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  • KSP Post 4 to hold benefit auction for former trooper

    ELIZABETHTOWN — Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown is accepting donations for a benefit auction and yard sale to raise money for a former state trooper.

    Trooper Glen Franklin was paralyzed from the waist down after he was shot during an undercover operation in 1972, not long after he graduated from the state police academy, according to a KSP news release.

  • Shelbyville man arrested on Hardin County warrant

    A Shelbyville man was arrested Sunday when a Kentucky State Police trooper pulled him over for a routine traffic stop and discovered the man had a warrant against him in Hardin County.

    Charles P. Middendorf, 51, is charged with unlawful distribution of obscene matter, a Class B misdemeanor.
    Middendorf bonded out of the Shelby County Detention Center on a $500 bond.

  • Probable cause found in JC Penney arson case

    Police reportedly have a videotape confession from a Big Clifty woman charged with multiple counts of arson and terroristic threatening.

    Janice M. Coolidge, 23, was arrested Oct. 31 and is accused of lighting four fires inside JC Penney at Towne Mall between July and October. She’s also accused of making bomb threats to the mall and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    At the time, Coolidge was a JC Penney employee and ECTC student.

  • Restaurants show appreciation to veterans

    Veterans will be in line this week to receive free meals in honor of Veterans Day.

    Here are businesses with special offers:

    APPLEBEE’S: Applebee’s is offering a free meal Friday to veterans and active-duty service members. There are seven entrees from which to choose. Military ID or proof of service required.

  • Hunting brings father and daughter together

    Kent “Hannie” Board of Big Spring doesn’t remember how old his outdoorsy daughter was when she asked to go hunting with him, but he remembers when each of his children bagged their first turkeys after shots ringing out in the stillness of the woods.

    “I don’t know who was more thrilled, her for shooting a turkey or me for being there while she shot her turkey,” he said.

    Kent Board’s son and daughter both received their own guns during their childhood, but his daughter enjoyed hunting more.

  • Tabb hopes county defies projected low voter turnout

    Kentucky Secretary of State Elaine Walker has projected a 25 to 28 percent voter turnout Tuesday to determine the state’s top elected offices, but Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb hopes local voters defy those odds.

    Tabb said about 35 percent of registered voters in Hardin County voted in the last governor’s race four years ago, but a dismal 10 percent of voters made it to the polls for the May primary, indicating what he says is a disturbing trend.

    “I really hope we get more,” Tabb said Friday.

  • Public turns out for Fort Duffield's 150th anniversary

    West Point’s Fort Duffield honored the men who made the fort possible 150 years ago with a Sunday program.

    Fort Duffield commemorated the 150th anniversary of the installation’s construction with skirmish re-enactments and historical programs. Attendees were able to watch re-enactments, listen to re-enactors expound on the role of Fort Duffield in the war and witness life on a Civil War fort.

  • Photo: A point divided
  • EPD search for person of interest in assault case

    Elizabethtown Police Department responded to a felony assault Sunday and are looking for a person of interest.

    A female victim at the 900 block of Mark Court was asleep in her home when she was awakened and beaten, according to an EPD news release. EPD arrived after 3 a.m.

    Justin Michael Smith is a person of interest in the assault. He is a 31-year-old white male, 5 ft. 7 in. in height and 160 pounds. He has short brown hair and was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt with gray stripes or a blue flannel jacket and dark blue pants.

  • Teen injured in Sunday wreck

    A Rineyville teen was injured in a vehicle crash Sunday.

    Samantha Wheeler, 17, was traveling on New Salem Church Road when her tires dropped off the right side of the road. She overcorrected to the left and then right, causing her 1997 GMC Jimmy to overturn several times, according to a news release from the Kentucky State Police.

    She was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital and then to Jewish Hospital in Louisville with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to the news release.