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  • Woman accused of hitting officer pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

    An Elizabethtown woman accused of hitting a police officer earlier this month at Hardin County Justice Center pleaded guilty Monday to disorderly conduct.

    Hardin District Judge Kim Shumate sentenced 21-year-old Tia Hager to 20 days in the Hardin County Detention Center.

    Hager was arrested Sept. 11 on charges of third-degree assault and second-degree disorderly conduct after she allegedly struck an investigator with the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force in the chest, according to police. She also allegedly called the officer a derogatory name.

  • Fiddlers to flock to E'town in 2013

    Elizabethtown will welcome a well-established musical competition into its summer 2013 lineup.

    Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn announced Monday the Freeman Lake Park bandstand will play host to the 38th annual Official Kentucky State Championship Old-Time Fiddlers Contest on June 7-8.

    “Just music for two days straight,” Vaughn told Elizabethtown City Council during its Monday work session, where she made the announcement.

  • North Hardin, LaRue County high schools win big in battle of the bands

    North Hardin and LaRue County high schools won the day at their respective band competitions last weekend.

    LaRue County was named grand champion in the Taylor County Marching Invitational at Taylor County High School. The Band of Hawks also received best overall guard, as well as first place, best guard and best percussion in Class AA.

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  • Salvation Army accepting Christmas assistance requests


    The Hardin County unit of The Salvation Army in cooperation with the Community Action Council will take applications Oct. 1-31 for Christmas assistance. Applications will be taken at the Community Action Council office at 1111 N. Dixie Ave. in Elizabethtown. 

    Those seeking assistance must bring picture identification, Social Security cards for everyone in the household, birth certificates for children in the home and documentation of monthly household income and expenses, including food stamp documentation. 

  • Grace Heartland 'unleashes' spirit of service on community

    Jeremiah Mullins was looking for a community project to quench his thirst for helping others, and for  a church to call home.

    He found both at the same time.

    After attending Grace Heartland Church with his wife and child, he learned of its day of service, Grace Unleashed. Come Saturday morning, he was masterfully hefting a chainsaw to eliminate unwieldy tree limbs at Hosparus on Diecks Drive in Elizabethtown.

    “It’s just something we have an interest in,” he said, “giving back and making the community better.”

  • Warm Blessings begins meal delivery to seniors

    The front door of Susie Goodman’s apartment in Elizabethtown bears a sign that reads “No smoking. Oxygen in use.”

    She made her way Thursday to answer the door with her walker and the oxygen tank attached to it.

    Rineyville residents Jarrett Hardesty and his son, Kevin, waited outside to hand Goodman a hot meal and exchange a few pleasantries with her.

    The visit was part of a program that began last week through Warm Blessings Inc.

  • Sisters share family love for bluegrass

    Rineyville sisters Maci and Melanie Belfiore may not look like long-time clog dancers and fiddle players.

    They are young enough it sometimes surprises people when they talk about their love for and involvement in bluegrass music. Both have placed in several square dancing competitions.

    Melanie, a sophomore at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, said the interests might be unusual for someone her age, but it feels like she’s being herself when she saws on her fiddle or clogs to the sound of whining and humming bluegrass instruments.

  • North Hardin wins Bands of America regional

    North Hardin High School's marching band won the Bands of America regional championship Saturday at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville.

    It was the second straight year the Trojans won the event.

  • Musicians bound by bluegrass music

    For players and fans alike, the Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival represents more than music.

    The three-day gathering encapsulates the tight community the genre evokes, stirs memories and builds friendships.

    In its 13th year, the festival kicked off Thursday evening with the band scramble, which pairs up local musicians into new groups of players who must mesh quickly and hone performances under limited practice time. The festival wrapped up Saturday.