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  • Striving for greatness: Two Army Reserve soldiers earn title of 80th Training Command Best Warriors

    By STAFF SGT. EMILY ANDERSON

    80th Training Command Public Affairs

    Staff Sgt. Kathleen Justice of Jacksonville, Fla., and Spc. Curtis Anderson of Albuquerque, N.M., earned the best warrior title in the noncommissioned officer and enlisted categories, respectively at the 80th Training Command annual Best Warrior Competition, March 17-21 on Fort Knox.

    Hosted by the 100th Training Division, the BWC focused on identifying the best competitors in the enlisted and noncommissioned officer categories.

  • Officials at odds over jail budget

    Hardin County Jailer Danny Allen and Judge-Executive Harry Berry clashed on this year’s proposal for the jail budget.

    Berry said he plans to reduce the Hardin County Detention Center budget by $540,000 over the current year’s roughly $8.2 million to $7.7 million, but a proposal from Allen cuts close to $1 million in revenue at nearly $7.4 million.

    Allen said Berry could be overestimating revenue for Class D felony prisoners by $300,000. Berry disagrees.

  • Exploring cultures: Local students receive hands-on learning opportunity at festival

    Cultures from all over the world were on display Thursday as students from Hardin and Nelson counties gathered for the Music and Arts Cultural Center of Learning Special Arts Festival at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown.

    More than 215 special needs students from the Hardin County, Elizabethtown Independent, Fort Knox, Bardstown Independent and Nelson County school systems were dressed in party garb to learn about cultures ranging from Spanish to Japanese.

  • Councilman pays fine for campaign violations

    The Kentucky Registry of Election Finance penalized Elizabethtown City Councilman Bill Bennett for campaign violations tied to the 2010 and 2012 general elections.

    Bennett was fined $200 and ordered to complete the agency’s online election finance training seminar.

  • Radcliff man pleads guilty to impersonating an officer

    A local case against a Radcliff man who pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges has concluded after more than a year.

    Jonathan W. Short, 24, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court to second-degree burglary and two counts of impersonating a peace officer. His formal sentencing is April 15.

    Short’s recommended sentence was to serve six years for burglary and two years each for impersonating an officer to run consecutively for a total of 10 years, probated to five years. He also is to serve an alternate sentence of 12 weekends, one weekend a month.

  • West Point K-9 apprehends suspect after first tracking experience

    West Point Police Department’s newest addition, Rex, a black and red German shepherd, apprehended his first tracking suspect Sunday.

    According to officer Gary Heavrin, he and Rex responded to a stolen vehicle call at a residence in West Point. Once police arrived, a suspect fled on foot. Another officer was not able to catch the suspect and Rex tracked him a few hundred yards down a ditch line to the basement of an empty building.

  • Photo: If I had a hammer
  • Parrett supports Special Olympics Day
  • Council, planning commission have meeting of the minds

    At Tuesday’s annual joint planning session, Elizabethtown City Council and the Elizabethtown Planning Commission identified long-term priorities focusing on park space, street improvements and fire protection.

    Planning Commission Chairman Steve Rice requested putting aside money for traffic calming devices in the upcoming year’s budget to encourage slower driving in certain neighborhoods.

    Rice said it would be a fairly inexpensive effort, saying neighborhoods such as Willow Creek have requested these types of devices.

  • Fiscal Court raises adoption fees, sets new fees at animal shelter

    Hardin Fiscal Court created a change fund for Animal Control, raised adoption fees Tuesday and set new fees for the animal shelter on Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown.

    The fund would be used to provide change for customers who adopt animals, said Magistrate Garry King. King said the department never had the fund before, but the new facility has seen a rise in adoptions and less need for euthanizations.

    According to the resolution, the county treasurer will withhold $100 out of a daily deposit from the department to start the fund.