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Today's News

  • Tax preparation help begins Wednesday

    Kentucky residents can get free tax help beginning Wednesday.

    American Association of Retired Persons volunteers begin their annual appointments to help people with simple federal and Kentucky tax returns.

    The effort continues through April 12 by appointment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the Hardin County Public Library branch on Jim Owen Drive in Elizabethtown.

  • Instead of praying against, pray for a loving heart

    Although the Republicans have been going at it for several months, we are not yet into the heat of the presidential race, and already some Christians are praying for the early demise of President Obama.

    When I say, “demise,” I mean death.

    At least that’s the implication of the recent email sent by Mike O’Neal, the Republican speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives. That email followed a previous one in which O’Neal had referred to Michelle Obama as “Mrs. Yomama.”

  • Doctors, not bureaucrats, should decide appropriate care

    As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee, I have voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and participated in dozens of hearings that revealed astronomical costs, billion-dollar slush funds and countless other negative consequences of the health care law.

  • Sitter charged with murder

    A little more than 24 hours after a 2-year-old died, Kentucky State Police Detective Jason Propes walked into the Hardin County Detention Center on Monday afternoon and charged the child’s  babysitter with murder.

    Ashley N. Chapman, 28, of Vine Grove is accused of inflicting a fatal beating on Layla Marie Johnson.
    Chapman has been lodged in the jail since Thursday on a first-degree criminal abuse charge. The babysitter is being held on a $25,000 cash bond for the abuse charge and a $500,000 cash bond for the murder charge.

  • Four-day Tommy Fest features concerts, workshops

    Now in its 10th year, Tommy Fest, part of an annual concert series at Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center, features Australian musician Tommy Emmanuel and is a consistent draw for audiences.

    “It’s something I look forward to every year,” Emmanuel said.

    As a self-described honorary resident of LaRue County and actual Kentucky Colonel, the guitarist feels connected to the Bluegrass State.

    “I have a long love affair with Kentucky,” he said.

  • USDA herd counts influence price for producers and consumers

    On Jan. 27, USDA released its annual cattle inventory report, giving the total number of cattle residing in the U.S. as of Jan. 1. As expected, the report suggested that the U.S. cattle industry will continue to experience short supplies and high prices for calves and feeder cattle and as a result higher retail beef prices. 

    However, the numbers released also show the trend toward herd reductions may be coming to an end.

  • ON CAMPUS: Dickerson records another double-double for Rose-Hulman (01/30)

    Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior forward Alisa Dickerson, a former Elizabethtown High School standout, recorded her 23rd career double-double for the Engineers as they earned a 55-44 win Saturday in Cincinnati against Mount St. Joseph.

    Dickerson scored 21 points with a game-high 12 rebounds for Rose-Hulman.

  • PREP WRESTLING: LaRue County second at State Duals (01/30)

    The LaRue County Hawks’ quest for another State Duals wrestling championship started strong Saturday, but fizzled late.

    After rolling through their three pool-play matches and then their semifinal, the Hawks suffered a 39-23 loss to Union County in the championship of the annual 16-team tournament at Lexington Henry Clay High School.

    The final match began at 138 pounds and LaRue County led 23-15 after the heavyweights before getting blanked the rest of the final.

  • BOYS' PREP SWIMMING: John Hardin's Hardesty chasing perfection (01/30)

    John Hardin High School senior swimmer Dalton Hardesty has a serious competitive edge.

    Just ask his friend and practice teammate, Elizabethtown senior swimmer Emma Coakley.

    They don’t shy away from any challenges.

    Since they were 12 years old, the two have contested each other to a variety of duels – ranging from individual races to report card grades.

    Coakley used to own the water and dominate with her smarts. Five years later, Hardesty has started to curb that trend. He’s taking over and winning the pride battle.

  • Making in-home care decisions

    Basically, we all travel down the same road of life. As we transition from children to adults, we make many key decisions regarding careers, families and well being. We decide where to settle and live out our years and, hopefully, will be able to decide who will help us as we grow older.

    Caring for yourself or an older family member as the aging process happens is not a new concept. Families have been doing this for generations; in fact, it was an expectation of family.