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  • Hardin Memorial Hospital honored for stance on preterm delivery

    Hardin Memorial Hospital has been selected to join a nationwide initiative to prevent early deliveries of babies for nonmedical reasons.
    The March of Dimes’ Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait initiative announced last week that the hospital has been selected as the eighth site to participate in Kentucky’s program.

  • Vine Grove resident scares public for 22 years

    Morris Coffey peered intently Friday at the incision he had cut into his victim.

    “I mean patient,” his assistant corrected.

    He reached into the gash to pull out a tumor the size of his fist as the young girl on the table screamed in chorus with onlookers.

    The Vine Grove resident and Vine Grove Optimist Club president has been terrorizing visitors at the club’s haunted house on Main Street in Vine Grove for the past 22 years.

  • Area bands place high in regionals

    Area marching bands ranked high in regionals Saturday and will compete in the Kentucky Music Educators Association semifinals Saturday at various locations.

    The top four bands from each division will face off later that night in the finals at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.

    The band from North Hardin High School took first and a distinguished rating in the 4-A West division at the Stadium of Champions in Hopkinsville. Division rankings are based on school size.

  • ECTC emphasizes domestic violence today

    For the 11th straight year, a domestic violence awareness information program will be held at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    Sponsored by The Phoenix Club, a student-based organization, adviser Susan Berry said Tuesday's program has many purposes, including making victims aware that they are not alone in this battle and that there are local places to find help.

  • Senior Life: The differences between men and women

    Pssst! Come closer to learn a secret. Men are different from women. It may not be much of a news-breaking revelation, but it’s true. Men are not only different in their physical and emotional makeup, but in their health and aging processes as well.
    No matter the gender, every situation, medication and diagnosis will have a different effect. The male or female role is important, though, as each one may be more vulnerable to some diseases and experience different symptoms.

  • Economy forces Sammy's Market closure after 35 years

    Nelda and Sammy Wooten did not have much experience when they began operating the store and gas station that became known as Sammy’s Market on East Western Avenue in Sonora.
    A friend had the property available for lease 35 years ago, so the couple took it on and later bought the property, Nelda Wooten said.
    “We just got an opportunity, and we did it,” she said.

  • Photo: The Eyes are Watching
  • 5K preserves teacher's memory

    Jennifer Payne of Elizabethtown remembers her mother often now that she is a mother herself.

    She remembers Pat French as the most kind-hearted, laid-back person she knew and someone especially dedicated to her family.

    “She would have done anything for us,” she said.

    French’s family especially  remembers her every year during a 5k named in her honor after the Elizabethtown resident died in her sleep at age 46 of cardiac arrhythmia.

    She had run a mini marathon the weekend before.

  • Dispute arises over land for Cecilia school project

    Plans to build a 600-student elementary school in Cecilia conflict with a lease holder’s desires to continue farming the property. A financial settlement offer was rejected and the case could be headed to court.

    Hardin County Schools has approved a purchase option to spend $433,575 for the land off Ky. 86 in Cecilia and plans to open an elementary in time for the 2013-14 school year. For 40 years, the Miller family has farmed the property under a lease agreement that has two years left.

  • Cities preparing for alcohol sales

    Law enforcement officials from Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove say it is hard to predict what is going to happen once expanded alcohol sales are available, but policing agencies are “absolutely” prepared for what lies ahead.

    Hardin County Attorney Jenny Oldham said policing agencies in the three cities are “well prepared” and “well trained” for increased alcohol availability and what that may bring.