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  • Knox observes Women’s Equality Day

    Fort Knox paused Friday and sent a nod to the fight for equality championed by women dating back to the 1840s.

    The event, hosted by U.S. Army Accessions and Garrison commands, paid tribute to women who made inroads for modernization and filled the breach when women’s primary roles were relegated to the home.

    Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley, commanding general of Accessions Command and Fort Knox, said avenues available to women — military included — have grown tremendously since his military career started.

  • E'town boy struck by car

    ELIZABETHTOWN — A 7-year-old boy was injured in a hit-and-run incident early Friday morning in Elizabethtown.
    Elizabethtown Police Department responded to the 1200 block of Woodland Drive around 6:39 a.m. Friday and found a young boy lying on the road’s shoulder, according to an EPD news release.
    According to witnesses, the vehicle that struck the boy was a white, four-door passenger car. Police say the driver did not stop to help the child and fled the scene going northbound on Woodland Drive.

  • Elizabethtown man sentenced to 18 months in child porn case

    After pleading guilty in June, an Elizabethtown man was sentenced to 18 months in prison earlier this week for possession and distribution of child pornography.

    Craig T. Skaggs, 47, was arrested in August 2010 following an investigation by the Office of Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit.

    During a property search at his home on South Wilson Road, officials discovered 622 child pornography images and a video on his computer, according to a previous report.

  • HCU faces barrage of questions at forum

    Roughly a dozen people filed into the gymnasium Thursday night at Meadow View Elementary School in Radcliff to hear Hardin County United’s pitch for a unification review commission.

    What the group lacked in size, it made up for in spirit.

    Following HCU’s presentation detailing the process of a unification study conducted by L.B. Schmidt and Associates, the small group of residents and elected officials hurled questions in the direction of consultant Luke Schmidt and Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard.

  • HCS votes to maintain tax rate

    Hardin County Schools’ board voted Thursday not to change its tax rate.

    HCS board approved a total tax rate of 58.7 cents per $100 on assessed real and personal property, 54 cents on motor vehicles and a 3 percent tax on utilities.

    The vote was unanimous. Board member Charlie Wise wasn’t present for the meeting.

    With the rate, the district will receive approximately $1.5 million more in revenue because of an increase in property value assessments. Assessments have increased by about $177.6 million from last year.

  • Enrollment fairly steady across districts

    The population swell districts experienced during the Base Realignment and Closure initiative has tapered off somewhat, as many schools are close to enrollment from previous years or low compared to estimates.

    Schools in the Elizabethtwon Independent Schools district have seen little change this year. Elizabethtown High School had the largest gain with about 60 students. Nate Huggins, assistant superintendent for student and district support services, said capacity of the buildings has not been reached and the high school could accommodate 100 more students.

  • Howevalley-Vertrees Days continues today

    Children are the focus for this weekend’s Howevalley-Vertrees Days celebration on Ky. 86.

    “We’re really geared up for the kids this year,’’ said Trevor Mather, president of the Howevalley-Vertrees Community Club. “About everything we are doing this year is with kids in mind.’’

    Events open tonight and conclude late Saturday.

    While the festival is around 24 hours in length, Mather said planning for it is about a nine-month process.

  • Company receives grants to expand broadband

    Windstream Communications plans to extend its broadband services to rural parts of southern Hardin County and across Kentucky where it was considered cost prohibitive to expand.

    The new service is possible because of about $59.7 million in federal stimulus dollars awarded to the company, said Scott Morris, a spokesman for Windstream.

    The stimulus grant requires a 25 percent match from Windstream which will spend nearly $20 million to fill in gaps in its network where broadband service is unavailable, Morris said.

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