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  • Plugged in: Renovated Fort Knox welcome center makes visits easier

    After $80,000 and six months, the vision of Fort Knox’s new welcome center has come to fruition.

    The committee officially revealed its newly renovated center to the public Thursday afternoon, which was adorned with technological tools designed to ease visits and welcome visitors.

    “This is an effort to use technology to get people where they need to go and provide information,” said Will Fears, chief of Visual Information and project manager for the renovations.

  • Iowa man travels to Kentucky to meet his wartime rescuer

    Jim Daley was raised in Meade County and has spent almost all his life there.

    Barry Adams was raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and has spent almost all his life there.

    They met briefly a world away from home in Southeast Asia. Today, they plan to meet again for the first time in 43 years.

    Daley and his wife, Shirley, are coordinating a Memorial Day weekend reunion for his former Army unit, the 2nd Brigade, 8th Infantry. A notice about the gathering on Page 52 of the March issue of VFW Magazine caught Adams’ attention.

  • Radcliff launches fund for firefighter's family after child's death

    Radcliff Fire Department is huddling around one of its brothers in a time of need.

    The department and city have started a fund at The Cecilian Bank to benefit full-time firefighter Leroy Lewis, to help pay for funeral and medical expenses after his 9-year-old son was killed Tuesday and his wife and daughter were injured in a wreck near Battletown in Meade County.

  • Fort Knox provides cemetery access on holiday

    In honor of Memorial Day, Fort Knox will open its gates to all individuals interested in visiting the installation’s 121 cemeteries from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.

    Most of the cemeteries have ties to former area towns such as Stithton, Grahamton, and Pitts Point, as well as rural church cemeteries and family graveyards. Additionally, some relatives of President Abraham Lincoln are buried on Fort Knox, including his grandmother, Bathsheba (Bersheba) Lincoln.

  • Duo celebrates a half century of service

    Snow did not stop them from coming to work and cancer merely slowed them down.

    Despite their individual trials, Ruby Parker and Thelma Dunn have not budged from their duties. After 50 years volunteering for the Hardin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, they still tackle their jobs with an energetic flair.

    The two lifelong friends are quick with a laugh or a joke, describing five decades of local service modestly but with a note of gratefulness for the chance to meet new people and take their posts in the HMH gift shop on assigned Thursdays.

  • Museum event to feature military history

    Visitors at Fort Knox Saturday and Sunday can learn about military life from 1775 until the present.

    The Life of a Soldier living history event at the Gen. George S. Patton Museum of Leadership at Fort Knox began when the museum opened in 1949 with demonstrations of captured German vehicles, uniforms and equipment.

  • Lockdown: Jail fortifies perimeter around minimum security building

    After four inmates walked away from Hardin County Detention Center’s restrictive custody building in the last six months, the jail staff increased security around the facility this week.

    “I just can’t take a chance anymore,” said Jailer Danny Allen, about adding strength to a building marked as minimum security.

    A week ago, two inmates, Vance Tate and Brandon Board, escaped by digging a hole in a gravel bed under the perimeter fence. Six months ago, Lonnie Ray Coy and Joshua Nunn executed a similar escape.

  • Softball little leaguers rally around teammate who has cancer

    A small group of small girls have stepped up to the plate to help their teammate — quite literally.

    The South Hardin Sports little league team called Thunder and its families have rallied support for Laekin Risinger, a 5-year-old softball player, who recently was diagnosed with Burkitt leukemia.

    “It gives them something a little more important to play for,” Thunder coach Matt Mardis said. “It’s not just a game to them now.”

  • Hardin County Farmers Market sees successful early start

    Only three booths were set up at the Hardin County Farmers Market on Tuesday morning.

    Vendors said that’s typical for this time of year, and Saturday crowds show the farmers market’s early opening this year and the warm March has caused successful growing and selling among market members.

    Brenda Thomas, president of the farmers market on Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown, was among those selling Tuesday.

    Her table featured flowers, eggs, broccoli and other vegetables.

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