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  • A heart for helping

    For First Christian Church in Elizabethtown, the major skill needed this weekend was a willing heart.

    The church hosted a day of service after a time of worship Sunday morning, which took volunteers throughout the community clearing trash and debris, painting and making home repairs.

    Volunteers fell in on projects from replacement of rotten roof decking to window washing to raking leaves. Loving hands were used to pound nails, trim bushes, paint picnic tables, landscape and write letters of support to soldiers in harm’s way.

  • Guardian grandparents support each other

    Vickie Robertson knew when she saw her granddaughter, Jasmine, throw tantrums that lasted about two hours as a baby that the girl would need special help.

    When Robertson’s daughter ended up in a hospital for treatment related to a bipolar condition, she handed over care of Jasmine to the girl’s grandmother.

  • Reality TV star looks to make local impact

    Amy Roloff hopes women who attend the Get Real And Create Excellence Conference will be able to look at her life and realize they can overcome whatever obstacles they face and dig out of the dark holes.

    Roloff, a motivational speaker and star of The Learning Channel’s “Little People, Big World,” is the headlining speaker for SpringHaven domestic violence shelter’s G.R.A.C.E. Conference. Other featured speakers include Sheila Raye Charles, daughter of Ray Charles, and Christian comedians The Spa Girls.

  • Photos: A Saturday evening sunset
  • Special session causes tempers to flare

    One local legislator described the impending special session as “shameful” while another said Senate leadership resulted to “blackmail” in an attempt to rob Gov. Steve Beshear of veto power.

    The comments signified a rocky end to the Kentucky General Assembly’s 60-day regular session that concluded with an extensive road plan approved but no money available to fund any of the projects.

  • Kids Having Kids: Trip into the unknown leaves a lasting impression

    Walk into John Hardin High School and take the first hallway to the left, then take the hallway to the right, then go left again. That’s where you will find some amazing things going on.

    You will see parents during all times of the day cuddling with and feeding their children.

    I often wondered what it was like to be a high school student, teenager and parent all wrapped into one. I found out from many of the students in Hardin County Schools’ Experience Children Early Learning (ExCEL) Program at John Hardin High School.

  • Kids Having Kids: Being a teen dad means work, football and ‘do what is right’

    When Aaron Bradford and Chris Doss found out their longtime girlfriends were pregnant, emotions ran from scared to tears, anticipation to fright.

    What neither considered was leaving their responsibilities as teenage fathers behind.

    “It makes you grow up real fast,” said Doss, a junior at John Hardin High School. “It doesn’t matter if you are ready for it. You just do what is right.”

    For both, being active in the lives of their children is important, they say, for themselves and their kids.

  • Kids Having Kids: ExCEL program gives teen parents help and hope

    Sarah Banker’s life stood at a crossroads.

    She was a junior at Central Hardin High School, when she found out she was pregnant.

    She wanted to have the baby, but she knew no one who could keep her child and affording day care as a high school senior would be impossible.

    “I really didn’t know what I was going to do,” she said. “I wanted my child and I didn’t want to leave school.”

  • Kids Having Kids: Teen parenthood is filled with tears, joy and sleepless nights

    It started with stares and whispers in the school hallways and at lunch tables.

    Kayla Russell, a popular high school student, made excellent grades and was on the soccer and track and field teams at John Hardin High School.

    She also was pregnant and 16.

    She and her boyfriend had dated “for a little while” when she found out from six different First Response pregnancy test strips that she was carrying a child. She said they had used birth control when she conceived.

  • McConnell pays tribute to Bill Swope

    Kentucky’s most powerful lawmaker paid tribute Friday to one of Hardin County’s most revered businessmen during a stop at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

    U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell presented Bill Swope with a framed gold seal reprint of the Congressional Record, which details a tribute McConnell shared on the floor of the U.S. Senate honoring Swope for his accomplishments.