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  • Red Cross simulates disaster shelter

    Four women seeking shelter from a fictitious disastrous storm sat in chairs Monday night against a wood-paneled wall at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown.

    Two enjoyed a meal of chicken salad and chips. Another wore a metal splint on her finger and bandages around head, leg and arm. A blotch of ketchup, representing blood, seeped through the white cloth wrapped around her head.

  • Tarafa sentenced to 20 years

    When the judge dismissed Robert J. Tarafa on Tuesday to begin serving his 20-year sentence for murder, a family member of the man he repeatedly shot stood in the gallery and said, “Thank you.”

    Tarafa, 27, pleaded guilty in April in the shooting death of Frank Knapp, 32, who police found lying on a lawn June 8, 2012, on East Memorial Drive in Elizabethtown. According to police, Knapp suffered nine gun shot wounds, including several to his back.

  • Set in stone: Families remember loves ones with memorial bricks

    Faye Vance was surprised when she learned her family had not bought a brick or a paver with her husband’s name on it before the Veterans Day unveiling of the Hardin County Veterans Tribute.

    The family bought a paver for her father, another for her husband’s stepfather and a third for another military member, she said.

    “I was kind of shocked,” she said. “I just kind of assumed that he’d buy himself one.”

  • Back in black: HMH budget predicts return to profit

    Trustees have approved a budget for Hardin Memorial Hospital they hope will allow the hospital to finish next fiscal year with positive revenue.

    Predictions for the current fiscal year, which ends Sunday, show the hospital ending the year with a revenue loss of more than $3.2 million. That was after making more than $4.4 million the year before.

    The budget for next fiscal year, beginning July 1, was presented Tuesday to the hospital’s board of trustees for approval. That proposal predicts revenue of $155,000.

  • Fort Knox’s Duke Brigade to be eliminated

    Fort Knox will lose its only combat brigade as part of a massive restructuring within the United States Army.

    The Army plans announced Tuesday include deactivation of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division by fiscal year 2017. Also known as the Duke Brigade, the 3/1 transferred to Fort Knox from Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009. About 2,300 of its 3,500 soldiers currently are deployed to Afghanistan.

    The brigade’s soldiers will be transferred to other units, according to post officials. .

  • 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.