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  • Trial set in child sexual abuse case

    A Radcliff man, missing for several months following allegations he sexually abused a 5-year-old female relative, now has a trial date.

    A jury trial for Patrick Allen Neal, 31, was set for Jan. 12 during a hearing Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Neal is charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a victim younger than 12, a Class C felony, punishable by five to 10 years in prison if convicted, according to Kentucky Revised Statutes.

    According to the indictment, Neal committed the offense “on or about” Feb. 3, 2013.

  • Donation leads to rehab purchase for HMH

    Hardin Memorial Hospital has added a new state-of-the-art piece of technology to its roster thanks to a donation from a local physician.

    Dr. Robert Robbins provided a donation of $31,749 to HMH, allowing it to purchase the VibeTech One rehabilitation chair, which is vibration technology rehabilitation equipment that helps build muscle tone in patients who are unable to take part in weight-related physical activity.

    “Astronauts first used the technology to overcome muscle atrophy due to zero gravity during spaceflight,” HMH said in a news release.

  • Nelson County man dies in tractor accident

    A Nelson County man known locally as a UPS delivery driver fell victim to a farming accident Sunday.

    Marion Ray Spain was pronounced dead at about 5 p.m. outside his residence at 3017 Icetown Road just outside Boston, Ky.

    Spain, 56, was mowing a ditch when he ran over a rock at an angle, which overturned his small tractor and pinned him underneath it. Two people arrived at the scene and unsuccessfully tried to free him.

  • E'town to postpone Heritage Council allotment

    Elizabethtown city government is postponing its yearly financial allotment to the Heritage Council until it reviews a downtown assessment due this fall and learns the direction the council wants to take on an executive director.

    Mayor Edna Berger said city and Heritage Council officials have come to an agreement on withholding money until a report by City Visions Associates is completed, which they hope will provide a direction for downtown’s revitalization.

  • Council formally accepts replacement for retiring finance director Park

    Elizabethtown City Council appointed Jeff Hawkins as finance director, replacing Steve Park after 32 years in the role.

    The appointment is effective July 1, but Park plans to retire at the end of July or when Hawkins “throws him out,” he joked at Monday’s meeting.

    Councilman Marty Fulkerson said the appointment was made reluctantly because of the impact Park has made. Fulkerson said they sometimes disagreed, but he respects Park and is appreciative of his work — a notion echoed by the rest of the council.

  • Trey Sweet: Playing the game he loves

    From a distance, Trey Sweet appears no different from his baseball teammates. As the 11-year-old runs to first base or chases a fly ball on the Sonny Chaput Field diamond, he has a subtle limp.

    Sweet was born without a fibula and had unstructured bones in his right foot. These birth abnormalities resulted in a surgery that would forever affect Trey’s life.

    “We really didn’t know for sure what was going on until he was born,” said Trey’s mother, Kim Sweet.

  • 2 hurt in Radcliff crash identified

    A pair of local residents injured Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on South Dixie Boulevard in Radcliff have been identified by police.

    Michael A. Vanhoose, 29, of Elizabethtown, was heading south on Dixie on a motorcycle around 4 p.m. Saturday, Radcliff Police Department spokesman Bryce Shumate said. A car driven by Mary A. Clark, 47, of Vine Grove pulled onto Dixie from Mill Creek Road into Vanhoose’s path, resulting in a collision, according to Shumate.

  • E'town adopts $59.8 million budget

    Elizabethtown officials have another budget cycle behind them.

    City Council offered a unanimous vote Monday to adopt the $59.8 million spending plan, covering general government and debt service while also funding water, sewer and gas utilities and the Tourism and Convention Bureau. The operating budget was reduced from $60.1 million last year.

    The general fund is balanced after officials agreed not to use fund reserves.

  • Pair of E'town wrecks lead to injuries

    A woman was airlifted to a Louisville hospital Monday morning after her Scion collided with a Ford Excursion on Shepherdsville Road.

    Robert B. Bramblett, 31, of Radcliff, was traveling south on Shepherdsville Road in the Excursion preparing to make a left turn onto Bluegrass Road when the Elizabethtown Police Department reports that he crossed in front of a Scion TC heading northbound, driven by Rachel L. Kowalski, 34, of Elizabethtown.

    Kowalski was airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville with possible internal injuries. Police responded at 7:21 a.m.

  • Cruse appeals his removal as Hodgenville mayor

    Terry Cruse wants his job back.

    A month after a hearing that re­sulted in the former Hodgen­ville may­or’s removal from office, an attorney for Cruse filed a motion for appeal in LaRue Circuit Court.

    The petition claims Cruse’s due process and right to a fair and impartial hearing were violated by the council’s procedure.