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  • Friends of library group takes shape

    The Hardin County Public Library has plenty of pals as a group of residents have joined to organize a Friends of the Hardin County Library group.

    The group met for the first time in May to gauge local interest in forming such a body.

    Thirty-two people attended, and a decision was made to form the group, elect interim officers and establish a committee to draft bylaws.

  • E'town residents line up to honor Mayor Walker

    Despite the clear, sunny sky Tuesday afternoon, the mood along Mulberry Street in Elizabethtown was somber as residents lined the sidewalks to pay their final respects to Mayor Tim Walker.

    Residents young and old wrapped around City Hall at the intersection of Dixie Avenue and Mulberry Street. The line of people extended to Strawberry Alley as they watched the string of city, police, fire and private vehicles proceed to the burial site at Elizabethtown Memorial Gardens.

    Others were sprinkled along the funeral procession route.

  • American Red Cross to host blood drive, celebration

    American Red Cross kicks off its summer season by serving the needs of the community this week.

    The Elizabethtown American Red Cross hosts the Celebrate Summer Celebrate Life blood drive from noon to 7 p.m. Friday at Pritchard Community Center. The event is the largest blood drive of the year for the Red Cross site.

  • Vine Grove council to hear first reading of city budget

    A meeting has been set for a first reading of the Vine Grove city budget at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

    The first reading is necessary to make the expected deadline of passing the 2013-14 fiscal year budget July 1, Vine Grove City Council’s next regular meeting.

    Council members met this past Monday for a work session to go over details that could end up in Mayor Blake Proffitt’s proposed budget next week, such as upcoming grant reimbursements and debt service commitments.

  • Mayor Walker has been laid to rest

    Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker, who was in his first term as mayor, was laid to rest Tuesday afternoon at Elizabethtown Memorial Gardens.

  • Man sentenced in Sonora truck stop robbery

    A Hodgenville man will serve 10 years in prison for his role in a robbery last July at a Sonora truck stop.

    Aaron M. Hart, 21, was indicted in September on a charge of first-degree robbery. Per an agreement with the commonwealth, that charge was amended to second-degree robbery.

    Hart was arrested July 29 as a suspect in a robbery at the Pilot truck stop in Sonora, according to police.

    Nobody was injured during the robbery though Hart possessed a pellet pistol, according to police.

  • Louisville man sentenced for trafficking in heroin

    A Louisville man arrested Dec. 31 in Hardin County for trafficking in heroin was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison.

    Shaumbi T. Clay, 37, was indicted in March on charges of first-degree trafficking in heroin and cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating on a suspended license, failing to use a turn signal and operating with an expired license plate.

  • KSP sets up new email address in Bardstown officer investigation

    Kentucky State Police has established a new email account for tips concerning the murder of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis last month.

    According to a news release, the new address, EllisCaseTips@ky.gov, will expedite any tips or leads because it is monitored by investigators.

    Police ask anyone with information about the case to use this email address.

    Ellis, 33, was killed May 25 at Exit 34 of the Blue Grass Parkway after he stopped to clear tree branches from the roadway.

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  • A different battle: Officials exploring opportunities for veterans treatment court

    Local justice officials are examining ways to establish a pilot program for a veterans treatment court in Hardin County as part of a statewide effort to better network court-involved veterans with programs available to them.

    Hardin District Judge Kim Shumate, who serves on the state’s Veterans Task Force within the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission, said veterans courts have been in play nationally for several years. However, it wasn’t until last fall when such a court was established in Kentucky.