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  • Local vets react to end of Iraq War

    The U.S. this week closed a chapter in its War on Terror, officially ending its mission in Iraq after nearly nine years of combat.

    The pullout of U.S. troops from the embattled country drew mixed opinions among Hardin County veterans, some of whom have been directly affected by the conflict.

  • Anthony Merriman: Home-grown patrol

    Anthony Merriman has known he wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement since he was 4 years old. Today, he’s 21, and after five years in Elizabethtown Police Department’s cadet program, he’s poised to complete his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Eastern Kentucky University before entering the U.S. Navy.

    “When I turned 16, (the cadet program) was a great way to figure out what law enforcement really is rather than just watching TV or something,” Merriman said. “I’ve learned a lot, even besides police skills.

  • Paintings of two former circuit court judges unveiled

    The portraits of former Hardin Circuit Court judges Janet P. Coleman and T. Steven Bland were unveiled Thursday afternoon at the Hardin County Justice Center.

    The portraits that hang upstairs at the justice center represent more than 120 years of circuit court judgeship in Hardin County, Judge Ken Howard said before unveiling the hand-painted portraits.

    To add portraits to the group is a “pretty unique occasion,” Howard said. He added it was a little odd to add Bland and Coleman to the portraits because “we’re all contemporary.”

  • A mother's grief

    Suicide Hotline: (270) 769-1304 or 1-888-182-8266

    Many times during the course of a day, life seems almost unbearable for Stayce Hazell.

    It could be a song she hears, walking by her son’s bedroom or simply gazing out the front window of her Radcliff home and watching a bus driver make a stop. Her son no longer gets off the school bus.

    For Hazell, life without 18-year-old Gage has been a two-month journey of overwhelming grief. She misses everything about her son.

  • E'town to approve tennis court proposal

    Elizabethtown City Council on Monday is expected to choose a proposal that will further its promise to place new tennis courts at Freeman Lake Park.

    Mayor Tim Walker on Thursday said the proposal expected to be approved will set a cap on the project not to exceed $1.3 million for design and construction of the courts. The company chosen will put together a team to complete the design and build the facilities, Walker said, an approach unusual for the city as it usually bids out design and construction as separate projects.

  • More than $20,000 worth of gear stolen from Rineyville Fire Department

    The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of more than $20,000 worth of gear from Rineyville Fire Department Station 1, RFD Chief Shane Crutcher said.

    Officials noticed the gear was missing Wednesday. Crutcher said the missing items include a set of turnout gear, a hand-held radio, a thermal imaging camera and a laptop computer.

    “They took basically everything you need to be a well-equipped (firefighter),” Crutcher said.

  • Buggeland pleads guilty to killing parents

    Before entering a guilty but mentally ill plea Thursday, Erik Buggeland asked his attorney where his parents are buried.

    On Sept. 20, 2010, after an argument with his father, the 36-year-old repeatedly struck his parents, Terje and Margaret Buggeland, with a dumbbell at their Shepherdsville Road home in Elizabethtown, Detective Jonathon Vaughn of Kentucky State Police said.

    Terje Buggeland also was stabbed, Vaughn said.

    When Circuit Judge Ken Howard asked if Vaughn’s summary of his actions was accurate, Buggeland agreed it was.

  • Buggeland pleads guilty to double murder

    Erik Buggeland, charged in the killings of his parents at their Shepherdsville Road home on Sept. 20, 2010, pleaded guilty Thursday morning to the charges, claiming he is mentally ill.

    Buggeland will be sentenced Jan. 24. The Commonwealth has offered a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for 20 years to the defense. Circuit Judge Ken Howard could reject the plea agreement before sentencing, but the judge said that happens "infrequently."

  • Teen survived nearly fatal medical condition

    At a time when North Hardin High School student Brittany Page should have been looking forward to her junior year, she was struggling for her life.

    The Radcliff student was 17 last year when she experienced a brain aneurysm.

    Terrie, Brittany’s mother, recalled the bleak prognosis from physicians.

    “They weren’t too encouraging,” Terrie said.

    The date the family will remember is Sept. 25, 2010.

  • Community event to embrace homeless

    An Elizabethtown resident is drawing on her faith and experience to stage a community event for all area residents, especially those who don’t have a home to go to during Christmas.

    Lisa Weaver and her husband began having gatherings with family, friends and music three years ago in their Stephensburg home.

    Weaver said the couple wanted to host a similar event when they downsized and moved to Elizabethtown.

    “Before I knew it, it started to get bigger,” she said.