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  • 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.”

  • Heartland Festival 2012 decision looms

    Although faced with two July events on the immediate horizon, one of the first decisions facing Elizabethtown’s newly named events coordinator deals with the Heartland Festival.

    Will the event occur on its traditional date on the fourth weekend in August or will Elizabethtown’s signature event skip 2012?

  • Dodgeball challenge inspires competition, community support

    At the count of three, teachers rushed for balls lined up across the center of the gym at Elizabethtown High School.

    The teachers from Helmwood and Morningside elementary schools, T.K. Stone Middle School and Elizabethtown High School launched balls at each other, the barrage echoing loud thunks throughout the gym. They ducked and wove to avoid the projectiles being hurled Friday during the Clash of the Commonwealth.

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  • Elizabethtown supports child, sexual abuse prevention efforts

    City officials issued proclamations Friday to raise awareness about sexual abuse and child abuse and show support for the work of the Advocacy and Support Center on Rineyville Road in Elizabethtown.

    Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker signed a proclamation declaring this March as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

    The proclamation states that “sexual violence is a continuum of intolerable and violent crimes with public health implications for every person in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”