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  • Coroner's office seeks help in finding next of kin

    An Elizabethtown man was found dead Sunday night at his home and the Hardin County coroner’s office is turning to the public to help notify his next of kin.

    Vernon Hodges, 81, died at his 323 Teresa Road home. Deputy Coroner Pat Elmore said Hodges died from natural causes.

    Kentucky State Police was called when neighbors noticed Hodges had not been seen outside  recently, “which was out of character for him,” Elmore said.

  • Traffic light out at U.S. 31W and Ky. 220

    Drivers taking U.S. 31W today between Radcliff and Elizabethtown should be aware of a traffic light that's temporarily out of service.

    The signal at the intersection of Ky. 220 and U.S. 31W currently is under repair. Use extra caution in that area.

  • Terry Court fire ruled arson

    A fire last Tuesday at a Terry Court duplex that left two families and more than half a dozen children without a home was intentionally set, Elizabethtown Fire investigator Jeremy Goodman said.

    The fire originated in unit 2 and severely damaged the interior of the apartment while causing smoke damage to the adjacent unit. Goodman said all signs from the investigation point to arson.

    Those with information pertaining to the fire should contact Elizabethtown Police Department or Elizabethtown Fire Department, Goodman said.

  • Residents sign up for ACA insurance

    Despite being spooked by problems with the federal health care website, local residents still are seeking coverage and finding a smoother process on Kentucky’s site.

    Nearly 1,400 Hardin County residents signed up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, by Nov. 26, according to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

  • Hardin County man named KFB Farmer of the Year

    Ray Allan Mackey finally caved to peer pressure and it landed him the title of 2013 Kentucky Farm Bureau Farmer of the Year.

    He was nominated by the Hardin County Farm Bureau board of directors.

    “They encouraged me more than once to do this and finally this year I became involved in it and saw it through,” Mackey said.

  • Stories from the Heartland: Taste of home helps during holidays

    The number of cookies baked is unknown.

    All Carol Burke knows is 28 good-sized boxes were packed about as full as possible.

    “There were a lot,” she said. “I know that’s what those boys like; some home cooking.”

    The “boys” are soldiers who instead of spending time around a Christmas tree this year, seeing joy in the eyes of their children and families, will be in Afghanistan on assignment with the U.S. Army.

  • Wintry Weather: Round 2

    Hardin Countians awoke Sunday to another coating of ice as a second round of wintry weather moved through the area.

    Law enforcement dealt with fewer wrecks this time, which they attributed to the storm arriving on a Sunday.

    Radcliff Police spokesman Bryce Shumate said many churches in the area canceled morning services. Sunday also brings with it no rush hour traffic.

    The combination, he said, helped keep down the number of wrecks.

    “We had one crash that ended up with a vehicle on its side in the median,” he said.

  • Man shot following accidental weapon discharge at restaurant

    A man left Fazoli's in an ambulance Sunday after suffering a gunshot wound.

    He set his pistol on the toilet paper dispenser while using the restroom and it slipped off and shot him in the leg, said Elizabethtown Police Sgt. David Neary.

    Evidence such as bullet trajectory supported the man's description of events, Neary said.

    The man did have a concealed carry permit, police said.

  • Photo: Falling traffic signal causes road closure
  • Intersection at 31W and parkways partially closed

    In addition to weather concerns, traffic on the south end of Elizabethtown was disrupted this morning by a falling traffic signal.

    A signal device hanging at the intersection of U.S. 31W with Lincoln Parkway at the end of the Western Kentucky Parkway fell to the road.

    A Transportation Cabinet statement said the agency does not think any vehicle was struck and is uncertain wy the span wire failed.