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  • Hardin Fiscal Court to meet today

    Hardin Fiscal Court's regular meeting has been scheduled for 3:30 p.m. today at the H.B. Fife Courthouse in Elizabethtown.

    Deputy Judge-Executive Jim Roberts said the meeting was delayed because members of Hardin Fiscal Court were on a business trip in Washington, D.C., on behalf of Hardin Memorial Hospital for most of the week. In addition to serving on the court, magistrates have a dual role as trustees of the hospital.

  • Festival parade committee selects education theme

    The theme for this year's Heartland Music Festival parade will be "Education ExCELs in the Heartland."

    Community members were asked to submit entries that had to do with the larger theme of education. Festival organizers hope that the ExCEL winners, educators who have been recognized by WHAS and LG&E/KU, will be grand marshals for the festival parade.

  • Tourism opportunities touted at Chamber meeting

    Wednesday’s Chamber of Commerce meeting was about new leadership and new opportunities.

    Marcheta Sparrow, secretary for the Kentucky Cabinet of Tourism, Arts and Heritage, spoke at the luncheon meeting for the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, which also served as the first for new Chamber Executive Director Brad Richardson.

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  • Five inmates file civil suit against LaRue County jailer and employees

    Five women who allegedly suffered rape and abuse at the hands of two former LaRue County deputy jailers, filed a civil suit Monday in LaRue Circuit Court.

    Alleasha Knox Butler, Brandi Dennis, Stephanie Mason, Jennifer Nichols and Betty Cox were inmates at the jail, according to the suit filed by Elizabethtown attorney Ronald Hines.

    The women claim they were “mistreated, harassed, assaulted, forcibly raped and forced to perform sexual acts” while incarcerated.

  • Holt included in Redford's 'The Conspirator'

    Robert Redford’s new historical drama “The Conspirator” will include a portrayal of Kentuckian Joseph Holt, who served as Judge Advocate General of the Army under President Abraham Lincoln.

    “The Conspirator” focuses on Mary Surratt, who was one of four individuals who allegedly assisted John Wilkes Booth in assassinating Lincoln in 1865. Holt was the lead prosecutor at the conspiracy trial and will be played by actor Danny Huston.

  • Regional traffic fatality figures rise slightly

    While locally there is a slight increase, national statistics indicate that 2010 could have the lowest number of traffic-related deaths in more than 60 years.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expecting traffic fatalities for 2010 to be the lowest since 1949. Locally, however, the number of crashes reported through Kentucky State Police Post 4 rose slightly from 2009 to 2010.

  • BRIDGES getting started with WRI program

    A program to assist youth in fulfilling court-ordered obligations took another step Tuesday in beginning its mission.

    The BRIDGES council hosted an open house for its Work Restitution Initiative to explain the program to potential youth, employers, mentors and community members who might be interested in participating.

  • New Heritage Council leader sets his sights on downtown

    Heath Seymour needs no introduction to downtown Elizabethtown.

    Returning to his hometown after a roughly 15-year absence, the soft-spoken Seymour will soon be heading a mammoth effort to revitalize downtown as outlined by Mayor Tim Walker. The task is an expansion on Seymour’s new role as executive director of the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council.

    Seymour replaces Dana Beth Lyddan, who left Elizabethtown in December to relocate with her husband to Indiana.

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