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  • McConnell discusses drug designation

    U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell stopped Thursday afternoon in Elizabethtown to answer questions from local health care professionals and discuss the county’s recent designation as a high intensity drug trafficking area.

    The Senate minority leader played a “critical role” in Hardin County’s recent inclusion in the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, which was created in 1988 and covers 66 counties, said Tracy Schiller, chief of Elizabethtown Police Department.

  • Two charged with criminal abuse

    An Elizabethtown couple was arrested Wednesday night after state troopers found their home to be “detrimental” living conditions for their three children.

    Jennifer Hart, 33, and Christopher Hart, 37, face charges of first-degree criminal abuse. They were released around 1 p.m. Thursday from Hardin County Detention Center on partially secured $10,000 bonds.

  • Vine Grove man charged with forcible rape

    A Vine Grove man was arrested Thursday morning on an outstanding warrant for first-degree rape charges. The alleged assault took place more than a year ago.

    Jacob R. Borquez, 44, was stopped in the Diecks Drive area of Elizabethtown, according to a citation. He also was wanted for fourth-degree assault, failure to appear and non-payment of fines.

    According to an arrest warrant, a women claims Borquez physically assaulted her Sept. 17, 2011, at a Mount Olive Church Road residence.

  • Hodgenville’s Lincoln Days honors area heritage

    Hodgenville will celebrate the area’s most famous former resident this weekend.

    The annual Lincoln Days begin Friday.

    Opal Dail, who is helping organize the event, said the festival will offer similar attractions as it has since being incorporated in 1975.

    A notable issue this year has been the number of vendors seeking to set up booths. Organizers had to turn down some requests, Dail said.

    “There’s an awful lot of interest,” she said.

  • KSP launches text-tip line

    Kentucky State Police has implemented a text-tip line that allows the public to send confidential tips via cellphones.

    According to a news release, a cellphone user with texting capabilities can text 67283, type KSPTIP in the message field and leave a space before entering information about a crime.

    Norman Chaffins, spokesman for KSP Post 4 in Elizabethtown, said information in the text message goes through a third-party server where it’s encrypted and personal information removed.

  • Veterans nursing home groundbreaking in sight

    Ground should be broken in Radcliff by spring for the state’s fourth nursing home.

    Gilda Hill, director of the Office of Kentucky Veterans Centers, informed the Joint Executive Council of Veterans Organization that five buildings will comprise the 120-bed facility. Four building will hold private rooms for veterans. The fifth will be used as a community center with a multi-purpose room, chapel, benefits office, gift shop, storage area and administrative offices.

  • Waiting to put you in stitches

    A witch watches TV from the comfort of her rocker Wednesday as one of the attractions inside the Stitch Factory Haunted House. The attraction opens Friday evening in the former Elizabethtown Sportswear factory on College Street.

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  • GOP to host health-care law seminar

    Hardin County residents interested in how a new federal health-care law will affect them will have an opportunity next week to collect some insight.

    The Hardin County Republican Party is hosting a seminar at 6 p.m. Monday on tax implications of the Affordable Care Act, the health-care law passed in 2010, at Nolin RECC in Elizabethtown.

    The seminar is part of a series of educational presentations the local party is hosting, local GOP Chairman Mike Phillips said.