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  • Rineyville native manages elite equestrian competition in Lexington

    While growing up in Rineyville and attending North Hardin High School, Lee Carter was a baseball enthusiast, playing and loving the sport.

    Carter now surrounds himself with a sport he had little inclination for in his youth: equestrian events.

    “I was not a horse person,” Carter said by phone this week as he prepared for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, an elite level equestrian challenge that will bring thousands of visitors to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington today through Sunday.

  • HMH charters physician council

    Hardin Memorial Health has chartered a physicians’ council that will impact the direction of Hardin Professional Services, the multispecialty medical group of HMH, and develop policies for its operations with hospital management.

    The 10-member board will feature seven elected members, two ex-officio members in the HMH chief executive officer and chief medical officer and one non-voting member in the HPS president/executive administrator, according to the report.

  • Radcliff officials gain insight on Fort Knox housing

    Officials from Radcliff city government and Fort Knox met Tuesday at Radcliff City Hall to begin a dialogue addressing concerns about Fort Knox’s housing market.

    Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall, Radcliff City Councilwoman Barbara Baker and Councilman Edward Palmer, Hardin County Property Valuation Administrator Danny Hutcherson met with Fort Knox Garrison Commander Col. T.J. Edwards, Fort Knox Housing Chief J.R. Cardin and Fort Knox Public Affairs Officer Ryan Brus.

    “I know there’s concern in the public’s eye,” Duvall said.

  • Former teacher sentenced to 10 years for sex crimes

    A former middle school teacher convicted on multiple sex crimes involving a student formally was sentenced Tuesday morning in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Anthony Durrant, 47, was found guilty on 19 of 29 charges and sentenced to 10 years in prison, which was the jury’s recommendation.

    Durrant received a 10-year sentence for 14 of the counts and a one-year sentence for the other five. The sentences will run concurrently, or at the same time, for a total of 10 years. He also will have to register as a sex offender upon his release for the rest of his life.

  • Swope brothers honored for service by Boy Scouts

    The Swope family name has become synonymous with success in the Elizabethtown and Louisville area through the exploits of brothers Bill and Sam Swope in the automobile industry.

    Bill’s sons, Bob and Carl, claimed the spotlight Monday night as they were named Distinguished Citizens of the Year during the Friends of Scouting Dinner at Grace Heartland Church in Elizabethtown. Bob said the best decision they have ever made in life was choosing Bill and Betty Swope as their parents, which drew laughter.

  • County pursuing work ready certification

    A state certification indicating the healthiness of a local workforce is now being pursued in Hardin County.

    A letter of intent has been issued by the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Foundation to obtain standing in the Kentucky Work Ready Communities Program. The program is administered by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board and Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

  • Judge refuses request to recant guilty plea

    A convicted sex offender scheduled for sentencing in two other sex cases — one involving a minor — attempted to withdraw his guilty plea Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Eric Bates, attorney for Jimmie Sturgill, 66, began the sentencing hearing with a motion to withdraw the former West Point man’s guilty plea from Feb. 26. Bates said the motion is being made against his advice.

  • Fiscal Court hears rock quarry appeal

    Vulcan Materials Co. argued Tuesday a proposed expansion of its rock quarry is in line with Hardin County’s comprehensive plan and would not have a significant effect on property values nor a negative impact on the environment.

    Opponents of the quarry said the operation could endanger groundwater flow and karst topography and is not necessary to meet demand for crushed stone.

  • Hall of Fame fundraising passes halfway point of phase one

    As an ambassador for the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame, professional fundraiser Mike Pollio says he sometimes is asked to defend the selection of Elizabethtown as the museum’s site.

    Describing Elizabethtown as the crossroads of Kentucky, he praised the support of local donors, city government and the tourism bureau as key factors. He said the community recognizes the hall of fame, which will be established across the street from the Historic State Theater, can be a vital part of downtown revitalization.