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  • Update: E'town woman killed in wreck on St. John Road

    Amanda Lyons, 30, of Elizabethtown died Sunday after she reportedly lost control of her vehicle on St. John Road which collided with another vehicle, the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department said.

    The department responded at 5:45 p.m. to a collision in the 3000 block of St. John Road in Cecilia, department spokesman Greg Lowe said.

    James M. Waldrip of Elizabethtown said he was southbound on St. John Road in his Chevrolet pickup truck when he saw a northbound Honda appear to lose control, Lowe said.

  • I-65 wreck stops traffic

    One collision resulted in a three-vehicle injury wreck Saturday that shut down northbound lanes of Interstate 65.

    Kentucky State Police responded at about 9:30 p.m. when the driver of a Nissan Altima traveling north on the interstate struck the cable barrier near mile marker 97 and came to rest in the fast lane, said Trooper Anthony Hardin.

    The driver, Billy Bedwell, 40, of Fort Knox, couldn’t restart his vehicle, and got out of his car to cross over the cable barrier. He began walking toward his vehicle again to retrieve his cell phone, Hardin said.

  • Couple promotes careful driving

    Steve Townsend remembers when his father answered a late-night knock at their door to find an Elizabethtown police officer telling him that his wife, Townsend’s mother, had been in a car wreck.

    The officer told them they needed to get to Hardin Memorial Hospital as soon as they could.

    By the time the then 11-year-old Steve Townsend and his father had sped to the hospital, his mother was being transferred to Louisville. She died four days later.

    “It’s one of those things that makes you who you are,” he said.

  • E’town Country Club to hold special alcohol election

    After a failed bid in 2007, the Elizabethtown Country Club once again will try its hand at a special wet/dry election to sell alcohol by the drink.

    County Clerk Kenny Tabb said his office late last week certified signatures on a petition circulated by the Elizabethtown Country Club in the Country Club precinct, which Tabb said houses 1,697 registered voters. Tabb said the club needed about 142 signatures to force a special election but was able to gather around 161 signatures.

  • Remembering a brief life

    Two giant screens towering above the stage at Gloryland Harvest Church displayed a cherub-faced child running, playing and sharing hugs with family members. The scenes included special occasions like a beachfront vacation and everyday events such as a family dinner.

    In one, the tiny girl wore her dad’s hat sideways, concealing her tight black curls. As the slideshow continued, the dark-eyed infant became a toddler then a little girl. In most, she is smiling.

  • Faces and Places: Visions of Cheerleading
  • Cline captures LaRue ExCEL award

    Landmark News Service
    Heather Cline, a teacher at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, has been named the district's LaRue County Teacher of the Year Excellence in Classroom and Educational Leadership Award Winner.
    Other nominees were Tom McGovern of LaRue County High School; Jim B. Phelps of LaRue County Middle School and David Edwards of Hodgenville Elementary School.

  • Burke court martial delayed

    The latest attempt to prosecute Sgt. Brent Burke for the 2007 killings of two women in Rineyville hit another snag Friday when the U.S. Army announced a continuance was granted for the defense team.

    Burke’s general court-martial was scheduled to start Monday at Fort Campbell, where he once served. A new trial date has not been set, according to a U.S. Army news release.

    Burke is accused of shooting his estranged wife, Tracy Burke, and her former mother-in-law, Brenda Comer, on Sept. 11, 2007, in Comer’s Rineyville home.

  • Workshop addresses sexual abuse

    Area experts dispelled myths about sexual violence and armed 15 area men and women with knowledge Saturday for coping with sexual assault and abuse and identifying and helping others who have been victimized.

    Nikki Ellis and Jen Rapke from the Advocacy and Support Center shared the information during the workshop “Hope and Healing: Addressing the Experience of Sexual Violence in Ourselves and Our Loved Ones” at St. James Catholic Church.

  • Market connects vendors to history

    Carl King of Dry Ridge has been a blacksmith for 20 years.

    In a world of mass production and injection molding, King uses traditional pole-fired forge, hammer and anvil to hammer out cooking utensils, wall hooks and other metal wares.

    “It’s just like it was done 200 years ago,” he said.

    King found a market for his hobby at events such at the annual 18th Century Market at Pritchard Center in Elizabethtown, which took place Friday and Saturday.