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  • Initial beer sales remain brisk

    Hardin County residents have popped more than a few tops since mid-December.

    Several local retailers who have acquired beer licenses reported brisk sales in recent weeks and expressed gratitude for the acquisition of a new product in time for the holiday season.

    John Lewis, who owns two John O’s convenience stores on Ring Road in Elizabethtown, said the patience of his customers paid off last week when the state issued beer licenses for his stores. He was selling the same day he obtained the licenses and worked an 18-hour day last week to keep up.

  • Charge against Smith upgraded to attempted murder

    A Hardin County grand jury upgraded the charge against Justin Michael Smith to attempted murder.

    Accused of beating a woman in an Elizabethtown apartment last month, Smith originally was charged by police with felony assault.

    The 31-year-old now faces a charge of attempt to commit murder along with being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

    George William Beason Jr., 31, was indicted on 15 counts that stemmed from accusations that he engaged in sex with a 14-year-old during a more than year-long period of time.

  • One local New Year’s tradition rolls on

    Looking for a healthy form of New Year’s Day celebration this weekend?

    The Central Kentucky Wheelmen is hosting its annual New Year’s Day bicycle ride at 1 p.m. Sunday, which begins at Bullmoose Brothers Bicycles on Helm Street and loops around Elizabethtown.

    Lauren Dowell, an event organizer, said the route is roughly 12 miles and takes cyclists down numerous city streets.

  • Fireworks among some New Year's celebrations

    Fireworks sales aren’t only for the Fourth of July anymore.

    New Year’s is becoming a fireworks sales opportunity, especially after Kentucky relaxed regulations last year to allow the use of more powerful fireworks.

    Target and Walmart plan to sell fireworks.

    Target sells fireworks annually during winter holidays.

  • Garrison Command tasked with eliminating more than 130 positions

    Fort Knox officials are in the process of reducing the post’s workforce in a manner officials hope will remove redundancies without leading to significant job loss.

    The directive to reduce staffing is part of a planned civilian workforce reduction of around 8,700 positions throughout the U.S. Army by Sept. 30, 2012, that, at Fort Knox, primarily is expected to affect U.S. Army Accessions Command and Garrison Command.

  • Community Health Clinic, Red Cross feel influence of United Way

    Donald Marine knows what it is like to need a bridge through hard times.

    Marine, a former patient at the Community Health Clinic of Hardin and LaRue Counties, turned to the clinic after he was laid off and lost his insurance, struggling to stay afloat and healthy with a heart condition.

  • Texas woman charged with several felonies

    A woman who involved police in a car chase that spanned several counties and two states has been charged with several felonies.

    Kentucky State Police charged Carolyn S. Jones, 26, of Killeen, Texas, with third-degree assault, receiving stolen property over $500, first-degree fleeing and evading and first-degree criminal mischief in the first degree.

    Jones is in custody at Clark County Detention Center in Indiana, and will be extradited to Jefferson County if she’s indicted on the charges.

  • Photo: Cars collide on I-65
  • Tis the season for savings

    Though it was the day after Christmas, dozens of shoppers loaded their bright red shopping carts with wrapping paper, ornaments, bows and other festive decorations Monday morning at Target on Ring Road.

    They were searching the store’s 50-percent-off clearance sale of holiday items.

    “I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t half off,” said Rosemary Alexander, who was perusing the sales Monday with friend Becky Wilson.

  • Soldier killed in wreck identified

    Hours before he was killed in a wreck Sunday on South Wilson Road, 22-year-old Pfc. William Holbrook was helping direct traffic at Fort Knox as another flight of soldiers returned home from deployment in Afghanistan.

    Kyle Hodges, public affairs officer at Fort Knox, said Holbrook was a member of the rear detachment with the 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.