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  • Crash survivor recounts events after 70 years

    Ralph Reese braced his feet toward the front of the falling airplane.

    Both the left and right engine had failed in the B-34 bomber, and the plane and its few passengers were falling 9,000 feet from the sky in a controlled crash landing.

    Reese, the top flight engineer, prayed before the World War II-era plane stuck trees in the woods at 150 mph.

    The circumstances that led to the crash began with a clandestine meeting that could have been in a spy thriller.

  • Photographer helps military families


    An Elizabethtown independent photographer has joined a nationwide effort to help provide memories for military families for free.

    Nakia Earhart, owner of KLM Photography in Elizabethtown, has joined the nonprofit organization Photos for Soldiers, which gets photographers across the country to donate their time to military families.

    They offer free photo shoots to the families of deployed soldiers and send pictures to the soldiers to keep during deployments, Earhart said.

  • Volunteers help organizations on Day of Caring

    Ed Staton, vice president of transmission at LG&E, found himself Saturday spraying weed killer into cracks in Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen’s yard.

    LG&E employees and family members swept grass blown across the sidewalks by a weed eater they used to trim the yard around the organization that offers meals, showers and laundry facilities to local residents in need.

    They also wiped down every surface they could reach in the building’s dining room and kitchen, which smelled of bleach.

  • Glendale event brings community together

    Danika Peak didn’t know Saturday was the Glendale Olde Time BBQ & Chili Cookoff until a crowd began to descend upon historic Glendale near her house.

    That afternoon, her family lounged on the grass near a pavilion where local bluegrass musicians played tunes that complemented the picturesque scene of a small-town summer festival.

    A baby contest took place under another covering, dozens of children swung and climbed on a nearby playground, barbecue contest competitors packed their materials and local vendors sold wares beneath small tents.

  • Three EPD officers sworn in


    The ranks of Elizabethtown Police Department increased Friday by three.

    Virgil Willoughby, EPD spokesman, said it was the most officers to graduate from the police training academy and be sworn into the police department at any one time. The officers were sworn in by Mayor Tim Walker.

    The three new hires and more incoming officers expected to be sworn in soon are filling positions that have been added or vacated by other department members.

  • Couple to climb for charity

    For Abigail and Seth Lentz, the path to the top of the mountain presents an opportunity to help others.

    The Radcliff couple plans to scale Mount Rainier in Washington state to raise money for charity. The trek to the 14,411-foot high summit is their inaugural climb.

  • Father's relationship with son shared with community

    Doug Wheeler sat quietly in the dark as he and everyone in the nearly fully Historic State Theater gazed at a slide of Rembrandt’s “The Prodigal” with music playing gently in the background.

    He stood to talk about the painting and how the image of a man embracing his kneeling son reminded him of his relationship with his father.

    The artistic device of making one of the father’s hands larger than the other has been interpreted by some to symbolize the protective and the vulnerable nature of fathers, Doug Wheeler said.

  • Fire damages Summit United Methodist Church

    “It’s just like a bad dream,” Julia Richardson said as she wiped tears from her eyes Friday morning, looking over the remains of Summit United Methodist Church. Fire heavily damaged the building during Thursday night’s storm.

    “I knew about it last night, but just couldn’t bring myself to come over here until this morning,” she said.

    Richardson and her sister, Velma Sarver, both longtime members of the church, joined other members and neighbors to survey and salvage what they could from the now roofless structure.

  • Elizabethtown Sports Park opens
  • Scotty's Contracting at work on North Miles

    Preliminary work has begun on the widening of North Miles Street in Elizabethtown. Rep. Jimmie Lee, D-Elizabethtown, said Scotty’s Contracting and Stone were on site Friday.

    Road construction is to begin sometime this year, said Chris Jessie, public information officer for the Elizabethtown office of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The project will widen North Miles from its intersection with Pear Orchard Road to the intersection of Ring Road. The total improvement is a $12 million project.