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  • Former LaRue superintendent dies on vacation

    A Delaware native and former U.S. Marine who left a mark on the educational and community landscape in LaRue County has died.

    Roger Truitt, 72, died while vacationing on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. He had spent the day fishing and while changing for bed, Truitt suffered a massive coronary and later died at a medical facility in Avon, N.C., his family said.

    “I’m just heartbroken,” said Rita Williams, who was a member of the school board that promoted Truitt to superintendent. She later served alongside him in Hodgenville city government.

  • Dixie in downtown E'town to be restriped later this month

    Changes to West Dixie Avenue between Public Square and St. John Road will start taking shape later this month.

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 4 Office will restripe the stretch April 21, reconfiguring lanes around the square and reshaping the four lanes north of the square to one northbound and one southbound lane with a center turning lane. Lane closures are expected during the painting, which should be finished by the end of the day.

  • Coach Cal's tour stops in E'town

    Tom Moors took a half day off from work Friday just so he could see John Calipari, Joe B. Hall and the Kentucky Wildcats NCAA men’s basketball national championship trophy.

    He couldn’t miss having the chance to have a picture taken with the Wildcats’ coach and the trophy or get an autograph from another legend such as Hall.

    It’s the highlight of his year, so far.

  • Libraries evolve to promote technology, community

    The Hardin County Public Library system recently secured a grant to help pay for new computers and offer job preparation classes.

    It’s part of an evolution in which public libraries no longer are quiet refuges solely devoted to books, said American Library Association President Molly Raphael.

    “(Patrons) really need to go in and see what vibrant places libraries are,” she said.

  • Local legislators gather today to discuss session

    Six state legislators who serve Hardin County have been invited to speak Saturday during a legislative breakfast that’s open to the public.

    An update of activities and legislation handled during the recent General Assembly session will be discussed at The Cecilian Bank’s Hillcrest Banking Center at 3460 Leitchfield Road near Ring Road.

    The event begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday with a meal. The 90-minute program is scheduled to begin an hour later.

  • VA to conduct hearing about new medical center

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has scheduled a public meeting to get input on the VA’s plan for a new regional hospital at Brownsboro Road and the Watterson Expressway in Jefferson County.

    The meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Kammerer Middle School, 7315 Wesboro Road.

  • Fashionably thrifty: Pageant contestant competes in Goodwill’s finest threads

    Adrienne Poole could be called a Goodwill beauty queen.

    The Meade County High School freshman has a blue suit she bought on one of her biweekly trips to the thrift store. She plans to wear it during an interview when she competes today and Saturday in the national Miss Junior Teen America pageant.

    Poole will represent the state as Miss Junior Teen Kentucky tonight at the national competition in Dickson, Tenn.

  • Arrests on the rise in Hardin County

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown reported a 40 percent increase in arrests for driving under the influence in March, and according to area law enforcement, arrests in general have increased over the last few weeks.

    Jailer Danny Allen said the typical daily average population at Hardin County Detention Center is 600 to 610 inmates. In April, the average head count has risen to 630 and April 4, the inmate population was more than 700, he said.

    “In general, we’re having a lot of people brought in,” he said.

  • Some Ky. jails allow inmate baptism

    In its effort to conduct baptisms for willing jail inmates, Elizabethtown Church of Christ launched an ad this week with the word “why” printed over a stark red background. It lists 15 counties that reportedly allow inmate baptisms, including Daviess, Fulton, Oldham and neighboring Grayson.

    The message is the latest chapter in the church’s push to overturn a decade-old ban on baptisms at the Hardin County Detention Center that went public last month when church members approached Hardin Fiscal Court about the topic.