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  • Dropout bills look to raise graduation numbers

    Legislators are making two more attempts to prevent students from leaving high schools at the age of 16.

    Bills concerning compulsory attendance age of those in public school are moving through the General Assembly, each has passed its respective chambers and moved into the other house. Local school administrators support measures that would put more diplomas in the hands of students, but believe issues such as funding or consistency could be problematic.

  • Upton woman dies in wreck

    An Upton woman died Thursday morning when police say the 2001 Dodge Caravan she was driving crossed the center line and collided with another vehicle.

    Deanna M. Barton, 33, was westbound on Ky. 224 around 10:20 a.m. when her vehicle collided head-on with a 2000 Ford F-150 driven by Paul A. Neff, 56, of Hardinsburg.

    Barton was pronounced dead at the scene by Hardin County Deputy Coroner Kenneth Spangenberger, according to a Kentucky State Police news release. Barton was not wearing a seatbelt according to the news release.

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  • Islamic event to turn attention toward faith

    Area residents who practice Islam will see their faith honored Saturday through others’ creativity.

    The Islamic Center will host the 2012 Islamic Nasheed and Prose Gathering  at 6:30 p.m. at the center on Ring Road in Elizabethtown. It is free and open to the public.

    The event, which happens yearly at the center, features poetry and prose of a religious nature recited in Arabic, English and Urdu, Imam Mohamed Ismail said.

    Dinner will be served afterward.

  • This dance is on the house

    A new business in Radcliff is looking to make its mark on the community by making a senior-year milestone memorable for local girls.

    The new Old Glory Bar and Grill in Radcliff is accepting prom dresses to help families in need send daughters to the big dance in style. Those wishing to donate dresses can take them to the bar at 1396 N. Dixie Blvd. near Sonic and Fort Knox Inn.

  • Local mail processing canceled

    The U.S. Postal Service announced plans Thursday to consolidate the Elizabethtown mail processing center into the Louisville Processing and Distribution Center in an effort to save money in the face of sharp mail volume declines.

    The Postal Service has been studying the feasibility of closing the local center and incorporating its functions into the Louisville facility since September, and announced its determination this week.

  • United Way exceeds campaign goal

    The challenge has been met and surpassed.

    United Way of Central Kentucky officials Thursday announced the agency broke its goal to raise $1,025,000 for its 2011 campaign, raking in roughly $1,031,236 before a press conference at The Cecilian Bank’s Hillcrest Banking Center on Leitchfield Road.

    Campaign Chairwoman Marilyn Ford admitted the goal was steep and significantly higher than last year’s total, which was less than $950,000, but she said the five-county region served by United Way rose to the occasion to set a record campaign total.

  • Child sets bed on fire, ignites bedroom

    A 6-year-old autistic boy is facing long-term hospitalization after he set his bed on fire Monday, requiring his family to temporarily move out of their Radcliff apartment.

    Verneda Wood, 27, said her son, Nickolas May, is 68 percent mentally handicapped. She said she thought she’d put her lighter in a place where Nickolas couldn’t reach it, but the child retrieved it early Monday morning.

    “He was just trying to make it flicker,” Wood said.

  • Ash Wednesday calls for faith, sacrifice

    The Rev. Matthew Hardesty doesn’t plan to give things up for Lent.

    Instead, the priest at St. James Catholic Church plans to add aspects of worship he has dedicated himself to but have not proven easy to spend enough time on.

    He plans to spend time during Lent praying the Rosary more often and being more diligent in his Liturgy of the Hours.

    Lent started Wednesday with the religious holiday Ash Wednesday, both of which are observed by some Christian denominations.

  • Bland appointed to equal opportunity council

    A local attorney will be promoting diversity among all public higher education institutions in the state.

    JoAnne Wheeler Bland  has been appointed to a two-year term on the Council on Postsecondary Education’s Committee on Equal Opportunities. The council provides oversight to the Statewide Diversity Policy followed by public postsecondary institutions and will work to create a diverse student body and pool of employees at colleges and universities