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  • ECTC hosts SkillsUSA competition

    Students from around the area gathered Friday at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College to prove their expertise in a variety of technical fields.

    ECTC hosted the regional SkillsUSA competition at which ECTC and area high school students competed in fields such as carpentry, firefighting and cake decorating. Almost 200 students participated.

    ECTC has hosted the competition for years, and generally has success every year, said Arthur Hendricks, event coordinator.

  • LaRue middle schooler charged with bringing knife to school

    A LaRue County Middle School student faces criminal charges and school discipline after allegedly recently pulling a lock-blade knife on other students at school.

    Hodgenville Police Chief Steve Johnson said the student was “showing off” with the knife and “poked” a couple of students with it.
    No injuries were reported.

    The 13- or 14-year-old was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon on school property; wanton endangerment; and second-degree terroristic threatening. Two of the charges are class D felonies.

  • American Legion serves breakfast sunny side up

    Each month, breakfast is served at American Legion Hardin Post No. 113. The all-you-can-eat meal benefits various programs at the post and the charities they support.

    Members serve each guest with a smile and a light-hearted attitude. Some arrived early to prepare the breakfast after being at a morning welcome-home ceremony for soldiers at Fort Knox, 1st Vice Commander Randy Harris said.

  • Task force searching for two suspects

    The Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force is searching for two suspects of interest in open cases with the agency.

    Detective Rob Green said Joshua Wayne Skaggs, 31, and James Thomas Berry, 35, both with previous Elizabethtown addresses, are wanted on various drug charges.

    Skaggs is wanted on first-degree trafficking a controlled substance, gun enhanced – methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, gun enhanced.

    Elizabethtown Police pulled over a car Skaggs was driving on Aug. 17 and an officer found the drug, Green said.

  • Local sailor receives medals 48 years later

    Two weeks before Christmas, Gordon Bright received a present that was 48 years in arriving: medals he earned for his service in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.

    “I got to thinking what medals I might be eligible to receive after I had talked to several guys that I served with,” said Bright, 68, a LaRue County native who entered the service in 1966. 

    “I served for three years, eight months, and seven days,” he said.

  • PHOTO: Dixie Fire School training
  • Bowl for Kids Sake strikes a chord with local bowlers

    Bowlers came out to Dix-E-Town Lanes this weekend to Bowl for Kids Sake, an event benefiting the Hardin County office of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana.

    Kevin Clark, community engagement branch manager, said the excitement level is huge.

    “They have a blast,” he said of participants.

    What makes this event special is participants spend time with friends and co-workers while raising money for a good cause, he said.

  • Lincoln birthplace generates $9M in visitor spending

    The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park continues to be an economic driver for LaRue County and its surrounding communities.

    A new National Park Service report shows the birthplace attracted more than 169,000 visitors in 2012 who spent more than $9 million in the area. This economic impact directly supported 137 local jobs, according to the report.

  • Rineyville man arrested on porn charges involving minors

    Authorities brought charges against a Rineyville resident after police said they found more than 1,000 images of child sexual exploitation connected to his Internet address.
    Jessie Speed III, who once lived on College Street Road in Elizabethtown, was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with 40 felony counts of distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor and possession/viewing matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.
    Both charges are Class D felonies punishable by up to five years in prison.

  • Converted shipping containers explored as housing in Habitat project

    The latest project for Hardin County Habitat Home Repair is a life-changing one for a local resident, but it could produce an innovative way to bring affordable housing to people across the state.
    The new home for Upton resident Joann Priddy is a pilot project by the state Habitat organization for the use of converted shipping containers as housing.
    Hardin County Habitat volunteers likely will begin laying the foundation for the house in April, while a container will be outfitted as a residence to place on the foundation.