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  • The return of string music

    Roots-based string music has an endearing charm to its practitioners and followers, said Steve Hall, an organizer with the 39th Annual Official Kentucky State Championship Old-Time Fiddler’s Contest.

    Hall said the sounds emanating from a mandolin, banjo and fiddle evoke a purity not found in mainstream music, which he said is highly commercialized and often riddled with profanity and angst.

    The relaxing qualities inherent in the music and culture has created a legion of loyal followers for the contest, which returns June 13 and 14 to Freeman Lake Park.

  • Sam's Club Kosair campaign closes with KidzFest

    The six-week campaign fundraiser for Kosair Children’s Hos­pital will come to a close June 11 with three events left on the agenda.

    Sam’s Club in Eliza­bethtown has a hefty goal of raising $20,000 for the hospital, and has made half of it in the preceding five weeks of fundraising events.

    Saturday is KidzFest, which features food and booths from local businesses in the parking lot of Sam’s Club. Activities include face painting, balloon animals, cupcake decorating, mini art classes, a bouncy house and a dunk tank. Admission is free.

  • Rose Creek storm water project progress slow

    After 15 years of watching a creekbed wash away from water runoff, Winslow Borzotra and Larry Stutler are starting to see slow progress toward solving the erosion, stormwater and sewage problems.

    Vine Grove Mayor Blake Proffitt said he has met with representatives from Radcliff city government and Hardin County Schools to address the issue. Rose Creek Drive is situated between property in Vine Grove and North Hardin High School and North Middle School. It also receives storm water runoff from Radcliff.

  • Student receives surprise visit from military father at graduation

    When Grace Reyes, 12, did not hear her name called Wednesday morning at Heartland Elemen­tary School’s fifth-grade awards ceremony to receive her achievement certificate, she had no idea her year-long wish was about to come true.

    Grace’s father, Maj. Julian Reyes, is a U.S. Army reservist who has been stationed in Korea since July. After nearly a year of not seeing her father, Grace was not expecting him to surprise her at the awards ceremony. Reyes arrived home from Korea late Tuesday just for her.

  • Two Sunrise Children's Services employees arrested

    Two employees of Sunrise Children’s Services face felony charges after helping a pair of 17-year-old girls to leave the facility Sunday, police said.

    Domeeka R. Goldsberry, 26, of Elizabethtown, and Kamilah L. Roxberry, 23, of Vine Grove, were charged with two counts each of custodial interference, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

    In a news release from Sun­rise Children’s Services, Chief Financial Officer Guy Goodner said the women were terminated from their positions Monday while in police custody.

  • E'town medical practice fined nearly $3.8 million

    A local medical practice agreed Tuesday to pay nearly $3.8 million in U.S. District Court to settle claims owners engaged in improper conduct by extending chemotherapy treatment times to maximize reimbursements and inappropriately billing office visits for infusion therapies.

    Elizabethtown Hematology Oncology PLC and its owners have agreed to pay $3,739,325.41 to resolve the allegations, according to a U.S. District Court news release.

  • Hodgenville police chief under investigation

    Another LaRue County official is under investigation.

    Kentucky State Po­­lice Detective Forrest Win­chester confirmed Hodgenville Police Chief Steve Johnson is the subject of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement and Special Investigations West Branch.

  • Downtown walking tour returns to E'town Thursday

    The faces that shadow Elizabethtown’s historical heritage will consume the downtown district for the 27th consecutive year starting Thursday.

    The 27th annual Charles W. Logsdon Historic Downtown Walking Tour kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday on Public Square. There is no admission charge and reservations are not required.

    Charlie Skees, a tour organizer who depicts Gen. George Custer on the tour, said some new benches and a drinking fountain have been installed near the starting point, which he said will be beneficial for guests.

  • Vine Grove's water line project on schedule

    Vine Grove’s water line project is about 50 percent complete and progressing ahead of schedule.

    At the Vine Grove City Council meeting Monday night, engineer Bob Woosley, president of Heritage Engineering, provided an update about the $1.17 million project to refurbish the water system paid for by a Base Realignment and Closure grant.

    “If you look at the calendar, they are ahead of schedule,” he said. “All in all, things are moving.”

  • Moeller sentenced to three years for abusing relatives

    As their parents traveled before their father deployed with the military, two Eliza­bethtown children were in the care of a relative.

    But their parents’ vacation was abruptly ended when they received a call saying the relative, Zachary Moeller, had abused their children.

    Moeller, 22 of Dayton, Ohio, was formally sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court for second-degree criminal abuse of a child younger than 12.

    The children’s mother, crying, said during the hearing her son was told to take the blame.