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  • One woman’s struggle with brain injury is a warning for young drivers

    For Jennifer Hornback, graduation and prom season bring back thoughts of a vehicle collision she can’t remember and the consequences she’ll deal with for the rest of her life.

    Jennifer, 20, has lived in a medical rehabilitation facility in Lexington since a head-on collision near Rineyville just more than three years ago left her in serious condition, in a coma and with a traumatic brain injury.

  • Court records show McCarthy ‘raises dogs’

    The more than 100 dogs confiscated last Wednesday from a Vine Grove residence, where officials say the animals were living in unsanitary conditions, were a woman’s livelihood, according to court records.

    Brian and Joyce McCarthy were arrested and charged with 103 counts of second-degree animal cruelty, a Class A misdemeanor. Officials allege volunteers and law enforcement officers removed 103 dogs from the McCarthy’s 103 Gaylene Drive residence where the animals were living in dirty cages without water.

  • E’town, Radcliff roll out spring cleanups

    With warm temperatures banishing winter for another year, Hardin County residents once again can spruce up their yards and clear storage spaces of unwanted items.

    Elizabethtown and Radcliff will hold spring cleanup efforts in April when the cities will take a number of items off homeowners’ hands.

  • Woman killed in Nelson County wreck

    A Loretto woman was killed Sunday afternoon in a single-vehicle wreck on Loretto Road in Bardstown.

    Clara R. Donahue, 44, was southbound in a 2002 Dodge Dakota when for unknown reasons the truck left the roadway on the southbound side and struck a tree, according to Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown.

    A Nelson County coroner pronounced Donahue dead at the scene. Her passenger, James R. Mattingly, 45, of Loretto, was flown to University Hospital in Louisville with life-threatening injuries.

  • Home burglarized during man’s funeral

    While family and friends last week attended the funeral for Richard “Lanny” Skees, his home on Nolin Road in Sonora was burglarized of thousands of dollars worth of items ranging from pocket watches to firearms.

    “I felt like my husband had died all over again,’’ Normaline Skees said. “I felt very violated that someone had been in our house.’’

  • Residents shed hair to benefit childhood cancer

    Five women and girls sat down in chairs lined up on a stage at Pritchard Community Center, preparing to go bald.

    Friends Otter MacAilein and Ceana MacAilein, both of Radcliff, decided to shed their brunette locks Sunday during the fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in Elizabethtown. Then, their daughters decided to join them.

    By the time the event came, the families had formed a fundraising group of seven people and collected $500 for St. Baldrick’s.

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  • Senior Life: Taking charge of positive aging

    A sweet, elderly grandmother telephoned the local hospital and timidly asked, “Is it possible to speak to someone who can tell me how a patient is doing?” The operator responded, “I’ll be glad to help you. What’s the patient’s name and room number?” The elderly lady in her weak, tremulous voice answered, “Norma Finley, Room 302.” The operator replied, “Let me place you on hold while I check with her nurse.”

  • Soda fountain sells for $4.5 million

    A one-of-a-kind soda fountain from 1893 was auctioned for $4.5 million Sunday at the Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia in Elizabethtown.

    The fountain was made by the Liquid Carbonic Co. and exhibited at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. It has front and back bars made of marble and alabaster with leaded glass lamps as soda dispensers.

    It was bought by an anonymous buyer, who was bidding by phone.

    An assessment before bidding placed the soda fountain’s value at between $75,000 and $125,000.

  • Thousands worth of items stolen from Sonora home

    A Wednesday break-in cost a Sonora family thousands of dollars.

    Thieves forced their way into a home on the 700 block of Nolin Road in Sonora between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. and stole several thousand dollars worth of belongings while the homeowner was away, according to Kentucky State Police.

    Items take include several firearms, prescription medication, several hundred bi-fold knives, between 30 and 40 gold pocket watches, many old coins and paper money and many pieces of jewelry, according to police.