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  • Soldier out on pretrial release after violation

    A Fort Knox soldier who was arrested for violating a pretrial release agreement is again out of jail as he awaits trial on sex charges involving a minor.

    Francisco J. Vasquez, 45, of Elizabethtown, was returned to custody March 21 after police say he attempted to renew his driver's license at the Hardin County Justice Center. As part of conditions of his release, Vasquez was confined to the military installation.

  • Identity of man found dead in car released

    The name of a man found dead Friday in a wrecked car on Village Drive in Elizabethtown has been released.

    Ronnie L. Bunch, 56, of Elizabethtown was the driver of the vehicle Elizabethtown Police Sgt. Tim Cleary said appeared to have run off the roadway and struck a tree near the intersection of Moninda Drive.

    The cause of the crash has not been determined, Cleary said.

    The Hardin County Coroner’s office is awaiting a toxicology report that may take up to four weeks.

  • E’town police to crack down on distracted driving

    The Elizabethtown Police Department is stepping up its anti-distracted driving efforts.

    As part of the national “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign, the department is cracking down on all distractions behind the wheel, not just texting, spokesman Virgil Willoughby said.

    “Because of this campaign, word has been sent out to look for distracted drivers,” he said. “We are looking for anything that takes your eyes off the road. We want to remind everyone to pay attention.”

    The campaign lasts until April 15.

  • Voter registration deadline approaching

    The final day to register to vote in the May 20 primary election is April 21.

    Eligible Kentucky voters must be at least 18 years of age, be a U.S. citizen and live within the state for a minimum of 28 days before the election, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

  • Teams' fundraising efforts have gone to the dogs

    In an effort to raise money for Relay for Life, two teams are kick-starting Bark for Life.

    The event allows families and their dogs to come together and walk to honor cancer survivors and the care giving qualities of canine companions.

    The American Cancer Society sponsors Bark for Life nationally and a Relay for Life team from The Cecilian Bank and Team Go Getters decided to join forces to sponsor the event locally.

  • Chasing his dreams: E'town man follows passion back home

    When Hashim Madyun attended film school first in New York City then in Los Angeles, he dreamed of the day when casting directors would line up at his door to hand him scripts.

    Although that day has not yet arrived, the 28-year-old from Elizabethtown is one step closer by landing a part as a Churchill Downs stable guard in the feature film “50 to 1,” the story behind 135th Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird.

    “After filming, I was good for the year,” he said. “I didn’t need Christmas or birthday presents after that.”

  • Restoring history: Clerk's office nabs record preservation grant

    When Hashim Madyun attended film school first in New York City then in Los Angeles, he dreamed of the day when casting directors would line up at his door to hand him scripts.

    Although that day has not yet arrived, the 28-year-old from Elizabethtown is one step closer by landing a part as a Churchill Downs stable guard in the feature film “50 to 1,” the story behind 135th Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird.

    “After filming, I was good for the year,” he said. “I didn’t need Christmas or birthday presents after that.”

  • Ancestral Trails Historical Society to host 12th annual book fair

    Residents interested in local history or family ancestry can find books to help with research at an upcoming event.

    The Ancestral Trails Historical Society is hosting its 12th annual book fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown. Admission is free.

     “This year we will have several authors from the area and surrounding area offering books of historical note for sale along with a history jamboree,” said Ancestral Trails webmaster George Williams.

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  • Grieving fathers want action against PTSD

    In an effort to reduce suicide rates in soldiers returning from war, two Glasgow men are drafting legislation to require all soldiers returning from war to be screened for post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Jaime Morehead, founder of Protect Our Wounded Soldiers, and Freddie Joe Wilkerson, a retired Kentucky National Guard command sergeant major, are spearheading the grassroots operation to draft a bill to present to Congress.