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  • Christian group rediscovers the call at E'town conference

    A group of area church leaders and ministers gathered Friday evening and Saturday morning at Fairfield Inn in Elizabethtown for a “leaders and lay ministers conference,” led by the Revs. Gary Summers and Alan Thomas.

    The conference, called Rediscovering the Call, was the first of its kind, but Summers said he and Thomas want to make it a yearly event. Nearly 30 ministers attended, and through the conference, the two pastors hope to start a ministry.

  • Flex Films holds blessing and breaks ground

    Gov. Steve Beshear sat cross legged on a white cushion for an hour in what may be the first bhoomi poojan ceremony held in Kentucky. He hopes it’s not the last, the governor said Friday at a celebration of the Flex Films (USA) Inc. investment in Elizabethtown.

    The traditional Indian ground blessing ceremony was conducted in a pit prepared at the site of the new manufacturing facility in the T.J. Patterson Industrial Park off Black Branch Road.

  • Focus on Finance: Taxes — who pays what

    Question: How do individual income tax revenues to the federal government break down by earning groups?

    Answer: According to irs.gov/ taxstats for 2008, individual income taxes are broken into percentile groups. The following is statistical breakdown by earnings percent of total individual income taxes paid, and average tax rates by groups of taxpayers.

  • LaRue, John Hardin bands advance to state championships

    John Hardin High School and LaRue County High School marching bands advanced to the Kentucky State Marching Band Championships on Saturday night.

    “They had a real good show,” John Hardin band director Brian Ellis said about his school’s marching band.

    John Hardin’s band placed third overall in the Class 4A semifinals at Barren County High School. They went on to perform in the championships at 9:15 p.m. Saturday at Western Kentucky University.

  • E'town flaunts its Halloween spirit

    The sweet smell of kettle corn floated through the air. “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” pulsated through the speakers, and three homemade coffins lined up at the south end of Main Street in Elizabethtown while crowds of onlookers patiently waited for the Phillip Arnold Dead Man Walking Coffin Race to begin.

    The coffin-racing scene was one of many at the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council’s annual Halloween festival, which took place Friday evening and throughout Saturday.

  • Family collects more than $3,000 for charity

    An Elizabethtown boy who already has had more than 60 surgeries at 8 years old has raised $3,360 with his family to benefit people who face the possibility of losing a limb.

    The family of Shawn Aberl II, a third-grader at New Highland Elementary School, has raised money for the Save-A-Limb Bike Ride in Maryland for the second year and volunteered there for the fifth year.

    The ride helps support the efforts of Sinai Hospital-Baltimore to prevent limbs from being amputated when they can be saved.

  • High school bands compete for state titles today

    The best of Kentucky's best high school marching bands compete for top honors today. Qualifying schools from last weekend's regional contests will take part in competitions at various sites in and around Bowling Green.

    The top four bands in each classification will advance to the state finals tonight at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium at Western Kentucky University. The contest is staged by the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

    Here are semifinal performance times for local schools:

  • LaRue's jobless rate among lowest in Kentucky

    Hardin County borders a county with Kentucky’s third lowest unemployment rate and another that’s among the state’s 10 highest.

    LaRue County’s 7.8 percent rate in September is well below the national average of 8.8 percent and ranks behind only Woodford County’s 7.2 percent and Fayette’s rate of 7.7.

    At 13.9 percent, Meade County represents the opposite extreme in the Lincoln Trail Area Development District. Meade was 113th among the state’s 120 counties.

  • Death sentence again recommended for St. Clair

    Landmark News Service

    SHEPHERDSVILLE — Over the past 13 years, 48 jurors have been asked on three occasions to determine the fate of convicted killer Michael Dale St. Clair.

    And, on all three occasions, the verdict was the same — death.

  • Treats, not tricks: Be safe on Halloween

    For a child, Halloween means donning a costume, collecting candy and maybe even pulling a few pranks. But an innocent night of trick-or-treating can spell disaster if children and parents aren’t careful.
    “We need to make sure our young people are safe,” said Bryce Shumate, public information officer at Radcliff Police Department. “Halloween should be enjoyable, but it also should be safe.”