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  • Florida man denied bond reduction in child sex abuse case

    A Florida man indicted on seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a then-12-year-old Elizabeth­town girl appeared Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court for a motion hearing to reduce his bond.

    An attorney for Jasen Sawyer, 25, of Ruskin, Florida, motioned to reduce Sawyer’s $25,000 full cash bond to 10 percent of that amount.

    Judge Ken Howard denied the motion.

    The alleged acts happened between December 2012 and February 2013. Sawyer is an acquaintance of the girl’s family.

  • Donnelly gets Democratic nod for county clerk

    For 35 years, Debbie Donnelly has worked in the Hardin County Clerk’s Office. Tuesday night, she moved one step closer to leading it with a resounding victory over Bruce Reeves in the Democratic primary.

    Donnelly, 59, faces Republican Sandra Byerly in the November general election. Byerly did not face an official primary challenge after Dwayne E. Mollison Sr. left the race to tend to an illness in his family.

  • Incumbents survive in magistrate races

    By MARTY FINLEY
    and CARLY BESSER
    The News-Enterprise

    Half of the magistrate races in Hardin County were determined Tuesday during the primary, and all incumbents with primary opposition survived the night.

    Magistrate Roy Easter won another four-year term by defeating fellow Democrats Curtis Brunson and Don Yates.

    Democrat Steve Brown defeated James Prentice Jr. and will face Republican incumbent Lisa Williams in the November general election for District 3.

  • Elizabethtown approves incentives for Altec

    ELIZABETHTOWN

    Elizabethtown City Council approved incentives for Altec Industries on Monday night in response to the company’s expansion.

    The city extended tax incentives from the Ken­tucky Business In­vestment Program through the forfeiture of 1 percent of the occupational fee on gross employee earnings for new jobs created “upon activation and for the length of the program,” according to the city’s resolution.

  • Radcliff to donate fire truck to West Point

    The city of West Point soon will add a fire truck to its department thanks to the city of Radcliff.

    In a brief meeting Monday, Radcliff City Council voted unanimously to transfer a surplus 1980 Pierce Tele-squirt truck that requires more than $17,000 worth of repairs to a pump. Councilwoman Barbara Baker was not present.

    The truck will replace a 1974 model truck for West Point’s fire department, Radcliff Fire Chief Jamie Henderson previously said.

  • Soldier accused of incest will receive probated sentence

    A sergeant in the U.S. Army Cadet Command 1st Brigade accepted a plea agreement Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court in a sex abuse case involving a relative.

    After more than 11 months in jail, Sgt. 1st Class Felix Manuel Ayala, 46, of Radcliff, pleaded guilty to incest with consent, a Class C felony.

    The charge was amended from incest, forcible compulsion incapable of consent. Three other charges — first-degree rape, incapable of consent; first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree sodomy, incapable of consent — were dismissed without prejudice.

  • KY 361 to open June 2

    HARDIN COUNTY

    Ky. 361 is expected to open June 2 as crews finish striping and sign installation during the next couple of weeks, leading up to the opening date.

    Motorists will see message boards along Ky. 361 (approaching Ky. 1600), Deckard School Road, Ky. 220 and Ky. 313 notifying local traffic of the coming changes.

    Signals through the cor­ridor will be set on flash. Once Ky. 361 is open, signals will become fully operational, requiring cross traffic to stop on a red light. Previously, these intersections have not required stopping.

  • Missing Radcliff woman found in Danville

    RADCLIFF

    A Radcliff woman reported missing Monday afternoon was found later that day in Danville at a Huddle House.

    According to Radcliff Police, Marion E. Walker, 82, was found safe and unharmed. Spokesman Bryce Shumate said she drove herself to the central Kentucky town.

  • HARDIN COUNTY PRIMARY RESULTS

    Highlights of Tuesday night's voting:

  • Berry, Duvall move ahead in judge-executive race

    The race for Hardin County judge-executive shook out as many expected.

    Three-term incumbent Harry Berry will face Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall for the county’s highest office in November after they easily overcame their primary opposition.

    Berry blitzed Glen­dale resident Arthur Hurley Jr., securing 4,808 votes to Hurley’s 1,489. It was good for more than 76 percent of the vote.