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  • Cities preparing for alcohol sales

    Law enforcement officials from Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove say it is hard to predict what is going to happen once expanded alcohol sales are available, but policing agencies are “absolutely” prepared for what lies ahead.

    Hardin County Attorney Jenny Oldham said policing agencies in the three cities are “well prepared” and “well trained” for increased alcohol availability and what that may bring.

  • E’town man charged with rape

    An Elizabethtown man is accused of engaging in sexual activities with a female relative younger than 16.

    George William Beason, 31, is charged with second-degree rape, six counts of incest, three counts of second-degree sodomy, two counts first-degree sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter to minors.

    According to a police citation, Beason had sexual intercourse Oct. 12 with the alleged victim at his Keeneland Drive residence. He was arrested Wednesday morning at the Elizabethtown Police Department.

  • Faces & Places: Red Cross renovation
  • Community weighs in on downtown revitalization

    About 50 area residents and businesspeople showed up at the Historic State Theater on Dixie Avenue Thursday to discuss ideas for the revitalization of downtown Elizabethtown with officials from the city and the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council.

    Executive Director Heath Seymour was pleasantly surprised by the level of participation.

    He said cities across the nation are trying to revitalize their downtowns, and it’s important while doing that to understand what community members want out of such changes.

  • Roadshow thrives in down economy

    Area residents dug a couple of interesting finds out of their treasure boxes and dresser drawers last week.
    Treasure Hunters Roadshow, which visited the area from Tuesday through Friday, doled out cash for rare finds and scrap metal.
    The business had seen nearly 200 customers by the end of Friday at the Baymont Inn and Suites on Commerce Drive in Elizabethtown, field manager Shawn Henley said.

  • Playing for keeps: Bands prepare for regional competition

    High school bands are marching into state competition this weekend, and local schools hope they’ll last for another week.

    Local high school bands are competing in the State Marching Band Quarterfinals on Saturday, hoping for a strong showing to move onto the semifinals and finals next weekend. The top eight bands from regional competitions advance to the semifinals.

    Central Hardin High School and North Hardin High School will compete in the 5A division at the Stadium of Champions in Hopkinsville.

  • Blairs leave lasting rainbow of influence

    “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” played softly Thursday in the background in the lobby of Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville.

    The space filled with media, hospital staff and family and supporters of the 3-year-old girl who smiled brightly from a large picture displayed there.

    The song was a nod to the girl, Addison Jo Blair, because “The Wizard of Oz” was her favorite movie before she died in May of stage 4 neuroblastoma.

  • Hardin jury recommends five years for Galenski

    A Hardin County jury returned a recommendation Thursday afternoon of five years in prison for complicity to tampering with physical evidence in the case against Conner Galenski, a Louisville teen accused in the Nov. 2 shooting death of Mackenzie Smyser near Ky. 313.

    After more than 10 hours of deliberation Wednesday, the jury could not reach a verdict on a charge of complicity to commit murder. Judge Kelly Mark Easton declared a mistrial on that question. The trial began last week and was handed to the jury around noon Wednesday.

  • Cold, wet morning
  • Christmas in the Park poster contest under way

    Wanted: Holiday scene posters.

    Reward: $50 savings bond, an invitation to attend the premier viewing night of Christmas in the Park and a ride through the exhibit in a limousine with Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker.

    The Christmas in the Park Committee is again sponsoring its annual poster contest for children in kindergarten through fifth grades.

    Committee member Billy Pait said response to the contest varies each year.