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  • Autumn Daze shrugs off rain

    The 53rd annual Vine Grove Autumn Daze rolled into Optimist Park on Friday night, bringing homemade crafts and entertainment to the city.

    Rain showers thinned the crowd, but several residents were undeterred as they perused the vendors and reconnected with old friends.

  • Assault cases among indictments

    Eleven people were indicted last week in Hardin County, including two men accused of assault.

    Gary W. Barbour, 24, is charged with second-degree assault after allegedly seriously injuring a woman in December.

    Lynell Willis, 29, is charged with second-degree assault after allegedly injuring a woman in April. He also was indicted on charges of resisting arrest and terroristic threatening. According to the indictment, Willis allegedly threatened to spit on an officer while claiming he had AIDS.

  • Couple facing charges after child found bruised

    An Elizabethtown man and his girlfriend have been charged after the woman's 2-year-old daughter was found with bruises over much of her body.

    Mark Anthony Tharp, 26, was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with first-degree criminal abuse. The child's mother, Allison Julie Clark, 22, also of Elizabethtown, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment.

  • PAC seeks local composers for ‘The Hobbit’

    Hobbits, elves, dwarfs, goblins and other Middle Earth folk of “The Hobbit” are looking for local composers.

    In the book and script for “The Hobbit,” characters sing a variety of songs with lyrics by author J.R.R. Tolkien. The problem is none of the songs have musical accompaniment.

    The Pro-Am production of “The Hobbit” hits the stage at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School in April, and PAC director Bart Lovins wants local composers to add to the show.

  • Dow Corning celebrates 50th anniversary

    Lee Vickery is a third-generation employee of Dow Corning, following in the footsteps of his grandmother, mother and aunt.

    Vickery, who has been employed by Dow Corning for three months, said he often is asked if he is the son of Jo Vickery, who retired roughly 12 years ago.

  • Deadline looms for home loan program

    Some area homebuyers will have fewer lending options if federal lawmakers don’t intervene by the end of the month.

    Rural home loans guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture no longer will be available to residents of Elizabethtown, Radcliff and other parts of Hardin County beginning Oct. 1, the beginning of the federal fiscal year.

    Money for the program is allocated through the farm bill, which remains hotly debated in Congress on issues of food assistance and safety nets for farmers.

  • Company sues local restaurants

    A California-based sports production company has filed lawsuits against two Hardin County Mexican restaurants, accusing them of airing a 2011 welterweight boxing match without authorization.

    Lawsuits were filed last Thursday in U.S. District Court against the operators of El Camino’s Mexican Restaurant in Radcliff and El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant in Elizabethtown. The plaintiff is J&J Sports Productions Inc. in Campbell, Calif.

  • Jury finds Radcliff man guilty of sexual abuse

    After about an hour of deliberations, a Hardin County grand jury found a Radcliff man guilty Thursday afternoon of sexually abusing a girl younger than 12.

    Jose Vargas, 36, was indicted last November on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. The jury found him guilty of one of those counts.

    The verdict came after the 12-member jury heard a day and a half of testimony. Among those to testify was the victim, who sat in the courtroom gallery between family members as Judge Ken Howard read the verdict.

  • CPE report included proposal of military advocacy group

    An education group recently proposed creating a military student advocacy group to address the needs of service members and their families who are continuing their educations.

    The recommendation was one of six the Postsecondary Education Work Group to the Military Spouse Task Force of Kentucky made to the Council on Postsecondary Education recently. The recommendations presently are in draft form and later will be presented to the task force.

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