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  • E’town council to hear anti-DUI program pitch today

    A business owner with local ties hopes a safe driving program he devised in the 1980s could save lives in 2012.

    Scott Ward, a Michigan resident who owns Jewelry and Bridal on Dixie Avenue in Elizabethtown, plans to pitch his “Home Safe” drunken driving program to Elizabethtown City Council today. He said the program would stand as an alternative to drunken driving by providing a ride for intoxicated residents.

  • Senior Life: Self resolutions for the New Year

    The first week of the new year is behind us. It’s exciting to know opportunities will arise to better ourselves, to help others and to improve our own particular situations.

    In addition to the usual list of resolutions – lose weight, start an exercise program, give more time to family and friends – consider adding the following to help gain more freedom and independence for yourself in the new year.

    During the New Year, I will:

  • Driver injured near Rineyville

    A driver received life-threatening injuries Saturday morning in a collision west of Rineyville.

    Chelsea R. McClanahan, 18, of Hardinsburg, was traveling west on Berrytown Road in a 1997 General Motor Co. Jimmy when her vehicle dropped off the right shoulder of the road, according to Kentucky State Police, which investigated the collision at 6:33 a.m.

    McClanahan overcorrected and the vehicle overturned several times. She was ejected and suffered life-threatening injuries, according to police.

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  • Who killed Elena Sanchez Hawkins?

    The one-floor house off Bardstown Road near Boston, Ky., is gone, leveled over time and replaced by a new structure.

    What has not gone away after two decades is one of Hardin County’s murder mysteries: Who killed Elena Sanchez Hawkins, a 29-year-old married mother of two boys, on January morning 20 years ago today?

    “It’s a pretty baffling case,” said retired Kentucky State Police Detective Rob Foster, lead investigator in the 1992 case.

    No arrests have been made.

  • LaRue schools put lunch photos online

    Mashed potatoes and pepperoni pizza at LaRue County Schools better be ready for closeups.

    Schools in the district are participating in a pilot program that posts pictures of students’ lunches online, where parents can view the contents of their children’s plates.

    SeeMyPlate is part of the My School Bucks online payment system offered to parents that coordinates with software at the cafeteria checkout.

  • Freed prisoners ease financial pressure on state government

    More than 900 state inmates have been granted early release from prisons and jails as a section of House Bill 463, legislation aimed at reforming Kentucky’s penal code, went into effect.

    As stipulated by HB 463, prisoners released Tuesday were within six months of completing their sentences and will go into the supervision of the Department of Probation and Parole for the remainder of time.

    State Sen. Dennis Parrett, who voted in favor of the bill, said the move is estimated to save the state about $40 million annually.

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  • Group to send letters of protest against pulled ads

    Area advocates of tolerance in religion are writing letters of protest after what they see as un-American discrimination of the Islamic faith.

    Heartland Interfaith members are writing letters to Lowes Home Improvement and Kayak expressing their hurt and disappointment at the companies’ decisions to pull advertisements from the reality television show “All-American Muslim.”

    The show on The Learning Channel is about the daily lives of five American Muslim families.

  • Abraham Lincoln Elementary's principal dies in wreck

    A Hodgenville principal died Saturday in a vehicle collision.

    Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Principal Amber W. Thurman, 47, of Hodgenville, was pronounced dead by the LaRue County coroner at the scene on Ky. 84 one mile west of Hodgenville, according to the Kentucky State Police post in Elizabethtown.

    Police responded to the collision at 5:04 a.m.