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  • New Fort Knox commander sets goals

    Nearly half of the books on Col. William B. Ostlund’s office bookshelf are about Islam.

    The collection is a reflection of Ostlund’s dedication to understanding the dominant religion in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he has most recently served with the U.S. Army.

    It also demonstrates an idea he has about what it takes to create well-trained and combat-ready troops.

    “I really, overall, focus on one single thing, and that’s combat readiness,” he said.

  • Nelson man arrested on child porn charges

    A Nelson County man was arrested Tuesday on charges related to child pornography after Kentucky State Police served a search warrant at his home.

    Frederick Rausch IV, 22, is charged with 10 counts of possession of matter portraying the sexual performance by a minor. He was lodged at the Nelson County Detention Center.

  • Fireworks start grass fire in Rineyville

    One Rineyville resident narrowly avoided disaster from the combination of dry grass and personal fireworks.

    The Hardin County Sheriff’s Department and Kentucky State Police responded at about midnight Thursday to a report of a person in a truck setting off fireworks, such as bottle rockets and firecrackers, from a vehicle on Fuller Road, Sheriff Charlie Williams said.

    The fireworks ignited dry grass in the yard of a Fuller Road property owner, he said.

  • Fireworks forbidden under burn ban

    The cities of Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove and Hardin County have expanded the burn bans in place to include fireworks.

    In an email, Radcliff city spokesman Bryce Shumate said because of the dry weather and ground, using fireworks can become a fire hazard. Use of fireworks results in a first offense issuance of a citation, Shumate said.

    Residents can be penalized under the Hardin County order as well, according to an executive order signed by Judge-Executive Harry Berry.

  • Community watch group forms in wake of funeral-time burglary

    By DeAnna Lasley
    Landmark News Service

    Grayson County community members are gathering to make sure that burglary during a funeral doesn’t happen again.

    Clydean Cooper is spearheading the initiative with support from Sheriff Rick Clemons and County Attorney Clay Ratley. A meeting will begin at 6 p.m. July 10 at St. Joseph Parish Center for volunteers to discuss the formation of a group she is calling Looking Out For Each Other.

  • White Mills Days to celebrate town's identity

    White Mills Days is more than just annual summer fun. To its community, it represents an identity.

    The celebrations, from 6 p.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Saturday, serve the dual purpose of fundraising for the White Mill Civic League and celebrating the town.

    Events include a cake walk, beauty pageant, parade and car show. Food and craft vendors will set up both days.

    The local Civic League originally was intended to support the fire department. Over time, its purpose expanded to supporting other organizations or improvements in the town.

  • Freedom rings: Elizabethtown celebrates its first Founders Day

    Justin Trowbridge attacked a chocolate pie in front of him Wednesday like his life depended on it.

    The 10-year-old devoured the pastry with a ravenous appetite as his mother and family cheered him on and laughed at his determination.

    “Keep eating, baby,” his mother, Christy, encouraged.

    “I think he needs a snorkle,” an onlooker said.

  • Photo: Fort Knox on the Fourth
  • Bardstown man killed in crash

    A Bardstown man was killed Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash in Grayson County near Clarkson. Police said the man’s vehicle was struck as he attempted to assist friends who ran out of gas.

    Kentucky State Police said Dominic Allen, 24, died after the 2005 Ford Explorer he was driving was struck by Jerry Whitley, 66, of Newbern, Tenn., who was westbournd on the Western Kentucky Parkway in a 2007 Peterbilt tractor trailer.

  • DUI, other charges levied in Tuesday crash

    \A Tuesday injury crash on Ky. 54 west of Leitchfield was alcohol related, according to Kentucky State Police.

    A 2002 Kia driven by Dustin Haycraft, 23, of Leitchfield was eastbound on Ky. 54 when it ran off the right shoulder, police said. Haycraft overcorrected, causing the vehicle to run off the left shoulder, strike a fence and crash into a utility pole, police said.