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  • Testimony continues in birthday-party stabbing trial

    Jurors heard testimony Wednesday from the man who threw the first punch at a birthday dinner that ended with a stabbing last April just outside of Elizabethtown. The stabbing victim also testified.

    Raymond K. Wilson, 52, is charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence in connection with the stabbing.

    Wilson’s jury trial began Monday and continued Wednesday afternoon during which a panel of seven men and seven women heard testimony from three witnesses.

  • State offers road package to E'town for upkeep

    Elizabethtown City Council reviewed a package of access roads, frontage roads and rights-of-way the state has asked the city to maintain after Ky. 361, often referred to as the Elizabethtown-to-Radcliff Connector, is finished.

    Planning Director Ed Poppe and City Engineer Scott Reynolds pointed the council to a map detailing 14 areas where the state has suggested the city take over maintenance. Poppe and Reynolds recommended the city accept all but one section: A private access to Elizabethtown Independent Schools property and residences on Cardinal Drive.

  • Photos: Local Catholics observe Ash Wednesday
  • Chamber health expo offers networking options

    The Hardin County Chamber of Commerce hosted a health expo Wednesday during its monthly luncheon at Pritchard Community Center, giving medical providers and other local businesses an opportunity to network and promote.

    Executive Director Brad Richardson said roughly 40 exhibits were lined up for the expo, which he said was an excellent networking opportunity for local businesses.

    Larger employers, such as Hardin Memorial Health, set up booths as well as smaller businesses and charitable organizations, such as Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland.

  • Post 4 leads its region in DUI arrests in January

    Post 4 troopers led the Kentucky State Police West Region in arrests for driving under the influence during the first month of 2013.

    The West Region includes eight post areas, which cover a total of 64 counties. Of those counties, Post 4 serves eight, including Hardin and LaRue.

    Norman Chaffins, spokesman of the Elizabethtown post, said troopers arrested 47 impaired drivers in January. The second ranked post made 39 DUI arrests, he said.

    Those arrests include drunken and drugged drivers, Chaffins said.

  • Berry backs LIFT initiative

    Hardin County has joined its voice with some of the most populous municipalities in Kentucky, calling on the legislature to consider significant reforms and objectives assisting cities and counties.

    Hardin Judge-Executive Harry Berry joined judge-executives and mayors from around the state at a news conference in the Capitol Rotunda Tuesday, where a challenge was sent for comprehensive pension reform and a constitutional amendment allowing for local option sales taxes in cities and counties for special projects or programs.

  • Homeless shelter opening delayed

    The opening of the Heart of Hope Homeless Shelter has been delayed because of lack of money, according to the Rev. Towanda Hope, who is optimistic the shelter to be operational by spring.

    The shelter, in the basement of Powerhouse of Praise & Deliverance Center in Radcliff, still lacks several elements before it can be completed, Hope said. To accomplish what is left, the center needs to raise about $25,000.

    The shelter was scheduled to open in January or February, but now Hope said she would like to see it open by April.

  • E'town launches branding initiative

    Elizabethtown is in the market for a new brand and is turning to its residents to determine how the city will be promoted to the world.

    The Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau has partnered with the city, the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council and the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Foundation to launch a branding initiative, which starts with the compilation of local ideas, said Sherry Murphy, executive director of the ETCB.

  • Cecilia man sentenced for assaulting his mom

    A Cecilia man accused of dragging his 74-year-old mother by her hair and threatening to kill her pleaded guilty Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Dwayne C. Haynes, 49, was indicted in September on charges of second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, tampering with a witness, intimidating a witness and first-degree persistent felony offense.

    Prosecutors offered to dismiss Haynes’ persistent felony-offender status, but the defendant pleaded guilty to the remaining charges.

  • Happy birthday, Abe

    Hodgenville celebrated the area’s favorite son Tuesday with the annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday Luncheon at Ovesen Heights Baptist Church.

    Bill Justice, superintendent of the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park, said it is an honor for him to be over the park.

    “This is a great park, and the community really loves this park, and you can see that,” he said. “You can see that by the people who are sitting here at the tables.”