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  • Water districts inching closer to treatment solution

    Two county water districts may be closer to finding a solution to a lingering problem regarding the use of Louisville Water Co.’s supply from the Ohio River.

    Hardin County Water District Nos. 1 and 2 have joined Louisville Water Co. to determine how best to leapfrog treatment discrepancies between their systems and the analysis should be finished by September, said James Jeffries, general manager of Hardin County Water District No. 2.

  • Judge strikes down state redistricting plan as unconstitutional

    A state plan to redistrict Kentucky’s House and Senate districts was struck down Tuesday by a judge in Franklin Circuit Court.

    Judge Phillip Shepherd issued an order calling into question the constitutionality of the plan and extended the filing deadline for legislative districts to Friday. Shepherd last week issued a restraining order pushing the deadline back a week so he could hold a hearing and allow both sides to argue their cases.

  • Man sentenced to two years for sexual abuse

    An out-of-state man accused of having sexual contact with his stepdaughter in an Elizabethtown motel was sentenced Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court to two years in prison.

    Christifer P. Davis, 28, previously pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree sexual abuse. He was arrested April 5 by Kentucky State Police after he forcibly touched the breasts and buttocks of his stepdaughter last January at E’town Motel, according to the arrest warrant.

    The girl was younger than 16, the age of consent by Kentucky law.

  • Attorney, former basketball player dies

    By DeANNA LASLEY
    Landmark News Service

    Leitchfield attorney and former University of Kentucky basketball player Jim Dinwiddie was discovered shot to death Tuesday morning in his home, an apartment that’s part of a former hotel on the Public Square in Leitchfield.

    Authorities believe the 63-year-old took his own life.

    Dinwiddie was found in a bedroom by staff members from his law office, which is just below the residence. He was the only resident of the hotel building, which he owned.

  • Radcliff police arrest two for cultivating marijuana

    Radcliff police nabbed two people for cultivating marijuana after finding 67 marijuana plants and numerous growing materials in a Vine Street residence in Radcliff.

    Antonio Jones, 38, and Janet Jones, 34, were arrested last Thursday after police received information that Antonio Jones, wanted for a warrant out of Jefferson County, was living at the Vine Street home, according to a news release from Radcliff Police Department.

  • Grand jury returns 50 indictments in January

    During the first month of 2012, the Hardin County grand jury returned 50 indictments, more than half of which involved drugs.

    The grand jury indicted 27 with drug-related charges. Of those, 18 involved methamphetamine and 13 involved more than one drug.

    Leading the indictments was Belinda Rae Martin, an Elizabethtown woman accused of receiving stolen property taken from the Buffalo residence where Kristie L. Allen was found dead Dec. 30, 2011.

    Martin, 26, was indicted with receiving stolen property more than $500.

  • Photo: Working high and low
  • Attorney requests to revisit bond in JC Penney arson case

    Defense counsel for the former JC Penney employee accused of starting multiple fires in the Elizabethtown department store asked Judge Ken Howard to consider a partially secured bond and home incarceration for the defendant Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Janice M. Coolidge, 23, is charged with two counts of first-degree arson, two counts of criminal attempt to commit first-degree arson, two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and one count of second-degree terroristic threatening.

  • Emergency shelter plans progress in Vine Grove

    Bids for a tornado shelter in Vine Grove could be accepted as early as this spring with construction beginning soon after that.

    Mayor Blake Proffitt told city council members during a Monday night meeting that officials are looking for an architect and a structural engineer for the project.

    He said he has spoken to one potential bidder and another has contacted him. He plans to receive proposals from them.

    The structural engineer could be more important to the project than the architect because the shelter has to withstand winds as strong as 250 MPH.

  • City pursuing FEMA grant to acquire flood-prone property

    Elizabethtown City Council on Monday authorized a resolution regarding a grant application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the acquisition and demolition of a flood-prone property at 102 Severns St.

    Robert Bush, director of stormwater management, said the city has asked for around $80,000, which would require a match of a little more than $10,000 from the city. The grant, if awarded, would cover the cost of acquisition and demolition as well as other expenses, such as testing for asbestos and restoring the lot, Bush said.