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  • Christmas: No rest for the truckers

    While many celebrate with family and friends on Christmas Day while off work, others spend the holiday away from loved ones shipping merchandise from factory to retail stores.

    Several truck drivers, many of whom were traveling Wednesday to make drops at retailers beginning today, took a break at Petro Stopping Center in Glendale to do laundry, fuel up or grab a bite to eat at the Iron Skillet, a restaurant at the center.

  • Sales season starts fresh

    Over the past 38 years in the retail industry, the significance of the day after Christmas has changed for George Ramsden.

    The general manager of J.C. Penney in Elizabethtown said trends now indicate the day after Christmas is no longer for returns.

    “The day after Christmas is not as big of a day for returns,” he said. “It’s more of a shopping day.”

  • Giving the gift of a meal

    Residents who turned out for the community Christmas dinner at the National Guard Armory in Elizabethtown on Wednesday had the same praise for the food: It was good.

    Prepared by Barbara and Bennie Grissom, their family and volunteers, the meal was made to feed up to 200.

    Barbara said this year the event, now in its sixth year, brought in several new faces and all the tables were full at the start.

  • United Way campaign surpasses $600,000

    United Way of Central Kentucky is on pace to set another record in 2014, said Executive Director Christopher Wilborn.

    The agency has collected more than $600,000 as part of its latest fundraising effort with roughly two months left in the campaign, which ends in late February.

    Wilborn said he is confident the agency can surpass its record-setting $1.17 million campaign from last year based on early results.

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  • Seven located as part of arrest sweep

    The News-Enterprise

    The Department of Corrections Division of Probation and Parole launched an initiative last week in Hardin County to locate probation and parole absconders in the county and bring them back into custody.

    The Capturing Absconders Proactively program took place Dec. 18 to arrest those who are avoiding arrest or prosecution.

  • American Legion gives glimpse of living history

    American Legion Hardin Post 113 in Elizabethtown is using the holiday season as an opportunity to thank veterans.

    The legion hosts a luncheon to honor World War II and Korean War veterans at noon Thursday at the post. The meal is free for veterans and a caregiver.

    “At the rate we’re losing our veterans, in our book they can’t get recognized enough,” said Denzil Lile, a luncheon organizer.

    The day after Christmas provides an opportunity for the veterans to bring family who may be visiting for the holidays, he said.

  • Brooklyn bounces back

    Brooklyn Disselkamp’s face does not reflect the anguish her body has withstood the past year.

    The Elizabethtown toddler snuggles close to her mother, clutches her baby doll and casually plays with a cellphone. A red bow, attached to a headband, sits atop her head.

    The 2-year-old smiles often and follows the mechanics of most children: She directs her mother to plug in lights on the family’s Christmas tree and stares at it briefly, enraptured by its glow.

  • Feeding the community for the holidays

    For one local family, the giving spirit of their late son lives on through a meal they help to prepare.

    Bennie and Barbara Grissom, with the help of other family members and volunteers, will host the sixth annual Community Christmas Dinner from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the National Guard Armory in Elizabethtown.

    The meal, which is free and prepared for at least 200, is a way for the family to give back to their community, Barbara said.