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  • Central Hardin students win big at world robotics championship

    When other students were enjoying the freedom of a snow day, 17 Central Hardin High School students gathered in a classroom to build and train robots for a state and, eventually, an international competition.

    Students were divided into three separate teams who participated in the Vex Robotics Worlds Championship in Anaheim, Calif., last week. Central Hardin’s teams brought home three trophies and a banner to add to their large collection from various regional events this academic year.

  • Bluegrass Pipeline on hold

    Shortly after closing local offices in Hardin County, the divisive Bluegrass Pipeline project has been put on hold.

    Bill Lawson, a representative for Tulsa, Okla., pipeline company Williams, and Michael McMahon, a representative of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners of Houston, released a joint statement indicating the project temporarily has been suspended because of a lack of customer commitments. The project would have transported natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica Shales through Kentucky to the Gulf Coast.

  • Local mail carrier honored for Superhero Day

    Despite their omnipresence in American culture, “superhero” isn’t a word frequently applied to mail carriers.

    Unless that carrier is Carmen Combs, who was recognized Monday for going above and beyond the call of duty.

  • Holocaust Days of Remembrance began in prayer at Fort Knox

    As part of the national Days of Remembrance to recognize the Holocaust, Fort Knox hosted an opening ceremony for its week-long observance Monday at Skidgel Hall.

    The ceremony included remarks from Ann Taylor Allen, former professor of history from the University of Louisville and a candle lighting to commemorate the approximately 6 million Jews and others who perished during the Holocaust.

    “Remember what happens when hate takes hold of the heart and turns it to stone,” Jewish chaplain Daniel Goldman said during the opening prayer.

  • Speeding leads to numerous charges for Texas man

    Reports of speeding and reckless driving on Interstate 65 led police Sunday to a Texas man and a drug arrest.

    Police clocked Mason Ruhland, 31, of Hurst, Texas, at 83 miles per hour after receiving reports of his vehicle operating erratically and making frequent, “undo lane changes” according to an arrest citation.

    When Kentucky State Police activated lights and sirens, Ruhland refused to stop, according to the citation. Police said he also passed several vehicles in the emergency lane.

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  • E'town man charged with sex abuse of child

    Vine Grove police arrested an Elizabethtown man Friday after receiving a complaint he had fondled a 7-year-old.

    Shannon G. Rishkofski, 26, of the 100 block of Big Wheel Drive, was charged with one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a person younger than 12, a Class C felony. Rishkofski faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.

    According to an arrest citation, the incident happened April 22 while Rishkofski was bathing the girl. She is the daughter of a friend of Rishkofski’s, police said.

  • E'town considering designated festival area


    Elizabethtownis considering development of a designated festival area downtown that would provide a consistent location for the sale and consumption of alcohol.

    Planning Director Ed Poppe said a designated area would remove confusion for groups or businesses that want to apply for temporary alcohol licenses during festivals and ease headaches for the Elizabethtown Police Department’s enforcement of the policy.

  • Stories from the Heartland: Tonya Bland’s got the outdoors in her soul

    The first time Tonya Bland got up and ventured off in the wee hours of the morning to go hunting, she was just 6 years of age and ready to embrace what had been handed down in her family.

    She has been hooked ever since, first hunting deer and then turkeys.

    Life as a hunter is much more than the finality of the day or shooting a turkey or deer. It’s being able to see the day unfold, as a morning mist gives way to daylight and the surroundings awake from the night.

  • Richardson named chamber professional of the year

    The state’s leading chamber professional directs the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce.

    During a ceremony last week in Frankfort, Brad Richardson, executive director of the local chamber, was named Chamber Professional of the Year by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives during its spring conference. The KCCE is an association of chamber executives from across Kentucky.