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  • Helping Hand of Hope on the move

    A move more than two years in the making began Monday for Helping Hand of Hope.

    Staff for the organization began moving from the temporary location at 141 E. Dixie Ave. to its new facility at 6796 S. Wilson Road in Elizabethtown, which is expected to open March 3. Ground for the facility was broken in June.

    The move is a consolidation of the Elizabethtown and Radcliff facilities which is expected to save the organization $75,000 a year, according to its website.

  • House candidate opposes new cockfighting rule

    A Leitchfield Republican running for the state House of Representatives said the federal government is overstepping its bounds in a new provision that makes viewing animal fights a federal crime.

    The provision outlined in the U.S. farm bill makes it illegal to attend a cockfight or other display of animal fighting. Being caught at a cockfight could lead to a year in jail and thousands of dollars in fines.

  • Supporters of local option sales tax make case locally

    Proponents of a local option sales tax process in Kentucky argued the merits of the initiative in increasing revenue for local governments to Elizabethtown City Council Monday.

    Eileen Pickett, acting CEO of Greater Louisville Inc., said having access to a local option sales tax would be an economic tool in the quiver of Kentucky and help the commonwealth be more competitive with the 37 other states that already allow this option.

    “We’re not plowing new ground (here),” she said. “We’re really trying to catch up.”

  • Local construction healthy in 2013

    Construction as a whole in Hardin County stayed healthy last year, though the bulk of commercial development appeared to be centered in Elizabethtown.

    The city rebounded in 2013, tallying $64.3 million off 382 building permits, Planning Director Ed Poppe said.

    The upswing in activity is attributed primarily to development of new commercial properties totaling around $50 million, he said.

  • Radcliff man arrested on 3 counts of child abuse

    A Radcliff man was arrested Saturday evening on charges of abuse against children.

    Dominic D. Roberson Sr., 35, of Kingswood Way in Radcliff, was booked in the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $5,000 cash bond on three counts of second-degree criminal abuse of children 12 or younger.

    According to a Radcliff Police Department arrest citation, the complaint of abuse came from the mother of the three children. Police say an officer saw bruises or marks on the children.

  • Teacher develops Preschool Scientist of the Week

    Preschool students at Heartland Elementary School and their families are learning science lessons at home.

    Monica Bybee, a preschool teacher at Heartland, started an initiative called Preschool Scientist of the Week, in which students and their families perform an experiment at home and report the results during class.

    Bybee wanted to give students more opportunities to perform science experiments, especially because these are their earliest experiences in education.

  • Photo: Relocation possible
  • Locals respond to plea to save animals

    A Facebook plea received nearly 500 shares in almost four hours Friday after posting that the Fort Knox Stray Animal Shelter planned to euthanize all of the facilities’adoptable animals 4 p.m.

    The page, OSMW — which stands for Overly Sensitive Military Wives — asked followers to help find homes for the animals around 1:30 p.m. The page’s contact, Six Jane, said she called to keep track of adoptions throughout the day.

  • Digging for clues: Search for remains turns up plenty of dirt

    By the time the first few clumps of dirt were piled early Friday morning along a fencerow where a home once stood at 211 E. Railroad Ave. in Elizabethtown, Nettie Clark was watching across the road, a cigarette in one hand, a cup in the other.

    “I was in that house many times,” Clark said. “Me and his sister hung out in there.”

    The home where Larry Sherrard once lived has been torn down for several years now. Sherrard died Feb. 2 at age 60.

  • Trial begins Monday for man indicted for rape

    The jury trial for a Nicholasville man accused of raping a girl and fathering her child is set to begin Monday.

    Alfred C. Ivey Jr., 49, appeared Tuesday for a pretrial hearing in Hardin Circuit Court, where his attorney, public defender David Stewart, made a motion to exclude DNA evidence of Ivey’s paternity to the victim’s child.

    The motion was denied and Judge Kelly Mark Easton said it would be for a jury to decide.