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  • Elizabethtown graduate helps NATO handle IEDs

    Derek Smith grew up listening to his father talk about how important it was to give back to his country and the people around him.

    “He always thought it was important to give back to your nation,” he said.

    Smith’s father did not talk much about serving in Europe during World War II, but the lessons both his parents imparted about giving back to support something greater than himself stuck with him.

    He expected to serve in the U.S. Army for a couple years to give back. He enjoyed the work, which has turned into a 26-year-long career.

  • Ag commissioner among speakers at GOP event

    Three speakers will entertain local Republicans during the annual Lincoln Day Dinner scheduled Saturday at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown.

    Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer and U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie are scheduled as well as 26th District state Rep. Tim Moore, R-Elizabethtown.

    The social hour begins at 5 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m.

    Tickets for the fundraiser are $50 and are available at www.hardingop.com.

  • As region tournament host, CHHS has double the work

    Standing near midcourt, Chris Bauer seemed uncertain which way to turn Tuesday night. Either way he went, there was a task to be done.

    The Central Hardin High School athletic director and hundreds of volunteers, from school officials, booster club members and community supporters, have undertaken the challenge of hosting both 5th Region basketball tournaments.

    In a stretch of nine days, the school will be the site of 14 games, sending the two teams left standing in boys’ and girls’ play to the prestigious state tournament.

  • Police: Man dead after domestic dispute

    One person is dead and another in serious condition at a Louisville hospital after an altercation between a husband and  wife in Elizabethtown early Sunday morning.

    Elizabethtown Police responded to Kimball Drive in Elizabethtown shortly before 4 a.m. and found Maila G. Kennedy, 42, and two children sitting in a vehicle in front of a home. Police found Kennedy bleeding from what appeared to be a knife wound to her neck.

  • Winter weather coming tonight

    A winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service covers much of Kentucky east of Interstate 65, including Hardin, LaRue and Meade counties. The advisory is issued when significant snowfall is possible that could impact travel.

    Rain mixed with snow is likely to begin between 9 and 10 tonight before changing to all snow. Forecasters say the chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

  • Under investigation: Police walk citizens through the investigative process

    When a crime occurs on a primetime TV drama, investigators respond to the scene, gather evidence, arrest a suspect and usually make an arrest or extract a confession within 42 minutes.

    Participants in area citizen police academies are learning a true criminal investigation is not solved in a matter of minutes. Investigators rely on deductive skill and hard work to solve a case as opposed to high-tech forensic equipment.

  • Hardin County escapes most storm damage

    Better safe than sorry.

    Wednesday’s tornadoes might have prompted local officials to exercise extreme caution when warned of severe weather for Friday, but Hardin County largely dodged the powerful system that flattened parts of Southern Indiana.

    The worst weather reported in the area was pea-sized scattered hail near Sonora, despite tornado and thunderstorm warnings that affected Hardin County, said Doug Finlay, deputy director of Hardin County Emergency Management.

  • Expo promotes good health

    Bobbie Crawley of Elizabethtown was at Towne Mall trying to stay healthy with his regular exercise of walking through the building when his attention was caught by an inflatable shaped like a giant colon.

    Crawley’s mission to take care of his body had led him to the second Healthy Community Expo, which featured educational tools to protect his health.

    The inside of the walk-through model, “The Incredible Colon,” showed clean, smooth ridges that were labeled as normal colon tissue.

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  • Basketball Hall of Fame selects executive director

    Operating in borrowed office space behind a desk relocated from the basement of his own home, Rick Whobrey began work as executive director of the new Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

    It’s a modest beginning for a 53-year-old Elizabethtown resident who spent nearly two decades as an executive with Kentucky Farm Bureau. The Hall of Fame has no site and no exhibits but is nine days away from naming the first members of its inaugural class of 100 inductees.