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  • Sparks among runners from area to experience 'amazing' Boston Marathon

    With each step, Alex Sparks could hear cheers and see more signs along the 26.2 miles of the Boston Marathon.

    Years from now, the former Elizabethtown resident might not remember the strain a run of that distance put on her body, but she will remember the sights and sounds from her first venture into one of the world’s most famous races, she said.

    “It was one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life,” Sparks said Monday night from Boston.

  • HMH charters physician council

    Hardin Memorial Health has chartered a physicians’ council that will impact the direction of Hardin Professional Services, the multispecialty medical group of HMH, and develop policies for its operations with hospital management.

    The 10-member board will feature seven elected members, two ex-officio members in the HMH chief executive officer and chief medical officer and one non-voting member in the HPS president/executive administrator, according to the report.

  • Rineyville native manages elite equestrian competition in Lexington

    While growing up in Rineyville and attending North Hardin High School, Lee Carter was a baseball enthusiast, playing and loving the sport.

    Carter now surrounds himself with a sport he had little inclination for in his youth: equestrian events.

    “I was not a horse person,” Carter said by phone this week as he prepared for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, an elite level equestrian challenge that will bring thousands of visitors to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington today through Sunday.

  • CASA acquires temporary offices

    CASA of the Heartland has secured temporary office space as it searches for more permanent accommodations.

    Hardin Fiscal Court approved a lease agreement with the agency Tuesday permitting temporary use of space on the second floor of the R.R. Thomas Building in downtown Elizabethtown.

    The lease starts May 1 and extends through March 31 at a rental payment of $1 per year.

  • Photo: Trimming timber
  • Fiscal Court hears rock quarry appeal

    Vulcan Materials Co. argued Tuesday a proposed expansion of its rock quarry is in line with Hardin County’s comprehensive plan and would not have a significant effect on property values nor a negative impact on the environment.

    Opponents of the quarry said the operation could endanger groundwater flow and karst topography and is not necessary to meet demand for crushed stone.

  • County pursuing work ready certification

    A state certification indicating the healthiness of a local workforce is now being pursued in Hardin County.

    A letter of intent has been issued by the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Foundation to obtain standing in the Kentucky Work Ready Communities Program. The program is administered by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board and Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

  • Hall of Fame fundraising passes halfway point of phase one

    As an ambassador for the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame, professional fundraiser Mike Pollio says he sometimes is asked to defend the selection of Elizabethtown as the museum’s site.

    Describing Elizabethtown as the crossroads of Kentucky, he praised the support of local donors, city government and the tourism bureau as key factors. He said the community recognizes the hall of fame, which will be established across the street from the Historic State Theater, can be a vital part of downtown revitalization.

  • Judge refuses request to recant guilty plea

    A convicted sex offender scheduled for sentencing in two other sex cases — one involving a minor — attempted to withdraw his guilty plea Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Eric Bates, attorney for Jimmie Sturgill, 66, began the sentencing hearing with a motion to withdraw the former West Point man’s guilty plea from Feb. 26. Bates said the motion is being made against his advice.