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  • Proposed ordinance aims to limit fireworks use in Radcliff

    Building on concerns expressed by a local resident, a Radcliff City Council member had an ordinance designed to limit firework usage in the city.

    Proposed by Council­woman Barbara Baker, the idea stemmed from Rickey Skoog, who addressed the council following the Fourth of July last year. Skoog, who has a special needs child, said his daughter was distressed hearing the fireworks several nights in a row before and after the holiday.

  • 'An angel among us': Family, friends remember Berry as loving, understanding

    Like she had done on most nights as she drove down Interstate 65 and pulled onto Joe Prather Highway to head toward her Radcliff home, Ashlee Berry passed the time by talking on the phone to her mother, Veronnica Rice.

    The night of June 3 was no different.

    She turned on the bluetooth in her vehicle and, at some point during the nearly hour-long drive from work at Troll Pub Under the Bridge in Louisville to the apartment she shared with her fiance, Collier Gierke, she called her mom.

  • Local Vietnam veteran captured history as combat photographer

    Sitting untouched in two U.S. Army footlockers, the remnants of one Elizabethtown man’s wartime service were stowed away for more than 38 years.

    “I just couldn’t look at what was inside,” Vietnam War veteran Robert Griffin said. “It was just too much for me to handle. Whenever I saw them sitting there in my shop, I would just walk away ... When I opened (the trunks) for the first time, I cried.”

  • Court ruling could affect LaRue County murder case

    When a U.S. Supreme Court ruling was announced in late May, it opened the door for a possible defense in a local murder case.

    Defense attorneys for Abdul­lah White, who is charged with murder in the death of Kristie L. Al­len, 28, were granted a continuance Monday in LaRue Circuit Court. With the trial now set for Oct. 27, the defense has time to research whether the Supreme Court ruling in Hall v. Florida is relevant.

  • Two local officers graduate from FBI Academy

    After entering a highly selective, national pool of applicants, two local police officers returned to their departments with specialized FBI training.

    Lt. James Karr with Vine Grove Police Department and Sgt. David Fegett with Elizabethtown Police Department graduated Friday from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. They enrolled in specialized courses designed to improve their abilities as officers and bring a new skill-set to their respective departments.

  • Radcliff budget passes final hurdle

    The Radcliff city budget was finalized at Tuesday’s regular council meeting.

    The spending plan for fiscal year 2015 will be 2.1 percent leaner at $11.38 million but includes a 2 percent cost-of-living pay increase for city employees.

    Although the council discussed raising employee salaries to make them more competitive with other municipalities of its size during the budget work session, some members said after the meeting more work needs to be done before the taking up the issue.

  • Trial set in child sexual abuse case

    A Radcliff man, missing for several months following allegations he sexually abused a 5-year-old female relative, now has a trial date.

    A jury trial for Patrick Allen Neal, 31, was set for Jan. 12 during a hearing Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Neal is charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a victim younger than 12, a Class C felony, punishable by five to 10 years in prison if convicted, according to Kentucky Revised Statutes.

    According to the indictment, Neal committed the offense “on or about” Feb. 3, 2013.

  • Donation leads to rehab purchase for HMH

    Hardin Memorial Hospital has added a new state-of-the-art piece of technology to its roster thanks to a donation from a local physician.

    Dr. Robert Robbins provided a donation of $31,749 to HMH, allowing it to purchase the VibeTech One rehabilitation chair, which is vibration technology rehabilitation equipment that helps build muscle tone in patients who are unable to take part in weight-related physical activity.

    “Astronauts first used the technology to overcome muscle atrophy due to zero gravity during spaceflight,” HMH said in a news release.

  • Nelson County man dies in tractor accident

    A Nelson County man known locally as a UPS delivery driver fell victim to a farming accident Sunday.

    Marion Ray Spain was pronounced dead at about 5 p.m. outside his residence at 3017 Icetown Road just outside Boston, Ky.

    Spain, 56, was mowing a ditch when he ran over a rock at an angle, which overturned his small tractor and pinned him underneath it. Two people arrived at the scene and unsuccessfully tried to free him.