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  • Berlin to Baghdad: Racial strife, anti-war beliefs filled Williams’ service

    It was a turbulent time, filled with racial strife, social uncertainty and a potent disconnect concerning the military’s role in a remote land.

    On one side stood the military contingent, engaged as ever in its duties to protect the country and fellow soldiers. On the other side stood a resistant anti-war movement bolstered by American youth hostile to both the conflict in Vietnam and the soldiers fighting it.

  • County fair on track despite storm damage

    Hardin County Fair plans have had to be finessed to accommodate the usual attractions with only one building left standing at the fairgrounds.

    The restaurant building and three livestock barns were damaged by a storm this past spring and had to be removed.

    One livestock building was on the verge of being salvageable, but the rest were beyond repair, Fair Board President Larry Jaggers said.

     “We’re making do with what we’ve got this year,” he said.

  • Lori Paynter’s mother ready to move on

    A long chapter in Bonnie Dickerson’s life ended Wednesday, one consumed with phone calls, dogging police and keeping track of her former son-in-law’s whereabouts.

    Daniel Paynter on Wednesday pleaded guilty to murdering Dickerson’s 35-year-old daughter, Lori Paynter, in December 2002.

    “I talk to her, and I have her pictures around the house and I sit and look at her,” Dickerson said. “I miss her dearly, but you can’t bury yourself with your husband or your loved ones.”

  • Kentucky immunization requirements updated

    Between the trips to buy new clothes and school supplies, some parents should schedule a trip to the doctor’s office during their children’s back-to-school preparations.

    Immunization requirements changed July 1, so parents with children entering day care, Head Start programs, preschool, kindergarten or sixth-grade need to check with their medical providers to ensure that their child’s vaccination records are up to date for school.

  • Head-on collision on 31W sends four to HMH

    A Kentucky State Police trooper said rain played a factor in a wreck Wednesday that sent four people to Hardin Memorial Hospital.

    The wreck occurred around 3:06 p.m. on U.S. 31W just north of Sonora, said Nita Franklin, Kentucky State Police dispatcher.

    A purple Pontiac Bonneville traveling north lost traction because of the rain and went into the southbound lane where it struck a red Chevrolet Blazer in a head-on collision, Trooper Ryan Johnson said.

  • Soldier’s early return surprises his children

    Haley and Michael Edmondson of Vine Grove grinned widely and darted toward their crouching father Thursday when he picked them up from day care.

    Staff Sgt. Justin Edmondson was sporting the uniform he has been wearing for the past six months during a tour of duty in Afghanistan as he folded his children into his arms.

    Stationed at Fort Knox, Edmondson departed with the 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division for his fourth tour to Iraq or Afghanistan.

  • Investigation of Brandenburg strip mall fire continues

    Every inch of the Brandenburg shopping center at 2320 Bypass Road is charred, blackened and crumpling to the ground except for abandoned shopping carts being used to hold up yellow police tape.
    While investigators have determined where Saturday’s fire started, they continue to search for what caused the blaze that claimed the shopping center, which opened in 1969.

  • Committee seeks donations for 9/11 memorial

    Area residents have an opportunity to contribute to a memorial honoring victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    The 9/11 memorial at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff is a private endeavor directed by a local committee. I

    t will rely on donations of money, labor and services. A piece of steel from the World Trade Center in New York was delivered Wednesday to the cemetery.

  • World Trade Center piece arrives at Radcliff cemetery

    Sept. 11 survivor Tony Rose held back tears on a hot Wednesday morning as he described the symbolism of a twisted piece of metal delivered to the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff.

    “Today, this piece comes to us as a result of evil, There’s no other way around it,” he said.

  • Operation Faithful Support strengthens wives, marriages

    Deployment is filled with challenges for families. And for an Army wife, someone who will let her vent and confirmation that she’s not alone in her feelings are precious.

    One Sunday each month, wives of the deployed soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division come together for these things and more. They find listening ears and common experiences. Above all else, they find the support they need to protect and nurture their marriages.