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  • 3rd ESC cases colors for deployment

    The 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) cased its colors Friday for another deployment, one with historic ramifications.

    More than 200 soldiers from the logistics unit are splitting off and deploying to Afghanistan or Kuwait for a nine-month tour after returning from a deployment early last year.

  • Rineyville man indicted on 40 counts of child porn

    A Rineyville man was indicted last week on 40 counts involving child pornography in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Jessie Speed III, 19, was indicted on 20 counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and 20 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Both charges are Class D felonies punishable by up to five years in prison.

    An indictment is an allegation, not a proof of guilt. Speed is considered innocent until proven guilty.

  • Organization awards 27 grants to teachers

    The Elizabethtown Education Foundation spent Friday morning helping teachers fund special projects.

    The foundation awarded 27 grants totaling more than $25,000 to teachers in Elizabethtown Independent Schools, said foundation board member Andy Games.

    “It’s a very rewarding day,” he said. “The teachers are so thankful.”

    The organization raises money all year through various efforts, but a large sum comes from The Event, which was March 1, Games said.

  • Students delve into the belly of industry

    It’s not uncommon for classes to take field trips to broaden students’ experiences and knowledge. It’s not uncommon for a business to take interest in the educational system, because it supplies the future workforce.

    But students in the Project Lead the Way program at Elizabethtown High School and Metalsa combined these experiences Thursday with a tour of the company’s facility in Elizabethtown.

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  • United Way smashes campaign record

    Three straight years. Three record-breaking campaigns.

    United Way of Central Kentucky had raised $1,240,850.69 through its latest fundraising campaign as of Thursday, closing out a drive that was centered on the reduction of poverty in its five-county service region of Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, LaRue and Meade counties.

    Campaign chairman Dennis Johnson, president and CEO of Hardin Memorial Health, looked up at the total and said contributions continued to trickle in as they spoke during a news conference at Hardin Memorial Hospital.

  • Teen identified in fatal Westport Road crash

    An Elizabethtown teenager has been identified as the victim in Wednesday morning's fatal wreck on Westport Road in Elizabethtown.

    Philip H. Wagner, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene by Hardin County Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Spangenberger.

    Elizabethtown police responded to the 600 block of Westport Road at 12:52 a.m. when a caller said she heard a loud crash outside. When police arrived, a vehicle was in the front yard of  residence at 607 Westport Road.

  • Bucks for Bright Ideas looking for inventive minds

    Budding inventors and creative thinkers alike may find the tools they need to turn concepts into workable businesses or sellable products through a contest open to local residents.

    The annual Bucks for Bright Ideas, a public and private funded venture, is taking applications for ideas and inventions. Roughly $30,000 worth of professional services is up for grabs for the chosen winners.

    The contest is open to applicants within the 28-county Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center, which includes the Lincoln Trail Innovation Center in Elizabethtown.

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  • Fatal wreck victim identified

    An Elizabethtown teenager has been identified as the victim in Wednesday morning's fatal wreck on Westport Road in Elizabethtown.

    Philip H. Wagner, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene by Hardin County Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Spangenberger.

    Elizabethtown police responded to the 600 block of Westport Road just after midnight when a caller said she heard a loud crash outside. When police arrived, a vehicle was in the front yard of a residence at 607 Westport Road.