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  • FORECAST FOR 2013: Berry expects county to maintain top rankings in 2013

    THIS SERIES: A look back at accomplishments for the county and cities, and a look to what may be priorities in 2013.

    NEXT: Mayor Tim Walker’s forecast for Elizabethtown.

    COMING TUESDAY: The 10 biggest 2012 stories in Hardin County.


  • USA Cares to host bowl-a-thon luncheon

    USA Cares is looking for residents interested in knocking down a few pins for a good cause.

    USA Cares hosts a kickoff luncheon at noon Jan. 10 at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown for its second annual Stars and Strikes Bowl-a-thon. The luncheon is an opportunity to discuss details of the fundraiser and features guest speaker Bryan Anderson.

  • Scenes of 2012's weather
  • Churches focus on faith to begin new year

    Some area residents will ring in the new year in their places of worship.

    Gloria and Michael Fite, pastors at All Nations Worship Ministries, said New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to thank God for the blessings of the past year and honor him in advance for good things to come in the next year.

    That’s why the church annually has a praise and worship on New Year’s Eve. The service is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. and continue until midnight at the church on Wiselyn Drive in Radcliff.

  • Kids Count data show issues in area

    New data on the well-being of children in Kentucky show a growing gap in services for the youngest residents in the area.

    Early childhood programs were a disappointing spot for local counties in the most recent Kids Count data released today by Kentucky Youth Advocates. But local districts showed improvement in other areas, including lower suspension rates in Hardin County Schools and an increase in on-time graduation rates in Elizabethtown Independent Schools.

  • Local law enforcement programs net thousands for needy children

    Santa Claus had his share of helpers in uniform this holiday season.

    Law enforcement agencies sponsored children through various local shop-with-a-cop outings, many of which saw record numbers of children come through the respective programs.

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 exceeded $14,080 in purchases for more than 88 children during trips to Wal-Mart stores in Hillview and Leitchfield, spending roughly $150 on each child, according to Trooper Norman Chaffins, Post 4 spokesman.

  • Donating increases near end of taxable year

    New Year’s Eve means champagne and resolutions. It also means a last chance to make charitable donations that can be claimed on 2012 taxes.

    Goodwill stores typically see an increase in giving during the final weeks of December.

    Much of that increase comes from residents doing end-of-year cleaning, making room for new gifts and trying to take advantage of a tax deduction for charitable giving, said Heather Hise, communication and public relations specialist for Goodwill Industries of Kentucky.

  • Helping Hand of Hope, Salvation Army respond to Christmas needs

    David Dozer laughed when asked how many volunteer hours went into this year’s Hope for Christmas program, managing little more than a “wow” as he tried to tabulate the time spent to collect, prepare and deliver gifts and holiday meal kits to struggling families.

    Helping Hand of Hope and the Salvation Army saw an outpouring of support in their times of need, serving thousands of families and children through Hope Tree and Angel Tree programs this Christmas.

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  • Former day care worker indicted for criminal abuse

    A former Elizabethtown day care employee was indicted in December by the Hardin County grand jury on a charge of criminal abuse involving a 6-year-old who was in her care.

    LaTasia N. Watts, 23, faces one count of first-degree criminal abuse, a Class C felony.

    According to an arrest warrant, Watts grabbed the child’s arm Sept. 6 and attempted to pull him out of a room at Jungle Zone Preschool and Child Care where she worked at the time.