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  • Museum commissions bust of Confederate general

    A Confederate general whose brother-in-law was the Union president is depicted in new bronze busts being sold to finance a statue destined for Elizabethtown’s Public Square.

    Brig. Gen. Ben Hardin Helm of Elizabethtown led the 1st Kentucky Brigade, which is better known in the annals of history as the Orphan Brigade. He joined the militia as a colonel after rejecting a commission in the Union Army offered by Helm’s brother-in-law, President Abraham Lincoln.

  • For Young, a chance to be a kid

    What started with repeated bouts of itching soon turned into a pain on the left side of Jennifer Young’s chest that was so severe, the honor roll student was forced to leave school and head to the hospital.

    Young and her mother, Kathy, soon learned that what may have seemed like allergies was far worse: The Central Hardin High School student had four masses in her chest.

    At 17, she had cancer.

  • Fiddlin’ on the green at Freeman Lake Park: Few frets, lots of bows

    Lawn chairs speckled the gentle green slope this weekend at Freeman Lake Park as spectators bounced their hands and feet to the tune of classic bluegrass music.

    Set against the backdrop of Freeman Lake, the Official Kentucky State Champion Old-Time Fiddlers Contest held its 38th annual competition Friday night and Saturday in Elizabethtown.

    The contest moved to Elizabethtown this year from Rough River Dam State Resort Park in Grayson County. Despite the relocation, city officials said they expected the event to draw between 4,000 and 5,000 people.

  • Helping Hand of Hope breaks ground on new office

    As attendees gathered to witness the next chapter in the story of Helping Hand of Hope, the Rev. Chuck Walker reminded everyone that the organization’s Christian mission is not new.

    “We’re continuing something God started about 2,000 years ago,” Walker said.

  • Statewide contest affirms newspaper’s ad quality

    The News-Enterprise dominated the Kentucky Press Association’s annual Advertising Excellence Contest, earning 12 first-place awards and taking the overall general excellence title, which symbolizes the state’s top performer.

    The winners, announced last week by the statewide trade association, recognize the creative skills and customer service abilities of the advertising sales team and the graphic design staff, Publisher Chris Ordway said.

  • Public Square to be paved this weekend

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet contract crews will be paving the milled section of U.S. 31W in downtown Elizabethtown on Saturday morning.

    Weather permitting, work is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. and be completed by noon Saturday, the cabinet announced Friday.

    Work zone limits extend from the south side of the Public Square to the Mulberry Street intersection. Paving also will include each of the adjoining Main Street approaches.

    Flagging workers will be directing traffic around the paving operations.

  • A bird in the hand is worth ... Hundreds in your yard

    Birds in the trees that hug Lynda and Robert Griffin’s back deck flutter away when the couple slips through the sliding doors with their three small dogs.

    It takes only a few minutes after they settle in lawn chairs outside for the cardinals, Carolina wrens, grosbeaks and bluebirds to settle back near one of the several bird feeders and houses the Elizabethtown couple has set up on their road and the 88 acres on which they care for wildlife.

  • Program to encourage banking, financial literacy

    Many area residents unable to open checking or savings accounts will have a new option beginning this month.

    United Way of Central Kentucky and local financial institutions, community organizations and governments announced Thursday morning a new program aimed at helping and encouraging residents to open bank accounts and use bank services.

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  • Central Hardin's baseball, softball seasons end

    Central Hardin's bid to win another state baseball championship ended Friday night in the semifinal round.

    Pleasure Ridge Park fell behind 2-0 before scoring 10 runs in the third to defeat the Bruins, 10-3 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington. The Bruins end the season with a record of 34-6 including a perfect 16-0 against 5th Region opposition.

    PRP beat Mercer County for the state title Saturday. Mercer defeated Henderson County 7-2 in the first semifinal game Friday.