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  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • City council approves bids for parking lot construction

    Three construction bids for city hall’s parking lot that caused a point of contention at last week’s Radcliff City Council work session were up for approval at Tuesday’s meeting.

    At the work session and again Tuesday, councilwoman Barbara Baker sparked discussion when she questioned the inclusion of a change order not to total more than 10 percent of the contract price in all three bids. She was concerned automatic inclusion of the fee might entice contractors to spend it and she didn’t see the need in including it.

  • Sanders' attorney weighs in on suspension

    LaRue County Schools Superintendent Sam Sanders remained silent about his suspension Tuesday in response to a DUI arrest, but his attorney weighed in.

    Doug Hubbard, a Bardstown attorney representing Sanders, said he was not familiar with the sanctions levied against him when contacted and had not yet spoken to his client as of Tuesday morning.

    The LaRue County Board of Education handed down a 30-day suspension without pay against Sanders following a nearly two-hour closed session Monday night.

  • KSP finds armed robbery suspects

    After an anonymous tip, Kentucky State Police arrested two suspects wanted for an armed robbery in Brandenburg.

    Derik Walker, 35, of Shepherdsville, and David Stearman, 31, of Brandenburg, were arrested at a Brandenburg residence around 6:45 p.m. Monday, police said. Both are charged with first-degree robbery, a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison.

    They are scheduled to appear today in Meade District Court for arraignment. Both are lodged in the Meade County Detention Center in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond.

  • Hodgenville schedules hearing on mayor’s fate

    Hodgenville City Council set a public hearing for possible removal of Mayor Terry Cruse after hearing a report Monday night outlining alleged violations of city ordinances and Kentucky law.

    Michelle Sparks, an attorney hired by the council to review a Kentucky State Police criminal investigation, gave a report detailing a “snapshot” of violations alleged against the mayor and City Clerk MaDonna Hornback.

  • LaRue superintendent suspended

    The LaRue County Board of Education levied a 30-day suspension without pay against Superintendent Sam Sanders following a nearly two-hour closed session Monday night.

    The suspension is set to start April 21 and Assistant Superintendent Amanda Reed was appointed interim superintendent by the board in Sanders’ absence.

  • Umpire injured at sports park

    An umpire working a baseball game Sunday at the Elizabethtown Sports Park was injured after he was struck by a ball during a tournament, said sports park Director Seth Breitner.

    Breitner said the baseball struck the umpire in the head during a morning game in the Kentucky Pre-Season Championships tournament, which is hosted by GameDay USA out of Naperville, Ill.