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  • Berlin to Baghdad: Harrington had love of military in her veins

    Allean Harrington was enamored with the military at an early age.

    Her infatuation began with a deep appreciation for the attractiveness of the uniforms.

    A random drive one day led her near the U.S. National Guard and Army Reserves recruiting offices. She drove past the National Guard but hit the brakes when she reached the Reserves office. She walked inside.

    Her life would never be the same.

    She joined the U.S. Army Reserves in 1977, serving more than 26-and-a-half years between active and inactive duty, retiring as a chief warrant officer.

  • Police chief interviews begin Monday

    After receiving 30 applications, Mayor Tim Walker said the pool to fill the soon-to-be vacant Elizabethtown Police Department police chief position has been narrowed to four candidates.

    Interviews begin Monday and will be conducted by a seven-person committee, Walker said. This committee includes himself, Chief Ruben Gardner and people from outside Elizabethtown.

    “If all goes well, we plan to be done next Wednesday then we’ll decide about doing any second interviews with the candidates,” Walker said Friday.

  • Teen uses sleuth skills for Gatton research

    For a research project that sounds as if it’s straight out of an Agatha Christie novel, a Hardin County student is looking to become the local (and younger) Miss Marple, Christie’s observant sleuth.

    Samantha McKean, a Cecilia resident attending the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University, is focused on decrypting coded messages found on a possible St. Louis murder victim. McKean and two other Gatton students will work with Bruce Kessler, associate dean of the Ogden College of Science and Engineering, on the project.

  • Radcliff man charged with illegal sex act with a minor

    A Radcliff man was arrested Thursday on charges of providing minors with alcohol and committing an illegal sex act with a minor under 16.
    Jake Alan Killion, 20, is charged with one count of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and two counts of third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, according to the citation.
    The arrest warrant said Killion gave alcohol to minors and forced one of them to perform oral sex on him. Both of the children reportedly involved were younger than 16.

  • Buyers let residents cash in on belongings

    A cigar box jiggled with old and foreign coins when Dule Brown of Rineyville arrived on Friday at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Elizabethtown.
    Premiere Estates Buyers in Springfield, Ill., spent most of last week buying coins, precious metals and other items of value at the hotel. The opportunity gave area residents the chance to get rid of unwanted items and bring in some extra cash.
    For Brown, it was all about the hunt.

  • River Days Festival rich with history

    White paper charges littered Elm Street just outside of the West Point Museum, a temporary site constructed for the River Days Festival. Bright orange cones separated the uniformed Union soldiers from the ragamuffin Confederates, who frantically stuffed a Civil War era cannon.
    Saturday marked the end of West Point's River Days Festival, which boasted a Civil War re-enactment, historical players and, for the first time, the West Point Museum.

  • Kentucky rain keeps pouring down
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  • 3/1 soldier dies in Afghanistan

    A Fort Knox soldier died Tuesday from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade in Shemal District,Afghanistan.

    U.S. Army Sgt. Nicanor Amper IV, 36, of San Jose, Calif., was a Cavalry Scout assigned to Troop A, 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke.

    He first began his military service as a U.S. Marine rifleman in October 1995 and transferred to the Army in September 2005. He arrived at Fort Knox in January 2010.

  • Berlin to Baghdad: J.W. Thurman had a storied military career

    Retired Col. J.W. Thurman is a combat journal wrapped in skin and bones.

    The charismatic Oklahoma native excitedly moved about his Elizabethtown home discussing a robust military heritage he can trace to the American Civil War.

    Similarly, he doted on his mentors, such as Col. James “Jimmie” Leach and Maj. Gen. George S. Patton, and his comrades, calling himself the “most fortunate guy in the world.”

    “I never had to look back to see if someone was coming to get me,” he said of his time in Vietnam.