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  • Heartland Festival lands new sponsor

    With a new date and organizers, the Heartland Festival also has acquired a primary sponsor.

    Fort Knox Federal Credit Union officials participated in various roles in past years of the festival and city leaders approached them about becoming a primary sponsor, said Holly Stapleton, marketing manager for the company.

    A lifelong resident of Hardin County, Stapleton said she hopes the festival “stays strong in the community and continues to thrive.”

    Stapleton and credit union officials are pleased to be a part of the revamped festival.

  • Testimony begins in Galenski trial

    The last time Tiffany Sebold spoke to her then-boyfriend, Mackenzie Smyser, was a five-minute conversation via cellphone around 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 2, 2010.

    “I told him to be careful,” Sebold said during her testimony Thursday in the retrial of Conner J. Galenski.

    Sebold was one of five witnesses to take the stand Thursday afternoon in Hardin Circuit Court. Nine women and five men were chosen for the jury in the second trial of Galenski, one of three teens believed to be responsible in the shooting death of 18-year-old Smyser.

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  • Craft fair bigger than ever

    The fourth annual Every Woman’s Arts and Crafts Festival is expected to overflow the building where it is taking place Saturday.

    About 45 women are signed up to sell handmade items from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Colvin Community Center on Freedom Way in Radcliff.

    The number of women signed up means some sellers will display their items on the sidewalks outside the building. There might be a need to find a larger venue next year, organizer LaDonna Eastman said.

  • Clinic celebrates 10 years of service

    Harold McMillen and his wife have used the free services at the Community Health Clinic of Hardin and LaRue Counties for years for checkups and other basic medical services to make sure they’re in good health.

    Otherwise, the homemaker and retired exterminator from Cecilia couldn’t afford basic health care, McMillen said.

    “It’s been a big help to us,” he said. “If we figured out the price of what everything would cost, I don’t think we would ever go to the doctor.”

  • Police use social media to communicate with public

    Elizabethtown Police Department launched Facebook and Twitter accounts this week, which the department intends to use to engage with its community.

    “More than anything else it’s to keep people informed with what’s going on in the area,” said Virgil Willoughby, EPD’s public information officer.

    In addition to posting information about upcoming events, Willoughby said the social media sites will be used to update followers about incidents such as a wreck impeding traffic.

  • Alcohol played a role in Pine Valley drowning

    An autopsy report for a woman found dead April 6 in a pond at Pine Valley Golf Resort reveals the cause of death as drowning with alcohol consumption playing a role in the fatality.

    Jane E. Davis, 51, of Elizabethtown, died from asphyxia, a lack of oxygen, by drowning, according to a report completed by the Office of the Medical Examiner.

    “Acute ethanol intoxication is a contributory factor,” the report reads.

    Davis’ blood alcohol level at her time of death was 0.261, according to the report.

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  • E'town man injured in accidental shooting

    An Elizabethtown man is in University Hospital in Louisville after he was wounded in an accidental shooting Monday at a Winfield Court residence.

    Jeremy M. Storey, 27, sustained a gunshot wound to the right lower thigh after a friend’s firearm discharged while the man was cleaning it, according to a news release from Elizabethtown Police Department.

    The shooter, 22-year-old Aaron J. Taggart, told police the .40-caliber Springfield XD gun was new to him, according to the release. He was taking it apart to clean it when the weapon fired.

  • Jury selection under way in Galenski retrial

    Jury selection began Wednesday in the second trial of Conner J. Galenski, one of three charged in the shooting death of Louisville teen Mackenzie Smyser in November 2010 in Hardin County.

    A trial was first held in October, during which a jury found Galenski guilty of complicity to tampering with physical evidence but was unable to reach a verdict on the charge of complicity to commit murder. The 19-year-old was sentenced to five years.