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  • Kids Having Kids: ExCEL program gives teen parents help and hope

    Sarah Banker’s life stood at a crossroads.

    She was a junior at Central Hardin High School, when she found out she was pregnant.

    She wanted to have the baby, but she knew no one who could keep her child and affording day care as a high school senior would be impossible.

    “I really didn’t know what I was going to do,” she said. “I wanted my child and I didn’t want to leave school.”

  • Kids Having Kids: Teen parenthood is filled with tears, joy and sleepless nights

    It started with stares and whispers in the school hallways and at lunch tables.

    Kayla Russell, a popular high school student, made excellent grades and was on the soccer and track and field teams at John Hardin High School.

    She also was pregnant and 16.

    She and her boyfriend had dated “for a little while” when she found out from six different First Response pregnancy test strips that she was carrying a child. She said they had used birth control when she conceived.

  • McConnell pays tribute to Bill Swope

    Kentucky’s most powerful lawmaker paid tribute Friday to one of Hardin County’s most revered businessmen during a stop at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

    U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell presented Bill Swope with a framed gold seal reprint of the Congressional Record, which details a tribute McConnell shared on the floor of the U.S. Senate honoring Swope for his accomplishments.

  • McConnell: Nation at a crossroads

    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said the U.S. must determine what type of country it wants to be and needs leaders who admit the country is facing the most “predictable crisis” in its history.

    The Kentucky senator took aim at President Barack Obama, overregulation and excessive spending during an appearance Friday at  the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown, pointing to the three as reasons why the country’s economic recovery is floundering.

  • A bit of Glen Dale

    The Glen Dale Center in Elizabethtown is nearing completion of a memorial garden meant to preserve the memory of the organization’s facility in Glendale.

    Volunteers helped Friday to plant rose bushes and Korean spice viburnum along two diverging sidewalks leading from beneath an archway of old, flaking concrete to two square pads. There are plans to add a bench and trees.

  • Memorial to fallen soldiers revealed

    Doug Hamburger described his son, Patrick, as a leader and expressed gratitude for the U.S. Army’s willingness to memorialize his son’s sacrifice.

    Staff Sgt. Patrick Hamburger was honored Saturday during the unveiling of the 11th Aviation Command memorial recognizing the fallen soldiers under its command and subordinate units at Fort Knox.

    The memorial features a bronze battle cross formed out of a helmet, gun and boots surrounded by a granite wall.

  • Faces and Places: Our world up close
  • Former LaRue superintendent dies on vacation

    A Delaware native and former U.S. Marine who left a mark on the educational and community landscape in LaRue County has died.

    Roger Truitt, 72, died while vacationing on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. He had spent the day fishing and while changing for bed, Truitt suffered a massive coronary and later died at a medical facility in Avon, N.C., his family said.

    “I’m just heartbroken,” said Rita Williams, who was a member of the school board that promoted Truitt to superintendent. She later served alongside him in Hodgenville city government.

  • Dixie in downtown E'town to be restriped later this month

    Changes to West Dixie Avenue between Public Square and St. John Road will start taking shape later this month.

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 4 Office will restripe the stretch April 21, reconfiguring lanes around the square and reshaping the four lanes north of the square to one northbound and one southbound lane with a center turning lane. Lane closures are expected during the painting, which should be finished by the end of the day.

  • Coach Cal's tour stops in E'town

    Tom Moors took a half day off from work Friday just so he could see John Calipari, Joe B. Hall and the Kentucky Wildcats NCAA men’s basketball national championship trophy.

    He couldn’t miss having the chance to have a picture taken with the Wildcats’ coach and the trophy or get an autograph from another legend such as Hall.

    It’s the highlight of his year, so far.