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  • First inmate graduates from digital GED program

    Eric Sassaman walked into the Hardin County Detention Center with the feeling that advancement was out of reach because of his background.

    But he will walk out of the jail this weekend with an education.

    Sassaman, 31, of Wolfe County, is the first inmate at the detention center to earn a GED through the jail’s new digital testing system.

    Justin Hall, information technology director at the jail, said the detention center is certified to administer the GED test in a computerized format as the state moves away from paper tests.

  • Hodgenville mayor's attorney questions process

    An attorney for two local officials under indictment says Hodgenville City Council proceedings had the makings of a “kangaroo court.”

    A slideshow featuring an analysis of criminal allegations and improprieties attributed to Mayor Terry Cruse and City Clerk MaDonna Hornback was conducted at Monday night’s council meeting by a lawyer hired by the council. An attempt to transition into a public hearing as a prelude to consider ousting the mayor ended abruptly but has been rescheduled for May 1.

  • Rangers train at Fort Knox to prepare for deployment

    Fort Knox relinquished the U.S. Army Armor School to Fort Benning, Ga., and the available range space created by the vacancy benefited Army Rangers assigned to the Georgia installation.

  • Fire destroys Hodgenville home

    Firefighters fought in vain Wednesday in an attempt to save a fellow firefighter’s home at 220 E. Main St. in Hodgenville.

    LaRue County Fire Chief Jason Stadler said the firefighter who lives in the house was in training Tuesday night at the station when the original call came in.

  • Tomodachi homestay program returning to Elizabethtown

    A cultural homestay program is returning to Elizabethtown this summer for the third time, exposing more than a dozen Japanese students to Kentucky’s history and heritage.

  • E'town named "greenest" small city

    The Elizabethtown metropolitan area has embraced the benefits of Energy Star and was rewarded for diligence in conserving energy.

    The Environmental Protection Agency named the area the “greenest” small city in the U.S. with 53 certified Energy Star facilities in 2013.

    The total size of the buildings accounted for nearly 2.4 million square feet and created a cost savings in energy use of $1.95 million, according to the EPA.

  • Disabled veteran trying to regain active lifestyle

    At one time in his life, Vine Grove resident Winslow Borzotra was an avid cyclist and physical fitness enthusiast.

    Now, with the help of others, he’s hoping he can be again.

    In 2004, while serving with the U.S. Army in Iraq, Borzotra sustained two head traumas from rocket-propelled grenade blasts. Because the blasts damaged his inner ear, he suffers from vertigo and can no longer maintain his balance to ride a traditional bicycle or run, even on a treadmill.

  • E’town High grad works on set of “Nashville”

    Growing up in Elizabethtown, Gina Durkan discovered she had an interest in producing video projects through classes and programs at St. James Catholic Regional School and Elizabethtown High School.

    Her interest eventually led her to Western Kentucky University to study broadcast media. Through work after college, she landed a spot on the production staff for ABC’s “Nashville.”

    “It’s such a huge production,” she said. “There’s 200 people who work for the show.”

  • EPD hosts Coffee with a Cop on Friday

    The Elizabethtown Police Department hosts its third Coffee With A Cop from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Towne Mall food court.

    The quarterly program is a way to reach out to the community, EPD spokesman Virgil Willoughby said.

    “I just want to encourage the public to stop by and discuss any issues or concerns they may have,” Willoughby said.

  • Man wanted for sexual abuse turns himself in

    A Lebanon Junction man indicted last week by a Hardin County grand jury for first-degree sexual abuse turned himself in Sunday and was arraigned Tuesday.

    Michael Joseph Fievet, 22, pleaded not guilty in Hardin Circuit Court for the alleged sex crime involving a victim younger than 12. Kentucky State Police conducted the investigation.

    An indictment is an allegation, not proof of guilt.

    He is being held in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond at Hardin County Detention Center. His next court date is a pre-trial conference May 20.