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  • Ceremony tonight promotes love, kindness

    Peggy Harbaugh of Elizabethtown said she is trying to get community members to honor soldiers and children tonight because God wants her to.

    “This was a spirit that the Lord put in me to do,” she said.

    From that conviction grew plans for the Ceremony for Fallen Soldiers and Innocent Children scheduled to begin at 8:30 tonight at Pritchard Community Center on Mulberry Street in Elizabethtown.

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  • Traffic checkpoints planned around county

    The West Point Police Department will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints this month and in September.

    Also, the Hardin County Sheriff's Department will conduct traffic safety evaluations on U.S. 31W and other roadways in the county during the next few months, according to a department news release.


  • EIS approves tax hike

    Elizabethtown Independent Schools has approved a tax hike of more than two cents for the upcoming school year.

    The Elizabethtown Independent Schools board approved a tax levy of 65 cents per $100 of assessed real estate and personal property at the board’s regular meeting Monday.

    The rate would bring in about $4.3 million in revenue for the district.

    The rate is an increase from the previous year’s levy of 62.5 cents per $100 last year.

  • Pilot remains in critical condition

    The pilot of the single-engine plane that crashed Monday afternoon in front of a Hodgenville elementary school remains in critical condition, according to a University Hospital official.

    Joshua Marksbury, 31, was taking off from a grass landing strip in Hodgenville when the plane clipped a tree and a telephone wire before spinning around and crashing nose first on U.S. 31E near Abraham Lincoln Elementary, said Norm Chaffins, Kentucky State Police public affairs officer.

    Marksbury’s wife, Jamie, 32, and son, Jacob, 4, were in the plane with him.

  • Man pleads not guilty in sex case

    An Elizabethtown man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy during his video arraignment in Hardin District Court.

    Kelly C. Ferguson, 35, was arrested Saturday after a complaint of sexual assault was filed, according to a Kentucky State Police news release. He also is charged with failure to comply with the sex offender registry.

    “Violator has failed to update his new address with (Department of Transportation) by not renewing his license,” the citation reads.

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  • Single-engine plane crashes in front of elementary school

    Seventeen-year-old Lorrie Benningfield was waiting in her car Monday afternoon at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School where her mother works when she looked up and saw an airplane strike a power line and begin to spiral.

    “I didn’t even know it was a plane at first,” Benningfield said. “I saw it spiral near where the line was on the pole. I think it hit nose first.

  • Monthly event to promote Elizabethtown businesses

    Elizabethtown leaders and business owners want to give residents more reasons to stay in town.

    Cooperative businesses in downtown Elizabethtown will be open and offer various attractions on the second Saturday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m. beginning Sept. 10.

    The series of events, called “Second Saturday,” are aimed at getting local residents into stores and restaurants using sales, demonstrations and other methods.

  • Taste of Heartland tonight is benefit for community clinic

    This year’s annual benefit for the Community Health Clinic in Elizabethtown will include a lot of thanks for donations supporters already have given.

    A goal by organizers for the Taste of the Heartland and Art Auction is $40,000 for the event’s eighth year.

    The clinic already brought in many important donations earlier this year when expenses were higher than revenue, said Jane Cornell, executive director for the clinic.