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  • Now that's a big pumpkin

    Retirement means something different to everyone.

    To Frank Mudd of Flaherty, it means growing big pumpkins — really big pumpkins.

    Mudd won the Kentucky State Fair’s Largest Pumpkin Contest on Friday. His pumpkin weighed 1,046 pounds, beating the second-place finisher by 50 pounds.

    “That’s a pretty good sized pumpkin,’’ he said.

    Mudd, who retired from Fort Knox in 1997 and has had gardens on his 3 acres of land, never intended to get into the art of growing behemoth items like pumpkins and watermelons.

  • Sex offender waives right to pre-trial hearing

    Registered sex offender Kelly C. Ferguson of Elizabethtown waived his right Monday to a pre-trial hearing in Hardin District Court.

    Ferguson, 35, is accused of forcibly raping a victim younger than 16 years of age.

    He was convicted of a previous sex crime in 1998 when he pleaded guilty to sexual abuse, according to court records.

    He is charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and failure to comply with the sex offender registry. First-degree rape is a Class B felony.

  • ECTC exhibit focuses on photographer’s work

    Photography is the focus of a special exhibit at the Morrison Gallery at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    “Sprout: Photographs by Laura Hartford” is on display at the gallery through Sept. 9, with a closing reception from 9 to 11 a.m. that day.

    The gallery is in room 102 of the Administration Building at ECTC. It generally is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, though hours may vary.

    Admission is free and the gallery is open to the public.

  • Army pilot recognized before retirement

    Wayne Ray of Big Spring was a young man when the nation’s attention was turned to the Vietnam War.

    In January 1969, he enlisted as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot for the after watching images of the conflict flash across his television screen.

    During the past 42 years, the chief warrant officer 5 has served in the U.S. Army and the Kentucky Army National Guard.

    He served in Vietnam and twice in the most recent war in Iraq.

  • Senior Life: Now is the time to start planning

    If there was crystal ball to tell the future, life would be so much easier. Looking ahead to the future, we could plan more effectively, make decisions based on facts instead of intuition, and make the right choices the first time.

    But without a crystal ball, decisions and plans are made on intuition and gut feelings, often at the last minute instead of after long-term planning. This is what many face when caring for aging family members and loved ones.

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  • Women’s Equality Day recognizes works of women throughout history and in the present

    Abigail Adams asked her husband, John Adams, to “remember the ladies” as he was among the founders and presidents of a new United States system of government, Erika Diggs told a mostly full room.

    Community members gathered Sunday at All Nations Worship Ministries on Wiselyn Drive in Radcliff to honor women of history who helped clear the path for women’s equality.

    Applause filled the room when Diggs, a church member, said that having three women on the Supreme Court could barely be imagined 200 years ago.

  • Return to Berlin

    Two Radcliff men spent the fall of 1961 playing a role in history as turmoil in Berlin escalated to the point a physical barrier was erected to divide the Soviet-occupied east side from the American-supported west side.

    This month marks the 50th anniversary of the start of construction of the Berlin Wall — an impasse of the Cold War that would take nearly 30 years to fall.

  • USA Cares to receive proceeds from 9/11-themed products

    USA Cares has partnered with a national products company to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    The Radcliff-based military charity is the direct beneficiary of a 9/11-themed product line launched in June by Simplicity Creative Group, a company that specializes in craft, sewing, knitting, hobby, and home decorating products and brands.

    USA Cares receives a portion of the proceeds from the line, which includes T-shirts, bracelets, pins and temporary tattoos.

  • Faces and Places: Feeling the heat: Firefighter Physical Endurance Testing