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  • Get Ready! Camp expands young minds

    A new camp in Hardin County ensures the area’s youngest residents are ready for school — in some cases, before they’re ready to talk.

    The new Get Ready! Camp for children from birth to age 5 began this week, and almost 70 children and their family members attended the camp’s second day Tuesday.

  • Abducted girl’s reaction likely life-saving

    Screams emerging from a darkened, heavily wooded area early Sunday likely saved the life of a 10-year-old abducted child, police said.

    “What happened to this little girl is just horrible,’’ said Norman Chaffins, spokesman for Kentucky State Police. “She doesn’t realize it, but what she did in this situation will help others.”

    The sleeping child was abducted from a River Road home in LaRue County around midnight and taken into the woods where she was sexually assaulted and choked, police said.

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  • Henon Lane basin work approved

    Elizabethtown City Council is taking steps to ease flooding for residents on Henon Lane.

    The council approved a low bid Monday to upgrade a stormwater detention basin on Elizabethtown Independent Schools property behind Elizabethtown High School.

    The winning bid was awarded to Bowling Green-based Scott & Murphy Inc. at $83,277.25, one of seven bids that ranged as high as $174,000, said Robert Bush, director of stormwater management.

  • KU customers can receive appliance rebates

    Kentucky Utilities customers looking to upgrade to an Energy Star appliance can relieve their wallets through a new rebate program.

    KU and LG&E are offering rebates from $50 to $350 to help customers purchase new energy-efficient appliances. Customers can receive $50 for Energy Star freezers and dishwashers, $75 for washing machines, $100 for refrigerators and $300 for a heat pump water heater.

    The appliances will have an Energy Star logo, and a list of devices can be found at www.energystar.gov.

  • Shelter plans await state approval

    Plans for a tornado shelter at the Vine Grove Fire Department on Highland Avenue have been sent to the state for approval, City Clerk Jackie Johnson said during a Vine Grove City Council meeting Monday night.

    The building is planned to be a concrete rectangle capable of withstanding winds as high as 250 mph. It will have bathrooms and generators and capable of sheltering at least 400 people.

    The shelter will be paid for using a $600,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management and Protection Agency.

  • Galenski sentenced to 30 years

    A man convicted of complicity to commit  murder of a Louisville teenager found dead off Ky. 313 near Radcliff was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison.

    Connor J. Galenski was found guilty by a jury May 17 for firing the first shot in a series that left Mackenzie Smyser, 18, dead.

    Defense attorney Rick Hardin said he and Galenski plan to appeal the ruling, possibly Friday.

  • ER at HMH goes paperless

    Hardin Memorial Hospital has switched to a paperless system in its emergency room that is expected to speed treatment, bolster patient safety and place orders and medical records at physicians’ fingertips.

    The ER went online this week with the T-System, which places doctors’ and nurses’ orders on computers and helps the staff build a readily accessible and complete medical record for patients, said Tara Davenport, a registered nurse and ER educator at HMH. The system was phased into the department over the past 16 weeks, she said.

  • Policy limiting fireworks passes

    With new fireworks restrictions in place, Elizabethtown may find itself hustling to meet its own expectations during July 4 celebrations and other nightly events in which fireworks are used.

  • Social for deaf, hard-of-hearing is Thursday

    People with hearing impairments interested in meeting others have an opportunity at an event this week.

    A social for deaf and hard-of-hearing people in the Hardin County area is 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Freeman Lake Park’s G. Searle Pavilion in Elizabethtown. It follows one held at Moe’s Southwestern Grill at the beginning of May. The event is scheduled to last until sunset.

    Amber Hager and Sherry A. West planned the gatherings to strengthen the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.