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  • Hardin County escapes most storm damage

    Better safe than sorry.

    Wednesday’s tornadoes might have prompted local officials to exercise extreme caution when warned of severe weather for Friday, but Hardin County largely dodged the powerful system that flattened parts of Southern Indiana.

    The worst weather reported in the area was pea-sized scattered hail near Sonora, despite tornado and thunderstorm warnings that affected Hardin County, said Doug Finlay, deputy director of Hardin County Emergency Management.

  • Expo promotes good health

    Bobbie Crawley of Elizabethtown was at Towne Mall trying to stay healthy with his regular exercise of walking through the building when his attention was caught by an inflatable shaped like a giant colon.

    Crawley’s mission to take care of his body had led him to the second Healthy Community Expo, which featured educational tools to protect his health.

    The inside of the walk-through model, “The Incredible Colon,” showed clean, smooth ridges that were labeled as normal colon tissue.

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  • Basketball Hall of Fame selects executive director

    Operating in borrowed office space behind a desk relocated from the basement of his own home, Rick Whobrey began work as executive director of the new Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

    It’s a modest beginning for a 53-year-old Elizabethtown resident who spent nearly two decades as an executive with Kentucky Farm Bureau. The Hall of Fame has no site and no exhibits but is nine days away from naming the first members of its inaugural class of 100 inductees.

  • Local JROTC invitational competition bigger than ever

    The popularity of the upcoming local JROTC competition continues to grow.

    The annual JROTC invitational, now named after retired Sgt. Maj. Paul Gray, a former JROTC teacher at North Hardin High School, is from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at North Hardin and John Hardin high schools and North Park Elementary School.

  • Duke Memorial unveiling this week

    A memorial dedicated to 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1 Infantry Division soldiers who have lost their lives in combat since 2001 will open to the public this week.

    The Duke Memorial, situated near the 3/1 company operation facilities complex on post, opens for viewing at 3 p.m. Friday.

  • New bill targets synthetic drugs

    A bill that could ban synthetic drugs was introduced this week in the state House of Representatives, and if it fails to pass, Hardin County Attorney Jenny Oldham is prepared with an ordinance that would ban synthetic drugs designed to simulate highs found in illicit drugs in the county.

    Rep. Tim Moore, R-Elizabethtown, is one of the cosponsors of House Bill 481. Moore said an emergency clause was added to the bill because it is so important the commonwealth cannot afford to wait for it to go into effect.

  • Former NFL player encourages local students to eat healthy and exercise

    Former University of Kentucky and NFL running back Artose Pinner made a visit Friday morning to Meadow View Elementary School as students at the Radcliff school kicked off a new health and wellness program, Fuel up to Play 60.

    The FUTP60 program is a student-led initiative to empower youth to live an active and healthy lifestyle by fueling up with healthy foods and being physically active for 60 minutes each day. It was launched by the National Dairy Council and the NFL.

  • Tornado warnings issued

    A series of storm warnings were issued today for counties across the region. The storm front delivered lightning, hail and high winds. The front also spawned funnel clouds and isolated tornadoes.

    The afternoon was packed with repeated alerts as warnings were issued for parts of Breckinridge, Meade, Grayson, Hart, Nelson, LaRue and Hardin counties from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

    Additional incidents of threatening conditions remain possible. A tornado watch covers most of Kentucky until 9 tonight.

  • Friends, family honor former Radcliff veteran and POW

    As three flags fly at half staff outside Vine Grove Baptist Church today, the Rev. Larry Vance will recall a memorable conversation with Morgan French, a former Radcliff resident, veteran and prisoner of war who died Feb. 25 in Plano, Texas.

    During his 40 months as an American POW in Japan during World War II, the Japanese guards lined French and his fellow prisoners up in the recreation area, according to Vance. The guards took out pistols and began to randomly shoot prisoners.