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  • Former trooper admits to sex act with teen

    In an effort to get his job back, a Kentucky State Police trooper, who is one of four accused in a sex case with a 15-year-old Meade County girl, appealed his termination in early January at a KSP Trial Board.
    Through an open records request, The News-Enterprise obtained a transcript of the proceeding, which was administrative, not criminal. Former trooper Jerry Clanton, 33, testified about his encounters with the teenager, including one he described as sexual in nature.

  • Helmwood seeking digital donations

    After watching a nightly news segment, Martha Frakes, volunteer coordinator at Helmwood Home Healthcare, had an idea.
    The segment featured a dementia patient who responded well when he listened to music.
    “When they put the headphones on him, his face would light up,” Frakes said.
    She thought a program such as what she saw on the news could work for patients at Helmwood, especially non-verbal or passive patients suffering from dementia.

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  • Fort Knox lands engineer company

    An engineer company assigned to Europe will be making its home at Fort Knox this summer under the command of the 19th Engineers Battalion.

    The 541st Sapper Company is moving from Bamberg, Germany ,to Kentucky by July, bringing with it about 100 soldiers and 200 to 250 accompanying family members, according to the Fort Knox Public Affairs Office.

    The projected economic impact of the company’s arrival in the surrounding local communities is expected to be more than $5 million, according to the Plans, Analysis and Integration Office.

  • 3rd ESC cases colors for deployment

    The 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) cased its colors Friday for another deployment, one with historic ramifications.

    More than 200 soldiers from the logistics unit are splitting off and deploying to Afghanistan or Kuwait for a nine-month tour after returning from a deployment early last year.

  • Rineyville man indicted on 40 counts of child porn

    A Rineyville man was indicted last week on 40 counts involving child pornography in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Jessie Speed III, 19, was indicted on 20 counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and 20 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Both charges are Class D felonies punishable by up to five years in prison.

    An indictment is an allegation, not a proof of guilt. Speed is considered innocent until proven guilty.

  • Organization awards 27 grants to teachers

    The Elizabethtown Education Foundation spent Friday morning helping teachers fund special projects.

    The foundation awarded 27 grants totaling more than $25,000 to teachers in Elizabethtown Independent Schools, said foundation board member Andy Games.

    “It’s a very rewarding day,” he said. “The teachers are so thankful.”

    The organization raises money all year through various efforts, but a large sum comes from The Event, which was March 1, Games said.

  • Students delve into the belly of industry

    It’s not uncommon for classes to take field trips to broaden students’ experiences and knowledge. It’s not uncommon for a business to take interest in the educational system, because it supplies the future workforce.

    But students in the Project Lead the Way program at Elizabethtown High School and Metalsa combined these experiences Thursday with a tour of the company’s facility in Elizabethtown.

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  • United Way smashes campaign record

    Three straight years. Three record-breaking campaigns.

    United Way of Central Kentucky had raised $1,240,850.69 through its latest fundraising campaign as of Thursday, closing out a drive that was centered on the reduction of poverty in its five-county service region of Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, LaRue and Meade counties.

    Campaign chairman Dennis Johnson, president and CEO of Hardin Memorial Health, looked up at the total and said contributions continued to trickle in as they spoke during a news conference at Hardin Memorial Hospital.