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  • 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
  • Honoring the fire marshal
  • 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.

  • Berlin to Baghdad: Racial strife, anti-war beliefs filled Williams’ service

    It was a turbulent time, filled with racial strife, social uncertainty and a potent disconnect concerning the military’s role in a remote land.

    On one side stood the military contingent, engaged as ever in its duties to protect the country and fellow soldiers. On the other side stood a resistant anti-war movement bolstered by American youth hostile to both the conflict in Vietnam and the soldiers fighting it.

  • County fair on track despite storm damage

    Hardin County Fair plans have had to be finessed to accommodate the usual attractions with only one building left standing at the fairgrounds.

    The restaurant building and three livestock barns were damaged by a storm this past spring and had to be removed.

    One livestock building was on the verge of being salvageable, but the rest were beyond repair, Fair Board President Larry Jaggers said.

     “We’re making do with what we’ve got this year,” he said.

  • Lori Paynter’s mother ready to move on

    A long chapter in Bonnie Dickerson’s life ended Wednesday, one consumed with phone calls, dogging police and keeping track of her former son-in-law’s whereabouts.

    Daniel Paynter on Wednesday pleaded guilty to murdering Dickerson’s 35-year-old daughter, Lori Paynter, in December 2002.

    “I talk to her, and I have her pictures around the house and I sit and look at her,” Dickerson said. “I miss her dearly, but you can’t bury yourself with your husband or your loved ones.”

  • Kentucky immunization requirements updated

    Between the trips to buy new clothes and school supplies, some parents should schedule a trip to the doctor’s office during their children’s back-to-school preparations.

    Immunization requirements changed July 1, so parents with children entering day care, Head Start programs, preschool, kindergarten or sixth-grade need to check with their medical providers to ensure that their child’s vaccination records are up to date for school.