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  • Spelling Bowl reflects on 50 years

    Elizabethtown resident Charlie Lawson cupped the small trophy in his hand as he walked into the Morrison Gallery at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College for the 50th anniversary of the North Central Kentucky Spelling Bowl.

    Roughly 50 students from primary level to middle school gathered Friday night to compete for a slew of prizes, but Lawson can stake the claim as being the bowl’s first winner as an eighth grader in the mid-1960s.

  • Man directly indicted on sex charge involving minor

    A Lebanon Junction man was indicted directly last week in Hardin Circuit court on a sex charge involving a minor.

    Michael Joseph Fievet is accused of first-degree sexual abuse involving a victim younger than 12. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

    Kentucky State Police conducted the investigation.

    An indictment is an allegation, not proof of guilt. Defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

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  • Poverty simulation allows room for compassion

    Gloria Soriano of Elizabethtown knows all too well some of the scenarios she watched play out Friday during a poverty simulation at Pritchard Community Center.

    A single mother of five children, she struggles daily to make ends meet as she works at a local hotel as a housekeeper. She also has a language barrier because her native language is Spanish.

    She attended the Community Action Poverty Simulation sponsored by the Central Kentucky Community Action Council’s Community Collaboration for Children to help educate others of her plight, she said.

  • Former E.W. James property lands prospective buyer

    The former E.W. James & Sons Supermarkets property in Elizabethtown soon may have a new owner.

    Hogan Real Estate of Louisville has entered a contract to purchase the building, at West Dixie Avenue and St. John Road, said Hardin McLane, a local Realtor with Coldwell Banker McMahan Co.

    McLane said the deal is contingent upon Hogan finding a lessee within six months. He could not divulge the agreed-upon purchase price because the deal has not been finalized.

    “It’s not a done deal, but if anyone can do it, they can do it,” he said.

  • Moody's assigns double A rating for county bonds

    Hardin County government has again obtained a high rating for more than $11 million in bonds that will be sold this week to finance construction of a new government complex near Ring Road and Patriot Parkway.

    Moody’s Investor’s Services has assigned an Aa2 rating to the two general obligation bond issues, one for $10 million and another $1.375 million. The $10 million bond issue is tax exempt, and the two bonds will be financed up to 25 years.

  • Mother urges area to support new drug

    Like many parents, Kristi McDaniel of Cecilia doesn’t want her 4-year-old son, Jaxon Schlett, to grow up.

    But unlike other parents, her reason isn’t to keep him young and adorable, but to keep him from the inevitable: slow muscle degeneration and eventual death from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

    Even though it doesn’t directly benefit her son, McDaniel’s focus is on a letter-writing campaign to Congress and President Barack Obama urging swift FDA approval for a potentially breakthrough treatment for the incurable illness.

  • Building interest in future careers

    Students at Scott Middle School on Fort Knox got to test their analytical skills and apply engineering techniques Thursday to a series of building exercises that later will be tested under natural conditions.

    Their work was watched under the eyes of engineers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has partnered with the Department of Defense Education Activity to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematic — STEM — disciplines.

  • Study names HMH most affordable in state

    Health care costs continue to rise for patients, but one agency has ranked Hardin Memorial Hospital the most affordable option in the state.

    HMH finished atop the rankings in a study developed by Nerdwallet, a consumer research company that provides data analysis for areas such as education, health care, insurance, investments, mortgages, shopping and travel by comparing prices to help consumers find the best options for their money.

  • Tabb tabbed HCS director of IT

    Lafe Tabb has been named director of instructional technology for Hardin County Schools.
    “Technology plays an important role in the education of students in the 21st Century,” Tabb said. “I am confident my experiences as a teacher and administrator can help the district effectively integrate technology into teaching and learning so our students achieve success and become productive citizens.”

  • Missing soldier found in Indiana

    A Fort Knox soldier who was reported missing Saturday has been found, officials say.

    Sean Monahan, 25, of Radcliff was found Wednesday by Clarksville, Ind. police, said Ryan Brus of the Fort Knox Public Affairs Office.

    Monahan was treated and released from University Hospital in Louisville the same day and is now receiving medical care at another area health care facility, Brus said.

    “He is safe and his condition is good,” he said.