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  • Food for furry friends

    Area agriculture groups are making their third annual donation to a Vine Grove animal shelter to support the community and show their commitment to making sure animals are treated well.

    Southern States in Elizabethtown sold 500 pounds of dog and cat food at cost so Hardin County Farm Bureau, the Hardin County Cattlemen’s Association and Farm Credit Services could pool enough money to donate the food to the Animal Refuge Center on Basham Trail in Vine Grove.

  • E’town third-grader to be honored for selflessness

    An Elizabethtown third-grader is being honored by state officials for his volunteer work and optimistic attitude in the face of his own challenges.

    Shawn Aberl II has been selected to receive the Kentucky Governor’s Ambassador Award for Volunteer Service for his work with the Save-A-Limb Bike Ride in Maryland.

    The ride helps support the efforts of Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, to prevent limbs from being amputated when they can be saved.

  • Babysitter indicted in toddler’s death

    The Vine Grove babysitter accused of “striking” and “severely shaking” a 2-year-old child in her care has been indicted for murder by a Hardin County grand jury.

    Ashley N. Chapman, 28, is accused of inflicting fatal abuse upon Layla M. Johnson at the babysitter’s residence Cedar Oak Drive in Vine Grove.

  • Heartland Festival returning this year

    The Heartland Festival won’t be taking a year off after all.

    Elizabethtown officials announced plans Monday to resume the festival during the last week of August after a one-year experiment with a June event.

    Mayor Tim Walker said the festival also will resume its normal two-day format, kicking off Friday night with events and activities running all day Saturday.

    The festival is expected to feature new attractions as well as some of the staples of the past, such as hot air balloons.

  • E'town MSA population growth rate tops in state

    The superlatives keep piling up for the Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area.

    The MSA, which includes Hardin and LaRue counties, outpaced all other Kentucky MSAs in percentage of population growth from April 2010 to July 2011, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

    According to the Census Bureau, the Elizabethtown MSA grew by about 2,029 residents during the decade, which translates to a growth rate of 1.7 percent.

  • Former Vine Grove coach, mayor to be buried today

    Only weeks after the 60th anniversary of Vine Grove High School’s lone trip to the pinnacle of Kentucky basketball, the team’s coach and a community leader has died.

    Chet Redmon, who later taught, coached and served as a principal in Hopkinsville and Bowling Green, died Friday at his home in Warren County. He was 90.

    His funeral is at 10 a.m. CDT today at First Baptist Church in Bowling Green.

    He’s remembered around Vine Grove as a leader and person of good humor who knew when to be direct and when to allow kids to be kids.

  • Authorities looking for leads on rash of trash can, dumpster fires

    Elizabethtown police and fire officials are investigating a rash of trash can and dumpster fires downtown.

    Rusty Todd, fire investigator for the Elizabethtown Fire Department, said five fires have been set since March 25 involving trash cans or dumpsters, including one Sunday morning that damaged Halls Supply and Tool Repair on South Main Street.

    Todd said the fire started in a dumpster behind the business and spread to the back of the building, burning through a doorway to the interior wall.

  • Photo: Water under the bridge
  • Farmers market participation fosters relationships

    Russell and Lois Strader of Sonora meet people from around the world when they sell at the Hardin County Farmers Market Inc.

    The Straders are entering their fourth year of selling produce from their garden at the market, including okra, green beans, watermelons, blackberries, cucumbers and squash.

    Russell Strader focused on gardening after retiring from the auto manufacturing industry in 2007. That interest led him to sell his surplus produce at the farmers market.

  • Amateur radio operators stop in E'town for annual 'HamFest'

    Elizabethtown played host Saturday to hundreds of radio enthusiasts as the Lincoln Trail Amateur Radio Club sponsored its annual Amateur Radio HamFest.

    Club president Archie Mack of Radcliff estimated 300 to 400 patrons attend each year. He has seen attendees from as far away as California make the trip to the State Fire Training School at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.