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  • Vets come together to place bricks, pavers

    Leon Chambers stared at a row of pavers in front of him on a sun-kissed Thursday morning.

    Visibly shaken, he rubbed his hand over one of the blocks, which happened to hold his name and a small description of his military service. Tears began to well as the weight of the surprise hit him.

    “I didn’t know this was going to be here,” he said.

    Rik Hawkins, a member of the Hardin County Veterans Tribute committee, smiled when informed of Chambers’ reaction and said he is humbled to be part of such a moving memorial.

  • Hendren headed to D.C. on Honor Flight

    Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives served by East Kentucky Power Cooperative have joined the Bluegrass Chapter of the Honor Flight Network to sponsor an Honor Flight for World War II veterans on Saturday.

    This marks the second year Nolin and Touchstone Energy have sponsored an honor flight.

  • Farm community mourns loss of Pat Owsley

    Rocked by the death Wednesday of one of its members, the Hardin County farming community has rallied around a Cecilia family.

    Those who worked and lived alongside Pat Owsley described him as a selfless and devoted family man who loved God, University of Kentucky athletics and farm life.

    Kevin Mobley, Owsley’s cousin, farmed with him and characterized him as an eternal optimist.

  • Trooper injured during DUI arrest

    A Kentucky State Police Post 4 trooper was injured Wednesday night while attempting to arrest a Bardstown man for driving under the influence.

    Trooper Jonathan Downs pulled over Jason E. Aaron, 26, around 7:30 p.m. near the 18-mile marker of Blue Grass Parkway after the driver passed him, police said.

    Police said Aaron was going 106 mph in a 70 mph speed zone, according to a Post 4 news release.

    Upon stopping the vehicle, Downs suspected Aaron was under the influence of alcohol, according to the release.

  • Johnston nominated for leadership award

    Hardin County Schools Superintendent Nannette Johnston recently received national recognition for district leadership.

    Johnston is one of 25 nominees in the United States for the 2013 American Association of School Administrators Women in School Leadership Award. Johnston was nominated for the award by representatives of the Green River Regional Education Cooperative.

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  • McConnell discusses drug designation

    U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell stopped Thursday afternoon in Elizabethtown to answer questions from local health care professionals and discuss the county’s recent designation as a high intensity drug trafficking area.

    The Senate minority leader played a “critical role” in Hardin County’s recent inclusion in the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, which was created in 1988 and covers 66 counties, said Tracy Schiller, chief of Elizabethtown Police Department.

  • Two charged with criminal abuse

    An Elizabethtown couple was arrested Wednesday night after state troopers found their home to be “detrimental” living conditions for their three children.

    Jennifer Hart, 33, and Christopher Hart, 37, face charges of first-degree criminal abuse. They were released around 1 p.m. Thursday from Hardin County Detention Center on partially secured $10,000 bonds.

  • Vine Grove man charged with forcible rape

    A Vine Grove man was arrested Thursday morning on an outstanding warrant for first-degree rape charges. The alleged assault took place more than a year ago.

    Jacob R. Borquez, 44, was stopped in the Diecks Drive area of Elizabethtown, according to a citation. He also was wanted for fourth-degree assault, failure to appear and non-payment of fines.

    According to an arrest warrant, a women claims Borquez physically assaulted her Sept. 17, 2011, at a Mount Olive Church Road residence.

  • Hodgenville’s Lincoln Days honors area heritage

    Hodgenville will celebrate the area’s most famous former resident this weekend.

    The annual Lincoln Days begin Friday.

    Opal Dail, who is helping organize the event, said the festival will offer similar attractions as it has since being incorporated in 1975.

    A notable issue this year has been the number of vendors seeking to set up booths. Organizers had to turn down some requests, Dail said.

    “There’s an awful lot of interest,” she said.