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  • Clinic celebrates 10 years of service

    Harold McMillen and his wife have used the free services at the Community Health Clinic of Hardin and LaRue Counties for years for checkups and other basic medical services to make sure they’re in good health.

    Otherwise, the homemaker and retired exterminator from Cecilia couldn’t afford basic health care, McMillen said.

    “It’s been a big help to us,” he said. “If we figured out the price of what everything would cost, I don’t think we would ever go to the doctor.”

  • Police use social media to communicate with public

    Elizabethtown Police Department launched Facebook and Twitter accounts this week, which the department intends to use to engage with its community.

    “More than anything else it’s to keep people informed with what’s going on in the area,” said Virgil Willoughby, EPD’s public information officer.

    In addition to posting information about upcoming events, Willoughby said the social media sites will be used to update followers about incidents such as a wreck impeding traffic.

  • Alcohol played a role in Pine Valley drowning

    An autopsy report for a woman found dead April 6 in a pond at Pine Valley Golf Resort reveals the cause of death as drowning with alcohol consumption playing a role in the fatality.

    Jane E. Davis, 51, of Elizabethtown, died from asphyxia, a lack of oxygen, by drowning, according to a report completed by the Office of the Medical Examiner.

    “Acute ethanol intoxication is a contributory factor,” the report reads.

    Davis’ blood alcohol level at her time of death was 0.261, according to the report.

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  • E'town man injured in accidental shooting

    An Elizabethtown man is in University Hospital in Louisville after he was wounded in an accidental shooting Monday at a Winfield Court residence.

    Jeremy M. Storey, 27, sustained a gunshot wound to the right lower thigh after a friend’s firearm discharged while the man was cleaning it, according to a news release from Elizabethtown Police Department.

    The shooter, 22-year-old Aaron J. Taggart, told police the .40-caliber Springfield XD gun was new to him, according to the release. He was taking it apart to clean it when the weapon fired.

  • Jury selection under way in Galenski retrial

    Jury selection began Wednesday in the second trial of Conner J. Galenski, one of three charged in the shooting death of Louisville teen Mackenzie Smyser in November 2010 in Hardin County.

    A trial was first held in October, during which a jury found Galenski guilty of complicity to tampering with physical evidence but was unable to reach a verdict on the charge of complicity to commit murder. The 19-year-old was sentenced to five years.

  • Burke verdict gets range of responses

    Nearly five years after the violent shooting deaths of Tracy Burke and Karen Comer at a Rineyville home, the victims’ families, police and others attached to the long-running case held a private memorial service Tuesday outside a hotel near Fort Campbell hours after a military jury found Brent Burke guilty of the crimes.

  • Former food critic promotes benefits of buying local

    A former food critic on Wednesday outlined a new aspect of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce’s Buy Local program on which the agency hopes to capitalize.

    Sarah Fritschner, coordinator of the Louisville Farm to Table program, described the program and its advantages during the chamber’s monthly luncheon at Pritchard Community Center.

    The program is designed to partner local farmers with consumers in Louisville and surrounding areas by getting locally grown foods into the hands of homeowners, restaurants, workplaces and schools.

  • E’town man charged with sex abuse

    An Elizabethtown man faces multiple felony sex charges involving three alleged victims following a weeks-long investigation by the city’s police department.

    Charlie A. Runyon, 44, is charged with first-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. According to police, two individuals filed complaints March 21 against him with the Elizabethtown Police Department and a third filed a complaint March 25.

    One complainant is a male younger than 18.

  • All county post offices to fight hunger

    Postal workers across the nation plan to help feed hungry people in their communities Saturday during the 20th annual Stamp Out Hunger event.

    The event takes place in about 10,000 cities nationwide with support of more than 200,000 letter carriers. That makes it the largest one-day food drive in the country with an average collection of 70 million pounds of food, said Pete Countryman, a retired postal worker and annual participant in the food drive.

    Elizabethtown and Radcliff usually bring in about 8,000 pounds of food each, he said.