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  • Laying down the stripes
  • Trial date set for jail escapee

    A 21-year-old Bardstown man indicted on charges of second-degree escape from Hardin County Detention Center pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

    Brandon M. Board was arraigned in Hardin Circuit Court before Judge Kelly Mark Easton. He also pleaded not guilty to a charge of persistent felony offense added by the grand jury.

    Board and Vance Tate, 37, of Radcliff were captured and taken without incident following a foot chase two days after both escaped from the detention center in May. The men reportedly crawled through a hole dug in gravel beneath a chain-link fence.

  • Library board members complete certification

     The News-Enterprise

    Four of the five Hardin County Public Library trustees completed a new Kentucky Public Library Trustee Certification Program.

    The voluntary program is available to all Kentucky public library trustees through the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. It was created to provide trustees with tools to help them fulfill their responsibilities to the libraries and their communities.

  • Boys of summer
  • Vets tribute committee outlines plans for opening ceremony

    The public unveiling for the Hardin County Veterans Tribute at the Elizabethtown Nature Park is growing legs.

    The committee coordinating the tribute’s creation met Monday with city officials, Fort Knox staff and local veterans organizations at Fort Knox Leader’s Club. The plan was to ensure the framework of the Nov. 11 opening ceremony adequately honors veterans and civil service workers and is designed to accommodate the physical needs of visitors.

  • Parents struggle to understand son’s slaying

    By DeANNA LASLEY
    For The News-Enterprise

    Hours before his first Father’s Day as a new dad, Christian Fernando Higdon, 20, died Saturday near Radcliff in an attack police are calling murder.

    Dennis and Cindy Higdon of Clarkson said their son was scheduled to report to Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health in Radcliff at 4 p.m. that day to battle a drug addiction brought on by incense products commonly called “spice.”

  • Wagers arraigned on murder charge

    Bond and a preliminary hearing date were set Monday for an Elizabethtown man accused of killing a Clarkson man with a hatchet Saturday.

    Jamie B. Wagers, 24, appeared in Hardin District Judge Kimberly Shumate’s courtroom for arraignment on charges of murder and violation of and emergency protective order.

  • E’town OKs budget, utility rate increases

    Elizabethtown now has a spending plan in place for the 2012-13 fiscal year and residents can expect to see increases in their gas, water and sewer bills.

    City officials approved a $60.7 million budget proposal Monday and adopted increases in water, sewer and gas rates, which take effect in July.

    The increase in water and sewer rates is the first in several years and was prompted by rate studies indicating  increases would be needed to pay outstanding debt and keep water and sewer reserves from reaching unsustainable levels.

  • Police urge caution after rash of thefts from vehicles

    The Elizabethtown Police Department is reminding drivers to lock their vehicles.

    The department has taken 19 case reports on thefts from vehicles in the past 18 days.

    In all but one of those crimes, the doors to the vehicles were left unlocked. Typically, the property stolen has been electronic equipment left in view of someone walking by the vehicles, according to police.

    The crimes have occurred in neighborhoods and business districts throughout the city, according to police.

  • Local students lead Girls State 2012

    The governor is from Elizabethtown and two other officeholders in the 2012 Kentucky Girls State program are Fort Knox residents.

    Hanna McCandless was elected as governor by the 50 participants. Hannah Boulware was named lieutenant governor and Kayla Rowsey is secretary of state.

    The week-long camp, which emulates the operation of state government, concluded Friday at University of the Cumberlands.