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  • FFA gets donation from local winner

    Local students are benefiting from a Cecilia farmer’s luck and generosity.

    Will Simcoe of Cecilia donated $2,500, which he won from a program to help nonprofit organizations in farming communities, to the Central Hardin High School FFA.

    He won the money from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program through the Monsanto Fund. The program randomly selects an entrant from qualifying counties throughout the nation and awards each of those farmers money to donate to a nonprofit organization of choice.

  • E'town police describe bogus jackpot prize

    Elizabethtown Police Department took a report Wednesday regarding a Publisher’s Clearing House scam involving a prepaid debit card.

    According to a release, the complainant reported his mother-in-law told him she won $250,000 in a random drawing and she needed to send in $155 for processing and delivery of the prize money.

    The woman woke him to go to Walmart to obtain a MoneyPak Card. Once the complainant provided the purported clearing house access to the card, he realized it was not legitimate, police said.

  • EPD continues hunt for unidentified suspect wanted for sexual abuse

    Elizabethtown Police Department continues its search for an unidentified male wanted in connection to three incidents during which he allegedly grabbed women and exposed himself.

    Though there are three reported incidents, Virgil Willoughby, EPD public information officer, said there are two victims in the case. One of the women encountered the man on two separate occasions.

  • State police searching for runaway Clarkson teen

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 is searching for a 16-year-old Clarkson girl who has been missing since Monday.

    Brandi E. Higdon last was seen being dropped off at a restaurant in Clarkson where she told a friend she was going to be picked up by someone else and taken to school. However, she never showed up at school, police said.

    Higdon left behind a note indicating her intent to run away for a few years before returning home, according to a KSP news release. The teen also took clothes with her.

  • KSP searching for missing Grayson teen

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 is requesting assistance in its search for a Clarkson teen who has been missing since Monday.

    Brandi E. Higdon, 16, was last seen being dropped off at a restaurant in Clarkson where she told a friend she was going to be picked up by someone else and taken to school. She never showed up for school, police say.

    According to a news release, police believe Higdon to be with 18-year-old Tyler Hill, who also has been missing from school since Monday.

  • The Road to War: 3rd ESC cases colors as deployment nears

    The road to war for the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command is nearing its end.

    The senior logistics unit cased its colors Wednesday during a ceremony on Brooks Field at Fort Knox as one of the final acts before it departs to Afghanistan in less than two weeks. Roughly 250 soldiers are expected to deploy.

    Col. Kristin French, commander of the 3rd ESC, said an advance party of soldiers was en route to Afghanistan while another advance unit has been on the ground for weeks making preparations for the main body’s arrival.

  • The Road to War: Deployment a part of family dynamic

    Maj. Josh Richey and his wife, Dana, have accepted deployments as part of their family’s dynamic — adapt and survive until they see each other again.

    So, when in the next two weeks Josh Richey boards a plane to Afghanistan for a nine-month deployment with the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, he will say goodbye to his wife and three young daughters, but he won’t belabor the point.

  • 14,000 pills recovered by EPD

    Since launching a prescription drug take-back program March 28, the Elizabethtown Police Department has collected more than 14,000 unwanted pills, officials report.

    At the corner of South Mulberry and College streets, the department kicked off its 24-hour free disposal site March 28 and by Monday, an estimated 14,000 pills were dumped in the green bin, said Virgil Willoughby, EPD’s public information officer.

  • Vine Grove couple pleads not guilty in dog abuse case

    A Vine Grove couple facing more than 100 counts of second-degree animal cruelty entered pleas of not guilty Wednesday morning during an arraignment in Hardin District Court.

    Brian and Joyce McCarthy were arrested March 21 after 103 dogs were confiscated from their residence at 103 Gaylene Drive where officials said the animals were living in unsanitary conditions and without water. The couple left jail the day of their arrests after posting bond.