a slight discoloration to the water. Discoloration and air in the lines may be cleared by running cold water for a few minutes.

  • Police: Man charged with assault after throwing mug

    A Radcliff man is charged with felony assault after police say he threw a coffee mug at another man, which struck him in the head.

    Vincent Allen, 46, was arrested Sunday morning at Hill Street in Radcliff on a charge of second-degree assault.

    According to a citation, Allen "intentionally caused physical injury" when he threw the mug Sunday at the alleged victim, who sustained a cut to his head. The man required transport to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment.

  • Rider’s property gaining new tenants

    After sitting dormant since its closure in early 2011, the former Rider’s Traditional Clothing store at the intersection of Dixie Avenue and Mulberry Street is gaining new tenants.

    Three local shops are settling into the space as early as next month, leasing the property from Al Rider, the former clothier who owns the building.

    Martha Pride, a longtime Elizabethtown business owner, will occupy the primary space with Estate Sales Etc., a business she started with friends in February that operates now out of 528 W. Dixie Ave.

  • Lawrence draws thousands to Heartland Festival

    Tracy Lawrence told a crowd of thousands at Freeman Lake Park Saturday night that country music is alive and well, introducing some “two-steppin’ music” to those who came to hear his catalog of hits.

    A street sign on the bandstand stage proclaimed it Tracy Lawrence Avenue and he treated the stage like his home, opening the show overlooking the lake with his new single “Footprints On The Moon” before ripping through back-to-back hits “Renegades, Rebels and Rogues” and “Better Man, Better Off.”