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  • Class gathering provides camaraderie, support

    Every first Saturday of the month, former students of Howevalley High School gather at Ryan’s restaurant in Elizabethtown, where eggs, bacon and coffee come with a side of nostalgia.

    For 15 years or so, members of the Howevalley High School Class of 1960 and their spouses have met at one location or another each month, to catch up on their lives, chat about old times and maintain friendships that have endured seven decades.

    “Most of us went to first grade together,” Tony Raizor said.

  • Vine Grove digs deep for improvements

    Although it may not be readily apparent to residents, Vine Grove made improvements in 2013, Mayor Blake Proffitt said.

    With the infrastructure of the city in need of repair, Proffitt is pleased with the direction the city is headed.

    “Our biggest completion is phase one of the sewer grant with a new lift station along the Ky. 313 corridor,” Proffitt said. “We’re looking for future commercial growth in that area.”

  • Time to test for invisible danger

    The Environmental Protection Agency, in hopes of raising awareness of the dangers of radon, has designated January as National Radon Action Month.

    Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas, poses a health threat but is colorless and odorless.

    “So we don’t know we’re being exposed to it,” said Pablo Munoz, Lincoln Trail District Health Department environmental director.

    Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, Munoz said.

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  • Member of 3/1 dies in Afghanistan

    A Fort Knox soldier died Saturday of injuries sustained when his unit was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.

    Sgt. 1st Class William K. Lacey, 38, of Laurel, Fla., was a wheeled vehicle mechanic assigned to Company F, 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

    He joined the U.S. Army in January 2003 and arrived at Fort Knox in January 2013. Lacey was on his fifth deployment, having served three tours in Iraq and two in Afghanistan.

  • Hardin, LaRue among school districts closed Monday

    Hardin County Schools have announced plans to close Monday based on the winter weather conditions including severe cold.

    Other adjacent districts calling off classes Monday are Breckinridge, Bullitt, Grayson, Hart, Jefferson, LaRue, Meade and Nelson county districts plus Bardstown Independent Schools. St. James Regional Catholic School also is closed.

    Monday is a professional development day for teachers in the Elizabethtown Independent Schools district. No classes were scheduled for Monday and are scheduled to resume Tuesday.

  • Reservations open Saturday for Freeman Lake Park

    Elizabethtown Parks and Recreation Department begins taking reservations Saturday for shelters during the 2014 season at Freeman Lake Park.
    Staff will be at Pritchard Community Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to accept reservations. Payment is required when the reservation is made.
    Reservations made for a shelter on or after Jan. 12 must be made at the Freeman Lake Park office near the boat docks.
    For more information, call 270-769-3916.

  • Brace for wintry blast of snow, cold

    So you thought it was cold Thursday night and Friday morning? Well brace for the next 48 hours as numbing temperatures will put the area into a rare deep freeze with the coldest conditions to hit the area in three years.

    High temperatures Monday are expected to reach only 1 degree, so students in Hardin County Schools and Elizabethtown Independent Schools who are expected to return from Christmas break  could be faced with sub-zero temperatures while waiting for school buses.

  • Clearing the air

    A poll published Thursday found a majority of respondents support a statewide smoking ban in Kentucky, and one local legislator believes a there will be a renewed push this year to make it law.

    The Kentucky Health Issues Poll found 65 percent of respondents favor a statewide smoking ban in public places, including businesses, while 29 percent are in opposition. Six percent of respondents had no opinion on a ban.

    The numbers have been growing since 2010. Findings that year indicated a divided state as the number was split evenly at 48 percent.

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