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  • Woman to meet pen pal after 56 years

    One of Jane Link’s best and oldest friends lives nearly 4,000 miles away.

    A White Mills resident, Link has spoken to her friend on the telephone only one time since they met by mail in 1955. On Thursday, they will be in the same room for the first time.

    “I’m really excited, and she is, too” Link said, grinning. “We send letters back and forth, but it’s not like seeing her.”

  • Magistrates weigh in on unification concept

    Hardin Fiscal Court will be the first government body to meet with Hardin County United officials about creation of a unification review commission.

    Magistrates last week did not endorse the concept of unification, but many said they believe voters should have the right to choose.

    The review commission, which could be formed to draft a government charter, must have the county’s consent because state law requires at least one city to merge with a county to form a unified local government.

  • Renovations planned for Black History Gallery

    Those wanting to visit the Emma Reno Connor Black History Gallery in Elizabethtown have about two weeks left to do so before an extended break.

    The gallery will undergo a major renovation beginning Labor Day. The work will run through about Nov. 18, said Andrea Jackson, niece of the late Charles Connor, who opened the gallery in 1989.

    Jackson said the gallery is in need of several interiors repairs.

    “We just want it to look a little better inside than it does right now,’’ she said.

  • Land acquired in Cecilia for new elementary

    A 600-student elementary school will be constructed on 38.54 acres off Ky. 86 in Cecilia that now serves as a soybean field.

    A purchase option, which the board approved Thursday night and is contingent on approval from the Kentucky Department of Education, is the first step in replacing Howevalley Elementary School, which has served the area for nearly eight decades.

    “This is another project that’s been a long time coming and it’s much needed,” Board Chairwoman Kay Sharon said.

  • Plane crash survivors remain hospitalized

    Three members of a LaRue County family involved in a Monday afternoon plane crash remain hospitalized in Louisville.

    Pilot Joshua Marksbury, 31, his wife, Jamie, 32, and their son, Jacob, 4, were injured when the single-engine plane crashed shortly after take-off next to  Abraham Lincoln Elementary School on U.S. 31E.

    Jimmy Shaw, brother of Jamie Marksbury, said Thursday afternoon all three family members remain in Louisville hospitals. He said he preferred not to discuss specific injuries.

  • Photo: Counting flowers on the wall
  • Pastor has seen all 35 years at Faith Apostolic Church

    When Faith Apostolic Church purchased its church at 208 Nicholas St. in Elizabethtown for $10,000 in 1976, it was a small, white wooden building surrounded by a trailer and two houses — a red one and a white one.

    “Then people started coming in, and we got overpopulated in the building,” the Rev. David Aldridge said. “Finally, one of them told us, ‘If you don’t start building, you’re going to start losing people.”

  • When Ends Don't Meet: Kids Café offers full plates, open arms

    The tables in the fellowship hall of New Hope Community Church were decorated with spring-colored flowers. A sign in the back declared Kids Café’s purpose “Not a hand out but a hand up.”

    Cooks were singing and having a good time in the kitchen as they prepared a meal for two busloads of children. It’s a big task for a small church with so many members and children to feed.

  • When ends don't meet: Dinner’s just a two-hour walk in the sun away

    It wasn’t a normal evening at Warm Blessings, but then again, no evening is “normal.”

    A tire blowout on the organization’s van — its only source of transportation — created problems carrying patrons to and from the facility.

    But patrons, the same people who were coming to Warm Blessings for help, helped each other. Those who had cars pitched in and gave others a ride home and one man stayed and helped with the tire problem, He offered his assistance the next day as well.

  • Police seek dental records in conjunction with remains found in Meade County

    Kentucky State Police are looking for dental records belonging to a Harrison County, Ind., missing person to see if they match those of human remains discovered Sunday in Meade County.

    “There is a high probability that we know to whom the remains belong,” a KSP news release reads.

    According to the release, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the missing person case of Evan James Morris, 28, who was last seen jumping off a bridge into the Ohio River on May 28.