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  • Pancake breakfast promotes community, charity

    Jim Deneen chatted with people in line as he flipped golden-brown pancakes over on the griddle in front of him and stacked them onto plates.

    The Elizabethtown Lions Club member has been helping for about 15 years with the club’s pancake breakfast.

    He pitched in again Saturday with the meal at Elizabethtown High School to help raise money for the causes his group supports.

  • Six killed, five injured in Interstate 65 wrecks

    Two wrecks near Sonora on Saturday left six dead and five injured.

    Six people were killed after their sport utility vehicle was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer at 11:13 a.m. near mile marker 83 northbound on Interstate 65. The SUV then caught fire, said Norman Chaffins, Kentucky State Police Post 4 spokesman.

    The people who died were identified as residents of Marion, Wis., Chaffins said.

  • UPDATE: Wreck on Interstate 65 results in six deaths

    A wreck Saturday morning on Interstate 65 left six dead and two injured and closed the interstate both directions near Sonora for about six hours, Kentucky State Police said.

    Police dispatcher Chuck Stewart said two crashes occurred late Saturday morning and were reported 16 minutes apart near the interstate's 83 mile-marker. The first crash was in the northbound lanes of I-65 at 11:13 a.m. and the second in the southbound lanes at 11:29 a.m.

  • Police believe Buffalo, Sonora bank robberies are connected

    Kentucky State Police detectives believe the same person committed robberies at the Bank of Buffalo last week and The Cecilian Bank branch in Sonora in January.

    Police described the suspect as approximately 5-foot-10 with a medium build. A witness told police the suspect had “dirty blonde hair” and facial hair.

  • 19-year-old woman commits suicide at jail

    Seven days before she was to be sentenced for igniting a series of trash can fires in downtown Elizabethtown, a 19-year-old woman committed suicide at Hardin County Detention Center.

    Jailer Danny Allen said another inmate discovered Rachel Dembek attempting to hang herself just before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Dembek died the following day and her funeral was Saturday.

    Allen said Dembek, who had been lodged since Dec. 22, never expressed to jail officials a desire to commit suicide or injure herself.

  • Heartland Festival won't coincide with Labor Day

    Heartland Festival in the Park is returning to Freeman Lake this year, but it will not interfere with residents’ Labor Day weekend plans.

    Elizabethtown Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn said the festival is Aug. 23-24, the last full weekend of the month.

    Vaughn has received calls and Facebook messages from residents, vendors and volunteers concerned the festival could coincide with Labor Day this year since the last weekend in August bleeds into September, but she said the city has no intentions of ever scheduling the festival during the holiday weekend.

  • 3-month-old at Kosair remains critical

    A 3-month-old infant admitted Tuesday to Kosair Children’s Hospital remains in critical condition, but police say the baby boy’s health is improving.

    According to Elizabethtown Police Department, the child was malnourished and suffered from multiple traumatic injuries, including a skull fracture and a broken femur. Police said the injuries stem from abuse and arrested his parents — Jessica A. Capponi, 19, and Alexander M. Irwin, 18 — on charges of first-degree criminal abuse.

  • LaRue County Sheriff Shoffner officially resigns

    Effective at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, a familiar sheriff was back in office in LaRue County.

    Judge-Executive Tommy Turner on Thursday received a letter of resignation from Sheriff Bobby Shoffner. Shoffner said in the letter he is vacating the position because of health issues.

    Former Sheriff Merle Edlin, whom Shoffner succeeded, will step in for the remaining two years of Shoffner’s term. According to a news release, Edlin will not be a candidate or participate in the 2014 election.

    Shoffner’s staff will be retained, according to the release.

  • Pancakes to support community


    Pancakes will pay for eyeglasses and support other community efforts.

    The annual Elizabethtown Lions Club pancake breakfast takes place this weekend to support the children’s eyesight program, scholarship program and 40 organizations sponsored by the club.