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  • Hardin County maintains status as one of state's healthiest counties

    Hardin County once again is among the healthiest counties in the state.

    The third annual County Health Rankings issued Tuesday by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute placed Hardin County 15th out of 120 counties in Kentucky — falling from the 14 spot last year.

    Meade County saw improvements this year, jumping from 16 to 13 in the rankings. LaRue County surged from 32 to 26.

    Oldham County finished first while Owsley County was named the unhealthiest county in the state.

  • Good Friday program to draw attention to sacrifice

     Believers can experience Friday re-creations and reminders of the Biblical account of Jesus’ final days of life.

    A new Good Friday Experience provides that opportunity at Severns Valley Baptist Church.

    The presentation features eight areas that represent images from the events leading up to Jesus’ death. It presents opportunities to read about the Biblical account and reflect and pray about the events they experience through sight, touch, sound and scent.

  • Communion class collects shoes for Haitian parish

     Students preparing to take a step in their spiritual lives are helping another community take its own steps.

    Second-graders at St. James Catholic Regional School hosted a drive for shoes to send to St. Marc’s Parish, their sister parish in Haiti. The school collected almost 600 pairs of shoes that were boxed Tuesday morning in Batcheldor Hall on the school’s campus.

  • Plea offer rejected in rape case

    A Michigan man facing rape and other charges in Hardin County rejected a plea offer from prosecutors Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    David B. Dunnivant, 46, appeared in court Tuesday with public defender Susie Hurst. He originally was on the docket to enter a plea, but Dunnivant told Judge Ken Howard that after considering the commonwealth’s offer, Dunnivant decided not to accept it.

  • Suspect in Breckinridge County drug investigation killed during pursuit

    A Breckinridge County drug investigation turned deadly Tuesday when a Kentucky State Police investigator shot a suspect after the man allegedly pulled out a weapon during a pursuit.

    During a drug investigation Tuesday morning, a KSP Drug Task Force investigator and a Breckinridge County Sheriff’s deputy knocked on a door in the 1000 block of Ky. 259 in Harned, according to a news release from Post 4 in Elizabethtown.

  • Area residents enroll in national cancer study

    Area residents had their first chance to enroll for the Cancer Prevention Study-3 on Tuesday, and several individuals pounced on the opportunity to combat cancer and possibly find a cure.

    Enrollees lined the fifth floor auditorium at Hardin Memorial Hospital to sign up for the study, where they gave a blood sample, had their waists measured and filled out a brief survey.

  • Tornado shelter plans progressing

    VINE GROVE — Vine Grove officials have met with several engineers and have a preliminary drawing for the tornado shelter planned to be built at the Vine Grove Fire Department on Highland Avenue.

    The building will be a concrete rectangle capable of withstanding winds as high as 250 mph. It will have bathrooms and generators and be capable of sheltering at least 400 people.

    The shelter will be paid for using a $600,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management and Protection Agency.

  • Making a traffic stop can be tricky

    A News-Enterprise reporter and photographer recently had the opportunity to ride with Officer John Thomas and Officer Reggie Latham. That night, Thomas assisted Latham on a traffic stop off South Wilson Road.

    Latham found a half-smoked marijuana joint and rolling papers in the driver’s vehicle and the officers conducted a field sobriety test.

    The driver told the officers the joint belonged to someone who wasn’t in the car, Thomas said, but was displaying physical signs of smoking marijuana.

  • Citizens on patrol

    The officer spots a vehicle headed northbound on West Dixie Avenue with a headlight out. He pulls a U-turn and speeds up to the vehicle, turning on his overhead lights. As he climbs out of his cruiser and walks toward the vehicle in the darkness of night, one hand hovers near his weapon while the other pulls out a flashlight.

    The driver rolls down the window. Sitting in the passenger seat of the white Ford Interceptor, you listen to the officer ask a slew of questions over the buzz of the police radio.

  • Ordinance targets post-construction stormwater treatment

    Rules concerning stormwater runoff and water quality protection continue to change, and Elizabethtown City Council on Monday approved a water quality ordinance placing additional requirements on new developments or redevelopments.

    The ordinance was approved as an emergency measure to have it in place by April 15 and requires developers to design intensive post-construction plans and treatment methods to curb stormwater runoff, said Robert Bush, director of stormwater management.