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  • Preschoolers think pink
  • 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.

  • Connecting through cardboard

    Peggy Myers believes everyone can learn a few lessons about life while lying on the ground with nothing but a cardboard box as protection from the elements.

    The Elizabethtown resident camped out Friday night at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College as part of Warm Blessings’ fifth annual Cardboard Nation: A Homeless Experience. The event raises money for the organization and allows participants to step into the shoes of a homeless person for one night.

  • Mayor has taste of India

    After 10 days in India, Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker joked he wanted to “kiss the ground” when he returned home Wednesday.

    But he described the trip as richly rewarding because he had a taste of a new culture, visited 1,000-year-old temples and met an endless array of hospitable hosts.

    Most importantly, the trip allowed Walker the rare opportunity to plant the name of his city on the tongues of roughly three dozen companies that may be looking to expand their enterprises into the United States.

  • Taulbee 'patrolling streets in heaven'

    Mark A. Taulbee is “patrolling the streets of heaven,” said Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse.

    Cruse, a former law enforcement official, said there will be emptiness in coming days without Taulbee. Speaking Friday at the fallen officer’s funeral, the mayor said the community must move on.

    “Today is the day, if you are or have been in law enforcement, a day that we seldom think about but never forget about. A day that all too often becomes a reality to us and our families as it has today,” he said.