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  • Struck by her own car, woman dies after parkway mishap

    A 26-year-old woman died late Wednesday after losing control of her car, which slammed into her after she abandoned the vehicle and it was struck by a tractor-trailer.

    Grayson County Sheriff’s Office called a Kentucky State Police crash reconstructionist to mile marker 89 on Western Kentucky Parkway near Caneyville. The preliminary investigation revealed Sara B. Hatton of McHenry in Ohio County was westbound on the parkway in a 1998 Firebird when the car left the road for unknown reasons, KSP said.

  • County to tackle first reading on unification review commission

    Hardin Fiscal Court takes the fate of county unification into its hands starting Tuesday.

    Hardin Judge-Executive Harry Berry said the first reading of an ordinance establishing a unification review commission tentatively is scheduled for Tuesday’s meeting of Hardin Fiscal Court at the H.B. Fife Courthouse in Elizabethtown. Approval of the commission would put in motion the mechanism to draft a charter for unified local government.

  • Transportation is a first-day focus

    While many students are anxious about the morning of the first day of school, many school officials focus is on the trip back home.

    The transportation department in Hardin County Schools takes 11,000 students to and from school each day. The logistics of transporting each of them to the correct place begin in the summer and culminate on the first day, which was Wednesday.

  • Extreme Cowboy Challenge coming to Leitchfield

    Leitchfield will host Kentucky’s first Extreme Cowboy Challenge Race beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at Harmony Farms.

    Developed by Craig Cameron, who is billed as the “original extreme cowboy,” the events feature unique challenges. The course includes a tunnel, a curtain, several jumps and a Z-pattern to follow.

    The Bluegrass Chapter of the Extreme Cowboy Association was founded by Harmony Farms’ resident manager and trainer James Rathburn.

  • Harold Lewis named grand marshal in Cecilia Days parade

    This year’s Cecilia Days parade is headed by one of the longest-standing business owners in the area.

    Harold Lewis, owner of Cecilia Tractor Service, is grand marshal for the parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. The parade is just one aspect of Cecilia Days; the annual town festival that begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday and continues Saturday.

    Lewis’ tractor business has been a staple of Cecilia for 65 years, and chairman of the event David Yates said the businessman is the perfect embodiment of the town.

  • Judge denies motion for psychiatric evaluation

    A judge has denied a motion for a woman accused of arson to be evaluated by a mental health professional in Missouri.

    Rachem Dembek was arrested in April after being suspected of starting eight fires in the previous months throughout downtown Elizabethtown.

    Dembek lived in Elizabethtown at the time of her arrest but no longer lives in Kentucky.

    Debmek, who was 18 at the time of her arrest, was charged with one count each of second and third-degree arson.

  • Meeting called for property annexation

    Vine Grove City Council members have set a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

    The meeting is for the first readings of zoning and annexation ordinances for a farm at the corner of Knox Avenue and the corner of Ky. 313. The property is classified as tracts one and two of the Ditto property.

  • Trial date set for accused detention center escapee

    Court dates have been set for a man accused of escaping from Hardin County Detention Center.

    A status conference has been set for 1 p.m. Nov. 5 for Lonnie Ray Coy of Shepherdsville. A trial has been set for 9 a.m. Jan. 21.

    Coy faces charges of second-degree escape and first-degree persistent felony offender.

    Escape from a detention facility is a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison, according to Kentucky Revised Statute.

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  • Paul, Guthrie headline Tea Party rally

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul looked over the capacity crowd at Nolin RECC Tuesday night with a knowing smile on his face.

    Paul often has heard Senate Majority Leader, Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada, denounce the Tea Party as dead while in the same sentence claiming it is destroying the Republican Party. The crowd, he said, contradicted Reid’s claims of the party’s demise as a fallacy. And the notion the Tea Party is loyal only to Republicans is equally faulty, he said.