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  • Girl's struggle inspires generosity

    Alison Kimble said everyone at Meadowview Elementary School in Radcliff knows Kiersten Washington.

    “It’s not because she’s in a wheelchair,” the teacher said. “It’s because she’s laughing all the time.”

    A short roll through the school’s halls proves the point. Students and teachers smile at the fourth-grader and stop to chat with and hug her.

  • En garde: CHHS student to fence at Notre Dame

    While many local students will be moving on to play sports in college, Catherine Lee is likely one of the few whose sport involves a weapon.

    Lee, a senior at Central Hardin High School, will attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall and be a member of the university’s fencing team, which has seven national championship titles. Lee will attend the school on scholarship through Air Force ROTC.

  • Working for the weekend

    More than 20 women arrived hammer ready Saturday morning at the corner of Haycraft and East Poplar streets in Elizabethtown for Habitat for Humanity’s nation-wide Women Build Day.

    Habitat volunteers already have built several homes in that area of Elizabethtown. On Saturday, 28 women helped build a shed and put siding on what will be Elizabethtown resident Patricia Crandall’s home.

  • Local WKU campus holds first graduation

    When Kristi Grant’s father was diagnosed with cancer in 2008, she decided it was time to go to college and earn her four-year degree.

    Sunday, nearly four years later, Grant walked across stage at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center to accept her diploma for a Bachelor’s of Science degree in middle grades education from Western Kentucky University. Her father was watching in the crowd.

    “I feel wonderful,” said Grant, 41, of Hodgenville. “I feel like I’m finally doing something with my life.”

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  • Tourism continues to rise in Hardin County

    Hardin County tourism rose more than 2 percent in 2011 over the previous year, according to statistics released earlier this week by the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.

    Local officials report the county's tourism has continued to make gains the last few years despite the nation's struggling economy.

    "It is a trend that seems to define our area," said Sherry Murphy, executive director of the Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau. "Hardin County has remained strong as far as positive growth."

  • 25th District Primary: Lee cites record, opponents point to change

    State Rep. Jimmie Lee says his record speaks for itself, but the longstanding lawmaker will have to overcome two fellow Elizabethtown Democrats to retain his seat in the Kentucky House for the 11th time.

    In the Democratic primary for the 25th District seat, Lee is challenged by perennial opponent Glenn Fonda, who works at Fort Knox in information technology and is a part-time computer science instructor, and Kendrick Bryan, a teacher and volleyball coach in LaRue County. There are no Republicans running in the district.

    The primary is May 22.

  • E’town ready to fight county’s growing pains

    Elizabethtown officials say they are willing to work with Hardin Fiscal Court on a solution to keep county offices around Public Square, but Judge-Executive Harry Berry said county government’s presence may be hindering the growth of downtown.

    Mayor Tim Walker and the Elizabethtown City Council signed a letter delivered last week to Berry and the eight county magistrates, which extended the offer of a joint project.

  • Your catch up philosophy to salvage an agreeable retirement

     Question: When is it just “too late” to start financial preparing for retirement?

    Answer: You have moved past 55 years old and are fast approaching retirement age. But you are behind on savings because of hard times, neglect or financial catastrophe. What do you do now to salvage some financial security for your later years? Create a philosophy of success.