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  • Reward offered in 2009 arson investigation

    The Kentucky Arson Task Force is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a 2009 arson case in Breckinridge County.

    According to Kentucky State Police, the task force is asking for the public’s help regarding a May 6, 2009, fire that destroyed the Blancett Ford dealership building at the intersection of Third and Main streets in Hardinsburg.

    A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest or conviction of the person or persons responsible, police said.

  • AM Rotary marks 25th anniversary

    The Hardin County AM Rotary marked its 25th anniversary by having a p.m. meeting and social Thursday.

    Gathered in the First Federal Gallery at the Historic State Theater, the service still has nine active members from its list of 30 founders. The charter members were honored, including two who were presented special certificates recognizing a quarter-century of perfect attendance at Rotary’s weekly morning meetings.

  • Sheeran named Outstanding Administrator in field

    After watching her department receive recognition recently, Carlena Sheeran received her own early childhood accolade.

    Sheeran, early childhood director at Hardin County Schools since 2007, has been named Outstanding Administrator of the Year by the Kentucky Association for Early Childhood Education.

    The award was presented to Sheeran at a conference held by the association earlier this month, without her knowledge she was nominated by some of her colleagues.

  • Having a plan is key to Halloween safety

    Halloween is a night of costumes and fun for children, but local police advise parents to ensure their kids are safe trick-or-treaters Oct. 31.

    “Have a plan, know your plan, stick to your plan, and know where your kids are,” said Virgil Willoughby, Elizabethtown Police Department spokesman.

    According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween.

    Motorists should be aware of trick-or-treating times in their areas and keep an eye out for children, Willoughby said.

  • Odyssey Day focuses on auto industry future

    Alternative fuel has become more important to the Pike family of Hodgenville as the price of gas has increased.

    Angela Pike said fuel has become the second-largest expense in her family’s monthly budget, next to groceries.

    She plans trips to Louisville and Elizabethtown to run multiple errands at the same time to cut down on the miles she drives in her Suburban, which gets about 16 miles to the gallon.

    “You start saying, ‘I have got to find a way to lower this,’” she said.

  • 'I'm a survivor'

    Speaking about overcoming an abusive relationship is as much about the survivor as it is the audience, said Susan Berry, adviser of the Phoenix Club at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    The club hosted a Domestic Violence Awareness Day on Wednesday at the college, which ended with a ceremony and candlelight vigil.

    Berry, a survivor of domestic violence, said the club has sponsored the awareness day for 11 years.

  • Photo: The great pumpkin story
  • Vine Grove sees slight property tax increase

    Property taxes will be a little higher than last year in Vine Grove.

    City Council members approved tax rates Wednesday night during a special meeting, including an increase on the rate for real property from 16.7 cents per $100 of taxable property to 17.1 cents.

    That would mean a tax increase of about $3.20 for a house valued at $80,000, $10 for a $250,000 home and $20 for a $500,000 residence.

  • Groups submit alcohol petitions

    Hardin County may be revisiting alcohol on the ballot just a few weeks after November’s general election.

    The Hardin County Clerk’s Office has received alcohol petitions from both Yes for Economic Success and Hardin County Residents for Equal Opportunity and is in the process of verifying signatures, said Susan McCrobie, a deputy county clerk who works in the elections department.

  • Judge finds probable cause in rape case

    A district judge found probable cause Wednesday in the case against a Rineyville man facing a charge of first-degree rape but pointed to a possible weakness in it.

    Loren K. Diehlman, 43, was arrested Oct. 10 after a girl reported the alleged incident to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.

    Detective Rex Allaman of the sheriff’s office testified Wednesday as a witness for the commonwealth.

    According to Allaman, Diehlman is a family friend of the girl, who is younger than 18 years old.