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  • HMH approves energy conservation plan

    Hardin Memorial Hospital is pursuing facility upgrades that could save the hospital $500,000 a year in utility and operations costs and reduce its energy usage to a rate closer to average hospitals.

    The HMH Board of Trustees approved a business plan Tuesday that would make several changes to the way in which the hospital’s energy systems operate by upgrading technology and removing antiquated materials in place of more energy-efficient models.

  • Car break-ins reported around Sonora

    Residents found a variety of items missing from their vehicles Tuesday morning after a string of break-ins occurred in Sonora.

    About five or six unlocked vehicles were broken into near Main and Maple streets, said Trooper Brian Mouser of the Kentucky State Police. KSP began receiving phone calls at about 9 a.m. and they continued through the day.

    No vehicles suffered any damage, but several reported missing a variety of items, including GPS devices, cameras and medication.

    Mouser said it’s a pretty common occurrence around the county.

  • Photo: Connector under construction
  • Office to offer suicide prevention help

    The community is receiving a new resource to deter suicide among young people.

    A ribbon cutting ceremony and luncheon for The Jason Foundation Inc. is planned from noon until 2 p.m. Thursday at Pritchard Community Center on South Mulberry Street in Elizabethtown.

    The grand opening is for a foundation that offers free educational programs aimed at training teachers, coaches, youth workers and parents to recognize warning signs for young people considering suicide and helping them to seek help.

  • Man charged with rape pleads not guilty

    A man facing four counts of second-degree rape pleaded not guilty Tuesday during arraignment in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Robert Lee Hardin, 25, is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with a female younger than 14 on four occasions between January and April, according to an indictment. The alleged offenses occurred at a Vine Grove residence.

    Forcible contact is not alleged.

    Hardin is assigned a public defender and a jury trial is set for March 18.

    He is lodged at Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond.

  • Man sentenced in robberies

    A man accused in multiple robberies at Radcliff businesses was sentenced Tuesday to 11 years in prison.

    Terrell D. Boyd, 19, of Radcliff, pleaded guilty in July to four counts of complicity to commit first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree robbery and one count of complicity to commit second-degree assault.

    The charges stemmed from robberies committed last July at locations of Hardee’s, Jr Foods and Walmart in Radcliff, according to police. During the robbery at Jr Foods, an employee was injured.

  • Council hears first reading setting property tax rates

    RADCLIFF — Radcliff City Council heard the first reading Tuesday night of an ordinance to hold property taxes below the compensating rate.

    City officials rejected the compensating rate of 16 cents per $100 of assessed value to hold the rate at 15.9 cents per $100 of assessed value for real property. The compensating rate is the rate needed to produce the same amount of revenue as the previous year.

  • Taxes increase for EIS

    The  Elizabethtown Independent Schools board voted  Monday night to raise its annual tax rate at its monthly meeting.

    The board voted unanimously to raise the rate on real and personal property to 67 cents per $100. Last year’s tax rate was 65 cents per $100 of property.

    The new rate gives the district a 4 percent increase in revenue from the previous year, and was the maximum rate the board could set for the year. The rate will give the district about $5.6 million in revenue, an increase of almost $167,500 from last year.

  • HMH posts year-ending surplus

    Hardin Memorial Hospital’s budget finished ahead of projections for the 2011-12 fiscal year thanks to an infusion of money generated by the acquisitions of private practices and an increase in outpatient volumes across the board, according to hospital officials.

    “The outpatient side is the profitable side of our business,” said HMH President and CEO Dennis Johnson on Tuesday morning in the midst of a year-end financial review during the hospital’s monthly board meeting.

  • Addison Jo Blair’s legacy lives on through Kosair’s pediatric cancer wing

    The support an Elizabethtown girl drew during her young life has changed the lives of other cancer patients for the better after her death.

    Tears ran down the nose of Wes Blair, who teaches history at Central Hardin High School, as a crowd at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville bowed their heads to pray before the grand opening of a renovated cancer center that now bears his daughter’s name.

    Addison Jo Blair lost her fight with cancer in May 2011 at age 3.