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  • Disaster strikes LaRue farm again

    A LaRue County dairy farmer whose farm was hit by a tornado in June lost his legs Thursday in a self-propelled silage chopper.

    Gary Rock, who owns Rock Brothers Dairy Farm on Slack Road in Roanoke, was in a field cutting corn stocks when the self-propelled chopper apparently clogged, said Chris Loyall, Rock’s son-in-law and a firefighter at Radcliff Fire Department.

    When Rock attempted to clear the jam, he was pulled into the chopper, which amputated one leg and “mangled” the other, Loyall said.

  • Ring Road, WK interchange to open Thursday

    The new Ky. 3005 (Ring Road) interchange on the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway opens to traffic Thursday around mid-day. Work nearly is complete on the project which extends Ky. 3005 from Gaither Station Road to newly established exit 134 on the parkway.

  • Leitchfield man pleads guilty to distributing child porn

    A Leitchfield man has pleaded guilty in federal court to allegations of possession and distribution of child pornography via the Internet.

    Michael Brandon Thompson, 29, pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession of child pornography and two counts of distribution, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky.

    Thompson admitted in court to using a peer-to-peer file sharing network during a seven-week period in 2011 to allow others to download images of child pornography, officials said.

  • Dodging sweat bullets

    Don’t be fooled by the recent rash of temperatures hovering around 90 degrees accompanied by toasty humidity — Hardin County got off light when it came to traditional summer weather this year.

    So far this year, there have been no 100-degree days and when other summers feature sweltering and draining heat and humidity, June through August of 2013 will go down as only a mild version of summer heat.

  • Two KSP trooper layoffs at Post 4

    Kentucky State Police has laid off 20 troopers — including two stationed in Elizabethtown — in response to a budget shortfall totaling more than $5 million.

    The troopers, who were laid off last Friday, were in the Trooper R program started by KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer.

    Brewer said the program started in 2009 and brought veteran troopers with 20 or more years of experience out of retirement to return to patrol on an annual contract.

  • Two Hardin County men named to aviation hall of fame

    Two men with Hardin County ties are being inducted into the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame.

    Sgt. George Elmer Larkin Jr., who fought and died in World War II, and Scott Hubbard, a Stanford University professor who worked for NASA for 20 years, are among four Kentucky residents and natives to be honored Oct. 26 in Lexington.

  • HCS recognizes its success stories with Distinguished Alumni luncheon

    While the audience assembled Thursday at the Historic State Theater was there to see honored alumni of Hardin County Schools, alumnus Marty Fulkerson said the day was a celebration of the school system.

    “Today is really about recognizing the outstanding educators and administrators in Hardin County Schools,” said Fulkerson, a 1984 graduate of North Hardin High School and member of Elizabethtown City Council.

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  • Senate candidate plans first campaign stop locally

    During his career in investment management, Matt Bevin said he’s developed skills that will make him a more effective U.S. senator than five-term incumbent Mitch McConnell.

    Describing how he worked with “dozens of people to create scores of jobs with millions of dollar in payroll,” Bevin said his career taught him diplomacy, persistence and how to defend ideas in the face of great odds.

  • Hosparus Thrift Shoppe to relocate next month

    Hosparus Thrift Shoppe will triple in size when it moves next month to the former Movie Gallery store, which is three doors down from its current location in Helmwood Plaza.

    The thrift shop is upgrading from 3,000 square feet to 9,000 at its new location at 611 W. Poplar St. because of high sales and demand for large items.

    At the new site, coordinator Moira Taylor said the thrift shop will be able to accept more donations, including large furniture and appliances, and more easily handle the volume of items coming in.