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  • 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.

  • PHOTOS: County fair in motion
  • Nolin RECC set to recognize 75 years of service

    Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation began serving electricity to rural homes in Hardin and LaRue counties 75 years ago this week.

    Nolin RECC, a not-for-profit cooperative organized by residents during the Great Depression, was incorporated July 20, 1938. To celebrate, the co-op is hosting a member appreciation day Friday at the Nolin RECC office in Elizabethtown. A complimentary lunch is served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and members attending receive a special gift and a chance to win a 75th commemorative anniversary afghan designed by artist Pamela Renfroe.

  • Photo: Taking the oath
  • Founders' Day: Take two

    A hearty dose of rain washed away Elizabethtown’s plans to celebrate its founding July 4, but organizers will try again Sunday.

    Founders’ Day is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday at Freeman Lake Park and is free to the public. Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn said the schedule of events Sunday closely will mimic original plans for the Fourth. However, the Shoney’s pie eating contest that proved a hit last year has been canceled, she said.