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  • Officials: City's first Heartland Festival a success

    After working under a compressed schedule, Elizabethtown Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn said she was ecstatic with the city’s first attempt at managing the Heartland Festival in the Park and is hungry for feedback — positive and negative — on expectations for the longstanding community fixture.

    Vaughn said she wants to know if the community wants to restore the look and feel of the classic Heartland Festival or “turn the page” and move in a different direction by developing a new type of festival.

  • HMH to host Komen kickoff event Thursday

    Hardin Memorial Health and Susan G. Komen for the Cure are looking for a few sets of legs to march on Louisville in October to combat breast cancer.

    HMH is hosting a kickoff event from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the fifth floor auditorium of the hospital in hopes of recruiting members for a Hardin County team that will participate Oct. 13 in Race for the Cure at Iroquois Park in Louisville.

  • U of L professor offers insight on unification

    Even with the unification of city and county government in Hardin County shot down two weeks ago, more than 100 people attended a Monday night event featuring a University of Louisville professor’s take on merged government.

    The city of Radcliff hosted Hank V. Savitch to showcase his research into the issue of city-county merger, specifically in Louisville, and his assertion that the concept never lived up to its promises.

  • E'town sex abuse trial moved to January

    The September jury trial for an Elizabethtown man facing 15 charges of sex-related offenses was rescheduled for January.

    George W. Beason Jr., 32, is charged with three counts of incest, third-degree rape, three counts of third-degree sodomy, six counts of first-degree sexual abuse, distribution of obscene matter to a minor and second-degree persistent felony offense. All charges stem from alleged sexual encounters with a female younger than 16.

    Beason appeared Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court with public defender David Stewart.

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  • Up-and-down police career ends on an up

    Dale Riggs remembers the first time he sat in a police cruiser in 1983 like it was yesterday. He was sitting with a Vine Grove police chief he later would investigate.

    “I thought, ‘I finally made it. I’m finally a police officer,’” said Riggs, who retires Friday, the day of his 29th anniversary as a police officer. “I was 24 years old before I was able to be hired at a department and Vine Grove gave me the first opportunity to be an officer.

  • Prescription pill program still going strong

    Elizabethtown’s prescription pill take-back program has netted roughly 185,000 pills since it launched in March, said Police Chief Tracy Schiller.

    Schiller presented an update on the program Monday to Elizabethtown City Council during its work session, where he was asked if any of the pills obtained were illicit drugs.

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  • Hardin District judge sends Vine Grove robbery to grand jury

    A Hardin District Court judge on Monday forwarded the case of an Ohio woman facing two counts of first-degree robbery to a grand jury.

    Zgermel Tuemler, 23, is accused in a July 20 robbery in the northeast portion of Vine Grove’s Optimist Park. According to an arrest warrant, she pointed a handgun in a woman’s face and demanded her wallet before turning to a man and demanding his keys.

    Officer Kenneth Mattingly with Vine Grove Police Department testified Monday during Tuemler’s preliminary hearing.

  • Fourteen drivers arrested on DUI charges last weekend

    Fourteen drivers were arrested Saturday and lodged in Hardin County Detention Center when local law enforcement conducted a roadblock in West Point.

    Since Aug. 17, police in the area have been participating in Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, a national campaign to crack down on impaired driving. Officers are granted federal overtime for the effort, which runs through this weekend.

    Jailer Danny Allen said the detention center’s inmate population rose to around 720 on Saturday. The jail has beds for 648.