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  • Harvest yields lower than average

    The heat and dryness of this past summer were hard on corn and soybeans in the area and in much of the nation.

    The fall harvest is about 80 percent complete. The corn and soybeans harvested mostly are of good quality, but the yield is less than average.

    Corn, which is between 15 and 20 bushels per acre less than during an average year, still is doing better than some farmers anticipated, said Matt Adams, a Hardin County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources.

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  • HMH’s Let Christmas Shine renews ‘touching’ tradition

    A well-entrenched tradition has returned to Hardin Memorial Hospital this holiday season.

    Let Christmas Shine, an annual fundraiser hosted by the HMH Auxiliary, is on display in the lobby of the hospital, giving local residents a chance to pay tribute to a loved one or friend during the time of year in which the joys of giving are amplified.

  • EPD arrests suspect in JC Penney arson investigation

    Elizabethtown police have arrested a JC Penney employee just three days after a fourth fire was ignited inside the Towne Mall department store.

    Janice M. Coolidge, 23, of Big Clifty faces four counts of first-degree arson and three counts of first-degree terroristic threatening.

    Virgil Willoughby, EPD’s public information officer, said police believe Coolidge is behind the four fires as well as last Friday’s bomb threat at Towne Mall and two bomb threats made in October at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

  • Portion of Nicholas Street to close for construction

    A portion of Nicholas Street will be closed to traffic starting this week and won’t reopen until late December.

    The road will be closed between 613 and 701 Nicholas Street beginning 6 a.m. Wednesday and is expected to reopen Dec. 23. City Engineer Scott Reynolds said the city will replace an aging culvert in the area.

    “It’s at a bad angle, too,” Reynolds said, adding the culvert’s placement will be realigned to maximize water flow.

    During construction, motorists are urged to use Leitchfield Road as an alternate route.

  • E’town residents complete KSP training

    The Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 60 new troopers at ceremonies Sunday in Frankfort, including two from Elizabethtown.

    Devan Cleaver of Elizabethtown was one of two recipients of the Commissioner’s Commitment to Excellence Award, presented to a cadet who demonstrates leadership, the desire to get the job done and determination to be the best every day. He was assigned to Post 14 in Ashland.

    Craig T. Hulsey, also of Elizabethtown, completed the training and was assigned to Post 9 in Pikeville.

  • Fort Duffield marks 150th anniversary of Civil War today

    In special observances, the nation will remember the Civil War over the next four years — the war’s 150th anniversary. The National Park Service is showcasing this year sites related to the war.

    Connie Morris, secretary of the Fort Duffield Heritage Committee, wants the local remembrance at Fort Duffield off Dixie Highway near West Point also to honor those who lived in the area and were affected by the war and skirmishes near the fort.

  • Excellence in education: Two local preschool classrooms recognized by KDE

    For two local preschool classrooms, their “excellence” is a true, evaluated fact.

    Classes from New Highland and Heartland elementaries in the Hardin County Schools district were among 22 statewide to be honored as Classrooms of Excellence by the Kentucky Department of Education. The honor followed a lengthy review that ensured teachers were following best practices for preschool education.

  • Adult children now caring for their parents

    There comes a day when realization hits us right between the eyes. It suddenly becomes apparent; our parents are growing older.
    No matter how much we try to deny it, the truth is there. The strong, independent, breadwinner of the family is now a little slower, and needs a little more help than he once did. The loving, gentle caregiver of the family needs to be gently pushed to continue throughout her day.