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  • HealthSouth bans tobacco on campus

    HealthSouth Lakeview Rehabilitation Hospital in Elizabethtown has become tobacco-free.

    The new policy began Wednesday with all designated on-campus smoking areas being eliminated.

    Officials said in a statement that they understand the total ban might be a hardship for some people, but they made the change out of concern for the health and safety of patients, visitors and employees.

    It is important for the hospital to take that step because of all the negative effects known about tobacco, officials said.

  • Toddler killed in one-car crash

    A toddler was killed Wednesday morning in a car crash on Ky. 434.

    Taylor B. French, 21 months, was pronounced dead at Hardin Memorial Hospital after the car she was in struck a tree, according to a Kentucky State Police news release.

    Amy French, 29, of Elizabethtown, was traveling on Ky. 434 when her 1994 Toyota pickup dropped off the side of the road, according to the news release. French overcorrected and lost control of the truck. She entered the other lane, crossed the left side of the road and hit a tree, police said.

  • Cheddar's forced to delay opening

    Cheddar’s Casual Café opened a little later than usual Wednesday.

    The Elizabethtown Fire Department was called to the restaurant, located on North Dixie Avenue next to Kohl's, on a fire alarm Wednesday morning, but Elizabethtown Fire investigator Rusty Todd said firefighters found the kitchen hood suppression system had been inadvertently activated, which required a technician to reset it before the restaurant could open for business.

    “It’s a safety feature in all commercial kitchens,” Todd said.

  • St. Clair again sentenced to death in Hardin County

    Special Judge Thomas O. Castlen sentenced convicted murderer Michael Dale St. Clair to death on capital kidnapping charges Wednesday afternoon in Hardin Circuit Court just minutes after St. Clair proclaimed his latest trial unjust.

    The death sentence was in response to a Hardin County jury finding St. Clair guilty in late January of charges related to the 1991 kidnap and execution style killing of Francis "Frank" Brady, a Bardstown distillery worker who was abducted from a Sonora truck stop.

  • Friends and family hold vigil for Kori Skaggs
  • Preliminary hearing waived

    A babysitter accused of murdering 2-year-old Layla M. Johnson waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Hardin District Court, and Judge Kimberly Shumate approved the prosecutor’s motion to dismiss a charge of first-degree criminal abuse.

    Ashley N. Chapman, 28, of Vine Grove, continues to be lodged at the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $500,000 cash bond. She was represented Wednesday by Melanie Foote of the Department for Public Advocacy.

  • Handful of local races set

    A court order has delayed the filing deadline for state House and Senate districts, but the stage was set Tuesday for a handful of local races.

    Four Radcliff residents, including a pair of former councilmen, will square off with the six incumbents on Radcliff City Council, while the six incumbents on Vine Grove City Council will recapture their seats in an uncontested race. The Commonwealth’s Attorney and Hardin Circuit Court Clerk races also will be uncontested.

  • Low-snow January saves Hardin County hassle

    After a few snow-laden winters, January in Hardin County looked and felt more like April.

    With unseasonably warm temperatures and almost no snow to speak of, schools have stayed in session and salt has stayed off roads.

    Mark Adams, a meteorologist at the Fort Knox weather station, said the area records an average snowfall total of nearly 5 inches in January alone, but the month produced less than half an inch this year with 14 days or more registering in above 50 degrees.

  • Gospel musical on the horizon

    People looking for spiritual and historical education can find both at this week’s celebration of Black History Month.

    The 26th annual Gospel Musical hosted by Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and First Baptist Church is at 7 p.m. Friday at the church on Bishop Lane in Elizabethtown.

    The musical is a longtime collaboration between the organizations that celebrates Black History Month in February. It’s that collaboration that’s behind this year’s theme for the musical, “Service Together Achieves Results.”

  • State Senate passes Parrett's alternative diploma bill

    Legislation filed by state Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, that would allow a student with disabilities to receive a high school diploma rather than the certificate of completion passed Tuesday.

    Senate Bill 43 would allow a student with a disability who has completed a modified curriculum and an individualized course of study established by the Kentucky Board of Education to receive an alternative high school diploma.