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  • Restoring history: Clerk's office nabs record preservation grant

    When Hashim Madyun attended film school first in New York City then in Los Angeles, he dreamed of the day when casting directors would line up at his door to hand him scripts.

    Although that day has not yet arrived, the 28-year-old from Elizabethtown is one step closer by landing a part as a Churchill Downs stable guard in the feature film “50 to 1,” the story behind 135th Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird.

    “After filming, I was good for the year,” he said. “I didn’t need Christmas or birthday presents after that.”

  • Ancestral Trails Historical Society to host 12th annual book fair

    Residents interested in local history or family ancestry can find books to help with research at an upcoming event.

    The Ancestral Trails Historical Society is hosting its 12th annual book fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown. Admission is free.

     “This year we will have several authors from the area and surrounding area offering books of historical note for sale along with a history jamboree,” said Ancestral Trails webmaster George Williams.

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  • Grieving fathers want action against PTSD

    In an effort to reduce suicide rates in soldiers returning from war, two Glasgow men are drafting legislation to require all soldiers returning from war to be screened for post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Jaime Morehead, founder of Protect Our Wounded Soldiers, and Freddie Joe Wilkerson, a retired Kentucky National Guard command sergeant major, are spearheading the grassroots operation to draft a bill to present to Congress.

  • Statue showcases family craftsmanship, traditions

    When Gertrude Mayhew died, Leitchfield residents Brittany and Damon Lasley III inherited a small plaster statue.

    “When Damon got home (from work) he saw it and asked what it was,” Brittany said.

    She laughed when she remembered his reaction. The doll is an Infant of Prague, a Catholic statue that first was a wedding gift for a princess in the 16th century. Copies of the statue have been made for years and can be found around the world.

  • They went off to see the Wizard Comic Con

    The streets of downtown Louisville were filled last weekend with Jedi, superheroes and characters from the long-running British sci-fi series “Doctor Who.”

    The Wizard World Comic Con — “con” is short for “convention” — stopped in Louisville and brought many celebrities from the realms of comics, sci-fi and fantasy. The turnout was so strong it will return next year.

    Some Hardin County residents joined the fun.

  • Man found dead in wrecked car

    A 59-year-old man was found dead Friday afternoon in a wrecked car on Village Drive.

    The Elizabethtown Police Department is investigating the single vehicle wreck. The motorist’s name had not been released Saturday and investigators were awaiting autopsy results, Cleary said.

    Elizabethtown Police Sgt. Tim Cleary said the car did not collide with another vehicle, but appeared to run off the roadway and strike a tree near the intersection of Moninda Drive.

  • LaRue County festival, businesses recognized

    Several LaRue County businesses and organizations were highlighted in the “Best in Kentucky” section of the April issue of Kentucky Living magazine.

    The Lincoln Days celebration was the winner of the annual festival (nonmusic category), besting the Casey County Apple Festival in second place and the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in third.

    Paula’s Hot Biscuit in Hodgenville was the nonfranchise restaurant winner.

    Lincolns Loft in Hodgenville took third place in the local bookstore category.

  • Bluegrass Pipeline awards another wave of grants

    The Bluegrass Pipeline has awarded another round of grants totaling $160,000 to 43 agencies, 21 of which are in Kentucky.

    Three organizations in Hardin County and one in LaRue County received money through the program, according to the list of recipients released by the Bluegrass Pipeline.

    Ky. 86 Fire Department received the most local funding, snagging $4,250 to purchase a heavy-duty washing machine with an extractor to clean soiled turnout gear.

  • 'We Were Soldiers' author to headline Elizabethtown banquet

    An author and war correspondent portrayed in the Mel Gibson film “We Were Soldiers” will visit Elizabethtown in late June, but tickets to the event go on sale this month.

    Joseph Galloway penned “We Were Soldiers: Once and Young” with Lt. Col. Hal Moore, with whom he was embedded in the 1965 Battle of la Drang during the Vietnam War, a bloody conflict resulting in numerous American fatalities that was depicted in the film adaptation. Gibson portrays Moore while Galloway was played by actor Barry Pepper in the 2002 film.