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  • Churches focus on faith to begin new year

    Some area residents will ring in the new year in their places of worship.

    Gloria and Michael Fite, pastors at All Nations Worship Ministries, said New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to thank God for the blessings of the past year and honor him in advance for good things to come in the next year.

    That’s why the church annually has a praise and worship on New Year’s Eve. The service is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. and continue until midnight at the church on Wiselyn Drive in Radcliff.

  • Kids Count data show issues in area

    New data on the well-being of children in Kentucky show a growing gap in services for the youngest residents in the area.

    Early childhood programs were a disappointing spot for local counties in the most recent Kids Count data released today by Kentucky Youth Advocates. But local districts showed improvement in other areas, including lower suspension rates in Hardin County Schools and an increase in on-time graduation rates in Elizabethtown Independent Schools.

  • Local law enforcement programs net thousands for needy children

    Santa Claus had his share of helpers in uniform this holiday season.

    Law enforcement agencies sponsored children through various local shop-with-a-cop outings, many of which saw record numbers of children come through the respective programs.

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 exceeded $14,080 in purchases for more than 88 children during trips to Wal-Mart stores in Hillview and Leitchfield, spending roughly $150 on each child, according to Trooper Norman Chaffins, Post 4 spokesman.

  • Donating increases near end of taxable year

    New Year’s Eve means champagne and resolutions. It also means a last chance to make charitable donations that can be claimed on 2012 taxes.

    Goodwill stores typically see an increase in giving during the final weeks of December.

    Much of that increase comes from residents doing end-of-year cleaning, making room for new gifts and trying to take advantage of a tax deduction for charitable giving, said Heather Hise, communication and public relations specialist for Goodwill Industries of Kentucky.

  • Helping Hand of Hope, Salvation Army respond to Christmas needs

    David Dozer laughed when asked how many volunteer hours went into this year’s Hope for Christmas program, managing little more than a “wow” as he tried to tabulate the time spent to collect, prepare and deliver gifts and holiday meal kits to struggling families.

    Helping Hand of Hope and the Salvation Army saw an outpouring of support in their times of need, serving thousands of families and children through Hope Tree and Angel Tree programs this Christmas.

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  • Former day care worker indicted for criminal abuse

    A former Elizabethtown day care employee was indicted in December by the Hardin County grand jury on a charge of criminal abuse involving a 6-year-old who was in her care.

    LaTasia N. Watts, 23, faces one count of first-degree criminal abuse, a Class C felony.

    According to an arrest warrant, Watts grabbed the child’s arm Sept. 6 and attempted to pull him out of a room at Jungle Zone Preschool and Child Care where she worked at the time.

  • New ECTC scholarships offered through PNC

    Students attending Elizabethtown Community and Technical College this spring have another opportunity to receive financial assistance for their education.

    The college is offering one-time PNC Skilled Workforce Investment Scholarships to students, as will several other colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

    The PNC Foundation gave KCTCS $120,000 to be distributed to communities where PNC Bank is located. ECTC is receiving $15,000 to be divided into $1,000 scholarships, according to a news release from ECTC.

  • Traffic advisory issued for all area counties

    With temperatures expected to fall into the 20s overnight, the National Weather Service has issued a travelers' advisory for Hardin and all neighboring counties.

    Wednesday's rain and snow combined with the cold will make roads hazardous. Wet or untreated neighborhood roads likely will freeze, creating icy surfaces, the NWS statement said.

    If you have travel plans tonight, take extra care, reduce speeds and increase stopping distances. The road issues also will complicate Thursday morning's rush hour commute, the weather service said.

  • Grand jury indicts 26 in December

    The Hardin County grand jury issued 26 indictments this month with more than half of those involving theft- or fraud-related offenses.

    The grand jury indicted five in December for felony welfare fraud. One defendant faces unemployment fraud.