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  • Vets tribute wreath laying takes somber tone

    Rik Hawkins had a speech prepared for Saturday’s wreath laying ceremony at the newly opened Hardin County Veterans Tribute, but all words left him Friday morning when he learned a gunman had taken more than two dozen lives in a bloody rampage inside a Connecticut elementary school.

  • Thousands of departed veterans honored Saturday at Kentucky Vets Cemetery-Central

    Families embraced one another while others hit their knees and buried their faces in their hands in front of the graves of loved ones — the rain a mere annoyance as hundreds of people gathered to remember the departed at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central.

  • Children need age-appropriate talks about Connecticut shooting

    Discussion of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., likely will continue for days as new details emerge about the Friday attack when 27 people, including 20 children, were killed.

  • Cruisers crammed

    This year, the Elizabethtown post’s donations weighed in at 7,633 pounds compared to last year’s 3,500, said Norman Chaffins, Post 4 spokesman.

    “It has nothing to do with us,” the trooper said.

  • Wreck closes part of North Dixie Avenue

    A two-vehicle collision Saturday morning sent an Elizabethtown woman to a Louisville hospital with life-threatening injuries and closed southbound North Dixie Avenue for several hours as police reconstructed the scene.

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  • Wreath ceremony at cemetery adds companion event

    Veterans alive and deceased are being honored during two wreath-laying ceremonies Saturday.

    Based on the annual wreath laying at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff, a ceremony also is planned Saturday at the newly opened Hardin County Veterans Tribute at Elizabethtown Nature Park.

    The new event is set to begin at noon at the tribute site with a short program and prayer, and includes laying of wreaths at each of the sculptures there.

    It is organized by the Veterans Tribute steering committee and open to the public.

  • Meals program offers help to hundreds of military families

    The holidays are a time for giving but can prove burdensome for people who want to give their families the best without depleting their wallets.

    For 300 local military families, Christmas came a little early Thursday as they received packages of groceries a received a respite from holiday-related tension.

  • Flu impacts state, local schools

    The number of flu cases in Kentucky has hit the highest category possible, according to the state health department.

    The level of influenza has been declared widespread by the Kentucky Department for Public Health. Locally, school systems are seeing the virus, along with other illnesses, in all schools, causing a minor drop in attendance rates.

    Having widespread flu is unusual for this time of year, said Wendy Keown, director of outreach services at Lincoln Trail District Health Department. Flu season typically peaks in February or March, she said.

  • Area police spread Christmas cheer

    Without assistance from Shop with a Cop, Elizabethtown resident Stacy Hodge said her young sons would have received very little or nothing for Christmas.

    “Words can’t explain how grateful I am,” Hodge said Thursday as she, Bobby, 8, and Javier, 5, shopped in the boys’ clothing section at Walmart in Elizabethtown with Elizabethtown Police Sgt. Brian Graham.