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  • Black educator reflects on integration

    Mary Lois Smith began her 38-year career in education on the cusp of integration.

    The 84-year-old remembers becoming a teacher’s assistant in Hardin County at Bond-Washington School in Elizabethtown a year before other schools in the county absorbed students who attended the all-black school.

    What Smith remembers most about one of the most contentious events of its time in national race relations is how smoothly it went in Hardin County.

  • Closing a gap: Brother to Brother

    The little white house at 100 Gallery Place in Elizabethtown bustled with volunteers hurrying to renovate the former residence of Charles and Emma Reno Connor in time for its Black History Month open house.

    Ten of the volunteers were young men with Brother to Brother, a locally run program that works to empower young black men with English, math and life skills, said Toni Perry, assistant director.

  • Merchants celebrate ‘super’ beer, pizza sales

    The Super Bowl meant championship football and top-notch commercials for many area viewers.
    But it meant good business for some area retailers, especially those in the business of selling beer or pizza.
    Jenny Gossett, manager of Snappy Tomato Pizza Co. on Dolphin Drive in Elizabethtown, said her store received many preorders for lots of pizza.
    “We’ve got a lot of Beasts ordered,” she said.
    The Beast has 24 pieces of pizza.

  • Balancing work and caregiving

    How many times have you tried to be in several places at once? Have you ever found yourself, on the job, thinking more about the places you had to go or the things you needed to do after punching out at 5 p.m.? If you have, you are probably experiencing the difficult balancing act of being a working employee and a caregiver to someone dependent on you.

  • Update: E'town woman killed in wreck on St. John Road

    Amanda Lyons, 30, of Elizabethtown died Sunday after she reportedly lost control of her vehicle on St. John Road which collided with another vehicle, the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department said.

    The department responded at 5:45 p.m. to a collision in the 3000 block of St. John Road in Cecilia, department spokesman Greg Lowe said.

    James M. Waldrip of Elizabethtown said he was southbound on St. John Road in his Chevrolet pickup truck when he saw a northbound Honda appear to lose control, Lowe said.

  • I-65 wreck stops traffic

    One collision resulted in a three-vehicle injury wreck Saturday that shut down northbound lanes of Interstate 65.

    Kentucky State Police responded at about 9:30 p.m. when the driver of a Nissan Altima traveling north on the interstate struck the cable barrier near mile marker 97 and came to rest in the fast lane, said Trooper Anthony Hardin.

    The driver, Billy Bedwell, 40, of Fort Knox, couldn’t restart his vehicle, and got out of his car to cross over the cable barrier. He began walking toward his vehicle again to retrieve his cell phone, Hardin said.

  • Couple promotes careful driving

    Steve Townsend remembers when his father answered a late-night knock at their door to find an Elizabethtown police officer telling him that his wife, Townsend’s mother, had been in a car wreck.

    The officer told them they needed to get to Hardin Memorial Hospital as soon as they could.

    By the time the then 11-year-old Steve Townsend and his father had sped to the hospital, his mother was being transferred to Louisville. She died four days later.

    “It’s one of those things that makes you who you are,” he said.

  • E’town Country Club to hold special alcohol election

    After a failed bid in 2007, the Elizabethtown Country Club once again will try its hand at a special wet/dry election to sell alcohol by the drink.

    County Clerk Kenny Tabb said his office late last week certified signatures on a petition circulated by the Elizabethtown Country Club in the Country Club precinct, which Tabb said houses 1,697 registered voters. Tabb said the club needed about 142 signatures to force a special election but was able to gather around 161 signatures.

  • Remembering a brief life

    Two giant screens towering above the stage at Gloryland Harvest Church displayed a cherub-faced child running, playing and sharing hugs with family members. The scenes included special occasions like a beachfront vacation and everyday events such as a family dinner.

    In one, the tiny girl wore her dad’s hat sideways, concealing her tight black curls. As the slideshow continued, the dark-eyed infant became a toddler then a little girl. In most, she is smiling.