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  • Man pleads guilty to pointing shotgun at wife

    A Rineyville man accused of pointing a loaded shotgun at his wife during an argument and attempting to strike a state trooper with his vehicle will be sentenced next month in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Billy M. Brown, 57, pleaded guilty earlier this month through the county’s rocket docket program to two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

    The commonwealth has recommended two years to serve on each count, according to court records. Formal sentencing is March 12 in circuit court.

  • LaRue County sheriff to retire

    Following more than 10 years in office, LaRue County Sheriff Bobby Shoffner has announced his intent to retire.

    The county’s Chief Deputy Russell McCoy confirmed Shoffner’s pending retirement Monday but made no further comment.

    As of Monday morning, Judge-Executive Tommy Turner said he had not received a notice of retirement or resignation from Shoffner.

    Kentucky law stipulates the county appoints a replacement in the event of an early retirement or resignation of an elected official.

  • Grand jury indicts 3 on cocaine trafficking charges

    Three Hardin County men have been indicted into circuit court for conspiracy to traffic in powder cocaine that police believe originated in Colombia.

    Joshua Rogers, 33, of Radcliff, Darren A. Deckard, 31, and Maher Najjar, 24, both of Elizabethtown, face one count each of conspiracy to commit first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance — 4 grams or more of cocaine.

    According to the indictment, the men “committed overt acts that include, but are not limited to, arranging for the delivery of approximately 300 grams of cocaine.”

  • Radcliff Health Department moving to healthier quarters

    Because of dilapidation at its office, the Radcliff Health Department is moving next month to a new location near the Wilson Road gate to Fort Knox.

    The department is relocating from 1460 N. Wilson Road to 1679 N. Wilson Road No. 108. The move is effective March 11 and the department will be closed on the preceding Friday, March 8, to accommodate the switch, said Wendy Keown, public information officer for the Lincoln Trail District Health Department.

    “We’re just moving down the street,” she said.

  • City considers Blue Bunny proposal at sports park

    With the second season set to start Friday at the Elizabethtown Sports Park, the city has landed another sponsorship for the facility.

    Sports Park Director Seth Breitner recommended a concession sponsorship Monday at the council’s work session from Blue Bunny Ice Cream that would produce $10,000 over two years.

    The deal would offer the city $5,000 annually and a $2 rebate on each case sold, Breitner said. The company has a right to re-negotiate the sponsorship for additional years if desired, Breitner said.

  • EHS cheerleaders celebrate state
  • Feeding thy neighbors: Mill Creek offering food assistance to families

    A project that began in a garage has become an organized ministry for a Radcliff church.

    MillCreek Baptist Churchhas been running a food pantry once a month for about a year, after member Vi Burt had been assisting people with food from her home. The pantry has since moved into the church, and recipients can receive a bag of food up to three times a year, church secretary Mary Luce said.

  • Radcliff snags free street sweeper

    It took nearly two full days of drive time to bring the city’s first street sweeper from California to Radcliff.

    The vehicle was acquired at no cost and to further save money, City Engineer Toby Spalding personally drove the machine from California.

    “You don’t do but 58 miles per hour on the interstate,” he said.

    But the long haul was preferable — and cheaper — than the roughly $6,000 delivery bill the city could have paid, Spalding said.

  • Heroin use rises in Hardin County

    An old drug is sweeping through Louisville and portions of northern Kentucky, and local officials worry it soon will become a problem in Hardin County.

    Kentucky State Police analyzed 1,074 samples of heroin during the first three quarters of 2012, marking an increase of more than 100 percent since 2010 when 451 heroin samples were recorded.

    In northern Kentucky, heroin-related cases now exceed those involving pain pills, according to KSP.

  • Leading the way for KHSAA

    The Panthers are set to hang their first championship banner in more than a decade, while the neighboring Hawks will hang the school’s first ever.

    The Elizabethtown High School cheerleading squad was crowned state champion Saturday in the first Kentucky High School Athletic Association Competitive Cheer Championship. The LaRue County High School team was tops in its division as well.

    Elizabethtown placed first in the Class 1-A large division, beating second-place Louisville Mercy and third-place Belfry High School.