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  • Officials: Drivers beware of deer during mating season

    As mid-November approaches, motorists enter the period of time when they are most likely to find a deer in the headlights, officials say.

    According to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, vehicular collisions with deer annually surge from October to December when mating activity increases the animals’ movement. That three-month period peaks in mid-November.

    Kentucky State Police reported 2,766 vehicle collisions with deer in 2012, which resulted in 140 injuries and no deaths.

  • Vine Grove man charged with rape

    A Vine Grove man is accused of rape after police say he subjected his estranged wife to sexual intercourse when she was unable to consent.

    Gerald L. Kuykendall, 50, was arrested Saturday morning on a charge of first-degree rape. According to Kentucky Revised Statutes, first-degree rape is a Class B felony, which is punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison if found guilty.

    According to a citation, Kuykendall and his wife are separated, and on Saturday, the woman willingly met him while she was intoxicated.

  • Stories from the Heartland: Central grad creates timelapse tour through Louisville

    It starts with footage of the Louisville skyline at night and ends with a daytime shot with a mixture of clouds and a blue sky as the backdrop behind Cathedral of the Assumption Church and tall buildings.

    In between, Eric Stemen, a 2001 Central Hardin High School graduate and former mechanic, takes you on a four-minute and 25-second timelapse trek through the state’s largest city.

  • Masses swarm Holiday Marketplace

    Maria Deaton circled the parking lot twice Saturday morning at Pritchard Community Center for the annual Holiday Marketplace Arts & Crafts Show. Her hope to find a parking space was dashed.

    After returning home for a few hours, she ventured back out, determined to browse the aisles. Luck shined and she became part of the crowd that continued to swell into the afternoon.

  • E'town man indicted in Vine Grove rape

    James Lee Wilkerson, 27, was indicted Thursday on charges of first-degree rape, theft by unlawful taking — automobile and first-degree persistent felony offense.

    An indictment is an allegation, not proof of guilt. Defendants are innocent until proven guilty. Wilkerson has denied the allegations.

  • Hosparus, E-town Florist host home decor show

    Hosparus of Central Kentucky and E-town Florist offer help this weekend to residents looking for holiday decorations.

    The organization and local business team up to host “A Bedazzled Christmas,” a holiday home decor show, Saturday in the Family Life Center at Grace Heartland Church.

    The event features two workshops at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. They demonstrate how to use and recycle old decorations and how to use different materials, some of which may already be found at home, said Beth White, owner of E-town Florist.

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  • Hardin County pays tribute to those who served

    Brig. Gen. Maria Gervais, deputy commander of U.S. Army Cadet Command, turned to local veteran Ralph Reese and thanked him for his service Saturday morning at Optimist Park in Vine Grove, saying those who came before built the foundation for America through their own blood and sweat.

    “It is on your shoulders we stand today,” she said.

  • Creekside honors armed forces

    A choir of students at Creekside Elementary School in Sonora poured emotion into each note of the lyrics for “American Tears,” a reflection on America’s struggles, pains and triumphs as a fledgling country and the pride felt in being an American.

    The choir, made up of fourth- and fifth-graders, performed a series of songs Friday morning as a stirring tribute to America’s Armed Forces. It was part of the schools’ annual Veterans Day celebration.

  • E'town tops military boom towns list

    The Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area has reaped the rewards of an influx in civilians with larger incomes at Fort Knox, causing substantial economic growth.

    This growth has attracted the notice of Austin, Texas-based SpareFoot, which ranked Elizabethtown at the top of its top 10 military boom towns list ahead of cities such as El Paso, Texas, near Fort Bliss; and Clarksville, Tenn., near Fort Campbell.