Local News

  • Excellence in education: Two local preschool classrooms recognized by KDE

    For two local preschool classrooms, their “excellence” is a true, evaluated fact.

    Classes from New Highland and Heartland elementaries in the Hardin County Schools district were among 22 statewide to be honored as Classrooms of Excellence by the Kentucky Department of Education. The honor followed a lengthy review that ensured teachers were following best practices for preschool education.

  • Adult children now caring for their parents

    There comes a day when realization hits us right between the eyes. It suddenly becomes apparent; our parents are growing older.
    No matter how much we try to deny it, the truth is there. The strong, independent, breadwinner of the family is now a little slower, and needs a little more help than he once did. The loving, gentle caregiver of the family needs to be gently pushed to continue throughout her day.

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  • LaRue band captures state championship

    For the first time since the state band competition changed formats in 1964, the LaRue County High School marching band clinched a state championship title.

    “The kids really turned it on at the right time,” band director Jaime Smith said.

    The band’s performance during the semifinals was OK but not strong, Smith said, and he told his students to be prepared either to advance or to go home.

  • Christian group rediscovers the call at E'town conference

    A group of area church leaders and ministers gathered Friday evening and Saturday morning at Fairfield Inn in Elizabethtown for a “leaders and lay ministers conference,” led by the Revs. Gary Summers and Alan Thomas.

    The conference, called Rediscovering the Call, was the first of its kind, but Summers said he and Thomas want to make it a yearly event. Nearly 30 ministers attended, and through the conference, the two pastors hope to start a ministry.

  • Flex Films holds blessing and breaks ground

    Gov. Steve Beshear sat cross legged on a white cushion for an hour in what may be the first bhoomi poojan ceremony held in Kentucky. He hopes it’s not the last, the governor said Friday at a celebration of the Flex Films (USA) Inc. investment in Elizabethtown.

    The traditional Indian ground blessing ceremony was conducted in a pit prepared at the site of the new manufacturing facility in the T.J. Patterson Industrial Park off Black Branch Road.

  • Focus on Finance: Taxes — who pays what

    Question: How do individual income tax revenues to the federal government break down by earning groups?

    Answer: According to irs.gov/ taxstats for 2008, individual income taxes are broken into percentile groups. The following is statistical breakdown by earnings percent of total individual income taxes paid, and average tax rates by groups of taxpayers.

  • LaRue, John Hardin bands advance to state championships

    John Hardin High School and LaRue County High School marching bands advanced to the Kentucky State Marching Band Championships on Saturday night.

    “They had a real good show,” John Hardin band director Brian Ellis said about his school’s marching band.

    John Hardin’s band placed third overall in the Class 4A semifinals at Barren County High School. They went on to perform in the championships at 9:15 p.m. Saturday at Western Kentucky University.

  • E'town flaunts its Halloween spirit

    The sweet smell of kettle corn floated through the air. “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” pulsated through the speakers, and three homemade coffins lined up at the south end of Main Street in Elizabethtown while crowds of onlookers patiently waited for the Phillip Arnold Dead Man Walking Coffin Race to begin.

    The coffin-racing scene was one of many at the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council’s annual Halloween festival, which took place Friday evening and throughout Saturday.

  • Family collects more than $3,000 for charity

    An Elizabethtown boy who already has had more than 60 surgeries at 8 years old has raised $3,360 with his family to benefit people who face the possibility of losing a limb.

    The family of Shawn Aberl II, a third-grader at New Highland Elementary School, has raised money for the Save-A-Limb Bike Ride in Maryland for the second year and volunteered there for the fifth year.

    The ride helps support the efforts of Sinai Hospital-Baltimore to prevent limbs from being amputated when they can be saved.