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  • House plan keeps local road funding intact

    The $4.5 billion, two-year state road plan that passed the House on Tuesday retains millions in funding for Hardin County road projects.
    Nearly $4.5 million has been allocated in the plan to acquire right-of-way and to complete utility work for the extension of Ring Road from Western Kentucky Parkway to Interstate 65.
    State Rep. Jimmie Lee, D-Elizabethtown, said the full cost of the final leg likely will fall around $30 million, allocated in phases. He hopes construction can be completed by 2017.

  • Home burglaries on the rise in Elizabethtown

    With spring and hopefully warmer temperatures right around the corner, the move into milder weather also can be an opportunistic time for those wanting to take advantage of the situation.

    Warmer temperatures for many homeowners can lead to open windows and open garage doors. Not locking the doors to your home can provide opportunities for crime in any season.

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  • Radcliff forgoes storm water rate increase at meeting

    With no discussion, Radcliff City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night not to allow an automatic cost of living allowance increase to the city’s storm water rate. Councilmen Edward Palmer and Don Shaw were not present.

    The rate increase previously was discussed at a council work session where Mayor J.J. Duvall recommended the council not allow the increase of 1.5 percent. The rate remains at $4.83.

    Because the increase automatically is applied by city ordinance, the only action the council could take at its March 18 meeting was to deny the increase.

  • Community baby shower at Pritchard offers support to parents

    When Kristen Thurman attended a Community Baby Shower after giving birth last year, she was amazed at the wealth of information and support available in the area.

    This year as a junior at John Hardin High School, she returned to the event Wednesday to learn even more about how to care for Skyler Hall, her 18-month-old son.

  • Mother of malnourished child gets probation

    Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Teresa Logsdon wanted to make a final impression on Jessica A. Capponi on Tuesday morning in Hardin Circuit Court in the criminal abuse case against her.

    Logsdon made sure Capponi saw photos of her son as a battered and malnourished child.

    “In the investigation report, she still didn’t believe she had done anything wrong,” Logsdon said.

  • Health clinic expanding to Meade County

    The Community Health Clinic of Hardin & LaRue Counties is expanding its services to reach more patients in need.

    Since its opening in 2002, the nonprofit clinic, which offers basic health services to uninsured, low-income residents, limited its focus to only two counties. Meade County will be added to its service area April 1, said Executive Director Rebecca Farris Allen.

  • West Point Police lands K-9 unit

    In West Point, residents now will see a new officer of the four-legged variety on duty.

    Rex, a black and red German Shepherd, was introduced Monday night to a room filled with law enforcement officials from nearby agencies, prosecutors, judges and community members at West Point School.

    A dual-purpose dog, Rex will be handled by officer Gary Heavrin and can be used to assist adjacent agencies in Hardin and Meade counties.

    “We got real lucky with him,” Heavrin said. “He’s just a good fit for me.”

  • Indictment of two former officers released

    During an arraignment Monday in Meade Circuit Court, two former law enforcement officers waived formal reading of their indictments in a sex case involving a then 15-year-old girl.

    Through an open records request, The News-Enterprise obtained copies of the indictments for former Brandenburg Police officer Todd Matti and former Kentucky State Police trooper Stratford Young.

    Matti is charged with two counts of third-degree sodomy and Young is charged with two counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree rape.

  • Area students headed to Gatton Academy next year

    Several students from Hardin County and the surrounding area will attend the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky on the campus of Western Kentucky University.
    Students will complete their junior and senior years of high school living on campus and taking courses at WKU. At the end of their two years, they will graduate from high school and have earned at least 60 college credit hours.