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  • E'town grad witnesses Boston chaos up close

    The text message came into her cellphone around 6 a.m. Friday, telling her to stay away from work for the day.

    That was the first indication to Lindsay Hodges, a 1998 graduate of Elizabethtown High School, that Friday would not be like any other she had experienced in about eight years of living in Massachusetts.

  • Obama proposes another BRAC round for 2015

    President Barack Obama has proposed another round of Base Realignment and Closure in 2015.

    If authorized by Congress, it could lead to the shuttering of several military installations and a downsizing of infrastructure, but local officials and U.S. lawmakers said uncertainty surrounds the concept with many legislators in opposition.

  • Bail set for Patrick Neal


    Bail was set Friday for Patrick Neal, a Radcliff man accused of sexually abusing a 5-year-old relative.

    Despite arguments from his attorney, Roger Rigney, concerning Neal’s military service and lack of a criminal record, Hardin District Judge Kim Shumate set the bond at $25,000. She cited the fact the allegations constitute a Class C felony and Neal is a flight risk. Neal left the state in February after the accusations came to light.

    A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 3.

  • Guthrie to make several stops Monday in Hardin County

    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie has a hefty itinerary planned for Hardin County on Monday with two stops planned at local schools and a medal presentation at the Elizabethtown Nature Park.

    The Republican legislator is scheduled to visit James T. Alton Middle School in Vine Grove, where he will address students at 10 a.m. on Internet safety and accept questions.

  • Walk a Mile for a Smile

    People from across Hardin County came together Saturday to show the special place Special Olympics has in their hearts.

    The Walk a Mile for a Smile fundraiser for Special Olympics took place at North Hardin High School. More than 100 participants from the community came to support the sports program in the sunny but cold weather.

    Coordinator Maureen Johnson said she thought the chilly temperature kept some away, but Darrin Johnson, president of the local Special Olympics, said the sun gave the event a better turnout than last year, its first year.

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  • Durrant’s bond re-set

    Bail was re-set Friday for a former J.T. Alton Middle School teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

    Hardin District Judge Kim Shumate set bail for Anthony D. Durrant, 46, of Rineyville, at 10 percent of the original $25,000 bond. A preliminary hearing for Durrant is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 22.

    Attorney Roger Rigney represented Durrant, and argued Durrant’s lack of a criminal record warranted a reduction of bail.

  • Paving begins for North Miles widening project

    Lengthy delays are possible on North Miles Street as paving work for the expansion project begins today.

    The Transportation Cabinet is urging non-local traffic to avoid the area in order to reduce congestion. Lane closures will be common for the next few months. Cross drain work also begins today.

    Cabinet spokesman Chris Jessie encouraged motorists who do not live or work in the affected area to take other routes for the remainder of the project.

  • Moore finds inspiration in a child’s idea

    After reviewing major developments of the 2013 legislative session, state Rep. Tim Moore told a breakfast gathering Thursday about his latest source of inspiration.

    Moore praised Rachel Ritchie, 9, and her idea about developing a fully accessible playground.

    Speaking at Vine Grove City Hall in the same room where the third-grader’s idea first became public, Moore praised the child’s concern and the community’s embrace of the concept.