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  • Local sailor receives medals 48 years later

    Two weeks before Christmas, Gordon Bright received a present that was 48 years in arriving: medals he earned for his service in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.

    “I got to thinking what medals I might be eligible to receive after I had talked to several guys that I served with,” said Bright, 68, a LaRue County native who entered the service in 1966. 

    “I served for three years, eight months, and seven days,” he said.

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  • Bowl for Kids Sake strikes a chord with local bowlers

    Bowlers came out to Dix-E-Town Lanes this weekend to Bowl for Kids Sake, an event benefiting the Hardin County office of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana.

    Kevin Clark, community engagement branch manager, said the excitement level is huge.

    “They have a blast,” he said of participants.

    What makes this event special is participants spend time with friends and co-workers while raising money for a good cause, he said.

  • Lincoln birthplace generates $9M in visitor spending

    The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park continues to be an economic driver for LaRue County and its surrounding communities.

    A new National Park Service report shows the birthplace attracted more than 169,000 visitors in 2012 who spent more than $9 million in the area. This economic impact directly supported 137 local jobs, according to the report.

  • Rineyville man arrested on porn charges involving minors

    Authorities brought charges against a Rineyville resident after police said they found more than 1,000 images of child sexual exploitation connected to his Internet address.
    Jessie Speed III, who once lived on College Street Road in Elizabethtown, was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with 40 felony counts of distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor and possession/viewing matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.
    Both charges are Class D felonies punishable by up to five years in prison.

  • Converted shipping containers explored as housing in Habitat project

    The latest project for Hardin County Habitat Home Repair is a life-changing one for a local resident, but it could produce an innovative way to bring affordable housing to people across the state.
    The new home for Upton resident Joann Priddy is a pilot project by the state Habitat organization for the use of converted shipping containers as housing.
    Hardin County Habitat volunteers likely will begin laying the foundation for the house in April, while a container will be outfitted as a residence to place on the foundation.

  • Fort Knox welcomes first female commander

    Observers gathered Thursday morning in Waybur Theater at Fort Knox watched a slice of history unfold as the U.S. Army introduced the post’s first female commander in its nearly 100 years of operation.

    Brig. Gen. Peggy C. Combs, a 28-year Army veteran, took the reins of U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox from Maj. Gen. Jeff Smith during a change of command ceremony rich in symbolism and heritage but infused with a new twist.

  • Patriot Parkway nearing completion

    The long-awaited conclusion of Patriot Parkway’s construction between Elizabethtown and Radcliff should arrive by summer, although state officials hope to have most of the road open to motorists by spring.
    Chris Jessie, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 4 office in Elizabethtown, said the project is on pace to meet those expectations.

  • Farm Safety Symposium tonight at ECTC

    Safety on the road is everyone’s job, especially when a vehicle involved is a farm implement. That is the message tonight at the 21st annual Farm Safety Symposium and Louis Crosier Lecture at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    The event, themed “Share the Road: Saving Lives by Regarding Lights,” is at 7 p.m. at the Regional Post-Secondary Education Center Auditorium.

  • Special cat adoption event helps decrease population

    When the Hardin County Animal Shelter starts to overcrowd, officials try to get a handle on the problem before it gets out of hand.

    In order to help control overpopulation, the shelter is hosting a cat adoption event from noon to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the facility on Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown.

    “We’re getting full with cats and we’re trying to be proactive,” Animal Control Director Jerry Foley said. “We try to have regularly scheduled events with price breaks to adopt the animals.”