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  • Lee receives award for his work to clarify unification laws

    Unification may be on ice in Hardin County, but a local legislator has been rewarded for his efforts to clarify the state’s laws on merged governments.

    State Rep. Jimmie Lee, D-Elizabethtown, was bestowed the Friends of Cities Award on Monday by the Kentucky League of Cities during an Elizabethtown City Council meeting at City Hall.

    James D. Chaney, chief governmental affairs officer for KLC, said the organization had been working on steps to clarify the law for about five years when Lee stepped in to help champion the legislation, known as House Bill 189.

  • Cecilia man arrested on burglary charge

    Elizabethtown police served an arrest warrant Friday on a Cecilia man facing a burglary charge.

    Anthony Santiago, 23, was stopped after disregarding a traffic control device at Westport Road, according to a police report. He also faces a charge of driving on a DUI suspended license.

    During the stop, the officer served Santiago with a warrant for first-degree burglary.

    According to the warrant, Santiago removed several items from his father’s residence between Aug. 31 and Sept. 10 and later pawned the items at shops in Kentucky and Indiana.

  • Big Spring shooting, robbery case sent to grand jury

    A Hardin District Court judge found probable cause Monday in the case against a Cecilia man suspected in a series of early morning robberies and a shooting Oct. 27 near the Hardin-Meade County line.

    Steven C. Goodman, 21, originally was charged in Hardin County with attempted murder, two counts of first-degree robbery, six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, theft by unlawful taking – automobile, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

  • EPD plans free shred event

    As part of its proactive policing practices, Elizabethtown police have organized a free community shred event that could help residents avoid identity theft.

    The Saturday morning program will be conducted by A-Plus Shredding, which is setting up its mobile shredding equipment in the Walmart parking lot off North Dixie Avenue. Securitas Security Services USA also is partnering in the effort.

  • HMH acquires E-town Ortho

    In its continuing efforts to prepare for ramifications of the Affordable Care Act, Hardin Memorial Health has acquired another local practice.

    HMH has closed on the purchase of Elizabethtown Orthopedics at 1113 Woodland Drive for $1 million, according to a property transfer listing.

  • FBI bank robbery suspect arrested in Clarkson

    Acting on information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, police arrested a Clarkson resident believed to be a bank robber known as the Elmer Fudd Bandit.

    Todd Berkley, 39, was arrested around 2 a.m. Friday in an apartment on Renfrow Street in Clarkson. Grayson County Sheriff Rick Clemons and Deputies Buck Meredith and Adam Cottrell approached the apartment from the front while Kentucky State Police Troopers Brad Riley, Jason Drain and Sgt. Kevin Bertram waited at the back.

  • Local parties stirring voters

    With a close result expected in the presidential election today between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, local parties in Hardin County have mobilized efforts to stir voters.

    The Hardin County Democratic Party is doubling efforts locally in an attempt to defy predictions that Romney will take the county while the Hardin County GOP has joined forces with Romney’s campaign to sway a battleground state.

  • High voter turnout expected

    Voter turnout expectations are high for today’s election thanks to the battle for the White House.

    Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb said turnout will be heavy if absentee voting is any indication.

    More than 1,400 absentee votes had been cast by Monday morning by those who went to the county clerk’s office and signed affidavits saying they woul not be in town on Election Day.

  • White Mills bridge rededicated, celebrated

    White Mills residents celebrated the return of a community centerpiece this weekend.

    The repaired White Mills bridge was rededicated Sunday after being closed for more than a year because of structural issues.

    Residents gathered at the bridge to hear a proclamation declaring the day “White Mills Bridge Day” by Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry Berry.

  • West Point evacuation lifted

    The West Point evacuation order has been lifted, said Doug Finlay, deputy director of Hardin County Emergency Management.

    The railroad cars have been stabilized, he said. The 1.2-mile evacuation that had emptied the Hardin County town was lifted along with a five-mile "shelter in place" requirement.