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  • The Road to War: Single mother preparing for first deployment

    Spc. Briana Hawkes did not necessarily pine for a job in the U.S. Army. She just wanted a free T-shirt.

    She signed up for the shirt after she crossed paths with a military recruiter, and the phone calls started pouring in. As the calls mounted, she started considering the Army as a viable career alternative.

    By then, Hawkes, 23, had decided her job as a housekeeper was not financially suitable for her, nor did it provide the fulfillment she desired. The Army was looking more appealing by the day.

  • Kenzi Lewis headed back to Hollywood

    A Hodgenville teenager is getting another shot at her dream of becoming a professional musician.

    Kenzi Lewis wowed the judges of the Fox television show “American Idol” with her vocal prowess and punched her second ticket in as many years to Hollywood during the show’s Texas auditions in the Houston and Galveston areas.

    Lewis, a junior at LaRue County High School, confirmed her successful audition on her Facebook page late last week and thanked her family and friends for their continued support.

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  • Alcohol vote aids Vine Grove native in renovation plan

    A Kentucky native said the recent vote to go wet in Radcliff could mean a boost in his efforts to complete a project close to his heart.

    Joe Markham, a real estate developer based in Utah, said allowing the sale of alcohol should attract interest in the $4.5 million investment he has planned for the renovation of Radcliff Shopping Center.

    “Obviously, it helps a great deal,” he said. “I think it sends the message that Radcliff is friendly for businesses and people who want to live there.”

  • Former Hardin lawn care business lands on BBB's 'Bad Guys' list

    A Hardin County business that was shut down in 2011 after its owner was lodged in the county’s jail was included in the area’s Better Business Bureau’s “Bad Guys 2011” list, a computer-generated compilation of regional businesses with the most unanswered and unresolved consumer complaints.

    Hardin County Lawn Care, owned by Cecilia resident Donald Simoneit Jr., was featured No. 6 on the Bad Guys list.

  • Hardin County cattle farmer inducted into Hall of Fame

    Bill Goodman has been cattle farming since he was 5 years old.

    The Elizabethtown resident began helping his father on land his father bought in 1925 to raise various crops and livestock. Goodman never has known a time when he didn’t know he would one day farm like his father.

    “I never got out of it,” Goodman, 85, said.

    Still, he didn’t expect to be honored for a lifetime of farm living.

  • EIS budget projections 'not a rosy picture'

    Elizabethtown Independent Schools officials aren’t totally sure what to expect for their budget for the upcoming school year.

    It probably won’t be good, Superintendent Gary French said to school board members Thursday during a special meeting.

    “We do know listening to the governor’s presentation of his budget, it’s not a rosy picture,” he said. “We knew that.”

  • Officials discuss downtown design guidelines

    Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council Executive Director Heath Seymour said city officials are determined to breathe life back into downtown so residents won’t feel the need to travel to Bardstown or Louisville.

    “We want to see all the places (in downtown) filled up,” Seymour said. “We want to see some life down here.”

  • CHHS hosts region cheerleading competition

    Central Hardin High School is hosting the Kentucky Association of Pep Organization Sponsors Region 5 cheerleading competition Saturday.

    The competition begins at 1 p.m. in the main gymnasium at CHHS and concludes that afternoon. According to the KAPOS handbook, the winning team at regional competition advances to the state-at-large competition.

    The state competition is Feb. 18 at Western Kentucky University’s Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, according to the website.