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  • Closed pet center attracts worries about animals

    Hardin County Animal Control responded Wednesday to multiple complaints of possible animal cruelty at E’town Pet Center in E-Town Plaza but ultimately found no evidence of cruelty or neglect.

    The calls resulted from what appeared to be abandoned animals in the building after the shop was closed July 2 for failing to pay taxes, but the owners have been visiting every four to six hours each day to care for the animals, said Jerry Foley, director of Animal Control.

  • Truck Tuggers go to war: Tug o’ War draws a crowd after two years rained out

    A modest group of onlookers grew to a howling crowd of enthusiasts Tuesday night as the Kentucky Truck Tuggers dug rivets into the soft Hardin County soil under their tire treads.

    After torrential downpours slammed the brakes on their past two visits to the Hardin County Fair, the Truck Tug O’War made up for lost time. The Kentucky Truck Tuggers contorted their rides into wicked disfigurements during a cool night following the brutal heat wave that stalled across the state for days.

  • Two plead guilty to robbery

    Two Elizabethtown men pleaded guilty to robbery Tuesday.

    Brandon R. Daye and Terry Hunter took plea deals Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard’s courtroom. The men were accused of robbing a Radcliff man, who was shot in the leg during the incident.

    They were arrested in February.

    Both men were charged with first-degree complicity to commit robbery and first-degree complicity to commit assault.

    The plea deal amended the robbery charges to second-degree offenses and dismissed the assault charges without prejudice.

  • Tourism commission tweaks sports park agreement

    The Elizabethtown Tourism Commission approved a change to its Elizabethtown Sports Park operations agreement with the city allowing the use of excess revenue from the park to pay off cumulative deficits. It also struck a sentence stating excess revenues would be put back into the sports park’s operational budget.

    Mayor Tim Walker said the Sports Park will be treated as a department and any and all excess revenues will be absorbed into the city’s general fund.

  • Ready, aim, shoot: Kids' archery camp teaches skills outside of classroom

    Kids are getting a shot at something that is brand new for most of them: archery.

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College hosts Kids' College archery camp this week for children in sixth through eighth grades to try their hand at a bow and arrow.

    Instructor Daniel Thorn, also a physical education teacher at T.K. Stone Middle School, said the camp teaches not only archery skills but life skills such as patience and focus.

  • Tourism commission votes to accelerate release of Vets Tribute donation

    The Hardin County Veterans Tribute should soon receive an infusion of cash.

    The Elizabethtown Tourism Commission unanimously voted  Wednesday to release a $100,000 donation for the tribute originally approved last year. Relase of the money hinges on the caveat that the donation does not imperil the cash flow of the Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau.

    Mayor Tim Walker requested release of the money because of the committee’s need to pay for expenses as it mobilizes construction.

  • Local girls take top roles at state conference

    Several girls from Hardin County were among leaders holding office at this year’s American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program at University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg.

    Girls State provides a mock state government experience, with rising seniors running for offices such as governor and then debating and passing bills proposed by peers. Officers also receive the chance to meet their state counterparts.

  • Volunteers organize to fight funeral-time crime

    LEITCHFIELD — Motivated by outrage, Clydean Cooper set out to do something about funeral-time crime.

    After meeting with funeral directors, the county attorney and law-enforcement officials, Cooper is collecting members for a new organization called Looking Out For Each Other. Once established, it would provide volunteers to house sit for grieving families attending funerals and visitation.

  • Bond lowered for man accused of rape

    A judge agreed Wednesday to lower the bond of a Glendale man accused of rape and sodomy.

    The $20,000 bond on Kevin Dale Floyd, 22, was lowered to a total of $4,500 cash during a preliminary hearing in Hardin District Court.

    That would be 10 percent of $45,000 — $5,000 required for each of the nine charges filed against him.
    Floyd faces six counts of third-degree rape, two counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

  • Comley brings magic to fair

    Mark Comley smiled to himself when an audience member asked how he did it after one of his comedic magic shows at the Hardin County fair.

    He said he gets that question 90 times each day.

    The trick Kaye Litherland of Sonora asked about was one in which Comley planned out an imaginary date for a man and woman, though they never had met before the show.