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  • Lincoln Birthplace celebrates Emancipation Proclamation's 150th anniversary

    The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park hosts an “Emancipation Proclamation 150th Anniversary Observance” next weekend. All activities are free to the public.

    Over the course of the weekend, children can participate in the newly developed “Park Quest” that will lead them in a scavenger-hunt activity to find various landmarks around the park. Once they have successfully completed the quest, kids will receive a “special surprise,” according to a news release.

  • 84-year-old charged in Clarkson shootings

    A 84-year-old man has been identified as the suspect in Grayson County shootings that killed one woman Thursday night and injured a second person.

    Kentucky State Police charged Alva Gussler, 84, of Clarkson with murder and assault first degree. He's been lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center.

    During an argument Thursday night, police say Gussler pulled a gun and shot 59-year-old Laura L. Ford who lived in the same residence with Alva Gussler and his son, 48-year-old Michael C. Gussler.

  • E'town police report increase in thefts from unlocked cars

    Elizabethtown police are reporting a spike of unlocked vehicle break-ins in neighborhoods throughout the city.

    EPD spokesman Virgil Willoughby said officers have responded to 24 vehicle break-ins since last Friday with four of those occurring Thursday.

    Of those 24, Willoughby said just one case involved forced entry.

    “(There was) just one where somebody broke a window to get the property,” he said.

    Possessions reported stolen include credit cards and electronic items, such as GPS systems and iPads, Willoughby said.

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  • Reforms, redistricting could define ’13 legislative session

    When the Kentucky General Assembly reconvenes Tuesday for the start of its 30-day session, legislators will be met with a retirement system and tax code in need of reform and a redistricting process left unresolved from last year.

    Local legislators said all three issues are complex and had mixed feelings about Frankfort’s ability to make comprehensive changes in such a small window of time.

    “I think it’s going to be a crackerjack of a session,” said Rep. Jimmie Lee, D-Elizabethtown.

  • Former State Rep. Straney remembered for generosity

    Radcliff businessman Jay Duvall remembers Martin Louis Straney as a generous man who would always help out a friend.

    Straney, a former Hardin County farmer, business owner, real estate developer and state representative for the 26th District, passed away Jan. 1 at Richmond Place in Lexington. He was 86.

    Duvall, who had lost contact with Straney, said he was saddened to read about the death of a man he considered a longtime friend.

  • Photo: U.S. Rep. Guthrie sworn in for third term
  • E'town teen served warrants

    An Elizabethtown teen who has been wanted by police since June was arrested Thursday morning on outstanding bench warrants in five Hardin District Court cases as well as warrants out of Madison and Rockcastle counties.

    Dominique Barnett, 19, had evaded police since June 18, according to court records.

    With the exception of an arrest warrant for robbery in Madison County, all of the warrants were in connection to misdemeanor offenses, according to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Family thanks community through blood drive

    Family members of a local girl fighting cancer bled Wednesday to show their gratitude to community members.

    The family of Brooklyn Disselkamp, 15 months, gave blood at the Hardin/LaRue Service Center of the American Red Cross in Elizabethtown to thank area people for their support as the Elizabethtown girl fights Stage 4 neuroblastoma – a pediatric cancer that creates tumors in the body and tumor cells in bone marrow.

  • Police: Radcliff teen charged with breaking into police officer's garage

    A Vine Grove police officer headed home only to find a burglary in progress at his own residence.

    A Radcliff teenager was arrested Monday morning after police said he was discovered burglarizing the garage of Vine Grove Police Lt. James Karr.

    Richard T. Johnson, 18, is charged with third-degree burglary, second-degree fleeing or evading police, alcohol intoxication in public and theft by unlawful taking from an automobile.

    Vine Grove Chief Kenny Mattingly said as Karr was returning home Monday, he saw a man in his garage.