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  • Happy Meals tested locally go national

    McDonalds Happy Meals nationwide will include a bag of apple slices with caramel dipping sauce and fewer fries in the future.

    Local customers have been there and done that. This area served as a test market for the change.

    The Happy Meal changes will be applied nationwide as part of a company plan announced Tuesday to make many meal options healthier with fewer calories and less sugar and sodium.

    Happy Meals across the U.S. will complete their transition by April, according to a news release from McDonalds’ corporate office.

  • Backpack Program in need of 'adoptions'

    A local charitable organization is looking to the community for help in reaching out to the youngest Kentucky residents.

    When the school year begins, children in 33 counties will receive food from Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland. But to do so, the organization needs money from donors.

  • Heat, dryness stress county's corn

    Hot temperatures and a lack of rain have many area farmers hoping for showers, including scattered thunderstorms predicted for this weekend.

    Much of the corn in the county is going through pollination, which requires moisture and mild temperatures for optimal results.

    That means moisture is crucial right now, said Matt Adams, a Hardin County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources.

    During pollination, plant tassels produce pollen, which is transported by a variety of pollination methods to the silk at the ends of ears of corn.

  • Burke's Article 32 hearing is today

    The U.S. Army’s case against Sgt. Brent Burke begins today at Fort Campbell with an Article 32 hearing.

    The Army charged Burke July 8 with two counts of premeditated murder. The former military policeman is accused of killing his estranged wife, Tracy Burke, and her former mother-in-law, Karen Comer, at Comer’s Rineyville residence on Sept. 11, 2007.

    A Fort Campbell public affairs official described an Article 32 hearing as an “impartial investigation into the charges,” similar to a grand jury proceeding.

  • Burglary suspect arrested in Hodgenville

    Landmark News Service

    Early Tuesday, Hodgenville City Police apprehended a man suspected of breaking into Sammy’s Market in Sonora.

    According to Police Chief Steve Johnson, Jacob Ritchie, 18, address unknown, allegedly broke into the market between 3 and 4 a.m. Ritchie began walking on Ky. 84 and was picked up by a motorist.

    “According to the story we got, when he was in the vehicle, he told them he broke in and tried to get money out of the ATM,” Johnson said.

  • Ramadan draws focus to faith

    Imam Mohamed Ismail always feels better by the end of the religious lunar month of Ramadan.

    He’s more focused on God, more appreciative of what he has and more productive.

    Ismail and other members of the estimated 125 Islamic families in Hardin County will not eat or drink from sunup until sundown beginning on Monday.

    They will abstain from sex, and they will pray often through the passing days. They’ll also meet nightly as a community to listen to readings from the Koran, with the entire religious text being read during the month.

  • Former LCHS teacher charged with unlawful transaction with a minor

    Landmark News Service

    A former LaRue County High School teacher has been charged with third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

    Jeremy Todd Blair, 33, formerly of Hodgenville and now living in Leitchfield, according to court records, is accused of assisting or causing a minor age 16 or younger to disobey parents. According to a criminal complaint served by Deputy Eric Williamson, Blair had been “told to stay away” from the minor by her parents earlier this year.

  • State subcommittee to hear argument for Safer 65 authority

    A plan called on by several Kentucky counties for the creation of a Safer 65 Project Authority to accelerate the expansion of the interstate to six lanes will go before a legislative subcommittee this morning.

    The Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation will discuss the project during a 10 a.m. meeting at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort.

  • Cruisin’ the Heartland allows family to showcase their collection

    David Fields remembers a time when the streets of Elizabethtown were filled with cars driving up and down Dixie Avenue on Friday and Saturday nights.

    Teens would pile in to each other’s cars and cruise the town, make stops at various diners, such as the Lincoln Car Hop, and at times, even switch vehicles to hang out with other friends.

    “All you would do Friday and Saturday nights in the late ’50s and ’60s is cruise,” Fields said. “You would clean up the cars just for Friday and Saturday nights.”

  • Weeds, weeds go away