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  • Vargas sentenced to 10 years in sex abuse case

    A Radcliff man received the maximum sentence Tuesday for his conviction in a sex abuse case.

    Jose Vargas was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was convicted in September of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 12.

  • Cruse, Hornback maintain innocence

    Facing nearly 70 charges, Hodgenville Mayor Terry L. Cruse and City Clerk MaDonna Hornback spent less than 45 minutes in jail Tuesday morning and maintained their innocence against Monday’s grand jury indictment.

    The pair turned themselves in to LaRue County Sheriff Merle Edlin. They are scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Jan. 6 in LaRue Circuit Court.

    A one-page joint statement signed by Cruse said, “when this is over the outcome will be much different than it looks today.” Both said they have no intention of resigning.

  • Hodgenville mayor, city clerk jailed today

    Hodgenville Mayor Terry L. Cruse and City Clerk MaDonna Hornback were booked Tuesday morning into the Hardin County Detention Center after being indicted on a combined 69 counts on Monday.

    Cruse was processed into the jail at 8:46 a.m. and Hornback was booked at 9:02 a.m. Both had posted bail of $9,500 cash or property bond and were released by 9:31 a.m.

  • Bringing smiles, aid to military families at Christmas

    Blue and green bags filled with groceries to make a holiday meal lined a wall in the lounge of the Holiday Inn Express in Radcliff as one military family after another filed through.

    When a volunteer carried one set of bags out the door for a family, more bags replaced it.

  • City tables pool design vote

    Elizabethtown City Council tabled a vote on a design firm for a new swimming facility Monday after additional questions have arisen regarding one of the finalists for the job.

    City officials said they were not comfortable choosing a firm until they gathered more research on one of the companies vying for the work, Brandstetter Carroll.

    Last week, City Engineer Scott Reynolds said the company was one of two finalists culled from five proposals by a committee that included Mayor Edna Berger and Executive Assistant Charlie Bryant.

  • E'town man arrested on rape charge

    An Elizabethtown man was arrested a day after he was indicted last week on a first-degree rape charge concerning a distant female relative.

    Keith Andrew Patterson, 51, is charged with a Class A felony of rape of a child younger than 12. If found guilty, Patterson faces 20 to 50 years or life in prison.

    Radcliff police arrested Patterson Friday night after he was indicted by a Hardin County grand jury a day earlier.

  • Adoptions begin at new animal shelter

    When the doors opened at noon Monday at the new Hardin County Animal Shelter, Jeannette Lamarr was waiting to adopt a kitten.

    The black kitten she eventually took home was an estimated 5 to 6 weeks old and was a gift for her son, Matthias.

    Although the shelter on Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown had an open house Dec. 9, Monday was the first day it was open for adoptions.

  • Nearly 300 3/1 soldiers return from deployment

    Family and friends of 285 soldiers received an early Christmas present Sunday night: The return of their loved ones who are members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    The soldiers were welcomed home during a ceremony at Natcher Physical Fitness Center on post.

    This was the third main body flight to return home for the 3/1.

  • E'town teen safely returns home

    An Elizabethtown teen reported missing by her family Sunday safely returned Monday morning to her home.

    Kristina West, 15, a student at Central Hardin High School, disappeared from her home sometime between midnight and 5:30 a.m. Sunday, her family said.

  • Radcliff council to keep current waste hauler

    In a called work session Monday, Radcliff City Council quickly dismissed the possibility for twice-a-week waste disposal to consider bids for once a week.

    The decision was economical as the bids for residential weekly pickup for a five-year term were as low as $12.02 per month. The price for twice-weekly disposal for the same term was $24.50 per month.