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  • Men to be sentenced for sex crimes

    Two men are expected to be formally sentenced today in Hardin Circuit Court for crimes against children younger than 12.

    Sherman L. Smith, 69, of Eastview, who fled to Texas after allegations were made against him in 2012, will be sentenced to 10 years in prison on two counts of sexual abuse against a child younger than 12.

    Smith received 10 years on each count and will serve the terms concurrently. A charge of first-degree rape was dismissed in the case.

  • Hardin County Schools to host diversity fair

    Hardin County Schools is inviting the community to celebrate diversity in the county.

    The community diversity council for HCS hosts a diversity fair from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at John Hardin High School. The fair features representations of diversity from more than two dozen students and local businesses and organizations.

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  • E'town man charged after pistol incident

    An Elizabethtown man was arrested Sunday afternoon on a felony count of first-degree wanton endangerment for an incident police say happened Feb. 7 in a parking lot.

    Benjamin R. Benz, 33, was charged after he unlawfully swung a pistol around in a careless manner, police said.

  • St. Baldrick's shows solidarity for children battling cancer

    For Elizabethtown’s Thad Jackson, all it took was a request of a fellow church member to get him to shave his head for a cause.

    The member was a neighbor of Addison Jo Blair, an Elizabethtown 3-year-old girl who lost her fight with cancer in May 2011, and encouraged Jackson to join him in a St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser. Jackson will shave his head to help the organization find a cure for children’s cancer.

  • Tocqueville Society adds new dimension for United Way

    A national society named after a 19th century French aristocrat is gaining a foothold in Hardin County on behalf of United Way of Central Kentucky.

    The local United Way chapter has started a branch of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society to encourage donations. 

    The society was named after Tocqueville, who studied the willingness of Americans to volunteer and give on behalf of a “common good.”

  • Stories from the Heartland: She's just like a kid

    A group of kindergarten students had lined up in the hallway outside New Highland Elementary School’s main office and when they noticed a special visitor, they lit up, too.

    A 9-day-old pygmy goat, belonging to a New Highland family, attracted a chorus of giggles and baby talk, especially when the animal, Ruth, displayed her affection for a child’s sparkly pink and white sneaker.

    “She likes your shoe. Watch her, she’ll eat anything,” a teacher advised the child.

  • Women veterans to be recognized

    March is recognized nationally as Women’s History Month.

    The Kentucky National Association for Black Veterans is taking that cue and will honor women veterans for a second year with an event called Shining the Light on Women Veterans.

    “(It) seems as though the female veterans get left out,” said Gail Lyons, Kentucky NABVets Auxiliary President.

    Last year, the organization held the event in Louisville;  but this year it is at Colvin Community Center in Radcliff.

  • Educational foundation to host 'The Event'

    The Elizabethtown Educational Foundation is asking the community to celebrate Mardi Gras for a good cause.

    The foundation is hosting The Event, an annual fundraiser to help pay for faculty needs in Elizabethtown Independent Schools. The fundraiser is at 7 p.m. March 1 at Pritchard Community Center and features a Mardi Gras theme, foundation board member April Jackson said.

  • Special Olympics bring competition, camaraderie

    Kuyle Bowman doesn’t talk a lot, his mother Kathy Harvey said, but she knows he’s been enjoying his time playing on the Hardin County Lions basketball team.

    “You can tell when he’s smiling, he likes something,” Harvey said.

    The Lions were one of three Hardin County teams to compete Saturday in a Special Olympics Region 3 basketball tournament.

    Bowman, 27, has played basketball since January, and it’s helped him socialize, which is difficult for him, Harvey said.