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  • Vine Grove man drowns in Rough River Lake

    Kyle R. McGonigle was a dedicated son and father who spent every day like his last, according to his friends and co-workers. In his final moments, he was seen swimming after a dog that disappeared beneath the water in Rough River Lake at Peter Cave in Grayson County.

    McGonigle, 36, of Vine Grove, died Monday night in an apparent drowning, Grayson County Sheriff Rick Clemons said. The sheriff’s office continues to investigate factors that may have contributed to McGonigle’s death.

  • HMH bad debt balloons

    Hardin Memorial Health officials said they must simplify the application process for patients who cannot afford to pay their bills so they can qualify for assistance.

    At the same time, President and CEO Dennis Johnson said the health system will continue to practice “tough love” toward patients who can afford to pay but refuse to do so.

    Strategies were discussed Tuesday morning at the monthly Board of Trustees meeting as HMH evaluates an increasingly bleak financial outlook for the fiscal year with only two months remaining.

  • HMH approves salary increase

    Despite Hardin Memorial Health’s recent budget concerns, employees can expect a pay adjustment this summer.

    The HMH Board of Trustees approved a 1.5 percent general increase for eligible employees, a full percentage point lower than last year as the health system adjusts to a conservative labor climate.

  • Radcliff removes city firearm restrictions

    Radcliff repealed an ordinance Tuesday night giving the mayor authority to restrict access to firearms and ammunition in emergency situations and heard the first reading of an ordinance prohibiting non-firearm weapons in city parks.

  • Locals can get involved in aiding Oklahoma tornado victims

    When news rapidly spread Monday afternoon that a tornado, about a mile wide and packing wind speeds of close to 200 miles per hour, was ripping through the town of Moore, Okla., local Red Cross personnel knew they would be on standby to assist.

    By Tuesday morning, local American Red Cross Director of Volunteer Services Sharon Thompson was involved in a conference call about national plans to assist the thousands left without daily needs.

  • Ekron man pleads guilty to theft charges

    A Meade County resident charged in a series of thefts from Wal-Mart in Radcliff pleaded guilty Tuesday during an arraignment in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Joseph D. Mullins, 29, of Ekron accepted a plea agreement last week through the county’s rocket docket program. On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to three felony and two misdemeanor counts of shoplifting.

  • Area pools open soon

    With the heat index again creeping toward a stifling point, area pools are opening this weekend to cool everyone off.

    Colvin Community Center in Radcliff and E-town Swim & Fitness Center in Elizabethtown will reopen their outdoor pools as a feature of Memorial Day weekend while Elizabethtown will relaunch its outdoor pool at American Legion Park the following weekend.

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  • E'town man pleads guilty to domestic assault

    A former Mississippi police officer pleaded guilty Monday in Hardin Circuit Court to a felony assault charge for his role in a domestic violence incident last October in Elizabethtown.

    Michael R. Odom, 42, was arrested Oct. 15 at his Oriole Drive home after police said he repeatedly struck his wife and pointed a gun at her head. In November, he was indicted on charges of attempted murder, first-degree rape, second-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence.

    Odom’s jury trial was set to begin Monday. Instead, the defendant entered a guilty plea.

  • E'town approves lien modifications, amnesty program

    Elizabethtown on Monday approved a policy to expedite lien foreclosures while extending an olive branch in the form of an amnesty program for smaller liens.

    City Council approved a policy allowing the Code Enforcement Board to foreclose on a lien if it exceeds $10,000 or 50 percent of the assessed value; a standing order has been issued and the city has completed more than 10 maintenance actions in a single year or more than 20 actions over multiple years; or the lien is more than five years old.