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  • Man calls 911, threatens suicide

    Elizabethtown Police Department responded just after 8 p.m. Sunday to the 400 block of West Dixie Avenue in regard to a man threatening suicide. Four hours later, the man was admitted to the hospital.

    Virgil Willoughby, EPD public information officer, said police responded to the man’s residence at 8:08 p.m. He called Hardin County Control several times threatening suicide and told a dispatcher he had a knife at his throat.

    Though a knife was involved, Willoughby said there was no hostage or gun at the residence.

  • 911: Not just a number

    You are traveling on U.S. 31W just after 4 p.m. during the corridor’s busiest time of day when a vehicle in a left turn lane collides with the car in front of you. Your first instinct — and the first instinct of everyone else who witnessed the wreck — is to dial three simple numbers.

    Seconds later, someone on the other end of the line asks, “9-1-1, what is your emergency?”

    However, for emergency officials, 911 is not as simple as punching three numbers into a phone. Maintaining the the emergency number is expensive.

  • Public offered inside look at police agencies

    Four times a year, Hardin County residents are offered a chance at a behind-the-scenes look at area police agencies, and one of those opportunities begins today.

    The Elizabethtown Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy meets for the first time tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and meets every Monday for the next six weeks. The application deadline was Friday.

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 hosts an 11-week academy in the fall, and Radcliff Police Department offers an eight-week program twice a year, in spring and fall.

  • Smile Kentucky gives kids plenty to grin about

    Dr. Marianne Sheroan eased her patient’s fears of a cavity treatment by telling her that she was receiving “princess fillings.”

    And they were indeed pretty special, because for the patient, they were free.

    More than 60 children received free dental work in the past few weeks as part of the Smile Kentucky program. The program in Hardin County screens every third grader and relays the assessments of dental needs to parents. But for about 70 students, the needed treatment is provided free by dental professionals who volunteer with the program.

  • Senior Life: Looking into the future

    When I mention to someone that I write a column on senior issues and have for several years, I immediately get a mix of reactions. People my age react as though I’ve said something funny or disgusting. Some won’t even continue the conversation, instead changing the subject. Actual seniors, those technically age 60 and older, often say, “That’s the column for old people, I’m not one of them.”

  • Photo: Relaxing by the fire
  • Glendale restaurateur cited for permitting patron to drink

    Tony York has been in and out of Hardin County’s restaurant business for more than 25 years. In 1985, he started working for Green Bamboo, and later he moved to Stone Hearth and Glendale’s The Depot before eventually taking ownership of the restaurant.

    York said it was common practice in Hardin County restaurants to allow customers to bring alcohol in to drink with a meal if they asked.

    “Nobody questioned the legality of it because it was never pursued,” he said.

  • Downtown E'town traffic plan means lane changes

    By August, Elizabethtown officials and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are hoping for what they consider a safer and more visitor-friendly pathway between Public Square and St. John Road.

    The two sides met Friday and announced traffic changes will be implemented on that stretch of Dixie Avenue, including changing its lane configuration. The cabinet will reconfigure lanes around the square from four lanes to three — one northbound and one southbound lane with a center turning lane north of the square.

  • Faces and Places: Marine House: A home for brotherhood

    It is fitting the Marine House in Elizabethtown is also a private residence.

    Hosting meetings of Marine Corps League, Perry Braden Detachment No. 402 every second Saturday of the month, the place — located at 4090 Bardstown Road — is like a home where family members reunite.

    “It’s like a brother and a sister,” Floyd Burkhammer said, referring to the relationships he has with other members.

  • Winter weather expected

    A winter storm is expected to cross into Kentucky and bring snow to the region.

    Forecasters say Hardin County will see rain changing over to snow today. The latest forecast says local accumulation will be a half inch. Snow is expected into the afternoon but south winds will push temperatures into the 40s.

    A winter storm advisory covering 35 counties stretches from Bowling Green to Ashland. LaRue, Hart and Nelson counties are included under the National Weather Service advisory but Hardin and other counties to the north and west are not.