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  • 2 local WKU students arrested for robbery

    Two Western Kentucky University students from Hardin County were arrested Monday and charged in connection with a Friday robbery in Hugh Poland Hall, a residence hall on campus, according to a release from WKU Media Relations.

    Orlando Marquise Mouncil, 22, of Radcliff and Corey James Stevens, 19, of Elizabethtown were arrested by WKU Police and charged with first-degree robbery, according to the release and online jail records.

  • Light Up Downtown packed with holiday bounty

    Light Up Downtown is returning to Elizabethtown Saturday evening, but a full plate of festivities are planned throughout the day to help satisfy holiday yearnings.

    “They can make a whole day of it,” said Twylane Van Lahr, director of the Brown-Pusey House.

    The morning starts with a traditional Breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m., sponsored by the Elizabethtown Heritage Council at St. Timothy’s Anglican Church on the Square.

  • Brown arraigned on selling child for adoption charge

    A mother charged with selling her infant child for adoption was arraigned Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Leeanna Brown, 24, was arrested a week ago when police said she attempted to sell her days-old child who was born Nov. 26. She appeared in Circuit Judge Ken Howard’s courtroom Tuesday.

    Public defender Melanie Foote-Hollingsworth stood in and entered a not guilty plea on Brown’s behalf at the arraignment. A pretrial conference was set for Jan. 28.

  • LaRue County meeting aims to answer healthcare questions

    The Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, the state portal to the Affordable Care Act, will be explained Thursday during a public gathering at the LaRue County Courthouse.

    The meeting featuring insurance broker Marcus Woodward begins at 7 p.m. in the upstairs courtroom at the LaRue County Courthouse.

    Woodward, who specializes in health insurance, is an agent member of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange and chairman of the Agent/Navigator Subcommittee. Following his remarks, Woodward will take questions from the audience.

  • Vargas sex abuse sentencing postponed

    Jose Vargas appeared in Hardin Circuit Court for formal sentencing Tuesday morning, but it was continued until Dec. 17.

    The continuation was because Vargas’ public defender, David Stewart, had not received a copy of Vargas’ sex offender evaluation for review. Formal sentencing was postponed one week to allow time for the review.

  • Photo: Tractor-trailer strikes downtown building
  • Wreck, fire shutdown southbound Interstate 65
  • County ranked 19th by childhood advocacy group

    Hardin County fares better than the state in most of the indicators of child well-being in the latest information from Kentucky Youth Advocates.

    Hardin County ranks 19th out of 120 counties when 16 indicators of well-being are taken into account, according to the 2013 County Data Book, part of the Kentucky Kids Count project. Kentucky Youth Advocates, a nonpartisan and nonprofit children’s advocacy organization, has released a book annually for 23 years.

  • Central Hardin teacher fired from district after sex abuse charge

    A Central Hardin High School Spanish teacher charged with sexual abuse was fired Tuesday after Hardin County Schools conducted its own investigation.

    Edwin Bonet-Ruiz, 54, of Radcliff was delivered notice of the termination of his employment at the Hardin County Detention Center on Tuesday afternoon. He was released later that day after posting a $10,000 bond.

    Bonet-Ruiz was arrested Monday at the school and charged with first-degree sexual abuse as well as prohibited use of an electronic device to communicate with an individual.

  • HMH asks E'town to close part of Woodland Drive

    Hardin Memorial Health has asked Elizabethtown to consider closing a portion of Woodland Drive between Cardinal Drive and Layman Lane to facilitate the expansion of the hospital’s emergency department.

    Steve White, assistant vice president and compliance officer for HMH, said the expansion as conceptualized will encroach onto Woodland Drive.

    If approved as presented, a cul de sac would be installed facing south on Woodland Drive just north of the Cardinal Building adjacent to DaVita Woodland Dialysis Center, White said.