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  • Faces & Places - Pomp & Circumstance
  • BBQ, BLUES & BIKES: Thousands rumble, revel

    An organizer of BBQ, Blues & Bikes said the event was lightning in a bottle, but downtown Elizabethtown sounded more like thunder Saturday afternoon.

    Engines rumbled on motorcycles that lined the streets and wove slowly through the thick crowd.

    The sounds mingled with sultry and up-tempo tunes from a music tent and the smell of slow-cooked meat and other treats from  food vendors.

    Rik Hawkins, one of the organizers, said the event more than exceeded planners’ expectations.

  • Farmers hopeful despite last year's drought

    Hot and dry conditions last year left Hardin County farmers with stunted, shriveled ears of corn that made for the worst season most of them have experienced.

    For Bob Wade Jr., the difference water makes was visible.

    He pulled a plump ear of corn out of a bag during Farm-City Day in November to show visitors the difference the extra water made for the 15 percent of his crop that was irrigated last summer. He then produced an ear with small, dented kernels that made up some of the fields that did not have that advantage.

  • Local police to run for Special Olympics

    Rain or shine, local police will run across the county Tuesday as part of the annual Special Olympics’ Torch Run.

    Torch Runs have raised money for Kentucky’s Special Olympics for nearly 30 years. A run has been held locally for 22 years, said Darrell Brangers, dispatch supervisor at Elizabethtown Police Department and coordinator of the Hardin County Torch Run.

    As many as 25 officers have run in the past, he said, but Brangers remembers making EPD’s 8-mile run with as few as four.

  • Artifacts bring collectors together

    Don West, of Bumpus Mills, Tenn., found his first American Indian arrow head as an 11-year-old tilling his parents’ garden in Christian County.

    After that, the history of that culture fascinated him. That love grew throughout his life and contributed to the accumulation of an extensive collection of other arrow heads, bone needles and bone banners.

    Many of the collectors at the Green River Archaeological Society’s annual artifact show Saturday had similar stories.

  • Rineyville residents injured on I-65

    Police say an illegal U-turn began a chain of events Saturday that resulted in the injury of two Rineyville residents.

    Patsy Ochsenbein, 63, of Elizabethtown was southbound in the left lane on Interstate-65 in a 2010 Ford SUV at about 2:13 p.m. when she said she began to have chest pains. She was five miles south of Elizabethtown and decided to take an illegal U-turn to head back to Elizabethtown, according to Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement.

  • Woman wrecks car after driving wrong way on I-65

    A Louisville woman avoided injuring herself and others Friday night after driving the wrong way for six miles on Interstate 65 and wrecking her vehicle.

    Joanne Gonzalez, 64, said she took a wrong turn, accidentally entering onto the interstate via the off ramp at exit 94 in a silver SUV, said Norm Chaffins, Kentucky State Police public affairs officer.

  • Bardstown police officer shot, killed

    A Bardstown police officer, Jason Scott Ellis, was shot and killed sometime before 2:40 this morning as he was on his way home from work.

    Kentucky State Police officers are investigating the shooting, which happened on the Exit 34 ramp on the Blue Grass Parkway at Bloomfield Road. The officer was in uniform and was found outside his police car.

  • Wreck closes St. John Road, causes minor injuries
  • Muldraugh gaining state's largest storm shelter

    Kentucky’s largest storm shelter is under construction in Muldraugh and its designer said the building has the capability to withstand 350 mph winds.

    “I can’t imagine what type of force it would take to remove it from the ground,” said Jill Lewis Smith, president of Civic Consultants Inc. of Louisville.

    To put it in perspective, Smith said the winds emanating from the massive tornado that ravaged Moore, Okla., last week did not exceed 250 miles per hour.