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  • Who killed Elena Sanchez Hawkins?

    The one-floor house off Bardstown Road near Boston, Ky., is gone, leveled over time and replaced by a new structure.

    What has not gone away after two decades is one of Hardin County’s murder mysteries: Who killed Elena Sanchez Hawkins, a 29-year-old married mother of two boys, on January morning 20 years ago today?

    “It’s a pretty baffling case,” said retired Kentucky State Police Detective Rob Foster, lead investigator in the 1992 case.

    No arrests have been made.

  • LaRue schools put lunch photos online

    Mashed potatoes and pepperoni pizza at LaRue County Schools better be ready for closeups.

    Schools in the district are participating in a pilot program that posts pictures of students’ lunches online, where parents can view the contents of their children’s plates.

    SeeMyPlate is part of the My School Bucks online payment system offered to parents that coordinates with software at the cafeteria checkout.

  • Freed prisoners ease financial pressure on state government

    More than 900 state inmates have been granted early release from prisons and jails as a section of House Bill 463, legislation aimed at reforming Kentucky’s penal code, went into effect.

    As stipulated by HB 463, prisoners released Tuesday were within six months of completing their sentences and will go into the supervision of the Department of Probation and Parole for the remainder of time.

    State Sen. Dennis Parrett, who voted in favor of the bill, said the move is estimated to save the state about $40 million annually.

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  • Group to send letters of protest against pulled ads

    Area advocates of tolerance in religion are writing letters of protest after what they see as un-American discrimination of the Islamic faith.

    Heartland Interfaith members are writing letters to Lowes Home Improvement and Kayak expressing their hurt and disappointment at the companies’ decisions to pull advertisements from the reality television show “All-American Muslim.”

    The show on The Learning Channel is about the daily lives of five American Muslim families.

  • Abraham Lincoln Elementary's principal dies in wreck

    A Hodgenville principal died Saturday in a vehicle collision.

    Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Principal Amber W. Thurman, 47, of Hodgenville, was pronounced dead by the LaRue County coroner at the scene on Ky. 84 one mile west of Hodgenville, according to the Kentucky State Police post in Elizabethtown.

    Police responded to the collision at 5:04 a.m.

  • Radcliff expo stresses good health, safety

    Tommy Crane talked about fire a lot Saturday – grease fires, electrical fires, fire extinguishers and emergency escape plans.

    The Radcliff Fire Department deputy fire marshal was trying to prepare area residents at Radcliff’s fourth annual Health and Wellness Expo at the Colvin Community Center.

    Next to him, Radcliff Police Department spokesman Bryce Shumate made free identification cards for children and talked to passersby about emergency preparedness and general safety.

    He said those are important parts of being healthy.

  • Animal cruelty charge filed in Hart County

    A Munfordville man was charged with cruelty to animals after Kentucky State Police investigated a complaint on Johnson Cemetery Road near Bonnieville.

    Post 3 in Bowling Green had received prior animal cruelty complaints mentioning the same Hart County address but the instances were unsubstantiated, police said. When Trooper Jonathan McChesney arrived Wednesday, he found animal remains in a wooded lot next to the residence, according to police.

  • Hodgenville woman dies in single-car crash

    A fatal car crash occurred early Saturday on Kentucky 84, one mile west of Hodgenville.

    Amber W. Thurman of Hodgenville was traveling west when her vehicle crossed the centerline for unknown reasons, according to a Kentucky State Police news release. The 47-year-old driver then overcorrected and lost control of her 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue, police said. It  left the right side of the roadway, struck an earth embankment and overturned.