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  • United Way smashes campaign record

    Three straight years. Three record-breaking campaigns.

    United Way of Central Kentucky had raised $1,240,850.69 through its latest fundraising campaign as of Thursday, closing out a drive that was centered on the reduction of poverty in its five-county service region of Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, LaRue and Meade counties.

    Campaign chairman Dennis Johnson, president and CEO of Hardin Memorial Health, looked up at the total and said contributions continued to trickle in as they spoke during a news conference at Hardin Memorial Hospital.

  • Teen identified in fatal Westport Road crash

    An Elizabethtown teenager has been identified as the victim in Wednesday morning's fatal wreck on Westport Road in Elizabethtown.

    Philip H. Wagner, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene by Hardin County Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Spangenberger.

    Elizabethtown police responded to the 600 block of Westport Road at 12:52 a.m. when a caller said she heard a loud crash outside. When police arrived, a vehicle was in the front yard of  residence at 607 Westport Road.

  • Bucks for Bright Ideas looking for inventive minds

    Budding inventors and creative thinkers alike may find the tools they need to turn concepts into workable businesses or sellable products through a contest open to local residents.

    The annual Bucks for Bright Ideas, a public and private funded venture, is taking applications for ideas and inventions. Roughly $30,000 worth of professional services is up for grabs for the chosen winners.

    The contest is open to applicants within the 28-county Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center, which includes the Lincoln Trail Innovation Center in Elizabethtown.

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  • Fatal wreck victim identified

    An Elizabethtown teenager has been identified as the victim in Wednesday morning's fatal wreck on Westport Road in Elizabethtown.

    Philip H. Wagner, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene by Hardin County Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Spangenberger.

    Elizabethtown police responded to the 600 block of Westport Road just after midnight when a caller said she heard a loud crash outside. When police arrived, a vehicle was in the front yard of a residence at 607 Westport Road.

  • Local option measure clears House committee

    A statewide push for a constitutional amendment allowing Kentuckians to vote on a local option sales tax has cleared one key legislative barrier.

    The House Committee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs voted, 6-3, Tuesday to send the measure to the full House for consideration and a possible floor vote.

    Hardin Judge-Executive Harry Berry, a supporter of a local option sales tax amendment, said it is a positive sign and the first step within the legislature to place the amendment on a referendum.

  • City of Hodgenville may file suit against KSP

    By LINDA IRELAND
    Landmark News Service
    Mary Gaines Locke, attorney for the City of Hodgenville, said this week she is considering filing a lawsuit against Kentucky State Police for return of city documents.
    KSP seized numerous records in June at City Hall as part of an investigation that culminated in the indictments of Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse and City Clerk/

  • Army to move recruiting school to Fort Knox

    A training center associated with the U.S. Army’s Recruiting Command is moving to Fort Knox, bringing an estimated 100 jobs.

    The Recruiting and Retention School will relocate from Fort Jackson, S.C., to Fort Knox effective Oct. 1. The Department of the Army announced the decision Monday and the Training and Doctrine Command released a public statement Wednesday afternoon.

  • Two Louisville residents arrested for E'town theft

    Two Louisville residents were arrested Tuesday night and charged with stealing purses from TJ Maxx in Elizabethtown.

    Alan Murray, 26, and Chastete Bell, 23, were stopped by police on Ring Road and charged with theft by unlawful taking of more than $500 but less than $10,000. If found guilty of the Class D felony, each person faces up to five years in prison.

  • Event helps Warm Blessings fill bowls

    Linda Funk’s bowl isn’t quite as empty anymore.

    The executive director for Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen in Elizabethtown is taking her bowl from the Empty Bowls fundraiser Saturday with her to speaking engagements and the community continues to fill it with money.

    On Wednesday, she earned $101 at a speaking engagement to add to the total of $10,500 from the event.

    “It went really well,” Funk said of the event. “We had standing-room only during the auction.”