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Today's News

  • GIRLS' PREP BASKETBALL: Elizabethtown's Mudd shares Coach of the Year on All-Region Team (02/14)

    Elizabethtown’s Tim Mudd and Adair County’s James Turner shared Coach of the Year honors on the 2011-12 5th Region Coaches’ Association Girls’ Basketball All-Region Team.

    The team was released Monday. The boys’ team is slated to be unveiled today.

    Mudd’s Lady Panthers, who have two starters out for the season with injuries, are 20-5 entering tonight’s home game with Grayson County. Of the 16 players who have appeared on Elizabethtown’s roster, just three appeared in each of the Lady Panthers’ first 22 games.

  • PREP WRESTLING NOTEBOOK: Hawks happy with most of their draw (2/14)

    Gary Canter knows all too well the luck of the draw for the KHSAA State Wrestling Tournament can sometimes be cruel.

    The longtime LaRue County coach has seen his team reap the benefits of a good draw and witnessed how a not-so-good draw can hinder a team’s chances at a state title.

  • E'town tweaking policies to lift alcohol bans on some city-owned property

    Elizabethtown is closer to allowing alcohol use on city properties.

    City Attorney D. Dee Shaw presented a draft of a plan during Monday’s Elizabethtown City Council work session that would govern the use of alcohol on a number of city-owned establishments, including Pritchard Community Center and Freeman Lake Park.

    The city has an ordinance in place banning alcohol on all city property, but the ban was revisited in January in the wake of changes to the city’s alcohol laws and increased interest in alcohol use at city establishments.

  • Photo: Neighborhood watchdog
  • E'town man arrested on multiple sex charges

    An Elizabethtown man was arrested Friday and charged with multiple sex crimes in connection to alleged encounters with a mentally retarded woman.

    Shawn C. Mansfield, 37, is charged with third-degree rape, second-degree sodomy, attempted second-degree sodomy and third-degree sexual abuse. The alleged encounters occurred Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at his Elizabethtown residence and other city locations, according to the citation.

    The police citation alleges Mansfield confessed to sexual contact with the woman. It also alleges drugs were involved.

  • Senate bill could allow students to graduate early

    Early high school graduation could be a possibility if a Kentucky Senate bill gains support from the House of Representatives.

    The bill, currently in the House Education Committee, could make it possible for students to begin a course of study in middle school or their freshman year of high school that would allow them to graduate early from high school and receive money to go to college.

  • Florists rush to meet Valentine's demand

    Gayla Blackwell and her husband haven’t been able to celebrate their wedding anniversary Feb. 14, in years.

    The couple and family members have been running Blossoms & Heirlooms Florists on Highland Avenue in Vine Grove for 15 years, and their special day falls on the busiest sales weekend of the year for their industry — Valentine’s Day.

  • Fields of dreams can be everywhere

    I took a drive the other day and the silver Envoy found some neat places in Hardin County.
    They were the fields of play for our children from long ago, it now seems.
    I drove by University Drive and found myself looking at the ball fields and remembering all the time our family spent there over the years playing, coaching, watching and working in a hot concession stand.

  • What becomes of the broken-hearted?

    His lips quivered as tears moistened his eyes. But maybe that was just my imagination.

    No, I could have sworn I saw his lower lip quivering. And no mistaking, I heard his voice cracking just a bit.

    It was all there: the suppression of grief, the futile effort to hold the emotions in check, the chin lowered to the chest. It was all exposed.

    His mournful tale has been told by others for eons: the friend who disappointed, a relationship destroyed, the future uncertain.

  • The Road to War: Feeling at home on the range

    If I ever had aspirations to moonlight as a professional sniper, those dreams were quashed last week on a Fort Knox range.

    Photographer Jill Pickett and I embarked on an admittedly exciting adventure Wednesday while logging time with the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command for The Road to War series, in which we strapped on battle armor and had M16 rifles placed in our care.