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  • Divided loyalties

    An in-state college basketball rivalry that has burned hot in Hardin County for years reaches a crescendo Saturday when the University of Kentucky Wildcats square off against the University of Louisville Cardinals in the Final Four in New Orleans.

    As bragging rights and a shot at the national title game are on the line, some homes will stage their own civil wars as couples who have split allegiances either revel in their pregame smack talk or eat a handful of crow when the game draws to a close.

  • Record jackpot brings mega fever to Hardin County

    Elizabethtown resident Nute Haire regularly plays the lottery and scratch-offs, but he said this week requires a bit more strategy.

    With an estimated jackpot of $540 million, Haire had plans to purchase Mega Millions lottery tickets at multiple locations in Hardin County and maybe even in Louisville, he said Thursday at Neighborhood Market in Elizabethtown.

    “They say you can’t win if you don’t play,” Haire said.

  • Student arrested for distributing pills at school

    ELIZABETHTOWN — A 15-year-old Elizabethtown High School student was taken into custody Thursday morning after allegedly distributed prescription pills to other students.

    Police responded at 8:50 a.m. to the high school in reference to drugs being found on a student, according to an Elizabethtown Police Department news release. Multiple students reported the incident to staff members, who notified police.

    Police say the teen possessed oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine.

  • Police release sketch of man suspected of sexual abuse

    Elizabethtown police are searching for a man wanted on sexual abuse charges in connection to multiple incidents reported recently along East Dixie Avenue near the Interstate 65 overpass.

    Officers responded at 11 p.m. Wednesday where a woman described an encounter with a man in his mid-20s to early 30s. She was walking north when he approached her on foot. The two talked for a few minutes before he tried to grab and pull her toward him, she told police.

  • Task force nets two more wanted for drug-related crimes

    Law enforcement picked up two more individuals Thursday wanted by the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force after this week’s roundup in Hardin County.

    The task force obtained 29 drug-related warrants and served 21 Wednesday. The warrants were the result of months-long investigations.

    Adolfo Cardona, 48, was picked up Thursday morning in Muldraugh, said Ron Eckart, task force director.

  • Pound of marijuana seized in Nelson County arrest

    NELSON COUNTY — The Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force arrested a Bloomfield man Wednesday, seizing a pound of marijuana and more than $1,000.

    Patrick Culver, 23, is charged with trafficking in marijuana, more than 8 ounces, and possession of drug paraphernalia after investigators executed a search warrant at his 5636 Yates Cooney Neck Road residence.

    In addition to marijuana, officers seized two firearms, $1,115, scales and other paraphernalia, police said.

  • Veterans flock to Hire a Patriot job fair

    Area veterans expanded their employment opportunities and networked with active employers Thursday.

    A crowd gathered in the morning to partake in the second Hire a Patriot job fair at the American Legion Post 113 headquarters on Ring Road in Elizabethtown.

    The event brought together more than 40 employers to meet prospective applicants. The fair focused intently on veteran employment in the face of a national veteran unemployment rate much higher than the national average, said event coordinator Hector Cruz.

  • House honors Morgan French

  • Elizabethtown opens 24-hour prescription disposal site

    Elizabethtown Police Department opened a prescription drug disposal site Wednesday afternoon, just hours after area law enforcement served 21 warrants for drug-related crimes, several of which involved trafficking in pills.

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown conducts a take-back collection twice a year, but EPD’s 24-hour green disposal container is the first permanent drop point in Hardin County.

  • Synthetic drug ban passes Senate committee

    A House bill proposing a statewide ban on synthetic drugs passed the State Judiciary Committee earlier this week.

    House Bill 481 aims to control sale, production and consumption of drugs designed to mimic the effects of marijuana and other illicit substances. Synthetic drugs are sold in smoke shops and gas stations but commonly are labeled “not for human consumption.”