Local News

  • Vargas sex abuse sentencing postponed

    Jose Vargas appeared in Hardin Circuit Court for formal sentencing Tuesday morning, but it was continued until Dec. 17.

    The continuation was because Vargas’ public defender, David Stewart, had not received a copy of Vargas’ sex offender evaluation for review. Formal sentencing was postponed one week to allow time for the review.

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  • County ranked 19th by childhood advocacy group

    Hardin County fares better than the state in most of the indicators of child well-being in the latest information from Kentucky Youth Advocates.

    Hardin County ranks 19th out of 120 counties when 16 indicators of well-being are taken into account, according to the 2013 County Data Book, part of the Kentucky Kids Count project. Kentucky Youth Advocates, a nonpartisan and nonprofit children’s advocacy organization, has released a book annually for 23 years.

  • Central Hardin teacher fired from district after sex abuse charge

    A Central Hardin High School Spanish teacher charged with sexual abuse was fired Tuesday after Hardin County Schools conducted its own investigation.

    Edwin Bonet-Ruiz, 54, of Radcliff was delivered notice of the termination of his employment at the Hardin County Detention Center on Tuesday afternoon. He was released later that day after posting a $10,000 bond.

    Bonet-Ruiz was arrested Monday at the school and charged with first-degree sexual abuse as well as prohibited use of an electronic device to communicate with an individual.

  • HMH asks E'town to close part of Woodland Drive

    Hardin Memorial Health has asked Elizabethtown to consider closing a portion of Woodland Drive between Cardinal Drive and Layman Lane to facilitate the expansion of the hospital’s emergency department.

    Steve White, assistant vice president and compliance officer for HMH, said the expansion as conceptualized will encroach onto Woodland Drive.

    If approved as presented, a cul de sac would be installed facing south on Woodland Drive just north of the Cardinal Building adjacent to DaVita Woodland Dialysis Center, White said.

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  • Study: Sports park exceeds expectations

    Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau’s estimate that the Elizabethtown Sports Park would create an economic impact of $7 million per year was a conservative understatement, according to a new economic impact study conducted on the park’s first full season.

  • City narrows search for pool designer

    Elizabethtown has narrowed proposals and could select a consultant next week to lead the design of a new aquatic facility at American Legion Park that likely would feature a standalone pool and a neighboring spray park.

    City Engineer Scott Reynolds said the goal is to finish design and start preparing construction bids by June.

  • County animal shelter hosts open house

    After a little more than 2 and 1/2 years, Deedie Layman said the county’s new animal control facility is a “dream come true.”

    At a ribbon cutting for the Hardin County Animal Shelter on Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown, Layman, PAWS Shelter Foundation president, briefly addressed the crowd thanking them for their help in making the PAWS dream reality.

    “It’s a win-win situation for the community, staff and animals,” Layman said.