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  • Deputy jailer arrested

    For the second time in nearly three months, a Hardin County Detention Center deputy jailer is behind bars.

    Kentucky State Police arrested Shadrick Blackmon, 32, on Friday following an undercover operation that allegedly discovered the deputy jailer took cash from a cooperating witness.

    Blackmon is charged with one count of bribery of a public servant. Jailer Danny Allen said the deputy had been working for the jail since August 2010 and his employment will be terminated.

  • Hardin County deputy jailer arrested

    A Hardin County deputy jailer was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with bribery of a public servant.

    Shadrick A. Blackmon, 32, of Radcliff was arrested as part of an undercover operation. Friday's operation revealed Blackmon taking cash from a cooperating witness at a location in Radcliff. 

  • Free lessons draw new faces to square dancing

    Dancers tentatively clasped hands and walked paths around folding chairs during a free lesson offered last Monday at the Hardin County Fair Squares building on Hodgenville Road in Elizabethtown.
    A caller directed the dancers to promenade, circulate and sashay.
    Move by move, he showed new dancers the basic steps that make up modern square dancing during one of the short series of free lessons the Fair Squares offer annually.

  • Ohio teens jailed on robbery charges

    A string of Thursday night robbery complaints landed two Cincinnati teenagers in jail after they were arrested by Elizabethtown police.

    Brandon Smith, 18, and Emanuel Mitchell, 19, of Cincinnati, Ohio, were arrested at 10:36 p.m. Thursday and charged with first-degree robbery, attempted robbery and complicity to robbery.

    The first complaint came at 10:24 p.m. from the area of West Poplar Street and Village Drive, according to an EPD news release.

  • Sonora residents bring memorial to life

    Alice Akers of Sonora paced along East Western Avenue in her hometown with an arm full of small American flags.

    Akers was one of about 20 volunteers Thursday night who showed up at a plot of land that is being converted into a memorial park to honor veterans from the Sonora, Upton and Glendale areas.

    “They’re doing this for Sonora, and I wanted to do this to help,” she said. “I’ve lived here all my life, and I just wanted to help.”

  • E'town woman raises money in loving memory of her mom

    There was little that Dana Atcher could do for her mother as the woman sat for as many as five hours at Hardin Memorial Hospital getting her chemotherapy treatment.

    Atcher, an Elizabethtown resident, would get her mother and best friend, Rosalie Risinger, an extra blanket or rub her feet. She would also joke that her mother, a tall woman, needed a comfortable recliner to rest in while getting treated for breast cancer.

    Atcher said she knew the old chairs in the oncology department were small and uncomfortable, but her mother never complained.

  • Scams often target seniors

    An unknown person calls your home phone and says your grandchild has been arrested and needs bond money. Even though you don’t know this person, it sounds convincing because he knows your grandchild’s name. The caller tells you to wire the money somewhere and warns you not tell anyone.

    The next thing you know, you’ve lost several thousand dollars in a grandparents scam.

    Though not all financial scams target seniors as directly as this one, seniors, more often than young people, fall victim to scams, police officials say.

  • Forum examines unification

    The Hardin County community had a chance to weigh in Thursday on possible government unification.

    A forum to learn about and discuss the possibility of Hardin County government unification was hosted Thursday by Ken Howard, chairman of the Hardin County United Governance Subcommittee, and Luke Schmidt, a consultant who completed a study on the subject.

    About 75 county residents attended the forum at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center. It began with a slideshow presentation summarizing the study Schmidt completed.

  • Shaving cream, gloves aid in group's cemetery readings

    Stepping off an overgrown path, three members of Ancestral Trails Historic Society climbed the wooded hill in the Younger’s Creek area about 8:30 a.m. in search of a cemetery.

    The temperature did some climbing, too, rising steadily from the mid-80s into the lower- to mid-90s, the foliage embracing the wet heat. Sweat beaded on reddening skin.

    The trio reached their destination a short distance up the hill: a neglected graveyard containing broken headstones and footstones. Weeds, fallen branches and leaves covered the cemetery.

  • Elizabethtown firefighters awarded for saving 3-year-old’s life

    A 3-year-old boy was laying poolside, unresponsive and not breathing. Bystanders were shouting. Something, possibly a hot dog, was blocking the boy’s airway because responders couldn’t get air into his lungs.

    But firefighters cleared the obstruction, and as the child was loaded onto an ambulance, he started to come around. He was released from Kosair Hospital a few days later without any permanent injury.