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  • Ghost Out aimed at saving lives

    Twelve teenagers stood next to each other in a line that stretched across the Elizabethtown High School gym.

    Each held a light shaped like a candle.

    A man dressed like the Grim Reaper pointed at the teens one at a time. The lights in the candles went out. Two waiting first responders lowered them to the gym floor and covered their bodies with white sheets.

    An obituary for each young person was read matter-of-factly over the sound system Friday during a Ghost Out program at the school.

  • Church conferences with kids on character

    A local church worked this weekend to instill honorable behavior in children, with a healthy dash of “please and thank you.”

    Lakeside Worship Center hosted the first Character Kids Conference on Saturday at the church, giving lessons on a variety of character-developing topics, such as manners, respect and friendship. The conference is the first of its kind for the church.

  • E'town grad witnesses Boston chaos up close

    The text message came into her cellphone around 6 a.m. Friday, telling her to stay away from work for the day.

    That was the first indication to Lindsay Hodges, a 1998 graduate of Elizabethtown High School, that Friday would not be like any other she had experienced in about eight years of living in Massachusetts.

  • Obama proposes another BRAC round for 2015

    President Barack Obama has proposed another round of Base Realignment and Closure in 2015.

    If authorized by Congress, it could lead to the shuttering of several military installations and a downsizing of infrastructure, but local officials and U.S. lawmakers said uncertainty surrounds the concept with many legislators in opposition.

  • Bail set for Patrick Neal


    Bail was set Friday for Patrick Neal, a Radcliff man accused of sexually abusing a 5-year-old relative.

    Despite arguments from his attorney, Roger Rigney, concerning Neal’s military service and lack of a criminal record, Hardin District Judge Kim Shumate set the bond at $25,000. She cited the fact the allegations constitute a Class C felony and Neal is a flight risk. Neal left the state in February after the accusations came to light.

    A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 3.

  • Guthrie to make several stops Monday in Hardin County

    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie has a hefty itinerary planned for Hardin County on Monday with two stops planned at local schools and a medal presentation at the Elizabethtown Nature Park.

    The Republican legislator is scheduled to visit James T. Alton Middle School in Vine Grove, where he will address students at 10 a.m. on Internet safety and accept questions.

  • Walk a Mile for a Smile

    People from across Hardin County came together Saturday to show the special place Special Olympics has in their hearts.

    The Walk a Mile for a Smile fundraiser for Special Olympics took place at North Hardin High School. More than 100 participants from the community came to support the sports program in the sunny but cold weather.

    Coordinator Maureen Johnson said she thought the chilly temperature kept some away, but Darrin Johnson, president of the local Special Olympics, said the sun gave the event a better turnout than last year, its first year.

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  • Durrant’s bond re-set

    Bail was re-set Friday for a former J.T. Alton Middle School teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

    Hardin District Judge Kim Shumate set bail for Anthony D. Durrant, 46, of Rineyville, at 10 percent of the original $25,000 bond. A preliminary hearing for Durrant is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 22.

    Attorney Roger Rigney represented Durrant, and argued Durrant’s lack of a criminal record warranted a reduction of bail.