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  • EPD swears in new police officer

    Mayor Tim Walker swore in a new Elizabethtown police officer Friday afternoon at the North Mulberry Street department.

    Zachariah Quesenberry, 29, originally is from Vine Grove, said Virgil Willoughby, EPD’s public information officer.

    Quesenberry is the third of six new patrol officers hired since Chief Tracy Schiller took control of the department last summer. Three more will be sworn in by the close of the year.

  • More than 150 soldiers head to Afghanistan

    More than 150 soldiers from the 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) departed Fort Knox Sunday for a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    The deployment marks the third for the 3rd ESC since it relocated to Fort Knox in June 2007. The command deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in May 2008 and to Haiti in January 2010 in support of Operation Unified Response.

  • Indiana man to be sentenced next week in wife's murder

    An Indiana man charged with murdering his wife in an Elizabethtown hotel will be sentenced next Friday after pleading guilty.

    Lonnie F. Daugherty, 38, pleaded guilty March 9 to charges of murder and second-degree animal cruelty. He’s been lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center since his June 25 arrest.

    Police said Daugherty strangled his wife, Michele D. Daugherty, 45, and the couple’s cat at Holiday Inn Express in Elizabethtown. The two were in town visiting from Noblesville, Ind.

  • North Miles Street project a high priority for state

    A project to widen North Miles Street between Pear Orchard Road and Ring Road in Elizabethtown has been labeled a high priority in the state’s two-year road plan, which is being discussed this week in a special session.

    State Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, last week expressed disappointment the nearly $12 million project had been labeled a low priority but Parrett on Monday said he later learned House leadership and Rep. Jimmie Lee, D-Elizabethtown, had made steps to mark the project a high priority before the regular session ended.

  • Grayson County resident named state's beekeeper

    A Grayson County man has been appointed by Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer to the position of Kentucky state apiarist, also known as state beekeeper.

    Sean Burgess worked for the Walter T. Kelley Co. of Clarkson before taking the state post. In addition to teaching classes at the beekeeping supply company, Burgess helped beekeepers diagnose and resolve beekeeping issues and wrote articles about the industry while keeping as many as 70 hives himself.

  • A heart for helping

    For First Christian Church in Elizabethtown, the major skill needed this weekend was a willing heart.

    The church hosted a day of service after a time of worship Sunday morning, which took volunteers throughout the community clearing trash and debris, painting and making home repairs.

    Volunteers fell in on projects from replacement of rotten roof decking to window washing to raking leaves. Loving hands were used to pound nails, trim bushes, paint picnic tables, landscape and write letters of support to soldiers in harm’s way.

  • Guardian grandparents support each other

    Vickie Robertson knew when she saw her granddaughter, Jasmine, throw tantrums that lasted about two hours as a baby that the girl would need special help.

    When Robertson’s daughter ended up in a hospital for treatment related to a bipolar condition, she handed over care of Jasmine to the girl’s grandmother.

  • Reality TV star looks to make local impact

    Amy Roloff hopes women who attend the Get Real And Create Excellence Conference will be able to look at her life and realize they can overcome whatever obstacles they face and dig out of the dark holes.

    Roloff, a motivational speaker and star of The Learning Channel’s “Little People, Big World,” is the headlining speaker for SpringHaven domestic violence shelter’s G.R.A.C.E. Conference. Other featured speakers include Sheila Raye Charles, daughter of Ray Charles, and Christian comedians The Spa Girls.

  • Photos: A Saturday evening sunset
  • Special session causes tempers to flare

    One local legislator described the impending special session as “shameful” while another said Senate leadership resulted to “blackmail” in an attempt to rob Gov. Steve Beshear of veto power.

    The comments signified a rocky end to the Kentucky General Assembly’s 60-day regular session that concluded with an extensive road plan approved but no money available to fund any of the projects.