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  • Local police to run for Special Olympics

    Rain or shine, local police will run across the county Tuesday as part of the annual Special Olympics’ Torch Run.

    Torch Runs have raised money for Kentucky’s Special Olympics for nearly 30 years. A run has been held locally for 22 years, said Darrell Brangers, dispatch supervisor at Elizabethtown Police Department and coordinator of the Hardin County Torch Run.

    As many as 25 officers have run in the past, he said, but Brangers remembers making EPD’s 8-mile run with as few as four.

  • Artifacts bring collectors together

    Don West, of Bumpus Mills, Tenn., found his first American Indian arrow head as an 11-year-old tilling his parents’ garden in Christian County.

    After that, the history of that culture fascinated him. That love grew throughout his life and contributed to the accumulation of an extensive collection of other arrow heads, bone needles and bone banners.

    Many of the collectors at the Green River Archaeological Society’s annual artifact show Saturday had similar stories.

  • Rineyville residents injured on I-65

    Police say an illegal U-turn began a chain of events Saturday that resulted in the injury of two Rineyville residents.

    Patsy Ochsenbein, 63, of Elizabethtown was southbound in the left lane on Interstate-65 in a 2010 Ford SUV at about 2:13 p.m. when she said she began to have chest pains. She was five miles south of Elizabethtown and decided to take an illegal U-turn to head back to Elizabethtown, according to Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement.

  • Woman wrecks car after driving wrong way on I-65

    A Louisville woman avoided injuring herself and others Friday night after driving the wrong way for six miles on Interstate 65 and wrecking her vehicle.

    Joanne Gonzalez, 64, said she took a wrong turn, accidentally entering onto the interstate via the off ramp at exit 94 in a silver SUV, said Norm Chaffins, Kentucky State Police public affairs officer.

  • Bardstown police officer shot, killed

    A Bardstown police officer, Jason Scott Ellis, was shot and killed sometime before 2:40 this morning as he was on his way home from work.

    Kentucky State Police officers are investigating the shooting, which happened on the Exit 34 ramp on the Blue Grass Parkway at Bloomfield Road. The officer was in uniform and was found outside his police car.

  • Wreck closes St. John Road, causes minor injuries
  • Muldraugh gaining state's largest storm shelter

    Kentucky’s largest storm shelter is under construction in Muldraugh and its designer said the building has the capability to withstand 350 mph winds.

    “I can’t imagine what type of force it would take to remove it from the ground,” said Jill Lewis Smith, president of Civic Consultants Inc. of Louisville.

    To put it in perspective, Smith said the winds emanating from the massive tornado that ravaged Moore, Okla., last week did not exceed 250 miles per hour.

  • Ky. 1136 bridge replacement work starts Tuesday

    Bridge replacement on Ky. 1136 over Western Kentucky Parkway is scheduled to begin Tuesday. The project requires closure of the road at the bridge, according to a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet news release.

    During demolition and construction phases, motorists must access locations east of the bridge by using a detour: U.S. 31W Bypass north to U.S. 62 east to U.S. 31W south to Ky. 1136. Motorists on Ky. 1136 needing to access locations west of the bridge must use the same detour, but in reverse order.

  • Nashville couple killed in I-65 crash

    Investigating a single-vehicle crash off Interstate 65, authorities found two bodies 974 feet apart.

    The couple has been identified by Kentucky State Police as 75-year-old Claire R. Kahane and 78-year-old Charles S. Kahane of Nashville.

    Police said the woman was driving when their southbound Toyota left the road about four miles north of Elizabethtown's U.S. 62 exit. Police say her husband left the vehicle and was walking along the edge of a creek bed where he died.

  • Political event tabled until September 2014

    The Brushy Fork Debate, a series of political speeches and interviews conducted each fall at Optimist Park, will skip this year.

    With no contested races this fall, organizers hoped to bring in a number of statewide political figures to attract a crowd. With none yet committed, the decision has been made to instead focus on 2014 when many local races and Congressional seats are on the ballot, said Donna Broadway, the city’s events coordinator.