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  • Prosecutors ask to dismiss sexual abuse charge against ex-teacher

    The Commonwealth's Attorney Office filed a motion Tuesday to dismiss charges against Steven Gray, the former Central Hardin High School teacher accused of having sexual contact with two female students.

    Judge Kelly Mark Easton said he would consider the motion. Before dismissing charges, the judge must decide whether dismissal is contrary to public interest.

    A Hardin County jury failed to reach a verdict in Gray's case last month. Faced with a hung jury Easton declared a mistrial.

  • Former LaRue County deputy jailer sentenced

    A former chief deputy at the LaRue County Jail has been sentenced to serve a year in prison for charges including exchanging cellphones, prescription painkillers and cigarettes for sex with inmates.

    Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Whitney Meredith said Travis Strader, 40, was sentenced Monday in LaRue Circuit Court to serve a year behind bars then complete a sex offender program while on supervised probation.

  • E'town to implement prescription drug program

    Elizabethtown City Council has partnered with the Elizabethtown Police Department to keep prescription drugs out of the city’s trash and streams.

    At Mayor Tim Walker’s urging, the city plans to install a local prescription drug dropoff point where residents can discard unwanted or old prescription drugs instead of throwing them in the trash or flushing them down the toilet.

  • Council considers safe driving program

    A program designed to keep drunken drivers off Elizabethtown roads hit a bump Monday.

    Scott Ward, a Michigan businessman who owns Jewelry and Bridal on Dixie Avenue in Elizabethtown, pitched the “Home Safe” drunken-driving program to Elizabethtown City Council as a mandatory part of the alcohol licensing process, but city officials said the program could create liability for the city and may not have legal grounds.

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  • Girl Scout cookie time returns with new offering

    The Girl Scouts are celebrating 100 years and the celebration is lemon-flavored.

    The organization has kicked off its annual cookie presales, and the list of treats includes a new flavor, Savannah Smiles.

    The new cookie is named for the city in Georgia where founder Juliette Gordon Low was born and where the woman helped get the Girl Scouts going in 1912.

    The small cookies are crunchy and covered in powdered sugar.

  • Steel Powder Puff: Hazel Denham retires after 70 years as a hair stylist

    Hazel Denham has learned in her 70 years of hairdressing experience that customers tend to love the styles they wore when they were young.

    She is no exception with her careful posture, crossed legs and simple but neat blouse and dress pants. Her favorite hairstyle is from the 1930s – a smooth permanent press associated with early-20th century glamour.

    The 91-year-old Hodgenville resident has seen the death and resurgence of many looks, including the French twist and the page boy, since she saved for her first permanent wave machine in the 1930s.

  • School coming to grips with principal’s death

    When Tina Southwood thinks about the principal of Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Hodgenville, she thinks about Amber W. Thurman’s smile and hugs.

    Thurman, of Hodgenville, died Saturday in a car wreck.
    Southwood, now a guidance counselor at Lincoln Elementary, spent her 13-year teaching career working with Thurman.
    Southwood said Thurman was an amazing person who knew all the students by name

    “She wasn’t just their principal,” she said. “She was their mom, their encourager.”

  • E’town council to hear anti-DUI program pitch today

    A business owner with local ties hopes a safe driving program he devised in the 1980s could save lives in 2012.

    Scott Ward, a Michigan resident who owns Jewelry and Bridal on Dixie Avenue in Elizabethtown, plans to pitch his “Home Safe” drunken driving program to Elizabethtown City Council today. He said the program would stand as an alternative to drunken driving by providing a ride for intoxicated residents.

  • Senior Life: Self resolutions for the New Year

    The first week of the new year is behind us. It’s exciting to know opportunities will arise to better ourselves, to help others and to improve our own particular situations.

    In addition to the usual list of resolutions – lose weight, start an exercise program, give more time to family and friends – consider adding the following to help gain more freedom and independence for yourself in the new year.

    During the New Year, I will: