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  • Local Vietnam veteran captured history as combat photographer

    Sitting untouched in two U.S. Army footlockers, the remnants of one Elizabethtown man’s wartime service were stowed away for more than 38 years.

    “I just couldn’t look at what was inside,” Vietnam War veteran Robert Griffin said. “It was just too much for me to handle. Whenever I saw them sitting there in my shop, I would just walk away ... When I opened (the trunks) for the first time, I cried.”

  • Court ruling could affect LaRue County murder case

    When a U.S. Supreme Court ruling was announced in late May, it opened the door for a possible defense in a local murder case.

    Defense attorneys for Abdul­lah White, who is charged with murder in the death of Kristie L. Al­len, 28, were granted a continuance Monday in LaRue Circuit Court. With the trial now set for Oct. 27, the defense has time to research whether the Supreme Court ruling in Hall v. Florida is relevant.

  • Two local officers graduate from FBI Academy

    After entering a highly selective, national pool of applicants, two local police officers returned to their departments with specialized FBI training.

    Lt. James Karr with Vine Grove Police Department and Sgt. David Fegett with Elizabethtown Police Department graduated Friday from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. They enrolled in specialized courses designed to improve their abilities as officers and bring a new skill-set to their respective departments.

  • Radcliff budget passes final hurdle

    The Radcliff city budget was finalized at Tuesday’s regular council meeting.

    The spending plan for fiscal year 2015 will be 2.1 percent leaner at $11.38 million but includes a 2 percent cost-of-living pay increase for city employees.

    Although the council discussed raising employee salaries to make them more competitive with other municipalities of its size during the budget work session, some members said after the meeting more work needs to be done before the taking up the issue.

  • Trial set in child sexual abuse case

    A Radcliff man, missing for several months following allegations he sexually abused a 5-year-old female relative, now has a trial date.

    A jury trial for Patrick Allen Neal, 31, was set for Jan. 12 during a hearing Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Neal is charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a victim younger than 12, a Class C felony, punishable by five to 10 years in prison if convicted, according to Kentucky Revised Statutes.

    According to the indictment, Neal committed the offense “on or about” Feb. 3, 2013.

  • Donation leads to rehab purchase for HMH

    Hardin Memorial Hospital has added a new state-of-the-art piece of technology to its roster thanks to a donation from a local physician.

    Dr. Robert Robbins provided a donation of $31,749 to HMH, allowing it to purchase the VibeTech One rehabilitation chair, which is vibration technology rehabilitation equipment that helps build muscle tone in patients who are unable to take part in weight-related physical activity.

    “Astronauts first used the technology to overcome muscle atrophy due to zero gravity during spaceflight,” HMH said in a news release.

  • Nelson County man dies in tractor accident

    A Nelson County man known locally as a UPS delivery driver fell victim to a farming accident Sunday.

    Marion Ray Spain was pronounced dead at about 5 p.m. outside his residence at 3017 Icetown Road just outside Boston, Ky.

    Spain, 56, was mowing a ditch when he ran over a rock at an angle, which overturned his small tractor and pinned him underneath it. Two people arrived at the scene and unsuccessfully tried to free him.

  • E'town to postpone Heritage Council allotment

    Elizabethtown city government is postponing its yearly financial allotment to the Heritage Council until it reviews a downtown assessment due this fall and learns the direction the council wants to take on an executive director.

    Mayor Edna Berger said city and Heritage Council officials have come to an agreement on withholding money until a report by City Visions Associates is completed, which they hope will provide a direction for downtown’s revitalization.

  • Council formally accepts replacement for retiring finance director Park

    Elizabethtown City Council appointed Jeff Hawkins as finance director, replacing Steve Park after 32 years in the role.

    The appointment is effective July 1, but Park plans to retire at the end of July or when Hawkins “throws him out,” he joked at Monday’s meeting.

    Councilman Marty Fulkerson said the appointment was made reluctantly because of the impact Park has made. Fulkerson said they sometimes disagreed, but he respects Park and is appreciative of his work — a notion echoed by the rest of the council.

  • Trey Sweet: Playing the game he loves

    From a distance, Trey Sweet appears no different from his baseball teammates. As the 11-year-old runs to first base or chases a fly ball on the Sonny Chaput Field diamond, he has a subtle limp.

    Sweet was born without a fibula and had unstructured bones in his right foot. These birth abnormalities resulted in a surgery that would forever affect Trey’s life.

    “We really didn’t know for sure what was going on until he was born,” said Trey’s mother, Kim Sweet.