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  • Army poised to cut 3/1

    Fort Knox will lose its only combat brigade and more than 3,000 soldiers could transfer from the Hardin County area as part of a massive restructuring in the U.S. Army.

    As part of its announcement Tuesday, the Army listed plans to deactivate the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division by fiscal year 2017.

    The 3,500 soldiers in the brigade will transfer to other units as other combat teams increase their ranks, said Ryan Brus, public affairs officer at Fort Knox. About 2,300 of those soldiers currently are deployed throughout Afghanistan.

  • Plans progress for county government, EMS buildings

    Plans for the new county government building and another EMS ambulance station are progressing.

    The new office complex is entering the phase when planners write construction documents, said Michael Childers of ICON Engineering & Inspection Services.

    That phase of work lays out the final details of the project, such as building materials, so final costs can be determined. The estimated price tag, based on $200 per square foot for new construction, has been projected as $12 million.

  • Water District No. 1 receives state honors

    For the sixth consecutive year, Hardin County Water District No. 1 has been honored for its efforts to optimize water treatment processes at its Pirtle Spring plant.

  • Photo: A turn for progress
  • E'town man charged with rape, sodomy

    An Elizabethtown man faces multiple felony sex charges after police say he carried on a sexual relationship for several years with a juvenile female relative.

    Francisco J. Vasquez, 45, was arrested Sunday morning on charges of second-degree rape, second-degree sodomy and second-degree sexual abuse.

    Virgil Willoughby, spokesman for Elizabethtown Police Department, said investigators responded Saturday to Vasquez’s Picardy Court residence after the child contacted police regarding a domestic situation and sexual offense.

  • Radcliff’s Summer Blast adds activities, concert

    Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall joked he’ll need plenty of caffeine to get through this year’s Summer Blast.

    The third annual event is scheduled to include more activities than ever when it takes place Friday and Saturday near city hall and Colvin Community Center on Freedoms Way.

    Among firsts for the event is a performance by country singer David Lee Murphy, who is known for the songs “Dust on the Bottle,” “Every Time I Get Around You” and “The Road You Leave Behind.”

  • 'Lean budget' proposed for Vine Grove

    A proposed budget for Vine Grove doesn’t call for any expenses other than what it costs to pay the salaries, utilities, maintenance costs and other bills that keep the city running.

    Council members met Monday for a first reading of the proposed budget, which is required before they pass it.

    They expect to pass a budget during their regular monthly meeting this coming Monday, when the 2013-14 fiscal year begins.

  • E’town council plans to discuss next mayor again next week

    The mayor’s chair sat empty behind Tim Walker’s portrait on display in the center of the council table.

    Meeting for the first time since the mayor’s death June 14, Elizabethtown City Council gathered Monday to consider a $60 million budget designed by Walker and to consider who would lead city government in its implementation.

    The budget was approved unanimously and without comment. Selecting a successor for Walker will take longer.

  • Hosparus surpasses goal for Lunar 5K

    Hosparus of Central Kentucky raised an estimated $35,000 from the Lunar 5K event this past weekend, said Lisa Sanford, senior manager of advancement and community relations. The goal for the event was $30,000.

    About 1,000 people registered to participate in the 5K, Sanford said.

    “We had a wonderful event,” she said.

  • Council identifies three interested in mayor's post

    The new mayor of Elizabethtown will be a current member of City Council. Which one still is not known.

    At the close of Monday's City Council meeting, it was announced that the members had decided to select either Tony Bishop, Bill Bennett or Edna Berger to complete the term of Tim Walker, who died last month.

    The announcement followed a 50-minute executive session, which also included discussion of property issues.

    The council announced a special meeting next Monday to make its selection.