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  • Volunteers fill food bags to fight hunger

    Nate Jarboe learned the value of giving from one of his teachers when the class started taking on service projects. 

    They adopted an elephant from Africa and sent pennies to Haiti even as Nate’s sensitivity to the plights of the less fortunate matured.

    Before long, the 10-year-old trained his thoughts on the debilitating impacts of poverty and hunger, recruiting local help from two charities committed to filling empty stomachs.

  • Poverty simulation allows room for compassion

    Gloria Soriano of Elizabethtown knows all too well some of the scenarios she watched play out Friday during a poverty simulation at Pritchard Community Center.

    A single mother of five children, she struggles daily to make ends meet as she works at a local hotel as a housekeeper. She also has a language barrier because her native language is Spanish.

    She attended the Community Action Poverty Simulation sponsored by the Central Kentucky Community Action Council’s Community Collaboration for Children to help educate others of her plight, she said.

  • Former E.W. James property lands prospective buyer

    The former E.W. James & Sons Supermarkets property in Elizabethtown soon may have a new owner.

    Hogan Real Estate of Louisville has entered a contract to purchase the building, at West Dixie Avenue and St. John Road, said Hardin McLane, a local Realtor with Coldwell Banker McMahan Co.

    McLane said the deal is contingent upon Hogan finding a lessee within six months. He could not divulge the agreed-upon purchase price because the deal has not been finalized.

    “It’s not a done deal, but if anyone can do it, they can do it,” he said.

  • Man enters not-guilty plea in sex case

    A Radcliff man indicted on multiple sex crime charges involving a teenager over an 18-month period was arraigned Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    James R. Ogg, 31, who was indicted on three counts of first-degree sexual abuse, 12 counts of third-degree rape and one count of third-degree sodomy last week, entered a not-guilty plea.

    All charges are Class D felonies and Ogg faces up to 5 years in prison on each count if convicted, up to 20 years total.

  • EPD to crack down on solicitors

    A wave of complaints from residents tired of door-to-door solicitation has caused Elizabethtown Police Department to review its policies on the practice.

    Police Chief Tracy Schiller and Sgt. Merle Young said the department is confident in the process set up to manage door-to-door solicitors, but it will be more diligent in enforcing those policies going forward.

  • E'town approves real estate option for Ring Road acreage

    Following a closed session Monday evening, Elizabethtown City Council approved a real estate option with Aulbach Pence LLC on nearly 6 acres of property on Ring Road.

    The purchase price for the land, which sits near Heartland Elementary School and First Federal Savings Bank, is $1,197,000.

  • Child abuse case postponed to October

    A pair of Elizabethtown residents who were indicted on criminal abuse charges against a juvenile will face a trial date that has been tentatively moved to Oct. 15.

    An attorney for Justin F. Badgett, 27, appeared on his behalf Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court to motion for the new date.

    Judge Ken Howard refrained from setting a permanent date until an attorney for Heather Shipley, 35, is notified of the date change.

  • Animal Control sees rise in dog adoptions

    With the opening of a new animal shelter on Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown, Hardin County Animal Control is seeing a rise in dog adoptions and a decrease in euthanizations.

    Director Gerald Foley told Hardin Fiscal Court Tuesday afternoon that the shelter adopted 120 dogs in March compared to 63 dogs in March 2013.

    Coupled with that, only 13 dogs were euthanized last month compared to 29 in March 2013, Foley said. The dogs that were euthanized either had some type of animal control behavior problem or were sick, he said.

  • Rineyville man accused of rape gets new trial date

    The trial date for Reiner Legaspi, a Rineyville man accused of first-degree rape, has been moved a week after his attorney requested a postponement.

    Hardin Circuit Court Judge Ken Howard granted the postponement and set a new trial date for Aug. 25 after Commonwealth Attorney Shane Young made no argument against the postponement.

    In an interview, Young said the defense missed some procedural deadlines, but he felt the postponement was in the best interest for all parties in order for all evidence to be presented.

  • Magistrate candidate lives outside of district

    The lone Democratic candidate in the race for the 4th District magisterial seat in Hardin County does not actually live in the district’s boundaries.

    Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb discovered the error after the filing deadline in January. Tabb said Jimmy Jenkins’ residence on Hutcherson Lane falls within the boundaries of District 8 in the Rineyville North precinct. Jenkins’ home is near the line separating District 4 and District 8, according to county election maps.