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  • Beer here: Stores begin sales

    Residents won’t have to wait until the New Year to purchase beer in Hardin County.

    The Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control issued more than two dozen retail beer licenses last week to local vendors. Several more beer licenses are pending.

    Sales started as applicants secured licenses and contacted distributors to bring shipments.

    Laura Blair, spokeswoman for Bardstown-based Newcomb Oil Co., said the seven Five Star Food Marts in Elizabethtown now are licensed to sell beer, four of which have started sales.

  • Police cracking down on impaired holiday driving

    As Hardin Countians prepare to celebrate the holiday season with friends and family, area law enforcement are reminding the community of the dangers of impaired driving.

    During December 2009, 753 people were killed in wrecks that involved impaired drivers or cyclists, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Over the next couple weeks, area law enforcement will be cracking down on drugged and drunken driving to ensure the Hardin County community has a safe holiday season.

  • KSP Post 4 collects more than 3,500 pounds of food

    In the cold Friday morning, students at North Hardin Christian School lugged cardboard boxes and green tubs stacked high with cans and boxes of donated food and stuffed them inside Kentucky State Police vehicles.

    With the help of the students and community members, KSP Post 4 in Elizabethtown collected more than 3,500 pounds of donated food items for its second annual Cram the Cruiser, according to a KSP news release. Last year, Post 4 collected 415 pounds.

  • HCS students advance to state tech competition

    Local students in March can show off their technology skills and leadership abilities on a statewide level.

    Four groups from Hardin County Schools advanced to the state competition of the Student Technology Leadership Program. The students, along with several other groups, competed at a recent regional competition at Western Kentucky University where they displayed projects that outlined their use of technology in making an impact on their schools.

  • Local vets react to end of Iraq War

    The U.S. this week closed a chapter in its War on Terror, officially ending its mission in Iraq after nearly nine years of combat.

    The pullout of U.S. troops from the embattled country drew mixed opinions among Hardin County veterans, some of whom have been directly affected by the conflict.

  • Anthony Merriman: Home-grown patrol

    Anthony Merriman has known he wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement since he was 4 years old. Today, he’s 21, and after five years in Elizabethtown Police Department’s cadet program, he’s poised to complete his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Eastern Kentucky University before entering the U.S. Navy.

    “When I turned 16, (the cadet program) was a great way to figure out what law enforcement really is rather than just watching TV or something,” Merriman said. “I’ve learned a lot, even besides police skills.

  • Paintings of two former circuit court judges unveiled

    The portraits of former Hardin Circuit Court judges Janet P. Coleman and T. Steven Bland were unveiled Thursday afternoon at the Hardin County Justice Center.

    The portraits that hang upstairs at the justice center represent more than 120 years of circuit court judgeship in Hardin County, Judge Ken Howard said before unveiling the hand-painted portraits.

    To add portraits to the group is a “pretty unique occasion,” Howard said. He added it was a little odd to add Bland and Coleman to the portraits because “we’re all contemporary.”

  • A mother's grief

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    Many times during the course of a day, life seems almost unbearable for Stayce Hazell.

    It could be a song she hears, walking by her son’s bedroom or simply gazing out the front window of her Radcliff home and watching a bus driver make a stop. Her son no longer gets off the school bus.

    For Hazell, life without 18-year-old Gage has been a two-month journey of overwhelming grief. She misses everything about her son.

  • E'town to approve tennis court proposal

    Elizabethtown City Council on Monday is expected to choose a proposal that will further its promise to place new tennis courts at Freeman Lake Park.

    Mayor Tim Walker on Thursday said the proposal expected to be approved will set a cap on the project not to exceed $1.3 million for design and construction of the courts. The company chosen will put together a team to complete the design and build the facilities, Walker said, an approach unusual for the city as it usually bids out design and construction as separate projects.

  • More than $20,000 worth of gear stolen from Rineyville Fire Department

    The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of more than $20,000 worth of gear from Rineyville Fire Department Station 1, RFD Chief Shane Crutcher said.

    Officials noticed the gear was missing Wednesday. Crutcher said the missing items include a set of turnout gear, a hand-held radio, a thermal imaging camera and a laptop computer.

    “They took basically everything you need to be a well-equipped (firefighter),” Crutcher said.