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  • Suspect connected to 2010 shootout arrested

    A new arrest has been made 16 months after an Elizabethtown shootout and three months after other suspects were sentenced.

    Detroit resident Taran Watkins, also known as Christopher Norris, is charged with attempted murder, receiving a stolen firearm and failure to appear, according to a citation. The charges stem from a May 10, 2010, shootout in the Xavier Healthcare parking lot on North Dixie Avenue, according to an arrest warrant.

  • State legislators support revision of unification law

    Hardin County United has allies in its efforts to clarify laws governing unification.

    The volunteer organization said it has secured the support of the Hardin County legislative delegation in its efforts to revise a 2006 law related to formation of a unified local government.

    HCU has been assuring cities in recent weeks it will ensure a city’s majority vote would be respected if residents vote against unification, even if the county as a whole favors unification. To do so, HCU plans to present an amendment to the law to clear up the confusion.

  • Mom speaks to HCS board about bullying

    Hardin County Schools board members will consider recommendations from a Cecilia mother who said her child has been physically and verbally bullied for a long time.

    Angie Carter, mother of a West Hardin Middle School student, approached the board Thursday during its meeting.

    “I want to say, first of all, that I’m not here to start a revolution or anything like that,” she said. “I’m just here to set some goals so we can handle any situation that goes on.”

  • Tractor cruise honors late fire chief

    The late Louis Crosier spent most of his 63 years around tractors.

  • Western Hardin County Days cater to young and old

    Part of being a successful festival is the ability to attract a wide range of visitors.

    Lucy Lucas, one of the organizers of the 8th annual Western Hardin County Days, is hoping that offering activities and entertainment for young and old will drive attendance this weekend.

    Some events are for all age groups such as Saturday’s Rooster Crowing Contest at noon.

    “We’ll have categories for men, women and kids,’’ Lucas said.

  • Clarity ... Solutions for Women hosts annual walk

    Clarity ... Solutions for Women is hosting its annual fundraising walk at 9 a.m. Saturday at Elizabethtown Christian Academy.

    The pro-life ministry serves women facing unexpected pregnancy and is funded entirely by donations from churches and individuals, executive director Marcia Orban said.

    “We are a ministry; it is the core of who we are,” said Orban, who has been working at the center for seven years.

  • Ride raises money to purchase and install bicycle road signs

    Elizabethtown’s Share the Road Tour returns Saturday with a heightened focus on safety and awareness.

    The Central Kentucky Wheelmen plan to use all of the profits from the tour this year to purchase share the road signs, which will be installed on Elizabethtown roadways.

  • Small town turns out big for Upton Days

    As fall creeps up on Hardin County, every community in the area seems to boast its own unique festival. Upton is no exception, but this year, Upton Days has an emotional twist to its festivities.

    Rhonda Smith, Upton resident and president of the Civic Club, said the festival is in honor of her mother, Vina Chism, who is this year’s grand marshal and served as the secretary until passing away Aug. 4.

  • Carnival rides highlight Autumn Daze

    Autumn Daze won’t include fireworks Saturday, but it will feature carnival rides for the first time.

    After seeing carnival rides at events in Radcliff, Vine Grove City Council members thought the simple change would be a great addition to the annual event, which runs from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. at Optimist Park, said city events coordinator Donna Broadway.

    It wasn’t simple and was going to cost thousands of dollars.

  • Reunited after 40 years

    It has been 40 years, but former students of Western Elementary School remember when Magistrate Lisa Williams of Elizabethtown sat on a cake as part of a school play.

    They remember trying to tape stars to a wall to no avail, but seeing a star a child spit on and slapped to the wall stayed in place the whole year.

    They remember having fall festivals, girls conducting séances in a coat closet while boys tried to scare them and recesses outside from which they still have scars.