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  • Alcohol servers could face monetary, criminal repercussions for selling to minors

    With alcohol now on store shelves in Hardin County’s three largest cities, store employees not only could face license revocation or suspension but also a fine and a misdemeanor charge if caught serving to minors.

    “As a cashier selling liquor, you can get in a lot of trouble selling to a minor or an intoxicated person,” said Bruce Blevins, store manager at E.W. James & Sons Supermarket in Elizabethtown. “You could be held liable if that person drives off and kills someone.”

  • Judge grants dismissal of charges against ex-teacher

    Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton granted the prosecutor’s motion Wednesday to dismiss the indictment against Steven Gray, the former Central Hardin High School teacher accused of having sexual contact with two female students and scolded the local commonwealth’s attorney.

    Though the judge ultimately approved the motion, he identified in a written order several problems with both the statute the former teacher was accused of violating and the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office’s presentation of its case.

  • City audit finds weaknesses in financial reporting but no major deficiencies

    An independent audit revealed the city of Elizabethtown is fiscally sound but provided guidance on how the city and the Elizabethtown Airport Board could improve weaknesses found in financial reporting.

    Brian Woosley, a certified public accountant with Stiles, Carter & Associates P.S.C., presented a summary of the audit findings to the Elizabethtown City Council on Monday during its voting meeting.

  • Empty Bowls event today helps feed hungry

    Warm Blessings is known for filling the plates of people in need.

    But those who visit the organization’s building Saturday on East Dixie Avenue in Elizabethtown will leave with empty bowls.

    A handmade, ceramic bowl is given to anyone who makes a $15 donation to the organization during the Empty Bowls fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m.

    Other donations are accepted.

  • E'town woman killed in Sunday wreck

    An Elizabethtown woman was killed Sunday in a car crash in the 3000 block of St. John Road just outside the Elizabethtown city limits.

    Amanda Lyons, 30, died in the crash. Police released the name of the victim Monday.

    Deputy Pat Elmore with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the fatal wreck, which involved a Chevrolet pickup truck and a Honda four-door passenger car. Elmore said Lyons was not married but had one child, who was not in the vehicle.

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  • Black educator reflects on integration

    Mary Lois Smith began her 38-year career in education on the cusp of integration.

    The 84-year-old remembers becoming a teacher’s assistant in Hardin County at Bond-Washington School in Elizabethtown a year before other schools in the county absorbed students who attended the all-black school.

    What Smith remembers most about one of the most contentious events of its time in national race relations is how smoothly it went in Hardin County.

  • Closing a gap: Brother to Brother

    The little white house at 100 Gallery Place in Elizabethtown bustled with volunteers hurrying to renovate the former residence of Charles and Emma Reno Connor in time for its Black History Month open house.

    Ten of the volunteers were young men with Brother to Brother, a locally run program that works to empower young black men with English, math and life skills, said Toni Perry, assistant director.

  • Merchants celebrate ‘super’ beer, pizza sales

    The Super Bowl meant championship football and top-notch commercials for many area viewers.
    But it meant good business for some area retailers, especially those in the business of selling beer or pizza.
    Jenny Gossett, manager of Snappy Tomato Pizza Co. on Dolphin Drive in Elizabethtown, said her store received many preorders for lots of pizza.
    “We’ve got a lot of Beasts ordered,” she said.
    The Beast has 24 pieces of pizza.

  • Balancing work and caregiving

    How many times have you tried to be in several places at once? Have you ever found yourself, on the job, thinking more about the places you had to go or the things you needed to do after punching out at 5 p.m.? If you have, you are probably experiencing the difficult balancing act of being a working employee and a caregiver to someone dependent on you.