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  • Fairest of the county fair chosen

    For Jenna Walters, the first time was the charm.

    Walters, 17, was crowned Miss Hardin County Fair on Monday night, making her first entry into the pageant world a success.

    Walters had watched several past fair pageants, and many of her friends and family encouraged her to be a contestant. Her aunt, a makeup artist, especially was encouraging, and Walters finally decided to try it after watching last year’s competition.

  • 4-H volunteers make fair shows possible

    While the Hardin County Fair provides a week’s worth of family entertainment, more than a week’s worth of work goes into staging 4-H events, like the youth completion show Tuesday.

    Volunteers are essential to the success of 4-H, which is the youth development program of the Hardin County Cooperative Extension Service. Bonnie Jolly, a 4-H agent at the Extension office, said the programs couldn’t exist without the help.

    “In any 4-H program, your volunteers are your backbone,” Jolly said.

  • Flint Hill store hosts customer appreciation day

    Despite nearly having to close shop for good two years ago, the Flint Hill General Store in Sonora still is around, and owners are letting residents know.

    The store is hosting a customer appreciation day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, during which it will offer free hot dogs, door prizes, 50 cent ice cream cones and other perks.

    “We just want to let everyone know we’re still here and still running,” said Jo Ann Cardin, former owner.

  • Fiscal Court contributes $1,000 to veterans tribute

    Hardin Fiscal Court agreed to donate $1,000 to the Hardin County Veterans Tribute in time to meet the July deadline on bricks and pavers.

    Magistrate Roy Easter made the motion Tuesday and Magistrate E.G. Thompson said it was proper for Hardin Fiscal Court to honor the county’s veterans by placing a paver at the tribute with Hardin Fiscal Court’s name on it. The tribute is being constructed at the Elizabethtown Nature Park off Ring Road.

  • Glendale man faces rape charges

    A Glendale resident is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. today in Hardin District Judge Kimberly Shumate’s courtroom as he faces charges of rape and sodomy.

    Kevin Dale Floyd, 22, is charged with six counts of third-degree rape, two counts of third-degree sodomy and second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

    The minor, a 14-year-old female, told police Floyd had sexual contact with her on six occasions and oral sexual contact with her on two occasions between April 13 and 15, according to the arrest citation.

  • Elizabethtown man accepts plea offer in sexting case

    A 21-year-old Elizabethtown man accepted a deal to plead guilty Tuesday to soliciting sex from a minor via cellphone.

    Under the agreement reached with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Jakeb Meredith would serve one year in prison with parole possible after half of that time.

    Meredith was arrested in August at the Budget Holiday Motel after allegedly transmitting a photograph of his genitals along with a sexually graphic text message.

  • Judge enters not guilty plea on teacher's behalf

    A former LaRue County High School teacher had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf Tuesday in court.

    Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard entered the plea on behalf of Natalie C. Gentry regarding a sexual abuse case against her.

    Gentry, 33, a Hardin County resident, is charged with first-degree sexual abuse. She is accused of having encounters with two male LaRue County High School students, one a 17-year-old and the other 18.

  • PHOTOS: Installing a grease trap
  • Weather theme: Hot, dry, bad for corn

    Nine days into July, the average temperature is 100 degrees. Precipitation was less than an inch for June.

    The first nine days in July in Hardin County charted five days of temperatures of more than 100 degrees, as did the last three days of June.

    The average high for June is 85.5 degrees and 86 degrees for July, said Mark Adams at Fort Knox.

    Last July at the Kentucky Mesonet Center in Cecilia, the average high temperature was 88.6 degrees — but no day reached 100 degrees.

  • Photo: At the fair