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  • 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.

  • Blairs leave lasting rainbow of influence

    “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” played softly Thursday in the background in the lobby of Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville.

    The space filled with media, hospital staff and family and supporters of the 3-year-old girl who smiled brightly from a large picture displayed there.

    The song was a nod to the girl, Addison Jo Blair, because “The Wizard of Oz” was her favorite movie before she died in May of stage 4 neuroblastoma.

  • Hardin jury recommends five years for Galenski

    A Hardin County jury returned a recommendation Thursday afternoon of five years in prison for complicity to tampering with physical evidence in the case against Conner Galenski, a Louisville teen accused in the Nov. 2 shooting death of Mackenzie Smyser near Ky. 313.

    After more than 10 hours of deliberation Wednesday, the jury could not reach a verdict on a charge of complicity to commit murder. Judge Kelly Mark Easton declared a mistrial on that question. The trial began last week and was handed to the jury around noon Wednesday.

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  • Christmas in the Park poster contest under way

    Wanted: Holiday scene posters.

    Reward: $50 savings bond, an invitation to attend the premier viewing night of Christmas in the Park and a ride through the exhibit in a limousine with Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker.

    The Christmas in the Park Committee is again sponsoring its annual poster contest for children in kindergarten through fifth grades.

    Committee member Billy Pait said response to the contest varies each year.

  • E'town council to meet at airport Monday

    A construction tour at the airport will be part of Monday’s work session for the Elizabethtown City Council.

    The 4:30 p.m. meeting is being moved from the council chambers at City Hall to the Elizabethtown Regional Airport at Addington Field. Mayor Tim Walker said the Airport Board invited council members to see progress on the $5 million runway renovations.

  • Suits filed against LaRue deputies, sheriff's office

    Two LaRue County deputies and the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office are facing civil suits in separate cases.

    Two women are alleging false imprisonment and false arrest against the department.

    The cases were filed in September in LaRue Circuit Court. The defendants’ attorneys already have filed responses.

  • Family on mend after plane crash

    Nine weeks ago, three members of the Marksbury family were involved in a small plane crash outside Hodgenville.

    Many prayers, surgeries and physical therapy sessions later, they are on their way to recovery.

    Four-year-old Jacob Marksbury returned to school last week, according to his uncle Jim Shaw.

    "All braces and casts are off; he’s 100 percent,” Shaw said.

    His parents, Joshua and Jamie, received more severe injuries, but the last four weeks have brought “a lot of progress,” Shaw said.

  • Blair family makes gift to Kosair

    During Addison Jo Blair’s fight against cancer, the community rallied around the child and her family.
    She died in May at the age of 3.

    Today her parents, Kelly and Wes Blair, will honor her life and spirit and rally around other children and parents with a $3 million gift to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville.

    The gift, made through the Children’s Hospital Foundation, is from the Addison Jo Blair Foundation combined with an irrevocable estate intention from Kelly and Wes Blair.

  • Fort Knox soldier on first deployment killed in Afghanistan

    Fort Knox lost one of its own as the death toll of the decade-long war in Afghanistan rises.
    U.S. Army Spc. Michael D. Elm died Friday in Afghanistan from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.
    Elm graduated from high school in 2004 and was active in extracurricular activities at Greenway High School in Phoenix.
    The soldier started his military career less than three years ago. His first deployment as a soldier at Fort Knox was in Khowst Province, Afghanistan.