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  • Big Brothers Big Sisters taps Clark as branch manager

    After years of volunteerism, Kevin Clark is helping the community on a full-time basis.

    Clark is the new community engagement branch manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Elizabethtown office. Clark comes to BBBS with a background as a longtime volunteer with many organizations.

    Clarkhas worked in marketing and became acquainted with the organization through his career. When the opportunity to work for Big Brothers Big Sisters became available, he knew it was a chance to do some good. He wanted to impact children in a positive way.

  • Holiday Marketplace ‘sweeps’ patrons off their feet

    Susan Peek was looking to sweep shoppers off their feet this weekend at the annual Holiday Marketplace.

    The Elizabethtown Junior Women’s Club hosted the marketplace at Pritchard Community Center. Vendors gathered to sell Christmas decorations as well as a variety of crafts and food.

    Peek was one of those vendors. This was her first year at the marketplace. Among her items were handmade brooms and knitted caps, both of which she has made for years from products on her farm, Talotam Hollow.

  • West Point evacuation could end Monday

    The evacuation order for West Point tentatively is slated to be lifted Monday morning, but the schedule could change, according to emergency management officials.

    The town was evacuated Wednesday after a chemical fire erupted in a derailed train in Jefferson County. The train derailed Monday, and the fire was ignited from trace amounts of 1,3 butadiene in the air.

    The fire has since been contained within the train, said Jody Johnson Duncan, a spokeswoman for Louisville EMA/MetroSafe.

  • Officials ask for bricks for barracks

    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, recalled being struck by the types of monuments that visitors to Washington, D.C. tell him about viewing. They often mention the war memorials over the monuments to past presidents. He realized how in a small area, everyday heroes who had sacrificed their lives were recognized next to the country’s great leaders.

    “Isn’t that America?” he asked. “That’s America.”

    Guthrie said that reinforced the importance of memorials to him.

  • 10 vying for Radcliff council

    Quality-of-life initiatives, beautification projects and budget concerns topped the lists for many of the 10 candidates vying Tuesday for one of six seats on Radcliff City Council.

    All six incumbents are squared off against a mix of former council members and past council candidates.

    Barbara Baker has served Radcliff for five terms on the council and laughed about her decision to run a decade ago with a small child to take care of.

    “I thought, ‘Why am I doing this with a 2-year-old?’” she said.

  • Paving the way

    The holiday season typically signals a slowdown for many, but the state’s construction schedule is soaring into winter.

    “We’ve probably got more construction going on right now than most counties in Kentucky,” said state Rep. Jimmie Lee, D-Elizabethtown.

  • Radcliff man charged with rape, sodomy of a child

    A Radcliff man was arrested Thursday and charged with sex crimes against a girl younger than 12.

    Dambrocio A. Hughes, 27, was arrested Thursday afternoon at a West Spring Street apartment and charged with rape and sodomy of an acquaintance’s daughter.

    Hughes is charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and carrying a concealed weapon.

    The rape and sodomy charges are Class B felonies, punishable by 10 to20 years in prison if convicted.

  • White Mills Bridge rededication Sunday

     

    The community of White Mills has one of its treasures back.

    The White Mills bridge has reopened after repairs to its structural foundation were made, and the White Mills Civic League is hosting a rededication at 2 p.m. Sunday to welcome its use back into the town.

  • West Point evacuation remains in place

     

    Emergency officials continued to battle a chemical fire Thursday in southwest Jefferson County as displaced West Point residents remained cut off from their homes because of the potential for air contamination.

    The five-mile shelter-in-place restriction established following the fire at the train derailment site was lifted Thursday evening, according to Jody Johnson Duncan, a spokeswoman for Louisville EMA/MetroSafe. Air restrictions also were lifted, she said.

  • Preservation commission approves design guidelines

     

    The Historic Preservation Commission approved design standards and guidelines Thursday for construction and renovations in downtown Elizabethtown and authorized repairs to two properties at 69 Public Square and 100 East Dixie Ave. that makes up the city-owned former J.J. Newberry’s building.