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  • Set in stone: Families remember loves ones with memorial bricks

    Faye Vance was surprised when she learned her family had not bought a brick or a paver with her husband’s name on it before the Veterans Day unveiling of the Hardin County Veterans Tribute.

    The family bought a paver for her father, another for her husband’s stepfather and a third for another military member, she said.

    “I was kind of shocked,” she said. “I just kind of assumed that he’d buy himself one.”

  • Back in black: HMH budget predicts return to profit

    Trustees have approved a budget for Hardin Memorial Hospital they hope will allow the hospital to finish next fiscal year with positive revenue.

    Predictions for the current fiscal year, which ends Sunday, show the hospital ending the year with a revenue loss of more than $3.2 million. That was after making more than $4.4 million the year before.

    The budget for next fiscal year, beginning July 1, was presented Tuesday to the hospital’s board of trustees for approval. That proposal predicts revenue of $155,000.

  • Fort Knox’s Duke Brigade to be eliminated

    Fort Knox will lose its only combat brigade as part of a massive restructuring within the United States Army.

    The Army plans announced Tuesday include deactivation of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division by fiscal year 2017. Also known as the Duke Brigade, the 3/1 transferred to Fort Knox from Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009. About 2,300 of its 3,500 soldiers currently are deployed to Afghanistan.

    The brigade’s soldiers will be transferred to other units, according to post officials. .

  • Army poised to cut 3/1

    Fort Knox will lose its only combat brigade and more than 3,000 soldiers could transfer from the Hardin County area as part of a massive restructuring in the U.S. Army.

    As part of its announcement Tuesday, the Army listed plans to deactivate the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division by fiscal year 2017.

    The 3,500 soldiers in the brigade will transfer to other units as other combat teams increase their ranks, said Ryan Brus, public affairs officer at Fort Knox. About 2,300 of those soldiers currently are deployed throughout Afghanistan.

  • Plans progress for county government, EMS buildings

    Plans for the new county government building and another EMS ambulance station are progressing.

    The new office complex is entering the phase when planners write construction documents, said Michael Childers of ICON Engineering & Inspection Services.

    That phase of work lays out the final details of the project, such as building materials, so final costs can be determined. The estimated price tag, based on $200 per square foot for new construction, has been projected as $12 million.

  • Water District No. 1 receives state honors

    For the sixth consecutive year, Hardin County Water District No. 1 has been honored for its efforts to optimize water treatment processes at its Pirtle Spring plant.

  • Photo: A turn for progress
  • E'town man charged with rape, sodomy

    An Elizabethtown man faces multiple felony sex charges after police say he carried on a sexual relationship for several years with a juvenile female relative.

    Francisco J. Vasquez, 45, was arrested Sunday morning on charges of second-degree rape, second-degree sodomy and second-degree sexual abuse.

    Virgil Willoughby, spokesman for Elizabethtown Police Department, said investigators responded Saturday to Vasquez’s Picardy Court residence after the child contacted police regarding a domestic situation and sexual offense.

  • Radcliff’s Summer Blast adds activities, concert

    Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall joked he’ll need plenty of caffeine to get through this year’s Summer Blast.

    The third annual event is scheduled to include more activities than ever when it takes place Friday and Saturday near city hall and Colvin Community Center on Freedoms Way.

    Among firsts for the event is a performance by country singer David Lee Murphy, who is known for the songs “Dust on the Bottle,” “Every Time I Get Around You” and “The Road You Leave Behind.”

  • 'Lean budget' proposed for Vine Grove

    A proposed budget for Vine Grove doesn’t call for any expenses other than what it costs to pay the salaries, utilities, maintenance costs and other bills that keep the city running.

    Council members met Monday for a first reading of the proposed budget, which is required before they pass it.

    They expect to pass a budget during their regular monthly meeting this coming Monday, when the 2013-14 fiscal year begins.