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  • E’town residents complete KSP training

    The Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 60 new troopers at ceremonies Sunday in Frankfort, including two from Elizabethtown.

    Devan Cleaver of Elizabethtown was one of two recipients of the Commissioner’s Commitment to Excellence Award, presented to a cadet who demonstrates leadership, the desire to get the job done and determination to be the best every day. He was assigned to Post 14 in Ashland.

    Craig T. Hulsey, also of Elizabethtown, completed the training and was assigned to Post 9 in Pikeville.

  • Fort Duffield marks 150th anniversary of Civil War today

    In special observances, the nation will remember the Civil War over the next four years — the war’s 150th anniversary. The National Park Service is showcasing this year sites related to the war.

    Connie Morris, secretary of the Fort Duffield Heritage Committee, wants the local remembrance at Fort Duffield off Dixie Highway near West Point also to honor those who lived in the area and were affected by the war and skirmishes near the fort.

  • Excellence in education: Two local preschool classrooms recognized by KDE

    For two local preschool classrooms, their “excellence” is a true, evaluated fact.

    Classes from New Highland and Heartland elementaries in the Hardin County Schools district were among 22 statewide to be honored as Classrooms of Excellence by the Kentucky Department of Education. The honor followed a lengthy review that ensured teachers were following best practices for preschool education.

  • Adult children now caring for their parents

    There comes a day when realization hits us right between the eyes. It suddenly becomes apparent; our parents are growing older.
    No matter how much we try to deny it, the truth is there. The strong, independent, breadwinner of the family is now a little slower, and needs a little more help than he once did. The loving, gentle caregiver of the family needs to be gently pushed to continue throughout her day.

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  • LaRue band captures state championship

    For the first time since the state band competition changed formats in 1964, the LaRue County High School marching band clinched a state championship title.

    “The kids really turned it on at the right time,” band director Jaime Smith said.

    The band’s performance during the semifinals was OK but not strong, Smith said, and he told his students to be prepared either to advance or to go home.

  • 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.