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  • Churches shine light on King's dream

    Quoting from the book of Genesis, the Rev. Michael Gibbons drew parallels between the life of Joseph and the mission of Martin Luther King Jr.

    In both cases, he said, the men were cast as dreamers and gained enemies for sharing those dreams with the world.

  • PHOTO: Heading home
  • Goodwill, good job

    After a career working in warehouses ended about six months ago because of a disability, Tracy Torres wanted to begin supporting himself and stop drawing Social Security income.

    Finding a job with a disability and no car was difficult until his Communicare case worker suggested the Elizabethtown man apply at a local Goodwill.

    “I was kind of nervous because I was on S.S.I. for a long time and I wanted to be independent,” he said.

  • Hardin County's fair queen captures state title

    Jenna Walters was contestant No. 86 out of the 91 young women competing in the Miss Kentucky County Fair on Jan. 12 in Louisville.

    Walters watched as 85 contestants got ready, practiced walking in their dresses and went before the judges.

    “You lose a little confidence because you’re like, ‘These girls have gone up before me. They look great and here I am,’” she said

    “It was intimidating going up against girls who had been doing it their whole life,” Walters said. “I had no idea I would win.”


    Local probation and parole officers are searching for a Radcliff man who has failed to complete his probation and also has failed to appear in court for a felony burglary charge.

    Dominique Flagg, 20, was indicted in November 2011 for first-degree burglary. The indictment alleges Flagg was armed with a handgun during the incident.

    Probation and Parole District 5 has labeled Flagg as an absconder and the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office lists him among its most wanted.

  • Pride center opens in E'town

    Debi Fields didn’t come out as a lesbian to her family and friends until she was 37 years old because she was afraid they wouldn’t support her.

    Instead, she said she lived a life filled with anxiety, feeling there was something broken inside her.

    “It’s a struggle because you think there’s something wrong with you,” Fields said about the decision not to disclose one’s homosexuality.

  • King's crisis

    Sitting cross-legged with an acoustic guitar sloping across her lap, Joanie Cottrell staged her own sit-in demonstration inside her classroom.

    Staking out a tiny alcove in a semicircle of rapt third-graders, Cottrell led a rendition of “We Shall Overcome,” in which she encouraged students to add their own verses to reflect changes spurred by the civil rights movement.

    They eagerly chimed in with refrains of “freedom now is here” and “freedom is coming today.”

  • Former Eastview man charged with rape of child

    A former Eastview man was indicted this week for allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse with a girl who was younger than 12 years old at the time of the incident.

    Sherman L. Smith, 67, faces charges of first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

    According to the indictment, the alleged contact occurred between February and June of last year.

    Smith was arrested in September in Texas. Police said he fled Kentucky after allegations were reported to Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown.

  • Two indicted over tot's broken arm

    Just nine days after Elizabethtown police responded to a drug complaint and found an 18-month-old child with a broken arm, the toddler’s mother and her boyfriend have been indicted for failing to seek medical treatment for the injury.

    Christina M. Morgan, 19, and Terry L. Adams Jr., 24, both of Elizabethtown, each were indicted on charges of first-degree wanton endangerment and endangering the welfare of a minor.

    The couple was arrested Jan. 8 and was scheduled to appear Friday for a preliminary hearing in Hardin District Court.

  • Four cheer teams advance to state

    Four area high schools will compete Saturday in the first-ever Kentucky High School Athletic Association state cheerleading competition.

    Elizabethtown, LaRue County, North Hardin and Central Hardin high schools each won in their divisions Saturday during 5th Region competition. They advance to the state competition at E.A. Diddle Arena at Western Kentucky University.