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  • Walk a Mile for a Smile

    People from across Hardin County came together Saturday to show the special place Special Olympics has in their hearts.

    The Walk a Mile for a Smile fundraiser for Special Olympics took place at North Hardin High School. More than 100 participants from the community came to support the sports program in the sunny but cold weather.

    Coordinator Maureen Johnson said she thought the chilly temperature kept some away, but Darrin Johnson, president of the local Special Olympics, said the sun gave the event a better turnout than last year, its first year.

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  • Durrant’s bond re-set

    Bail was re-set Friday for a former J.T. Alton Middle School teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

    Hardin District Judge Kim Shumate set bail for Anthony D. Durrant, 46, of Rineyville, at 10 percent of the original $25,000 bond. A preliminary hearing for Durrant is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 22.

    Attorney Roger Rigney represented Durrant, and argued Durrant’s lack of a criminal record warranted a reduction of bail.

  • Paving begins for North Miles widening project

    Lengthy delays are possible on North Miles Street as paving work for the expansion project begins today.

    The Transportation Cabinet is urging non-local traffic to avoid the area in order to reduce congestion. Lane closures will be common for the next few months. Cross drain work also begins today.

    Cabinet spokesman Chris Jessie encouraged motorists who do not live or work in the affected area to take other routes for the remainder of the project.

  • Moore finds inspiration in a child’s idea

    After reviewing major developments of the 2013 legislative session, state Rep. Tim Moore told a breakfast gathering Thursday about his latest source of inspiration.

    Moore praised Rachel Ritchie, 9, and her idea about developing a fully accessible playground.

    Speaking at Vine Grove City Hall in the same room where the third-grader’s idea first became public, Moore praised the child’s concern and the community’s embrace of the concept.

  • Red Cross swim classes to continue

    Local effort and popularity have caused swim classes to continue through the local chapter of the American Red Cross after the organization announced the classes were ending.

    The end of swim classes was announced last summer as a Red Cross decision to use outside providers to offer such services. The change followed 50 years of lessons at the city pool in Elizabethtown.

  • Former J.T. Alton teacher to be arraigned today

    Bail was set Thursday at a full $25,000 cash bond for Anthony D. Durrant. Durrant is a former teacher at J.T. Alton Middle School in Vine Grove who was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of sexual abuse and one count of using an electronic communications system to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities.

    Durrant, originally scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, will be arraigned at 8:45 a.m. today in Hardin District Court.

  • Radcliff man arrested on sex abuse charge

    A man long-sought by law enforcement on a sexual abuse charge was arrested Wednesday.

    Patrick A. Neal, 30, of Radcliff was arrested by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office on one count of first-degree sexual abuse. Neal is accused of sexual contact with a 5-year-old female relative.

  • Conference to share character lessons with children

    A new conference is aimed at teaching children about manners and respect.

    The Character Kids Conference on Saturday is designed to teach loyalty, responsibility and other traits with which some children seem to need more guidance, said Beth Nickels, administrator and pastor’s wife at Lakeside Worship Center.

    “In today’s society, children are lacking good character traits, things that their parents might not think to teach,” she said.