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  • Veterans protest local showings of ‘The Butler’

    Controversy continues locally over the showing of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” drawing protests during the weekend showing at the Historic State Theater.

    The film follows the life of Cecil Gaines, a black man who served eight presidents as butler at the White House.

    In August, Ike Boutwell, owner of Movie Palace in Elizabethtown and Showtime Cinemas in Radcliff, chose not to show the film at his theaters because it featured a brief performance by Jane Fonda as Nancy Regan. His stand was against Fonda’s actions against the Vietnam War.

  • Hardin County gains StormReady status

    Hardin County has been storm ready for years, but a new certification from the National Weather Service cements that status.

    The NWS awarded Hardin County Government and Emergency Management with StormReady status last week as part of an initiative to create more efficient storm preparedness and stir proactive behavior in local communities.

  • Congress launches app challenge

    A new nationwide program launched by the U.S. House of Representatives to coax software application ideas from high school students will draw a winner from the 2nd Congressional District later this year.

    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, announced the creation of the STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — App Challenge in his district late last week, giving students a chance to develop concepts for a software application compatible with tablets, computers and other mobile devices.

  • Joe Diffie to headline Heartland Festival

    According to the artists’ websites, country singer Joe Diffie and Kentucky talent Olivia Henken will perform at the 2014 Heartland Festival the weekend of Aug. 23-24.

    A chart topper in the 1990s, Diffie is known for songs such as “Pickup Man,” “Third Rock From the Sun” and “John Deere Green,” as well as 13 albums and more than 20 top 10 hits.

    Along with performing his own hits, Diffie has written songs for Tim McGraw, Conway Twitty and Jo Dee Messina.

  • Faces & Places: Seeing the sounds of the hardwood
  • $20M investment to yield 75 jobs

    A global suspension system manufacturer and supplier employing 450 Kentuckians will add 75 more jobs in Elizabethtown.

    Hendrickson USA, LLC intends to construct a 100,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in the T.J. Patterson Industrial Park on North Black Branch Road. The job creation is part of a $20 million investment.

    “They liked what they saw,” said Rick Games, president of the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Foundation.

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  • Helping Hand to host 'A Night of Elegance'

    Helping Hand of Hope is looking to raise money with dinner and dancing.

    The organization hosts “A Night of Elegance” at 6 p.m. March 1 at Camp Nikao in Elizabethtown. The fundraiser supports client aid, which covers necessities including food, shelter and medical care for those served by the organization, said member Cheri Ellis-Reeves.

  • 10-digit dialing becomes mandatory

    Starting Saturday, those with a 270 area code will have to dial 10 digits to make local calls.

    The mandatory move comes at the behest of the Kentucky Public Service Commission, which developed a new area code, 364, in the region as the inventory of existing 270 numbers dwindles with the proliferation of wireless technology and economic activity. Dialing 10 digits is required to differentiate between the two area codes.

  • More Duke Brigade soldiers return from Afghanistan

    Annalise Jannetta eagerly waited for the doors to Fort Knox’s Natcher Physical Fitness Center to open Thursday, and for her husband, Mark, to enter.

    With family and friends of nearly 120 soldiers of the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division gathered to welcome the soldiers home from deployment in Afghanistan. Another 120 soldiers returned Friday evening.

    Jannetta said she was excited to see him again after his first deployment.