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  • Father's relationship with son shared with community

    Doug Wheeler sat quietly in the dark as he and everyone in the nearly fully Historic State Theater gazed at a slide of Rembrandt’s “The Prodigal” with music playing gently in the background.

    He stood to talk about the painting and how the image of a man embracing his kneeling son reminded him of his relationship with his father.

    The artistic device of making one of the father’s hands larger than the other has been interpreted by some to symbolize the protective and the vulnerable nature of fathers, Doug Wheeler said.

  • Fire damages Summit United Methodist Church

    “It’s just like a bad dream,” Julia Richardson said as she wiped tears from her eyes Friday morning, looking over the remains of Summit United Methodist Church. Fire heavily damaged the building during Thursday night’s storm.

    “I knew about it last night, but just couldn’t bring myself to come over here until this morning,” she said.

    Richardson and her sister, Velma Sarver, both longtime members of the church, joined other members and neighbors to survey and salvage what they could from the now roofless structure.

  • Elizabethtown Sports Park opens
  • Scotty's Contracting at work on North Miles

    Preliminary work has begun on the widening of North Miles Street in Elizabethtown. Rep. Jimmie Lee, D-Elizabethtown, said Scotty’s Contracting and Stone were on site Friday.

    Road construction is to begin sometime this year, said Chris Jessie, public information officer for the Elizabethtown office of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The project will widen North Miles from its intersection with Pear Orchard Road to the intersection of Ring Road. The total improvement is a $12 million project.

  • 'Big' leader moved from volunteer to CEO

    For one Fort Knox High School graduate, his return to the Central Kentucky area this weekend was twofold.

    Charles Pierson, who graduated from the post high school in 1985, is beginning his new position – CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. His is a mission of recruitment and advocacy for the organization he was compelled to support first as a volunteer before becoming an employee.

  • Escapee located in Richmond by KSP

    Nearly three weeks after he escaped from the Grayson County Detention Center, Kentucky State Police arrested 22-year-old Joshua L. McDowell.

    Troopers from the Richmond Post were responding early Thursday evening to notification of a possible stolen vehicle traveling south on Interstate 75. The vehicle was located on South Keeneland Drive in Richmond and KSP said the operator was unloading property from the vehicle.

  • Ky. 1600 bridge scheduled for demolition

    Demolition of the old Ky. 1600 bridge will require closure of the U.S. 31W Bypass in Elizabethtown from the Ky, 1357 intersection to the U.S. 31W intersection Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

    The closure is part of the Ky. 361 — Elizabethtown to Radcliff Connector — project as construction of the bypass interchange continues.

  • Burn bans lifted in E'town, Radcliff

    The cities of Elizabethtown and Radcliff have lifted the burn and fireworks ban.

    Rain over the last few days allowed both cities to lift the bans Friday. The cities will accept applications for outdoor burning permits at both main fire stations.

    A burn ban remains in Vine Grove. County government lifted its burn advisory earlier this week.

  • Photos: Twenty thrifty years
  • E’town Sports Park opens Saturday

    Elizabethtown Sports Park becomes Elizabethtown Fun Park on Saturday as the nearly $30 million multi-sports facility hosts its opening day for the public.

    The free event is from noon to 5 p.m. and features an array of events and attractions.

    “We’ll open the gates and the public will get to see what we have,” said Janna Clark, sports and sales director for Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau. “Kids will be able to run the bases on the fields, there will be Punt, Pass and Kick and a soccer challenge.”