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  • Sims retires as health department director

    After 40 years in health care and 17 years at the helm of the Lincoln Trail District Health Department, Linda Sims has stepped aside from leadership.

    Sims retired as director of the health department this week after taking over the position in 1996. Her last day was Monday.

  • Gatton student named National Achievement semifinalist

    A local student competing for a national scholarship hopes to assist others in a similar way when she finishes her education.

    Naomi Kellogg, an Elizabethtown senior at the Carroll Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, was named a semifinalist in the National Achievement Scholarship program.

  • Two Hardin County men indicted on sex offenses

    Reiner Legaspi, 55, of Rineyville, is charged with first-degree rape while Christopher Spellings, 31, of Elizabethtown, has been indicted on incest, third-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse.

    Detective Ryan Johnson with Kentucky State Police Post 4 investigated both cases.

    An indictment is an allegation, not proof of guilt. Defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

  • Bluegrass Pipeline developers to host telephone town hall

    Landowners who want to learn more about a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline can do so without leaving the confines of their couch.

    Officials with the Bluegrass Pipeline, a transmission line transporting natural gas liquids from gas fields in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to the Gulf Coast, is hosting a telephone town hall forum at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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  • KSP trooper shoots man armed with knife

    An Elizabethtown man was listed in stable condition late Monday afternoon at University Hospital in Louisville after he was shot in the groin Sunday night by a Kentucky State Police Post 4 trooper.

    Gerald R. Scheppa, 53, of the 2000 block of Hodgenville Road, was shot by authorities after he threw a large knife at KSP Trooper Charlie Miller.

    A call to KSP was received at 11:38 p.m. in regard to a welfare check requested by family members Sunday night, according to a KSP news release. Family members said Scheppa made suicidal references.

  • Radcliff officer resigns after his arrest

    A Radcliff police officer resigned Monday after he was arrested Sunday night by another member of the department on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and terroristic threatening.

    Brian J. Clear, 33, was released just before noon Monday from Hardin County Detention Center on a $500 unsecured bond. At 4:30 p.m., Radcliff Police Chief Jeff Cross said Clear had resigned.

    Cross said he didn’t want to comment further as Sunday night’s incident has kicked off an “internal investigation on personnel matters.”

  • Guilty plea in cop’s death

    When Hodgenville Police Officer Mark Taulbee was found critically injured Sept. 16, 2012, on Ky. 210 following a vehicle chase with a suspect, an ambulance transported him to Hardin Memorial Hospital where his wife was working that morning in the emergency room.

    During a sentencing hearing Monday for the former Vine Grove man Taulbee pursued, Elizabeth Taulbee described her husband’s struggle with pain in his final moments.

  • Blessing of the Animals approaches 10 years at St. Christopher

    Septuagenarian dogs could tell young pups about the first Blessing of the Animals at St. Christopher Catholic Church.

    Saturday marks the 10th anniversary in human years for the service.

    The event falls near the Oct. 4 feast day for St. Francis of Assisi. Born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernadone, the Italian Catholic friar and preacher is now known as the patron saint of animals and the environment.

    This year’s service begins at 10 a.m. in the church parking lot on South Wilson Road in Radcliff.

  • Avis pleads guilty in Hodgenville officer's death

    A former Vine Grove man pleaded guilty this morning to second-degree manslaughter in the September 2012 death of Hodgenville Police Officer Mark A. Taulbee.

    Jason Lee Avis, 30, was arrested Sept. 16, 2012, after police said he led Taulbee on a vehicle pursuit that ended when the officer lost control of his cruiser.

    Today, Avis admitted in court to driving speeds of up to 100 miles per hour and seeing an officer in pursuit of him but not stopping. Members of Taulbee's family and Hodgenville Police Chief Steve Johnson were present for the hearing.