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  • Trial begins in incest case

    The prosecution in a local sexual abuse trial involving an underage girl began presenting its case Wednesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    The girl’s mother was a witness for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office as the case opened against George William Beason, 32, of Elizabethtown.

    Beason is charged with third-degree rape, three counts of incest, three counts of third-degree sodomy, six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter to minors.

  • County seeks new Animal Control director

    The search for Gerald Foley’s replacement as animal control director could commence as early as next week.

    Hardin Fiscal Court approved an updated job description for the position Tuesday and should advertise it internally no later than next week, Judge-Executive Harry Berry said.

    The county wanted to tweak the position’s requirements before beginning the search, Berry said. Deputy Judge-Executive Jim Roberts said holiday vacations slowed the process.

  • Firefighters respond to kitchen fire

    Three fire departments responded to a fire in a home late Wednesday afternoon in the 19000-block of Sonora-Hardin Springs Road in the Eastview area.

    An occupant of the residence told West 84 Fire Department Chief Steve Gore the blaze started as a grease fire on the stove.

    Firefighters were able to contain it mainly to the kitchen area, Gore said, and no injuries were reported.

    Gore noted there was a good response time to the scene because of the time of day — most of the firefighters in the responding volunteer departments were home from work.

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  • Mayor's Breakfast returns Saturday for third outing

    The tastes and smells of breakfast treats and sweets will break partisan lines and competitive boundaries Saturday, bringing politicians, businesses and civic organizations together to serve the community.

    The third annual Mayor’s Breakfast is from 9 to 11 a.m. at Colvin Community Center in Radcliff, where political dignitaries and local officials will serve residents food in the spirit of fellowship. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Local Realtors donate land to pregnancy center

    Clarity Solutions for Women received a surprising Christmas present from two local Realtors.

    Lamonte and Mimi Hornback, owners of Hornback Realty Co., fully donated the land and building at 105 E. Memorial Drive in Elizabethtown to the pregnancy center in December, deeding the property for future expansion of facilities.

    Peggy Adams, director of development for Clarity Solutions for Women, said the donation came without financial strings.

  • Court to withhold payments for several local fire departments

    Hardin Fiscal Court is withholding monthly financial allotments for five volunteer fire departments after they failed to submit a series of test results set by the state as a minimum standard.

    The enforcement action was approved through a resolution Tuesday evening that will withhold monthly allotments for February, March and April for those departments that failed to submit the results of four tests — ladder, hose, self-contained breathing apparatus and pump — by Jan. 17.

  • Fiscal Court approves lease agreement for EMS facility

    Hardin Fiscal Court on Tuesday approved a 30-year lease agreement with Dow Corning Corp. for a location to construct a new Emergency Medical Services facility.

    The agreement as approved will give the county access to roughly 2.2 acres of land at 892 Hodgenville Road for a cost of $1 per year.

  • Hardin County Fair celebrates 50 years

    A staple of summer in Hardin County is the Hardin County Community Fair. When July rolls around this year, it will mark the 50th outing of the fair.

    Board members, volunteers and community officials celebrated the 50th anniversary at the fair board’s annual luncheon Tuesday at Grace Heartland Church.

    Fair Board President Larry Jaggers recognized many residents who have made the fair possible, including volunteers, fair board members and the original 10 people who helped create the fair five decades ago.

  • Locals among thousands at Obama inauguration

    There was a Hardin County flavor Monday among the sea of people attending the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

    Area students and adults turned out to witness the making of history and see how the lessons they learn in the classroom are used in the outside world.

    Anthony Durrant, a sixth-grade social studies teacher at James T. Alton Middle School, said his students had many questions during a unit on government.