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  • Elizabethtown loses Mayor Tim Walker

    Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker died overnight.

    Elected as mayor in November 2010 in a three-way race, Walker was a local businessman, Elizabethtown High School graduate and served as a city councilman from 1997 until he became mayor.

    Known for his soft-spoken manner, Walker's method was to lead through concensus building.

    “Coming in I didn’t have a personal agenda,” Walker said of the one-year anniversary of taking office. “The agenda I came in with is I wanted to change attitudes.”

  • Dr. Berry remembered as a 'man of faith'

    Dr. Donald “Don” Lee Berry of Hodgenville passed away on June 7, after battling cancer for nine months.

    Dr. Berry had an active veterinary practice in LaRue County for more than 30 years.

    Before opening the LaRue County Animal Clinic in 1976, he graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine with a degree in veterinary science, and completed his undergrad at the University of Kentucky.

    He began his practice working with both large and small animals. He decided to work with only small animals in 2000.

  • New Hope man dies in mowing accident

    A 74-year-old New Hope man died Friday afternoon in a mowing accident when his lawn tractor overturned.

    Nelson County Deputy Coroner Brian Papenfuss said the accident occurred about 5 p.m. on Coon Hollow Road.

    Marvin S. Saunders was mowing his yard and got too close to a creek on his property, when he lost control of the machine and it rolled over, trapping him upside down beneath it. The deputy said the man apparently died of asphyxiation from the weight of the tractor pressing against his diaphragm. The cause of death was given as trauma.

  • Fair begins this weekend with horse and western show

    The 106th LaRue County Fair begins Friday, June 14 – several weeks earlier than usual – with the saddlebred horse show.

    Saturday, June 15, is the all new Western Night and Cowboy Sports featuring David Davis with his trick horses and the Kentucky Cowboy Mounted Shooters.

    Davis and his black and white overo horses appear at cowboy church services, horse shows, rodeos and training clinics, according to fair board member and show manager Tom Smith.

  • Fire at Sunrise Manor: 'Quick thinking' averted tragedy

    A wing, consisting of four rooms, was evacuated at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home Sunday evening after an overhead light caught fire in a patient’s room.

    Just before 11 p.m., Hodgenville Fire Department was dispatched to the second floor of the nursing home on a suspected electrical fire. A caller said there was “fire in the ceiling” and the “lights are on fire.”

    Fire Chief Wally Sparks said the staff already had put out the flames using a fire extinguisher by the time firefighters arrived.

  • New Hope man dies in mowing accident

    A 74-year-old New Hope man died Friday afternoon in a mowing accident when his lawn tractor overturned.

    Nelson County Deputy Coroner Brian Papenfuss said the accident occurred about 5 p.m. on Coon Hollow Road.

    Marvin S. Saunders was mowing his yard and got too close to a creek on his property, when he lost control of the machine and it rolled over, trapping him upside down beneath it. The deputy said the man apparently died of asphyxiation from the weight of the tractor pressing against his diaphragm. The cause of death was given as trauma.

  • Energy myths can be costly

    Myth: Energy efficiency and energy conservation are the same thing.

    Energy efficiency means getting the same job done while using less energy. This could be lighting a room, cooling a house, or refrigerating some vegetables. Energy conservation, on the other hand, means reducing the level of services, such as reducing the lighting or comfort levels, or turning up the temperature of your refrigerator.

  • United Way allocations are up

    United Way of Central Kentucky’s record-breaking campaign is providing money to 20 organizations in its five-county service region this year, a high for the agency.

    It also plans to fund two organizations for the first time: Breckinridge County Schools and Shepherd’s Pie food pantry in LaRue County.

    United Way’s fundraising campaign yielded more than $1.1 million to further its mission, increasing allocations by more than $153,000, said Executive Director Christopher Wilborn. In all, $873,528.37 will be distributed.

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  • PHOTO: Bad Tree

     Workers cut a tree Wednesday that was leaning across utility lines on Bardstown Road, just outside city limits. Traffic was reduced to one lane while they worked.