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  • West Point Police lands K-9 unit

    In West Point, residents now will see a new officer of the four-legged variety on duty.

    Rex, a black and red German Shepherd, was introduced Monday night to a room filled with law enforcement officials from nearby agencies, prosecutors, judges and community members at West Point School.

    A dual-purpose dog, Rex will be handled by officer Gary Heavrin and can be used to assist adjacent agencies in Hardin and Meade counties.

    “We got real lucky with him,” Heavrin said. “He’s just a good fit for me.”

  • Indictment of two former officers released

    During an arraignment Monday in Meade Circuit Court, two former law enforcement officers waived formal reading of their indictments in a sex case involving a then 15-year-old girl.

    Through an open records request, The News-Enterprise obtained copies of the indictments for former Brandenburg Police officer Todd Matti and former Kentucky State Police trooper Stratford Young.

    Matti is charged with two counts of third-degree sodomy and Young is charged with two counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree rape.

  • Area students headed to Gatton Academy next year

    Several students from Hardin County and the surrounding area will attend the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky on the campus of Western Kentucky University.
    Students will complete their junior and senior years of high school living on campus and taking courses at WKU. At the end of their two years, they will graduate from high school and have earned at least 60 college credit hours.

  • Ag commissioner, local GOP candidates will speak at dinner

    The Hardin County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner plans to feature Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, a likely candidate for governor in 2015, and Matt Bevin, who has staged an aggressive campaign for the U.S. Senate seat on this year’s ballot.

    As an aid for local GOP candidates, the program Saturday night will feature a rapid-fire series of introductions open to all Republicans on Hardin County ballots in the May primary.

  • Blocker makes court appearance, pleads not guilty to Kroger crash

    A woman accused of crashing a car into the front of Kroger on Dolphin Drive in February appeared Tuesday morning in Hardin Circuit Court.

    June Blocker, 52, who faces nine charges including attempted murder, appeared with her attorney, Robert McIntosh, in court.

    Judge Ken Howard set an April 22 pre-trial conference date for Blocker during her brief appearance in court. She remains lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $100,000 cash bond.

  • ECTC to host 'active shooter drill' today

    Kentucky State Police and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will conduct an active shooter drill on campus today.

    The drill will include classroom and drill scenarios. Drill officials wanted to alert the public that they may hear several emergency vehicle sirens this morning and didn’t want the public to panic if they hear of a “shooting” or emergency vehicles on campus.

  • Board to tour new cancer care center

    The Board of Trustees will get a first look this week at Hardin Memorial Health’s new cancer care center location at 521 Robinbrooke Blvd. in Elizabethtown.

    The board and focus group members will be part of a facility tour from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday. HMH intends to move its oncology services from the main campus on North Dixie Avenue to the new location on April 7. The tour is not open to the public.

  • Two former officers indicted

    Two former law-enforcement officers are out on bond after they were indicted and arraigned Monday in Meade Circuit Court in a sex case involving a 15-year-old girl.

    A special grand jury returned indictments on former Brandenburg police officer Todd Matti and former Kentucky State Police Trooper Stratford Young in Judge Bruce Butler’s courtroom.

  • Exporting agriculture: Church adopts two communities in Nicaragua

    There is a Chinese proverb that says, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

    A local church group has applied this approach to their missionary work, but with a different spin.

    The missionary team of Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown has been working with villagers in two Nicaraguan communities to build water wells, purchase land, build a church pavilion and, most recently, teach them to grow new crops.

  • E'town finance director prepares for retirement

    Steve Park was plucked “off the streets” at age 32, hand-selected in 1982 by former Mayor Mike Carroll for the role of finance director. He had no experience in the government sector and no history of dealing with government accounting.

    Park started the job on April Fools’ Day, but the hire was no joke.

    The chance Carroll took on Park has paid off as he still holds the role 32 years later, gaining the respect of City Hall in the process.