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  • Police buckling down during Click It or Ticket campaign

    Wearing a seat belt is the law every day, but police agencies across the nation are cracking down harder than usual for two weeks with the upcoming Click It or Ticket campaign.

    The campaign, headed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, encourages seat belt use by increasing enforcement of seat belt laws. From Monday through June 1, state, local and county police departments will be actively looking for and ticketing motorists without seat belts.

  • Area under tornado watch

    Hardin County and several surrounding counties are in a tornado watch until 9 tonight.

    Among the counties in the watch are LaRue, Meade, Grayson, Bullitt, Hart and Nelson.

    The majority of the state is under the tornado watch.

    A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms that are capable of producing tornadoes.

  • Sheriff’s race to have two primary elections Tuesday

    Four candidates competing for the top county law enforcement position will be narrowed to two following Tuesday’s primary election.

    Each party race for Hardin County Sheriff has two candidates. The Democratic race pairs Clifford “Bud” Baumgarder and John Ward while the Republican race vies Harry Braxton against Louis Grider.

    The top vote getter from each primary advances to the general election in November.

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  • Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association shows support for EPD

    Residents who complete the Cit­i­zens Police Academy have an opportunity to become part of Elizabethtown Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. It currently is in its second year.

    Robyn Connell serves as president of the organization. She said its purpose is to promote and enhance the relationship between EPD and the community.

    “We support and promote them,” Connell said. “We have projects and special events that the police department does in conjunction with the city.”

  • KSP Post 4 remembers fallen troopers

    Part of being a Kentucky State Police trooper is honoring those who served before.

    On Tuesday, Post 4 troopers traveled to the graves of four comrades, killed decades ago in the line of duty, to show that respect.

    “We’ve tried to have a focus to go and honor them each year both for KSP and for their families,” said KSP Post 4 spokesman Jeff Gregory.

  • Tourism sees 3.5 percent spending boost

    Hardin County’s tourism industry recorded another increase of spending in 2013, capitalizing on developments at Fort Knox and the popularity of the Elizabethtown Sports Park.

    The county saw a 3.5 percent jump from 2012 to 2013, equating to a more than $6 million one-year spending increase, according to the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.

    The county accumulated $188,428,637 in direct tourism spending during 2013, according to the cabinet.

  • Hearing set in case against Diehl

    A Hardin Circuit Court appearance Tuesday morning led to another scheduled hearing for July against a former county resident facing various sex crime charges.

    Jeffery Diehl was not present at his pretrial proceeding, where his attorney entered a motion to set a hearing for 10 a.m. July 10.

  • County budget clears first reading

    Hardin County’s 2014-15 fiscal year budget sailed through a first reading Tuesday without complaint.

    No changes were recommended to Judge-Executive Harry Berry’s proposal, and no discussion was held between the magistrates regarding its contents.

    Berry has presented a $31.1 million operations budget, retaining all programs and services while reducing the spending plan by 1 percent under the current year’s $31.4 million plan.

  • Trees to be planted at Lincoln Birthplace

    The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Histo­rical Park will plant 20 potentially blight-resistant American chestnut trees at the national park’s picnic area Saturday.

    The event is free and open to the public and begins at 10 a.m. The park’s picnic pavilion will be closed from public use from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

  • Rapper's civil lawsuit seeks restitution from KSP

    One year and five misdemeanor charges later, a famous Louisville rapper filed a civil lawsuit against troopers at Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown.