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  • Vine Grove shelter's party encourages pet adoptions

    Some Vine Grove residents celebrated Christmas early Sunday by knocking against visitors’ legs and collapsing into their laps.

    The 10 dogs, three goats, donkey and estimated 140 cats at the Animal Refuge Center were the guests of honor at the shelter’s annual Christmas party for the animals.

    The party has been a tradition for the shelter on Basham Trail since the mid-1990s in an effort to further the mission there and offer a festive occasion for the animals.

  • Assistant manager was alone in Papa John’s when car drove through wall

    Josh Keith nearly broke into tears Monday night the first time he watched the surveillance video showing his narrow escape from the path of a car that crashed through the Papa John’s where he is an assistant manager.

    “How did I do that?” said Keith, who was the only person in the Ring Road store that night. “I couldn’t believe I was actually that close.”

    Surveillance footage was uploaded to YouTube, and Keith can be seen scrambling out of the way as the car breaks through the pizzeria’s front wall.

  • The Road to War: Life looks different upside down

    When you are having your entire being throttled inside a simulated Humvee, it tends to give you a refreshingly personal perspective on the news story you are covering.

    Photojournalist Jill Pickett and I were fortunate enough to take part in Humvee rollover training at Fort Knox inside the Humvee Egress Assistance Trainer just a few days before families broke bread at the dinner table on Thanksgiving. The experience was part of a series chronicling the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command’s upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

  • The Road to War: 3rd ESC takes a tumble

    “Rollover! Rollover!” was the refrain bursting forth from a simulated Humvee suspended in the air, slowly working its way beyond its tipping point to an upside down position.

    The voices cracking over the speakers embedded in the Humvee were those of the soldiers of the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command during a simulation in the Humvee Egress Assistance Trainer at Fort Knox.

    The late November test was one of several the 3rd ESC has completed as part of its training before it deploys in March for nine months in Afghanistan.

  • The Road to War: Training means rifles at the ready

    Staff Sgt. Terriance Hamilton stood at the tower overlooking soldiers scrambling toward him with expectations of success plastered across their faces.

    Hamilton would quickly wipe the expression away.

    “You are a go, preceded by a no,” he bellowed, his stone-faced demeanor practically unreadable to soldiers who wondered if retraining was in their future or they were the subject of a tease.

  • Veterans honored with wreaths

    The neat rows of headstones in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central took on a more cheerful, Christmas-like appearance as they were decorated with evergreen wreaths with festive red bows.

    The wreaths were placed Saturday on graves at the cemetery off Dixie Boulevard in Radcliff as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event.

    Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald, commander of U.S. Army Cadet Command, thanked volunteers and family members of service members who braved the cold to help place a wreath upon each of about 2,000 graves in the cemetery.

  • Drug, theft cases crowd November indictments

    The Hardin County grand jury returned 31 indictments during November, most of which were theft or drug related.

    Of the 14 drug-related cases, six involved methamphetamine and another six involved cocaine.

    An indictment is an allegation, not evidence of guilt. The accused is considered innocent until proven guilty.

    Theft, burglary, robbery

    * Anthony T. Scherer, 41, theft by unlawful taking more than $10,000, first-degree persistent felony offender

  • Live Nativity spreads Christmas message

    Lexie Jones, a fifth-grader at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School in Elizabethtown, has been a shepherd in a parking lot on College Street in Elizabethtown for a couple days almost every year for the past six years because she thinks it’s fun.

    She took her turn Saturday in the parking lot across from Brown Funeral Home being dressed in a costume pulled from a pile in the back of a vehicle. She settled on a bale of hay surrounding the goat, sheep and donkey she enjoys petting each year.

  • Marching to Frankfort

    Two area marching bands are getting ready to be part of history.

    The John Hardin High School and LaRue County High School bands are preparing to play Tuesday at the inauguration ceremonies for Gov. Steve Beshear in Frankfort.

    Hardin County Schools was asked by the inaugural committee to send a group of students to perform. JHHS was chosen because of its third place finish in Class 4-A in the state marching band competition this fall.

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