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  • HMH approves master facilities plan

    Hardin Memorial Health will add more private rooms and expand the size of its main campus on North Dixie Avenue over the next four to five years.

    The hospital’s Board of Trustees approved a master facilities plan Tuesday morning to increase the number of private suites available, renovate semi-private rooms into private quarters, upgrade its cancer care center by moving it offsite and renovate the emergency department.

  • United Way gives back to donors, volunteers

    Plaques, statues and turkey sandwiches were used to thank volunteers and donors Tuesday during the United Way of Central Kentucky’s annual event recognizing some community members who have dedicated large amounts of time, energy and resources toward the organization and its causes.

    Executive Director Christopher Wilborn said the event spotlights some of the people who make the United Way’s mission possible.

    “Our donors, our volunteers, our advocates are the lifeblood of our nonprofit organization,” he said.

  • Law enforcement warns motorists to watch out for motorcyclists

    As winter turns to spring, law enforcement officials are reminding motorists to be mindful of motorcyclists who typically hit the roadways when the weather warms.

    Because of a motorcycle’s size in comparison to other vehicles, they are difficult to spot. Police add it is hard to judge the speed and distance of an oncoming motorcycle.

    Nearly 40 percent of motorcycle wrecks involving another vehicle are caused by a passenger car turning left in front of a biker, according to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety.

  • Former West Point man pleads not guilty to sodomy

    A former West Point man indicted last week on charges of sodomy pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Jimmie Sturgill, 65, of Catlettsburg, appeared for arraignment Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    In addition to the sodomy charge, Sturgill faces 18 more felony sex offenses. All of which involve minors, police say.

    Sturgill is released on bond. A pre-trial conference for the sodomy charge is set for May 7.

    A jury trial in the remaining charges is scheduled to begin April 19.

  • Leitchfield selects new police chief

    After 7½ years with the Kentucky State Police in Elizabethtown, Kevin Henderson will take over April 1 as the new police chief in his home town.

    Henderson, 42, is a 1988 graduate of Grayson County High School and a Leitchfield resident. He worked as an officer with Leitchfield police from 1993 to 2005. He also has worked as a sheriff’s deputy in Edmonson and Grayson counties.

  • Highway to be closed Thursday in Meade County

    Motorists traveling through the Meade County community of Ekron will find Ky. 144 closed Thursday, the Transportation Cabinet announced.

    CSX Railroad will perform maintenance operations at its crossing located between West Alley and Railway streets. These streets along with Parkway Avenue may be used as a detour around the closing, the cabinet’s news release said.

    Crews are expected to complete the work and have the road reopened Friday.

  • Photos: Workin' on the railroad
  • Unknown Journey: Cancer free means tears of joy, relief for Stillwells

    There was unfailing support from all around Mary Jane Stillwell’s life. At home, in her church, on Facebook, at her school and even in the grocery store when strangers recognized her face and offered words of encouragement.

    Still, having breast cancer can be a lonely walk to take when thoughts of what the future could hold pound in your head like a really bad headache. Even when her days were filled with laughter and hugs, and sometimes tears, there was the gentle reminder that the 38-year-old married mother of three had cancer.

  • Kentuckians encouraged to nominate outstanding senior volunteers

    The search is on for Kentucky’s outstanding senior volunteer.

    The Salute to Senior Service program, sponsored by Home Instead Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, honors the contributions of adults 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.

  • Jury trial in woman's death set for October

    Two days before New Year’s Day in 2012, 28-year-old Kristie L. Allen’s mother found her dead in a Buffalo home where her daughter was house sitting for friends.

    The case has yet to reach a conclusion in court, and on Monday, attorneys met with Judge Jack Seay in LaRue Circuit Court to discuss motions and set a tentative jury trial date.