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  • Economy forces Sammy's Market closure after 35 years

    Nelda and Sammy Wooten did not have much experience when they began operating the store and gas station that became known as Sammy’s Market on East Western Avenue in Sonora.
    A friend had the property available for lease 35 years ago, so the couple took it on and later bought the property, Nelda Wooten said.
    “We just got an opportunity, and we did it,” she said.

  • Photo: The Eyes are Watching
  • 5K preserves teacher's memory

    Jennifer Payne of Elizabethtown remembers her mother often now that she is a mother herself.

    She remembers Pat French as the most kind-hearted, laid-back person she knew and someone especially dedicated to her family.

    “She would have done anything for us,” she said.

    French’s family especially  remembers her every year during a 5k named in her honor after the Elizabethtown resident died in her sleep at age 46 of cardiac arrhythmia.

    She had run a mini marathon the weekend before.

  • Dispute arises over land for Cecilia school project

    Plans to build a 600-student elementary school in Cecilia conflict with a lease holder’s desires to continue farming the property. A financial settlement offer was rejected and the case could be headed to court.

    Hardin County Schools has approved a purchase option to spend $433,575 for the land off Ky. 86 in Cecilia and plans to open an elementary in time for the 2013-14 school year. For 40 years, the Miller family has farmed the property under a lease agreement that has two years left.

  • Cities preparing for alcohol sales

    Law enforcement officials from Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove say it is hard to predict what is going to happen once expanded alcohol sales are available, but policing agencies are “absolutely” prepared for what lies ahead.

    Hardin County Attorney Jenny Oldham said policing agencies in the three cities are “well prepared” and “well trained” for increased alcohol availability and what that may bring.

  • E’town man charged with rape

    An Elizabethtown man is accused of engaging in sexual activities with a female relative younger than 16.

    George William Beason, 31, is charged with second-degree rape, six counts of incest, three counts of second-degree sodomy, two counts first-degree sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter to minors.

    According to a police citation, Beason had sexual intercourse Oct. 12 with the alleged victim at his Keeneland Drive residence. He was arrested Wednesday morning at the Elizabethtown Police Department.

  • Faces & Places: Red Cross renovation
  • Community weighs in on downtown revitalization

    About 50 area residents and businesspeople showed up at the Historic State Theater on Dixie Avenue Thursday to discuss ideas for the revitalization of downtown Elizabethtown with officials from the city and the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council.

    Executive Director Heath Seymour was pleasantly surprised by the level of participation.

    He said cities across the nation are trying to revitalize their downtowns, and it’s important while doing that to understand what community members want out of such changes.

  • Roadshow thrives in down economy

    Area residents dug a couple of interesting finds out of their treasure boxes and dresser drawers last week.
    Treasure Hunters Roadshow, which visited the area from Tuesday through Friday, doled out cash for rare finds and scrap metal.
    The business had seen nearly 200 customers by the end of Friday at the Baymont Inn and Suites on Commerce Drive in Elizabethtown, field manager Shawn Henley said.

  • Playing for keeps: Bands prepare for regional competition

    High school bands are marching into state competition this weekend, and local schools hope they’ll last for another week.

    Local high school bands are competing in the State Marching Band Quarterfinals on Saturday, hoping for a strong showing to move onto the semifinals and finals next weekend. The top eight bands from regional competitions advance to the semifinals.

    Central Hardin High School and North Hardin High School will compete in the 5A division at the Stadium of Champions in Hopkinsville.