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  • Ladies Auxiliary president visits Vine Grove VFW

    Cortina Barnes on Monday joked she was uncertain her hunger could wait for brunch.

    The cheery Barnes, national president of the Ladies Auxiliary for Veterans of Foreign Wars, spent her morning at VFW Post 10281 in Vine Grove, addressing the post’s ladies auxiliary over an ample feast.

    Barnes was touring various auxiliaries in Kentucky as part of a year-long tour of the 51 departments under her watch. Barnes told the modest crowd assembled that this was approximately her 40th department tour since taking over as national president.

  • Jurors to judge in Burke case: We can't reach a verdict

    Jurors considering the fate of accused killer Brent Burke were unable to come to a unanimous decison Monday night, and for the second time in the last nine months, a mistrial has been issued in the case against the former U.S. Army sergeant.

    Burke is accused of killing his estranged wife, Tracy Burke, and her former mother-in-law, Karen Comer, in 2007 in Rineyville.

    The jury reported just before 8 p.m. Monday to Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton that they could not come to an agreement. 

  • Project Princess provides girls with special prom

    Some area volunteers think prom should be a special night for every girl.

    That includes those who can’t or won’t spend hundreds of dollars on dresses, shoes, hair, makeup and accessories.

    Project Princess was born out of a mission to make sure that all girls get that special prom, said Tiffany Gilpin, a coordinator for the event.

    “It’s just about helping your neighbor, your sister,” she said.

  • UK fans rally for atmosphere, community

    It was hard to see any article of clothing at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Elizabethtown on Saturday night that didn’t feature University of Kentucky colors or logos.

    Fans jostled around the restaurant, and most people who had a table had claimed that territory about four hours before the University of Kentucky vs. University of Connecticut game began.

  • Job outlook bleak for Quasimodo

    Modern technology has simplified the job of church bell ringing. But it also has taken away some of the amusement.

    For instance, the Rev. Chuck Walker said beginning monks at the seminary he attended were tasked with ringing the bells – a stressful job, because they’d get into trouble with the abbot if they didn’t toll the variously toned chimes in exactly the right way at the right time of day.

    The monks, though, talked about what fun it was to swing on the ropes, said Walker, pastor of St. James Catholic Church in Elizabethtown.

  • Upton company promotes native grass

    Very few Kentucky lawns are coated with the types of grass that grew in the state when settlers came.

    Consumers hauling major name-brand bags of grass seed home aren’t sowing those native grasses, either.

    Bermuda grass, St. Augustine grass and even Bluegrass came along with new settlers to suit their European lawn tastes.

    The prairie codgrass, switchgrass and other native grasses that sprang up in the state since time beyond memory was replaced or grazed by cattle down to dusty, barren fields.

    An Upton company wants to change that.

  • Girl Scouts kicking off 100th anniversary celebration

    Some Girl Scout foundations, such as survival skills and being prepared, are nearly 100 years old. Others are designed to keep up with the times.

    The Girl Scouts national organization is kicking off a five-year celebration of the organization’s 100th anniversary. Members will celebrate the anniversary next year on March 12, founder Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday.

  • Silver lining
  • West Point voters to decide alcohol sales issue Tuesday

    West Point is gearing up for a vote that will determine whether restaurants in the northern Hardin County city can serve alcohol with food.

    If the measure passes Tuesday, restaurants that offer alcohol must generate at least 70 percent of sales from food to maintain a liquor license and alcohol only could be sold with food rather than at a separate bar.

    Opinions in West Point differ regarding whether the measure should pass.

  • Hamfest gives amateur radio users equipment, communication

    Vendors and amateur radio users gathered Saturday to exchange equipment and information about the communication tool at the annual Hamfest at the State Fire Training School at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    Archie Mack Sr., president of the Lincoln Trail Amateur Radio Club, said amateur radios, or ham radios, are helpful because they enable long-range communication without using power sources or communication lines that can be disabled during an emergency situation.