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  • Fifth annual youth rally to address right-to-life issues

    Area church youth groups are invited to learn about various pro-life issues and ways to defend their beliefs Sunday.

    Right to Life Kentucky Heartland, the Hardin County affiliate of Kentucky Right to Life, is hosting its fifth annual Youth Rally for Life from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at North Hardin High School.

    The event is free and open to local church youth groups.

    It is meant to educate local young people about pro-life issues, such as abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research and cloning, said Becky Smith, secretary for the local right-to-life group.

  • Nugent dropped from Fort Knox concert after Obama remarks

    Rocker Ted Nugent’s recent comments about President Barack Obama eliminated him from a scheduled June 23 performance at Fort Knox as part of the post’s annual summer concert, the post announced Thursday afternoon.

    Nugent set off a controversy at last weekend’s National Rifle Association convention when he criticized high-ranking members of the Obama administration and offered support for possible Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

  • North Hardin’s students’ Day of Service includes assisting tornado victims

    A group of North Hardin High School students are assisting tornado victims in Indiana this weekend as part of a day of service that includes almost 300 students.

    Sixty students and several chaperones are traveling to Henryville, Ind., which was hit March 2 by tornadoes, to help residents impacted by the disaster. The group is working through Metro United Way.

  • Galenski trial begins May 9

    Attorneys attached to the Conner J. Galenski case met Thursday morning in Hardin Circuit Court for a pretrial conference. Both the prosecutor and defense counsel told Judge Kelly Mark Easton they were prepared to proceed to the May 9 jury trial.

    Galenski, 19, is one of three Louisville teens accused in the November 2010 shooting death of 18-year-old Mackenzie Smyser.

    Last October, a Hardin County jury found Galenski guilty of tampering with physical evidence but failed to reach a unanimous decision on the murder charge.

  • Photos: Emergency officials work 'mock crash' at EHS
  • Former LaRue County deputy sheriff arrested

    A six-year veteran deputy with the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Wednesday afternoon following a state police investigation regarding a stolen motorcycle.

    Former sheriff’s deputy Joshua Matthew Darst, 31, of Clarkson, was arrested just after 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on charges of first-degree official misconduct, theft by unlawful taking - automobile and tampering with physical evidence, according to a news release from Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown.

  • D.A.R.E. to make a difference

    Over the last several weeks, area fifth-grade students have graduated from local D.A.R.E. classes, a nation-wide anti-drug program that has educated students in Hardin County for more than 20 years.

    Virgil Willoughby, public information officer for Elizabethtown Police Department, has taught local D.A.R.E classes for about eight years. The program, which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, not only is to educate students about the harmful effects of drug use, he said, but also is about encouraging discussion, especially between students and their families.

  • E’town teen arrested in connection to area fires

    Elizabethtown police arrested an 18-year-old woman Wednesday morning suspected of starting eight fires since March 25 throughout downtown.

    Rachel Dembek of Elizabethtown was arrested early Wednesday and charged with one count each of second- and third-degree arson. The charges stem from fires set Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, police said.

  • Former LaRue County deputy arrested

    A former LaRue County deputy sheriff was arrested Wednesday by Kentucky State Police and was jailed on two felony charges as well as one count of official misconduct.

    Joshua Matthew Darst, 31, of Clarkson, a six-year veteran of the LaRue County Sheriff's Department, is accused of keeping a stolen motorcycle that he recovered while working as a deputy. The KSP official statement issued after midnight Thursday claims Darst altered the motorcycle's appearance "in an attempt to mask its identity" from the owner.

  • Judge lowers Kolley's bond

    A circuit judge approved a significant bond reduction Monday for Samantha J. Kolley, an Elizabethtown woman reportedly seen fleeing the scene of a burglary and homicide Dec. 30 in Buffalo.

    Kolley, 19, was indicted earlier this year for multiple Class C and  Class D felonies, including theft by unlawful taking — auto, second-degree burglary, receiving stolen property and first-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension.