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  • Jury finds Radcliff man guilty of sexual abuse

    After about an hour of deliberations, a Hardin County grand jury found a Radcliff man guilty Thursday afternoon of sexually abusing a girl younger than 12.

    Jose Vargas, 36, was indicted last November on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. The jury found him guilty of one of those counts.

    The verdict came after the 12-member jury heard a day and a half of testimony. Among those to testify was the victim, who sat in the courtroom gallery between family members as Judge Ken Howard read the verdict.

  • CPE report included proposal of military advocacy group

    An education group recently proposed creating a military student advocacy group to address the needs of service members and their families who are continuing their educations.

    The recommendation was one of six the Postsecondary Education Work Group to the Military Spouse Task Force of Kentucky made to the Council on Postsecondary Education recently. The recommendations presently are in draft form and later will be presented to the task force.

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  • Organization to provide free lunch to police officers

    A new organization is hosting a free lunch for local law enforcement this Saturday in honor of National Thank a Police Officer Day.

    Hardin County Law Enforcement Wives formed this May after the shooting death of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis, founder Susan Smith said.

    The organization includes spouses of officers and deputies from Hardin and LaRue counties as well as the Louisville Metro area, said Smith, whose husband is an officer with Radcliff Police Department. She added several mothers of officers have joined, too.

  • Upton Days adds new events

    This weekend’s Upton Days includes old favorites as well as some new attractions for festival-goers.

    The annual festival begins tonight at 6 and continues until Sunday morning, with most of the events at the Upton Community Center. Among this year’s activities are two new additions, a Parent/Child Look-Alike Contest and the Redneck Games.

  • HMH, health department bring nutrition focus to Panther Place

    Local health organizations hope to spread healthy behaviors to the community after piloting a program with one group of students.

  • Salvation Army, CAC to take applications in October for Christmas need program

    The Hardin County unit of The Salvation Army in cooperation with the Community Action Council is accepting applications for Christmas assistance throughout October.

    Applications can be submitted at the Community Action Council office at 1111 N. Dixie Ave. in Elizabethtown.

    Those seeking assistance need to bring picture identification, Social Security cards for everyone in the household, birth certificates for children and documentation of monthly income and expenses for the household, including food stamp documentation.

  • Class to be offered for amateur radio license

    Hardin County Amateur Radio Emergency Communications will sponsor a class to obtain an entry level FCC Amateur Radio License. The class will be taught by Shelby Ennis, a local Amateur Radio Operator.

    Classes are at the Hardin County Emergency Service Building located at Ring Road and Rineyville Road. Classes will run for five Saturdays from 9-11 a.m. with the first class set for Sept. 28. The cost is $10 to cover the cost of materials.

  • Ground broken on veterans nursing center

    Seven years after the first application was filed for a veterans’ nursing facility in Hardin County, movement is noticeable on the $40 million facility off Logsdon Parkway north of Radcliff.

    Gov. Steve Beshear joined local officials, community leaders, active-duty soldiers and veterans in breaking ground Wednesday morning at the site of the Radcliff Veterans Center.

  • United Way challenges community to combat poverty

    For the second consecutive year, United Way of Central Kentucky abandoned a monetary goal as it launched its annual fundraising campaign Wednesday at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown.

    Executive Director Christopher Wilborn said the agency is committed to topping its fundraising total after last year’s record-setting campaign, but it has targeted a systemic problem plaguing central Kentucky.