Today's News

  • Scouts try to retain older members

    As children grow into teenagers, it can be difficult for organizations they grew up in to hold their attention.
    Angie Tinch, program delivery coordinator for the Girl Scouts’ Heartland Service Center, said girls often have a hard time staying as involved in the Scouts by the time they get to high school.
    That’s nothing new. Older girls have more academic and extracurricular obligations. They become more involved in sports or begin to think the Scouts aren’t cool, Tinch said.
    Now, the Scouts have a plan to retain older girls.

  • Senior Life: Caregiving during and after a hospital stay

    Most of us have had an overnight stay in a hospital or have known others who have. The sights and sounds of a hospital can fill a stay with anxiety, fear and discomfort. A patient may be reluctant; the thought of being admitted to the hospital, even for an overnight observation, is not in the plans.

    The entire process of being admitted and staying for a required length of time can be intimidating and stressful. The idea of needing medical treatment to this extreme can be upsetting, even in the best of situations. 

  • Burst of patriotic color
  • Recent rain slows tobacco setting

    Rain didn’t fall this past week in the torrent that defined April.

    There were even a few sunny days that allowed farmers to work in fields, but 0.3 inches more of rain Friday and Saturday meant another stutter in spring planting in Hardin County.

    For those planting only row crops, that means planting is taking a little longer.

    For tobacco farmers who also plant row crops, that means tobacco plants, corn and soybeans need to be planted as soon as possible.

    Typically, corn and soybeans are planted between April 15 and early May.

  • E’town officials to speak to basketball Hall of Fame board

    Elizabethtown leaders plan to deliver a simple message this week to organizers of a Hall of Fame to honor the best of Kentucky’s high school basketball.

    “We want to offer our assistance in the process,” said Charlie Bryant, city government’s executive assistant. “We want them to know that we’re willing to get involved.”

    Mayor Tim Walker, Planning Director Ed Poppe, Bryant and new Heritage Council executive Heath Seymour will appear Wednesday at the Hall of Fame’s board of directors’ meeting in Lexington.

  • Braving life’s battles together

    Debbie Rosenkrantz had a 15 percent chance of surviving rhabdomyosarcoma in 1969 unless she got help from specialists in New York City.

    Swelling around her eyelid turned out to be a type of cancer so rare that only a handful of doctors specialized in its treatment. Debbie was the 25th patient treated during the five years that the experimental treatment had been available.

    But if she had that treatment, she had an 85 percent chance of survival.

    Almost immediately, Debbie and her mother, Emma, were on a plane bound for New York.

  • Kentucky Heartland Music Festival Baby and Little Miss contests are this weekend

    The Kentucky Heartland Music Festival’s Baby & Little Miss Contest will be May 21 at Towne Mall in Elizabethtown. Baby contests are open to boys and girls ages birth to not yet five years old.  The Little Miss contests are open to girls ages 5-8. Registration forms are available at: Elizabethtown Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, 111 W. Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown; Republic Bank, 1690 Ring Road, Suite 5, Elizabethtown; and http://hardinchamber.com/Hardin-County-Applications.asp

  • New generation introduces new enjoyment

    It was not supposed to happen.

    I was against it. Firmly, against it. I didn’t like it, I didn’t believe in it and I didn’t want to be a part of it.

    But now I’m in. Even before the first day of summer, I already have filled several weekends and a few evenings watching youth soccer.

    It doesn’t sound like a big deal. But an aversion to the soccer culture could be a generational bias. Growing up in Vine Grove about five decades ago, soccer was not on the radar.

  • Relay for Life: Hope on the horizon

    Ben Bryan of Elizabethtown marched around lighted bags bearing the names of people who have or are battling cancer.

    Bryan had read names during the Relay For Life Luminaria ceremony for several years. Last year, when he read his best friend’s father’s name on the list those who had died of cancer, Bryan decided this year was the time to put together a team.

    He said recruiting participants for Elizabethtown’s Relay, which took place Friday and early Saturday at Central Hardin High School, wasn’t hard.

  • Tables turned on deputy jailer

    An ongoing investigation at the Hardin County Detention Center put a deputy jailer on the other side of the bars Friday.
    Randall Jackson, 24, of Elizabethtown was arrested at 1:30 a.m. Friday at the jail and charged with promoting contraband within the facility.
    Jackson, who has been employed at the jail since September, was terminated, Jailer Danny Allen said.
    According to the arrest citation, Jackson exchanged tobacco products and marijuana for money and other favors. The citation says Jackson admitted to providing marijuana to inmates.