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  • North Hardin wins Bands of America regional

    North Hardin High School's marching band won the Bands of America regional championship Saturday at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville.

    It was the second straight year the Trojans won the event.

  • Musicians bound by bluegrass music

    For players and fans alike, the Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival represents more than music.

    The three-day gathering encapsulates the tight community the genre evokes, stirs memories and builds friendships.

    In its 13th year, the festival kicked off Thursday evening with the band scramble, which pairs up local musicians into new groups of players who must mesh quickly and hone performances under limited practice time. The festival wrapped up Saturday.

  • Connecting through cardboard

    Peggy Myers believes everyone can learn a few lessons about life while lying on the ground with nothing but a cardboard box as protection from the elements.

    The Elizabethtown resident camped out Friday night at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College as part of Warm Blessings’ fifth annual Cardboard Nation: A Homeless Experience. The event raises money for the organization and allows participants to step into the shoes of a homeless person for one night.

  • Mayor has taste of India

    After 10 days in India, Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker joked he wanted to “kiss the ground” when he returned home Wednesday.

    But he described the trip as richly rewarding because he had a taste of a new culture, visited 1,000-year-old temples and met an endless array of hospitable hosts.

    Most importantly, the trip allowed Walker the rare opportunity to plant the name of his city on the tongues of roughly three dozen companies that may be looking to expand their enterprises into the United States.

  • Taulbee 'patrolling streets in heaven'

    Mark A. Taulbee is “patrolling the streets of heaven,” said Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse.

    Cruse, a former law enforcement official, said there will be emptiness in coming days without Taulbee. Speaking Friday at the fallen officer’s funeral, the mayor said the community must move on.

    “Today is the day, if you are or have been in law enforcement, a day that we seldom think about but never forget about. A day that all too often becomes a reality to us and our families as it has today,” he said.

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  • Good food, good fun in Radcliff

    Eric Ray only barbecues on weekends, but his smoker and the spices it was brewing left mouths watering Saturday afternoon at Radcliff Days.

    “Booming,” he said from his trailer when asked about the day’s business. His partners worked vigorously to field lunch orders. “It’s nonstop.”

    Ray said the use of a smoker adds complexity to the food. The meats he uses are cooked for 24 hours until they are so moist and tender they fall to pieces, he said.

    “You can’t cook like this in the kitchen,” he said.

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  • Thro named UK general counsel

    A former Rebel is moving back to the Commonwealth to become a Wildcat.

    Elizabethtown native William Thro has been selected to become the new general counsel for the University of Kentucky. Thro is a graduate of East Hardin High School and a Hardin County Schools’ Distinguished Alumni.

    Thro begins Oct. 15. He is coming from the same position at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va. He also has served as solicitor general for three attorneys general in Virginia.