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  • Raising money to raise shelter

    A local church is reaching out to those with nowhere to go.

    Powerhouse of Praise & Deliverance Church is hosting “A Day of Help, Hope and Healing for Our Homeless” on Saturday to raise money for a homeless shelter being built in the basement of the church on North Dixie Avenue.

    The event offers food and music. Donations go to cover the $150,000 price tag expected for the shelter project.

    So far, about $50,000 has been raised in donations of money, materials and volunteered labor, the Rev. Towanda Hope said.

  • Toner relinquishes command of 3/1

    After heading up the transition of the Duke Brigade from Fort Hood, Texas, to Fort Knox and leading thousands on a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, Col. Christopher R. Toner inspected his soldiers a final time Thursday before saying goodbye.

    Toner relinquished command of the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, to Col. William B. Ostlund during a ceremony at Brooks Field.

    However, he isn’t going far. Toner has been assigned to take over as chief of staff for the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell.

  • Hardin County Schools staff to get pay raise

    Hardin County Schools employees are set to collect fatter checks in the coming year.

    Board members voted unanimously Thursday to give all staff a 1 percent pay increase, the first cost-of-living raise since 2008.

    Superintendent Nannette Johnston said the raise was long overdue.

  • Family home burglarized during funeral of slain son

    Dennis and Cindy Higdon came home Wednesday afternoon to find one hardship added to another: Their Clarkson home was burglarized while they attended their son’s funeral.

    “Every private corner we had of our own — it was torn into, knocked down, drug out,” Dennis said. “It’s kind of like someone reading your diary.”

  • Patton Museum closing on Mondays

    The General George Patton Museum of Leadership will be closed on Mondays starting July 2.

    The closure is because of reduced staffing.

    The museum is open from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

  • Sonora business owner to host informal wet/dry gathering

    As Hardin County Residents for Equal Opportunity lobby for enough signatures to force a countywide alcohol election this year, one of its members has arranged an informal gathering to drum up support.

    Claudia Thurman, a spokeswoman for HCREO, is inviting the community to her home at 103 Broadway St. in Sonora for a day of celebration starting at 4 p.m. Sunday.

    “It’s going to be a fun day,” she said.

  • Smith pleads guilty to attempted murder

    Justin Michael Smith accepted a plea deal Wednesday on charges of criminal attempt to commit murder and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

    Smith, 31, could serve 30 years in prison if Hardin County Judge Kelly Mark Easton accepts the deal offered by the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

    Sentencing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 7.

    Easton accepted Smith’s guilty plea to both charges and asked the defendant about the incident.

    Smith said his memory of the encounter was blurry.

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  • Study shows children’s health improving

    Children’s health in Hardin County overall is improving, but local residents lag in a few key areas, according to 2012 data compiled by Kentucky Youth Advocates.

    Local health officials shared data and discussed implications Wednesday at the 21st annual KYA Kids Count Conversation at Lincoln Trail Health Department.

  • Police: Tarafa shot Knapp nine times using two weapons

    Probable cause was found Wednesday in the case against a man accused of shooting another man nine times in a fight over a woman.

    In addition to murder, Robert J. Tarafa, 26, of Elizabethtown faces charges of tampering with physical evidence, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property. The grand jury will determine whether there is enough evidence to proceed to trial.