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  • DuPlessis to challenge veteran Democrat for 25th District seat

    With a message of change and an emphasis on jobs, Jim DuPlessis hopes to unseat a senior member of the state House of Representatives this fall.

    DuPlessis, who was a student at the University of Kentucky when Jimmie Lee first won the 25th District House seat in 1992, filed as a Republican candidate Monday in Frankfort. He hopes to be part of a GOP movement to “flip the House,” meaning Republicans would capture a majority of the seats.

  • State unveils WorkSmart initiative

    State government officials are hoping that easing the process of learning about Kentucky’s workforce will attract new business to the commonwealth.

    A new initiative called WorkSmart Kentucky was introduced Monday at a news conference in Frankfort by Gov. Steve Beshear and leaders of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and the cabinets for Economic Development, Education and Workforce Development and Labor.

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  • The News-Enterprise tops state advertising contest

    The News-Enterprise advertising and graphics teams were recognized last week at the Kentucky Press Association’s 2013 Advertising Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers contest. The staff earned its second consecutive first place General Excellence Award. They earned 55 awards in addition to the General Excellence Award, sweeping multiple categories.

    The winners included the following.

  • E'town woman charged with stabbing boyfriend

    An Elizabethtown woman was released on bond Monday afternoon after she was charged with second-degree assault following a stabbing at her West Poplar Street residence.

    Lashonda Fentress, 33, is accused of stabbing her boyfriend in the upper left arm Saturday night, according to an arrest citation.

    Police say the altercation began as “a verbal dispute that turned physical when Fentress grabbed a kitchen knife,” according to the citation.

    The cut to the man’s arm was 2 inches long and an inch wide, according to the citation.

  • Valentine’s Banquet provides dinner, entertainment to community

    To raise money for their youth ministry, members at Valley View Baptist Church in Vine Grove started a tradition more than 20 years ago that now is an anticipated event for the community.

  • Planning for the big day

    Wearing a bright pink sticker declaring, “I’m the bride,” Jody Oelschlager strolled Sunday through the The News-Enterprise 2014 Bridal Showcase with her daughter, Jazz, in tow.

    Oelschlager sampled wares from caterers, filling her bag with business cards, pamphlets and brochures as she made her way through Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown.

    “I’m just getting started. All I have is a ring,” said Oelschlager, who is planning a wedding for June 15, 2015. “I’m looking and getting ideas.”

  • Men sign rocket docket burglary agreements

    Two men have signed agreements to burglary charges after they were arrested in early January following an incident at a local storage facility.

    Christopher M. Stillwell, 23, of Eastview, and Jason S. Brown, 24, of Big Clifty, signed agreements through the rocket docket program. It allows them to bypass district court and grand jury proceedings.

    Both men agreed to a third-degree burglary charge.

    Elizabethtown Police Department said Stillwell and Brown were cutting storage locks at Treasure Chest on Dixie Avenue earlier this month.

  • Elizabethtown couple ventures into cremation industry

    Through 24 years of operating Grave Service Co. Inc., Pete Schaffrick noticed a decline in burials and the need for his services, but saw a rise in those choosing cremation.

    Schaffrick and his wife, Kelly, started looking into how to help area residents have cremation service available locally instead of bodies having to be transported to Louisville and then returned, adding to the cost of funeral services.

    GSC Cremations formed as a division of the existing business at 2350 S. Dixie Highway in Elizabethtown.

  • Married for 7 decades, couple dies hours apart

    Landmark News Service

    George and Viola Hoffman’s tale was a love story to the end.
    The couple died Jan. 17 within hours of one another at Nazareth Home in Louisville.

    “It was always George and Vi,” said Dixie Hibbs, former Bardstown mayor who served with George on city council for several years and considered him a mentor, after learning the news of the couple’s passing.