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  • Fire forces evacuation of West Point, injures five

    A fire Wednesday at the train derailment site in southwest Jefferson County near the Ohio Valley Dragway led to the full evacuation of West Point and sent three workers to hospitals for treatment of burns.

    Jody Johnson Duncan, public information officer for Louisville EMA/Metrosafe, said five contractors with R.J. Corman were injured while working on the cleanup when residual traces of 1,3-butadiene from the derailed rail cars found an ignition source and caught fire.

  • Four challengers, five incumbents battling for E'town council spots

    Whatever the makeup of Elizabethtown City Council in January, most candidates agree the city must press efforts dealing with stormwater drainage, upgrading the city’s aging infrastructure, renovating downtown and attracting new jobs.

    Five incumbent council members hope to reclaim their seats while four challengers have emerged hoping to take advantage of Councilman Larry Ashlock’s departure.

  • Defendants deny allegations in ECTC lawsuit

    Defendants in a discrimination lawsuit against the Kentucky Community and Technical College System have denied allegations made by an Elizabethtown Community and Technical College employee.

    Defense attorneys filed a response after Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton granted an order to dismiss a large portion of the claims made by the employee, Bernice Bennett.

    The case now moves to the discovery phase, which is when the two sides exchange information pertinent to the case.

  • HMH to offer free texting service for new mothers

    Hardin Memorial Health has partnered with a national texting service providing free health information for pregnant women and mothers through the first year of their child’s life.

    HMH now is promoting text4baby on its website at www.hmh.net and its official Facebook page, where a link is provided for local residents to sign up. Users also can sign up at www.text4baby.org.

  • Severns Valley hosting recovery program training

    SevernsValley Baptist Church will be the regional training site Saturday for between 500 and 600 representatives of churches across Kentucky and surrounding states.

    The training is aimed at explaining the program Celebrate Recovery. The 12-step program uses Biblical principles to try to help people with various addictions, hurts and struggles, such as substance abuse, procrastination and worry.

  • West Point candidates focus on growth

    Increasing the population and economic development in West Point to grow its tax base and support West Point Independent School System are major issues for the eight candidates running for six open seats on the community’s city council.

    The council is one of the contested races on Tuesday’s ballot, featuring five incumbents and three challengers.

  • Guthrie faces three challengers in U.S. 2nd District race

    Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie will face three challengers Tuesday in the race for the U.S. 2nd Congressional District seat.

    The district covers 22 counties, including Hardin, LaRue, Meade, Grayson, Breckinridge and Nelson.

  • Volunteers at the heart of Red Kettle Program

    The task is simple, really: Ring a bell.

    The challenge of filling two-hour time slots, 10 hours a day, six days a week at nine locations in Elizabethtown and Radcliff for 33 days is more daunting.

    The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Program kicks off Nov. 16 and runs through Dec. 24. The volunteer-based effort last year raised just under $58,000 and helped about 425 families during the holiday season.

  • West Point postpones trick or treating to Saturday

    West Point postponed trick or treating in the city to Saturday because of ongoing cleanup at the site of Monday’s train derailment in southwest Jefferson County.

    According to city hall, West Point has rescheduled trick or treating for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

    Thirteen cars on a Paducah & Louisville Railway train went off the tracks Monday. Eight of those cars were carrying chemicals.

    Because of the ongoing cleanup at the derailment site, U.S. 31W is closed in West Point at Ky. 835.

  • Former area resident charged with filming minor

    Landmark News Service

    An Adair County dispatcher was charged last week with promoting a sexual performance by a minor.

    James Orley Absher, 49, of Columbia and formerly of Hodgenville, is accused of videotaping an underage girl at his LaRue County home between June 1 and Dec. 1, 2011.

    According to court records, Absher moved to Elizabethtown in December 2011.

    On Oct. 10, 2012, another person in the home allegedly found a hidden camera in the bathroom. The camera was turned over to Kentucky State Police.