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  • Rocket docket reboot: Officials pleased with first six months of program

    Within the first 19 weeks of the re-implementation of rocket docket, nearly 60 felony court cases were closed through the county’s program.

    From date of arrest to sentencing, an average of 45 days elapsed, according to the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. Of 58 defendants, 40 were in custody as county inmates, meaning Hardin County foots much of the cost of incarceration.

    Prior to rocket docket’s re-implementation in January, a defendant typically spent six to 10 months in jail as a county prisoner before sentencing, prosecutors said.

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  • Woodland Wildlife manager dies

    A Radcliff wildlife shelter no longer will be in operation after the death of its manager.

    Monika Wilcox, who ran Woodland Wildlife along with her husband, died Thursday at University Hospital in Louisville. The shelter is now closed but is in need of financial and volunteer assistance.

    Wilcox, 59, worked with wildlife for 23 years, specializing in animals that needed extra care and couldn’t be placed elsewhere, said her daughter, Sarah Nickell.

  • State Chamber present MVP award to Rep. Greer

    The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce presented state Rep. Jeff Greer with the chamber MVP Award.

    The Brandeburg Democrat was among a select group of legislators recognized for conspicuous actions to support Kentucky’s business community during the 2013 Kentucky General Assembly. He was presented with a commemorative Louisville Slugger bat.

  • Overzone possible for downtown Elizabethtown

    A possible zoning change could address unique problems faced by property owners in downtown Elizabethtown.

    The city’s planning commission is expected to propose to Elizabethtown City Council that a commercial transition overzone in the area be adopted. It would not change downtown zoning but would provide flexibility by allowing changes to be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Proposed pipeline creates concern

    Plans to run a pipeline across Kentucky to transport natural gas liquids show it likely would pass through southern Hardin County and possibly cross the Glendale industrial development megasite.

    Based on environmental concerns and potential hazards, opposition to the Bluegrass Pipeline project has developed in counties east of Hardin County. A company involved with the transmission project has sent a representative to discuss its plans with Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry Berry.

  • UK students will assist in downtown planning

    Downtown Elizabethtown’s revitalization is receiving assistance from design students in Lexington this fall.

    Students from the University of Kentucky will travel to Elizabethtown in October to brainstorm ideas for revitalization of the area.

    Details of the project were shared Thursday at a downtown improvement meeting by Douglas Appler, an assistant professor of historic preservation at UK. 

  • Sonora 13-year-old is 'Jeopardy!' contestant

    A Sonora student has proven he is very good at giving answers in the form of a question.

    Skyler Hornback, an incoming eighth-grader at LaRue County Middle School, appears on an episode of “Jeopardy! Kids Week” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Hornback was chosen as one of 15 children ages 10-12 to participate, from about 10,000 kids who tested online for a chance on the show.

    Skyler has watched the game show since he was very young.

    “I always just wanted to be on ‘Jeopardy!,’ it was just one of my dreams,” he said.

  • Elizabethtown brand campaign down to three choices

    Elizabethtown will not be welcoming the entire world.

    The logo using a blue figure standing atop a globe encircled by an Elizabethtown banner and carrying the phrase “Welcome World” attracted the smallest amount of support in online voting.

    The scoreboard has been wiped clean and voting resumes on the three remaining ideas today. To participate, go to www.brandetown.com. Round 2 ends at midnight Thursday.

  • Officers investigate death of man found on I-65

    Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers are investigating the death of a Louisville man found lying in the roadway near Interstate 65 mile-marker 98.

    Lashon Smith, 24, was unresponsive July 15 in the right lane of I-65 and airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville where he was admitted in critical condition, according to a news release from CVE Region 2 in Louisville.