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Get in the game Marching into madness Four Kentucky teams make the big dance: UK, U of L, WKU and Murray State Inside TODAY M O N DAY MARCH 12, 2012 Official NCAA men’s basketball tournament bracket Sports, B6-B7 ■ w w ■ S E R V I N G H A R D I N C O U N T Y S I N C E 1 974 ■ 50 cents Republicans look to rebuild Speakers at Lincoln Day Dinner discuss challenging 2011, look ahead By MARTY FINLEY After soundly defeating Democrat Bob Farmer for the office of agriculture commissioner, James Comer accomplished something few Republicans could achieve in 2011: Win an elected office. “My election proved Republicans can win in Kentucky,” Comer told a room of GOP supporters Saturday Night during cause the Democratic Party was better organized in many counties despite strong Republican candidates, such as Todd P’Pool and K.C. Crosbie. And Comer said there are consequences to losing races at every level. In the Kentucky General Assembly, the consequence of losing Republican voices is the inability to pass the Hardin County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown. Comer said the state is Democratic by registration but Republican in ideology — and state Republicans must rebuild in 2012. The reason they lost so many races in 2011, he added, is be- right-to-work legislation and tax reform. In the governor’s race, ceding the seat to Democrat Steve Beshear gives the state a leader with no vision or plan, Comer said. “We must rebuild our great party all across the state and it must start at the local level,” Turn to GOP, A5 Mapping the way to history at Fort Knox Post access improvements near completion Allstar program designed to speed passage through checkpoints By MARTY FINLEY JILL PICKETT/The News-Enterprise Matthew Rector, a historic preservation specialist at Fort Knox, speaks Wednesday about the current headquarters of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation on post. It is one of the sites on the historical driving trail, and notable for its Spanish Mission Revival architecture. Fort Knox drafts historical trail map for visitors as access to post increases By MARTY FINLEY As Fort Knox prepares to ease restrictions on access for visitors in the coming months, it also has developed a new tool to celebrate its history. The post now will offers historic driving trail maps featuring 21 historical sites on post. The maps will be available at the General George Patton Museum of Leadership as well as the new welcome center at Chaffee Gate once renovations there are completed, said Kyle Hodges, a public affairs officer at Fort Knox. Hodges said the guide ties into the post’s desire to get more people on post looking around and will provide a road map for those who want to explore Fort Knox’s history. The site offers a smorgasbord of older sites and new structures, including Brooks Parade Field, the Patton Museum, Godman Army Airfield, the Leaders Club, Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude Com- Those visiting Fort Knox could have speedier access as soon as Memorial Day weekend. Col. Bruce Jenkins, Fort Knox garrison commander, said the post is working through final tests on a background check program known as Allstar that will allow guards at each of Fort Knox’s gates to instantaneously search local and national databases in seconds through a simple scan of a driver’s license. The program has been in the works for months and first was announced by Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald, Fort Knox commander, as a way to loosen access restrictions for the surrounding communities so they can drive on post, look around, and take advantage of businesses and recreational activities. The system will be able to sift out fugitives or other individuals with extensive criminal histories who are not wanted on post. The system also can scan a list of local individuals who have been denied access and can search databases to identify individuals who have caused trouble or had run-ins with the law at other military or Department of Defense installations, he said. The system will register a visitor’s driver’s license after it is scanned, allowing for quick access on future visits, Jenkins added. “There’ll be no need for a pass anymore,” he said. Turn to ACCESS, A7 Turn to MAP, A11 Girl Scouts celebrate centennial Events scheduled all year to recognize anniversary By ROBERT VILLANUEVA Like other Girl Scout centers around the country, today the Heartland Service Center in Elizabethtown recognizes the 100th anniversary of an organization that continues to provide leadership skills to girls. “Girls and young women report that being a Girl Scouts gave them the courage and competency to try things,” Deborah Faircloth, Girl Scouts regional director, said. Today’s celebration is a daylong event at Heartland Service Center to commemorate the INSIDE ABBY..................A8 CALENDAR.........A4 CLASSIFIEDS.....B5 COMICS...........B13 LOTTERIES.........B2 MONDAY’S MAN A10 MOVIES ...........B12 W E AT H E R NEIGHBORS ......A8 OBITUARIES.......A4 OPINION ............A6 PUZZLES .........B12 SENIOR LIFE......A9 SPORTS .............B1 TELEVISION.....B12 70/54 © 2012, The News-Enterprise Corp. ■ TODAY’S OBITUARIES Clara Mae Boone, 93 Steven W. Fite, 52, Quinn Grant, 63, Cecil B. Greenwell, 77 Sarah Elizabeth Martin, 32 Joseph Thurman Metcalfe, 78 ■ COMPLETE OBITUARIES, A4 SHOWERS ■ COMPLETE REPORT, A2 this service center every year,” she said. Menisa Marshall, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana director of communications, said some Girl Scouts centers will hold promise circles at 7:12 p.m. today, which in military time is 1912, the year of the organization’s founding. Promise circles incorporate the Girl Scout Promise and could in- founding of the Girl Scouts on March 12, 1912. The office also will commemorate the anniversary with other events throughout the year, Faircloth said. Faircloth, whose offices include the Heartland Service Center in Elizabethtown, said the organization provides a “safe, all-girl environment” for members to learn leadership skills. “We serve 10 counties, and about 2,400 girls are served from Follow us: BY THE WAY As part of the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary celebration, the Heartland Service Center in Elizabethtown is holding an alumni luncheon Sept. 26 at the Brown-Pusey House. Interested alumni should contact Angie Tinch, program delivery coordinator, at (270) 769-5563. Turn to SCOUTS, A7 SINCE YOU ASKED Results of Sunday’s The News-Enterprise online poll, as of 7 p.m.: QUESTION: Do you routinely wear a seat belt when you ride in or drive a motor vehicle? INSIDE Young Cooks Part two of a three part series TODAY’S QUESTION: Which Kentucky team will last longest in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament? Find the poll question under the “opinion” menu at For home delivery, call 505-1770. Meet Alice Zagar. SCHOOLS, D1.

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