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  • FKHS grad named Military Youth of the Year

    In July, RaShaan Allen said he wanted to “win it all” when it came to the national Military Youth of the Year award. Two months later, he has done just that.

    Allen, a Fort Knox High School graduate, earned the award from Boys & Girls Clubs of America this month in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes military installation club members who have faced adversity in their lives. Allen won the state competition in May and was named the Midwest region winner in July.

  • Road realignment moves forward

    A proposal to realign Cardinal Drive in Elizabethtown to meet Diecks Drive at Dixie Avenue is moving toward the property acquisition phase.

    Officials said the retooled roadway will better accommodate traffic spilling off Patriot Parkway — the new Radcliff connector road — while providing space for an expanded emergency room at Hardin Memorial Hospital.

    City Engineer Scott Reynolds said Elizabethtown is in the process of hiring an engineer for the project, which will shape the timeline for construction.

  • Cecilia family copes with cystic fibrosis

    Gary and Amanda Darst of Cecilia don’t take breathing for granted.

    The couple’s son, Preston, 19 months, was born with cystic fibrosis, a chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system with potentially serious repercussions.

    “If he gets a cold, it could be life-threatening,” Amanda said.

  • Locals have chicken chowfest

    Nick Holeman and Jay Trautwein probably won’t be tempted by chicken wings for a few days.

    The two men combined to eat almost 70 boneless chicken wings in six minutes outside Colton’s Steakhouse on Sunday afternoon, qualifying for the Radcliff Days World Hard-Boiled Egg Eating Championship at City Park North on Oct. 5.

    The eight-minute competition, hosted by Major League Eating, features No. 1 ranked competitive eater Joey Chestnut and other professional eaters, who will attempt to break a world record. 

  • Pickin' and grinnin': Bluegrass festival draws crowds from around world

    Wailing fiddles and warbling banjos are expected to return to Vine Grove for the 14th time Thursday through Saturday.

    The annual Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival returns, drawing music lovers from throughout the world to Optimist Park on Knox Avenue.

    Max Ewart, one of the organizers, remembers approaching Vine Grove City Council members with other music lovers 14 years ago with the idea for a bluegrass festival.

  • Seymour to leave Heritage Council

    Heath Seymour is leaving Elizabethtown after accepting a job out of state he said will offer more financial stability for his family.

    Seymour, executive director of the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council, has resigned to assume the role of executive director for Heart of Brevard in Brevard, N.C., a main street organization in western North Carolina near the South Carolina border.

  • Upton Days packs in family fun

    Ramona Cook traded Sonora, Calif., for Upton on Saturday morning.

    Just a few miles from this state’s Sonora, Cook was sampling Upton Days with family.

    “I have lots and lots of cousins here,” Cook said. She makes the lengthy trip roughly once a year and spends several months here reconnecting with her kin.

    “I’ve ate a lot,” she said, taking up her cousins on lunch and dinner dates during

  • Addiction and recovery

    Ten days after being transported Oct. 8 to Hardin County Detention Center, Charissa Earley sat quietly with counselors and fellow participants in the jail’s Substance Abuse Program.

    Though SAP participants Kelly and Heather shared their stories of addiction and recovery with two journalists, Earley only listened, silently wringing her hands in her lap. Last names are not being used for Kelly and Heather to protect their identities.

  • Man charged with abuse

    An Elizabethtown man was arrested after a 2-year-old girl in his care was found with bruising over parts of her body.

    The child’s mother also was arrested because, police said, she saw the bruising days earlier and did not seek medical attention for the child.

    Mark Anthony Tharp, 26, was charged Thursday with first-degree criminal abuse of a child younger than 12. If convicted of the Class C felony, Tharp faces five to 10 years in prison.

  • Reflections in cardboard

    Sarah Granberg ministers to strippers and prostitutes and described herself as an “experiential” person who must witness grounding life lessons to appreciate how blessed she is.

    “I need very real experiences and not just, ‘Boy, Sarah, you’ve got it good,’” she said.