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  • Cecilia woodworker makes functional art

    While blasting classic rock in his back yard shed, Jim Waugh spends hours imagining and creating functional masterpieces.

    Waugh, a recognized Ken­tucky Crafted Artist, is a renowned woodworker. He has practiced the craft for more than 50 years and shows no signs of stopping soon.

    Woodworking made an impromptu appearance in Waugh’s life. He began woodworking as a way to pay bills.

    “I was drawing unemployment and the government ran a cabinet-making program,” Waugh said. “That’s where it got started.”

  • Local festivals promote community pride

    Summer is a season for Hardin County to flourish, with multiple community events from West Point to Upton and seemingly all points in between.

    When the weather gets warmer, festivals and carnivals pack local calendars, encouraging residents to get out and partake in food, fun and music.

    The events span the gauntlet of themes from May­berry Days in Vine Grove to a bridge lighting in White Mills. Communities gather to embrace what makes their areas unique and to have get-togethers.

  • E’town dentist takes staff on mission to Honduras

    When Dr. Ann Carnes decided to take her staff to Honduras for a few days to provide dental care to residents, those going were apprehensive about the trip because they didn’t know what to expect.

    That apprehension subsided when they arrived and saw how much the people needed medical attention.

    “The minute we stepped off the bus, we knew we were where we were supposed to be,” Carnes said.

  • Infant left alone in vehicle for more than 30 minutes

    A Fort Knox woman was arrested Friday evening on a wanton endangerment charge involving a child.

    Francisca A. Driscoll, 24, of Beard Avenue on Fort Knox, was booked in the Hardin County Detention Center that evening for first degree wanton endangerment. She was released Saturday evening on bond.

    According to an Eliza­bethtown Police Department arrest citation, Driscoll left a nearly 6-month-old child in a vehicle while she went into CVS.

  • Library offers children chance at $1,000 for college

    Parents, grandparents and guardians of children participating in the Hardin County Public Library Summer Rea­ding Program are invited to enter to win money for their child’s college fund.

  • Local fire departments take part in Crusade for Children

    Fourteen local fire departments raised $170,883.55, as of Sunday, this year for the WHAS Crusade for Children campaign.

  • Restaurant, hotel taxes exceed $3 million

    Elizabethtown’s hotel and restaurant taxes have combined to generate more than $3 million in the 2013-14 fiscal year, and that trend likely will not recede, according to city and tourism officials.

    Elizabethtown’s proposed budget estimates the restaurant and hotel taxes together will bring in roughly $3,120,000 for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Of that figure, $2.6 million is made up of restaurant tax money.

  • Families soak up sunshine at Children's Fair

    Families came to Freeman Lake on Saturday to enjoy the sunshine and mild temperatures for the 19th annual Children’s Fair.

    The free event is sponsored by the Heart of Kentucky Association of Realtors, Quicksie 98.3 and 94.3 the Wulf. More than 30 vendors helped provide activities, games and food.

    Bounce houses, snacks, games and freebies could be found throughout the event where every child who played a game won a prize.

    The Bratcher family decided to check out the event after receiving a flier from school.

  • Elizabethtown mare gives birth to rare twins

    He might as well have bought a lottery ticket.

    That’s what Danny Benning­field’s veterinarian told him when his 4-year-old mare, Blue, gave birth to healthy twin foals early Thursday morning. With a body unequipped to carry multiples, a mare birthing twins is considered extremely rare.

    “When I came out and saw two colts instead of one, I knew it was highly unusual,” Benningfield said. “I didn’t realize how rare it was until I did a little reading and talking to my vet. It’s very exciting to be a part of this.”

  • Man shoots at neighbors, releases dogs, police say

    An Elizabethtown man has been indicted this week for five counts of wanton endangerment after police say he discharged his gun at neighbors and then released his dogs to attack responding officers.

    A Hardin County grand jury indicted Jerry L. Wilkins, 74, on four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and one count of first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer.