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  • Warm air, southwesterly winds trigger volatile weather

    At least one tornado touched down in the Hardin-LaRue county area Wednesday morning as southwesterly winds brought a low-pressure storm system into areas of central Kentucky.

    A National Weather Service team confirmed Wednesday afternoon a funnel cloud that touched down in east Elizabethtown was an EF2 tornado packing winds of 125 miles per hour. The winds caused power outages and extensive damage to homes, buildings and roadways in the area.

  • National cancer study looking for local participation

    Area residents soon will have a chance to impact cancer research and care.

    The American Cancer Society is enrolling participants in a new nationwide Cancer Prevention Study April 4-5 in the fifth floor auditorium of Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown.

    The organization will take enrollees from 2 to 7:30 p.m. April 4 and 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 5, said Matt Vamvas, a spokesman with the American Cancer Society.

  • Attorney general warns HCS students of prescription pill dangers

    During the state attorney general’s visit Tuesday to John Hardin High School to discuss the growth of prescription pill abuse, the most poignant words came from Mike Donta.

    Donta watched his 24-year-old son battle a pill addiction until succumbing to it two years ago. He emphasized to students their decisions impact their lives and the lives of those around them.

    “Just remember, it’s all about choices,” he said.

  • Passenger in Sonora wreck dies from injuries

    A 10-year-old girl involved in a two-car collision Monday afternoon in Sonora died from her injuries Tuesday morning at Kosair Children’s Hospital.

    Ruby Salinas of Louisville was a passenger in the backseat of a 1999 GMC Jimmy operated by her father, Gustavo Salinas, 41, according to a Kentucky State Police news release. The SUV was traveling east on Ky. 84 and for unknown reasons entered the intersection and into the path of a dump truck, which had the right-of-way.

  • County tweaks step-in-grade system

    Hardin Fiscal Court authorized policy changes Tuesday to the employee step-in-grade system concerning promotions.

    When an employee is promoted to a higher grade under the step-in-grade system, they are moved to the lowest step in the new grade which provides at least a five-percent salary increase.

  • East Hardin Rebeleer Band reunion being planned

    Some people might feel a tinge of nostalgia when they hear the phrase, “Rebeleers, sound off!” It’s the cheer for the East Hardin High School band. Angela Carter wants to hear from those who remember.

    Carter, a 1975 graduate of East Hardin High School, is planning a reunion of the East Hardin Rebeleer Band from 4 to 11 p.m. June 16 at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown. The reunion is open to any member, parent or volunteer who worked with the program. Carter hopes many Rebeleers with fond memories will want to catch up.

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  • Hines pleads guilty in neighbor's shooting death

    Thirteen of Toni M. Ballard’s family members looked on as Joshua Hines stood, arms folded, in front of Judge Kelly Mark Easton on Tuesday morning and pleaded guilty to murdering their loved one April 7, 2011, in her Elizabethtown home.

    “Are you entering this guilty plea because you are in fact guilty?” the judge asked.

    Nodding, Hines replied, “Yes, sir.”

  • Candidates set in legislative elections

    With the Kentucky Supreme Court siding with a Franklin Circuit Judge’s ruling to throw out a state redistricting plan that would have displaced some legislators and split Hardin County into six House Districts, the Kentucky Secretary of State certified candidates for statewide legislative races Monday.

    The affirmation places incumbents back into the districts they were elected in and creates a less competitive political landscape locally. A handful of local representatives now are running unopposed, and a few races will be determined during the May primaries.

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