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  • Special session causes tempers to flare

    One local legislator described the impending special session as “shameful” while another said Senate leadership resulted to “blackmail” in an attempt to rob Gov. Steve Beshear of veto power.

    The comments signified a rocky end to the Kentucky General Assembly’s 60-day regular session that concluded with an extensive road plan approved but no money available to fund any of the projects.

  • Kids Having Kids: Trip into the unknown leaves a lasting impression

    Walk into John Hardin High School and take the first hallway to the left, then take the hallway to the right, then go left again. That’s where you will find some amazing things going on.

    You will see parents during all times of the day cuddling with and feeding their children.

    I often wondered what it was like to be a high school student, teenager and parent all wrapped into one. I found out from many of the students in Hardin County Schools’ Experience Children Early Learning (ExCEL) Program at John Hardin High School.

  • Kids Having Kids: Being a teen dad means work, football and ‘do what is right’

    When Aaron Bradford and Chris Doss found out their longtime girlfriends were pregnant, emotions ran from scared to tears, anticipation to fright.

    What neither considered was leaving their responsibilities as teenage fathers behind.

    “It makes you grow up real fast,” said Doss, a junior at John Hardin High School. “It doesn’t matter if you are ready for it. You just do what is right.”

    For both, being active in the lives of their children is important, they say, for themselves and their kids.

  • Kids Having Kids: ExCEL program gives teen parents help and hope

    Sarah Banker’s life stood at a crossroads.

    She was a junior at Central Hardin High School, when she found out she was pregnant.

    She wanted to have the baby, but she knew no one who could keep her child and affording day care as a high school senior would be impossible.

    “I really didn’t know what I was going to do,” she said. “I wanted my child and I didn’t want to leave school.”

  • Kids Having Kids: Teen parenthood is filled with tears, joy and sleepless nights

    It started with stares and whispers in the school hallways and at lunch tables.

    Kayla Russell, a popular high school student, made excellent grades and was on the soccer and track and field teams at John Hardin High School.

    She also was pregnant and 16.

    She and her boyfriend had dated “for a little while” when she found out from six different First Response pregnancy test strips that she was carrying a child. She said they had used birth control when she conceived.

  • McConnell pays tribute to Bill Swope

    Kentucky’s most powerful lawmaker paid tribute Friday to one of Hardin County’s most revered businessmen during a stop at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

    U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell presented Bill Swope with a framed gold seal reprint of the Congressional Record, which details a tribute McConnell shared on the floor of the U.S. Senate honoring Swope for his accomplishments.

  • McConnell: Nation at a crossroads

    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said the U.S. must determine what type of country it wants to be and needs leaders who admit the country is facing the most “predictable crisis” in its history.

    The Kentucky senator took aim at President Barack Obama, overregulation and excessive spending during an appearance Friday at  the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown, pointing to the three as reasons why the country’s economic recovery is floundering.

  • A bit of Glen Dale

    The Glen Dale Center in Elizabethtown is nearing completion of a memorial garden meant to preserve the memory of the organization’s facility in Glendale.

    Volunteers helped Friday to plant rose bushes and Korean spice viburnum along two diverging sidewalks leading from beneath an archway of old, flaking concrete to two square pads. There are plans to add a bench and trees.

  • Memorial to fallen soldiers revealed

    Doug Hamburger described his son, Patrick, as a leader and expressed gratitude for the U.S. Army’s willingness to memorialize his son’s sacrifice.

    Staff Sgt. Patrick Hamburger was honored Saturday during the unveiling of the 11th Aviation Command memorial recognizing the fallen soldiers under its command and subordinate units at Fort Knox.

    The memorial features a bronze battle cross formed out of a helmet, gun and boots surrounded by a granite wall.

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