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For most Hardin County farmers, the idea of coming out ahead on corn they planted this past spring was abandoned several weeks ago. Record heat and drought conditions mean pollen died that usually would allow corn to reproduce. Plants had to use so much energy protecting themselves from the heat, they could not fill their ears to satisfaction. To make up for the losses, some farmers are considering planting more winter wheat than usual.

For some area residents, the end of the calendar year means making sure income tax deductions are in line. Otherwise, they won’t benefit fully from charitable contributions and other qualifying deductions until 2013. Krystal Williams, manager of Accounting and Tax Professionals in Elizabethtown, said business gets hectic in December with people trying to get in last-minute deductions. Many regular clients make such arrangements near the end of the calendar year, especially deductions for money given to charity, she said.

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Rabbi Joseph Rapport opened a prayer by saying five score years ago the first memorial to President Abraham Lincoln was created. The structure loomed behind the man as he led a prayer beginning a ceremony observing the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial Monday at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park near Hodgenville.

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Elfren Padilla, a U.S. Army veteran, watched the Hardin County Veterans Day Parade on Saturday to support members of the Fort Knox Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps marching in it. “It’s a good reminder ... of all the people out there doing something so (youths) can have all the privileges and rights that they have,” he said. Padilla, a Radcliff resident who works with JROTC, said some, especially young people, tend to criticize things they consider wrong in the world and don’t do anything to resolve the problem.

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Elfren Padilla, a U.S. Army veteran, watched the Hardin County Veterans Day Parade on Saturday to support members of the Fort Knox Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps marching in it. “It’s a good reminder ... of all the people out there doing something so (youths) can have all the privileges and rights that they have,” he said. Padilla, a Radcliff resident who works with JROTC, said some, especially young people, tend to criticize things they consider wrong in the world and don’t do anything to resolve the problem.

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The heat and dryness of this past summer were hard on corn and soybeans in central Kentucky and in much of the nation. The fall harvest is about 80 percent complete. The corn and soybeans harvested mostly are of good quality, but the yield is less than average. Corn, which is between 15 and 20 bushels per acre less than during an average year, still is doing better than some farmers anticipated, said Matt Adams, a Hardin County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources.

The local U.S. Army post is expected to become more easily accessible to users and more welcoming to visitors. Garrison Commander Col. Bruce Jenkins said he and other officials want to make sure more residents have the ability to enjoy Fort Knox facilities. “At the same time, I understand that it’s pretty painful right now to get in,” he said. Jenkins said officials want to ease that issue with a new check-in system.

There are plans to build a new veterans hospital in Louisville and a hospital at Fort Knox. While speaking Wednesday to the Joint Executive Council of Veterans Organizations of Kentucky, Bob Morey, facilities planner for the Robley Rex VA Medical Center in Louisville, responded to rumors and Louisville news reports suggesting the Louisville project would not move forward. The project is on course, Morey said, adding that a new Fort Knox hospital would be for military personnel only.

Maj. Gen. Marcia Anderson might never have gotten involved with the U.S. Army if she hadn’t needed a science credit at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. She was wandering through a gym considering booths advertising classes when she saw one for military science. She asked the man attending the booth whether the class counted as a science credit. It did. About 30 years later, Anderson stood in front of soldiers, political officials and area residents and was promoted as the first black woman to become a major general in the Army.

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The Great Pumpkin could be disappointed by what national experts say could be a shortage this season in pumpkins and pumpkin-based products. Some pumpkin patches on the East Coast were damaged by weather brought on by Hurricane Irene. Additionally, some pumpkin crops not affected by the hurricane were thinned by other weather concerns and disease.

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The Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival honors a legend of the genre this week. The 12th annual festival, which runs from Thursday through Saturday, takes place the week after the 100th birthday of Bill Monroe. Monroe is credited with creating the style of music that came to be known as bluegrass after the band he was part of, “Blue Grass Boys.” He hails from Ohio County.

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Hundreds of bidders and more participating by Internet or phone quietly and calmly parted with hundreds of thousands of dollars over the weekend in exchange for iconic memorabilia from one of the world’s most recognizable brands. The first auction at Elizabethtown's Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola saw totals for which organizers scarcely dared to hope, bringing in two bids of more than $100,000 each on Saturday.

Hardin County has topped another list for financial growth, primarily because of Fort Knox's Base Realignment and Closure initiative. The Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area was first on a list of 366 statistical areas for percentage growth in gross domestic product, according to a report released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. That measures the market value of goods and services produced by a community. The 14.4 percent increase for 2010 represents a 13.5 percent jump compared to 2009’s increase. The top ranking comes a month after the bureau showed the area in the top spot for personal income growth.

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One of Jane Link’s best and oldest friends lives nearly 4,000 miles away. A White Mills resident, Link has spoken to her friend on the telephone only one time since they met by mail in 1955. On Thursday, they will be in the same room for the first time. “I’m really excited, and she is, too” Link said, grinning. “We send letters back and forth, but it’s not like seeing her.”

Charlie Morris always knew he would fly an airplane some day.His father and grandfather both did it, and the 14-year-old freshman at North Hardin High School often rode in a small plane with his father.