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  • Knox soldier killed in Afghanistan

    A Fort Knox soldier on his first deployment died Oct. 14 in Khowst Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.

    U.S. Army Spc. Michael D. Elm, 25, of Phoenix, was an infantryman assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke.

  • Local breast cancer survivors discuss fights for their lives

    About 10 women meet once a month at Hardin Memorial Hospital to talk about the way chemotherapy makes them physically weak, the way their families deal with their cancer fight and the way they feel when they look down and see where their own unmarred breasts used to be.

    Some of the women are survivors who have seen no further signs of trouble. Some still fight. Some know they will endure more days and weeks of life without real hope of beating breast cancer.

  • Downtown revitalization meeting is tonight

    Elizabethtown city officials and the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council are ready to take the next step in a shared vision to redevelop downtown.

    The two entities are hosting a downtown design meeting from 5:30  to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Historic State Theater.

    Mayor Tim Walker said the meeting is the kickoff for the downtown revitalization program as the city gains input from downtown business and property owners, homeowners and residents in general.

    “Anyone interested in our downtown,” he said.

  • Sex abuse case heads to circuit court

    A Radcliff man accused of repeatedly engaging in sexual acts with a female younger than 12 will be arraigned in Hardin Circuit Court next week.

    Paul H. Hales, 54, originally was charged with one count each of first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree sodomy, but the grand jury returned a September indictment listing six counts of each violation.

    According to a Radcliff Police Department citation, Hales admitted to performing sexual acts with the alleged victim “25 to 30 times” at “his home, while driving and in parking lots.”

  • E'town to purchase 7.3 acres from Severns Valley for drainage

    Elizabethtown City Council authorized a purchase real estate and joint development agreement Monday with Severns Valley Baptist Church and H. Wayne Properties LLC after a lengthy closed session.

    The agreement stipulates the city will purchase roughly 7.3 acres of property adjacent to Severns Valley Baptist Church, where the city had built a stormwater retention basin, at $204,135.

    The plan originally was to establish a permanent pool on the site, but the agreement states the concept has proven “impractical.”

  • EIS approves construction document for stadium

    Elizabethtown Independent Schools is moving forward with the possibility of a new stadium.

  • ECTC honors nine distinguished alumni

    Nine former students joined the ranks of alumni recognized by Elizabethtown Community and Technical College for success and hard work in their educations, careers and communities.

    The alumni were inducted into the school’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni on Monday, joining 57 other former students already awarded the honor.

    President and Chief Executive Officer Thelma White said during the ceremony that ECTC officials are proud of the school’s growth and the opportunities offered to students.

  • HMH to hold employee healthcare premiums level

    Health care costs continue to surge, but Hardin Memorial Health employees won’t be seeing an increase in premiums this year.

    The HMH Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to hold premiums level and absorb more of the cost for employee healthcare benefits as it switches to new provider Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Anthem will manage health, dental and flexible spending plans for employees in 2012, according to the plan for the county's largest employer.

  • Local women in WKU homecoming court

    Twenty students are competing to become Western Kentucky University’s 2011 Homecoming queen this weekend, including two from the area.

    Whitney Churchman of Cecilia, top left, and Stephanie Burba of Magnolia, bottom left, are among the candidates.

    The winner will be crowned during halftime of the Hilltoppers’ Saturday game against Louisiana-Lafayette at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. The theme for this year’s homecoming is “Geaux Toppers!”

  • U.S. 31W Bypass work complete

    Rehabilitation work on the U.S. 31W Bypass from New Glendale Road to just north of St. John Road has wrapped up, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

    All lanes and access ramps have been reopened after months of limited access for motorists. The work started in April and cost more than $9 million to complete, according to Patty Dunaway, chief engineer for the KYTC District 4 office.