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  • Home burglarized during man’s funeral

    While family and friends last week attended the funeral for Richard “Lanny” Skees, his home on Nolin Road in Sonora was burglarized of thousands of dollars worth of items ranging from pocket watches to firearms.

    “I felt like my husband had died all over again,’’ Normaline Skees said. “I felt very violated that someone had been in our house.’’

  • Residents shed hair to benefit childhood cancer

    Five women and girls sat down in chairs lined up on a stage at Pritchard Community Center, preparing to go bald.

    Friends Otter MacAilein and Ceana MacAilein, both of Radcliff, decided to shed their brunette locks Sunday during the fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in Elizabethtown. Then, their daughters decided to join them.

    By the time the event came, the families had formed a fundraising group of seven people and collected $500 for St. Baldrick’s.

  • PHOTOS: Spring has sprung
  • Senior Life: Taking charge of positive aging

    A sweet, elderly grandmother telephoned the local hospital and timidly asked, “Is it possible to speak to someone who can tell me how a patient is doing?” The operator responded, “I’ll be glad to help you. What’s the patient’s name and room number?” The elderly lady in her weak, tremulous voice answered, “Norma Finley, Room 302.” The operator replied, “Let me place you on hold while I check with her nurse.”

  • Soda fountain sells for $4.5 million

    A one-of-a-kind soda fountain from 1893 was auctioned for $4.5 million Sunday at the Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia in Elizabethtown.

    The fountain was made by the Liquid Carbonic Co. and exhibited at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. It has front and back bars made of marble and alabaster with leaded glass lamps as soda dispensers.

    It was bought by an anonymous buyer, who was bidding by phone.

    An assessment before bidding placed the soda fountain’s value at between $75,000 and $125,000.

  • Thousands worth of items stolen from Sonora home

    A Wednesday break-in cost a Sonora family thousands of dollars.

    Thieves forced their way into a home on the 700 block of Nolin Road in Sonora between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. and stole several thousand dollars worth of belongings while the homeowner was away, according to Kentucky State Police.

    Items take include several firearms, prescription medication, several hundred bi-fold knives, between 30 and 40 gold pocket watches, many old coins and paper money and many pieces of jewelry, according to police.

  • Effort connects farm women with consumers

    Area farm women know consumers have many questions about their food supply.

    Becky Thomas, who works with her husband on a farm near Elizabethtown, often is approached with questions during her other job at the Kroger Co.

    Shoppers mostly want to know about pesticides and organic food. Many of them think they can take organic food right off the shelf and eat it, Thomas said.

  • Screenings draw visitors to HMH health expo

    Brandon Hall, an eighth-grader at East Hardin Middle School, ended up at the Hardin Memorial Health Expo 2012 Saturday because his mother made him go.

    He thought the expo was “OK” and returned to the booth where his mother was reviewing the results of various screenings he had taken as he meandered around the perimeter of the hospital auditorium where the event took place.

  • Round two of Coke memorabilia auction under way

    Another large portion of the Schmidt family’s Coca-Cola collection is being auctioned this weekend to collectors, including the Coca-Cola Co.

    The Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia continues its second auction of the iconic soft drink-themed items today, after starting Saturday at the museum. The Schmidt family is looking to sell 700 items with an estimated value of more than $1 million.

  • Mild winter triggers spring suffering

    Debbie Veirs of Elizabethtown was dismayed when she began sneezing and getting watery eyes as the weather warmed this month.

    She knew what that meant for her allergies to mold and pollen.

    “It’s going to be a rough season and a long one,” she said. “There’s nothing really you can do. You just have to go out there and tough it out.”