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  • Founders' Day thrives on second attempt

    The second run for the second Founders’ Day Festival was not plagued with the problems of the first attempt, which was rained out July 4 and postponed.

    A surf rock riff sounded off the Freeman Lake bandstand compliments of the 100th Army Band, and a modest crowd started trickling in the park shortly after 5 p.m.

    Some were armed with lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas and coolers for the Elizabethtown festival and others formed long lines to filter into the multi-colored bouncy houses, slides and castles.

  • Vehicle crashes into Radcliff store

    A Chevrolet crashed Friday evening into the Furniture Liquidators store in Radcliff, said Fire Chief Jamie Henderson. When crews arrived, the car’s rear end was hanging out of the building, he said.

    The crash resulted in broken glass and other minor damage to the store and its sign, Henderson said. Hardin County EMS also responded to the scene, but no one was transported for treatment, he said. The driver of the vehicle has not been identified and the cause of the crash was not immediately known.

  • Photo: Car crashes into Cecilian Bank
  • Sports park earns high praise in first year

    The Elizabethtown Sports Park pulses with visitors on a mild summer day.

    The sun is shining and voices sound out from quads and pavilions as eager parents cheer on their young athletes and coaches call impromptu huddles to develop aggressive mindsets for the next game.

    It is the Athletx Baseball Youth Nationals, a monstrous two-week tournament that attracted nearly 180 youth baseball teams from locations as far as the shores of Hawaii, the dusty streets of Texas, the rustic farmlands of Wisconsin and the metropolitan bustle of Brooklyn, New York.

  • Fair showcases songwriters

    Guitar melodies joined the sounds of carnival rides and monster trucks Thursday at the Hardin County Fair.

    Members of the Heartland Songwriters’ Association performed in their annual showcase at the fair. Gary Fights, president of the association, said the fair is a good way to introduce musicians to a large number of listeners.

    Because the crowd moves around at the fair, as opposed to a more traditional concert setting, more people will see parts of the show, Fights said.

    “You get a chance to play for a wider audience,” he said.

  • All pull, no bull

    Aadyn Durbin, 6, stood with a trophy in his hand for his endurance in the kids’ pedal pull, his face painted a splash of green that matches the color of his mohawk.

    The event, staged at the Hardin County Fair Friday night, pits children against one another in a difficult test of strength as they sit astride a miniature tractor attached to a weighted wagon. The concept is simple: Whoever pedals the tractor and wagon the farthest claims victory.

  • Two injured in Rineyville bonfire; Cecilia-area farmer loses barn

    Two fires less than 24 hours apart in rural Hardin County left two people with severe burns and destroyed a farmer’s barn, causing nearly $200,000 in damage.

    Two people were airlifted to a Louisville hospital Friday night after the flammable liquid they were using to light a bonfire splashed onto them and ignited around 8:30 p.m. at an address on McDreamy Court in the Rineyville area, said Rineyville Fire Chief Shane Crutcher.

  • Man admits to impersonating a soldier

    A 23-year-old Hardin County man admitted Friday in federal court to charges of impersonating an U.S. Army officer, wire fraud, making false statements or representations and entering government property under false pretenses for the purposes of committing a felony.

    Despite being a civilian with no record of service in the armed forces, Jonathan Wade Short admitted to charges that he impersonated a soldier between March 8 and Dec. 7, 2012.

  • Good, clean fun in the park
  • E'town council nears appointment

    Elizabethtown City Council has heard from several residents who have an interest in filling the vacancy on the six-member legislative body, but it may already have found its man.

    Some council members said they are leaning toward the appointment of business owner and former council candidate Terry Shipp, who finished seventh in the 2012 election, placing him just short of a seat.