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  • Don’t let gift returns ruin holiday cheer

    The holiday returns season is just getting started.

    More than a third of shoppers are expected to return gifts this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation, and there are several ways to make the process as painless as possible.

    The best way to make returning an item easy is to have a receipt ready to hand back along with the sweater that didn’t quite fit.

  • More 3/1 soldiers return
  • White Christmas is unpredictable for area

    It is expected to be too warm for a white Christmas this year.

    A white Christmas in Hardin County is a rare sight, although there have been some flurries the last two years here. The area has seen flakes fly on Christmas twice during the past five years, with flurries in 2009 and 0.02 inches last year.

    Mark Adams, lead forecaster at the Fort Knox Weather Station, gets many questions from people who know his line of work about whether there will be snow on Christmas and whether to expect much snow during the winter.

  • Tips for holiday travelers to stay safe on roadways

    The number of holiday travelers is up, which means the need for safe traveling is increasing this season.

    The American Automobile Association expects an increase in the number of Americans who will be traveling for the holidays this year, according to a news release from the organization. The 91.9 million who will be traveling 50 miles or more can take several steps to ensure the safety of themselves and their possessions.

  • Memorial for Vine Grove man is next Thursday

    David Daniel Pandy III started attending church in September and had completed the first year of an associate’s degree program.

    “He was starting to get his life back together,” said Deshana Pandy, his sister.

    Monday, the 35-year-old Vine Grove man died in a four-car crash on U.S. 31W, one mile south of Muldraugh in Meade County.

  • Donations bring Christmas to military families

    Area donations are helping military families have a more bountiful Christmas this year.

    Rae Darefsky of Fort Knox clasped a hand over her chest as she viewed the stack of presents meant for her three children and talked about how much they’ll enjoy the gifts when unwrapping them on Christmas day.

    “I need a bigger tree,” she said.

    A Louisville-based corporation gave USA Cares $3,100 worth of Christmas toys to give to three Kentucky military families. The toys were delivered this week.

  • Thieves target automobiles in series of break-ins

    Several vehicle break-ins along Routt Drive in Elizabethtown have been reported within the last couple days, but law enforcement officials say this is not an isolated case.

    Virgil Willoughby, public information officer with Elizabethtown Police Department, said vehicle break-ins are happening all over the place, and often victims left their doors unlocked and valuables in sight.

  • E’town lobs tennis court contract to local builder

    Barring delays, area tennis players should have new courts on which to test their skills by August.

    Elizabethtown City Council on Wednesday approved a contract with Jenkins-Essex Construction not to exceed $1.3 million to design and construct a tennis court complex on property at Freeman Lake Park.

  • Need for blood donations up during holidays

    The holiday season is the time for giving. For some area residents, that means giving blood.

    The holiday season requires an increase in blood donation to meet the need, and having more blood drives than usual during this time of year can mean a different population of donors.

    The American Red Cross office in Elizabethtown sets up more blood drives during each Christmas season than is typical during the rest of the year.

    Part of the reason for the increase is that the holidays remind people to be generous, Director Sharon Thompson said.

  • Home for Christmas: 301 of 3/1 return

    As a black and white curtain slowly lifted Wednesday afternoon at Natcher Physical Fitness Center at Fort Knox, the screaming and crying of anxious families drowned out Toby Keith’s “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” playing through loudspeakers.

    Behind that curtain stood 301 soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division returning home from a year-long deployment in Afghanistan, just in time to spend the remainder of the holiday season with their families.