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  • Hodgenville moves closer to restaurant tax

    Persistence has paid off for members of the LaRue County Park and Recreation Board.

    Since February, the group has pressured Hodgenville City Council to enact a restaurant tax to provide money for the park. Until Monday’s meeting, support was minimal at best.

    In a 4-2 vote, the council voted to proceed with an ordinance enacting a 2 percent tax on prepared food within city limits.

  • Dawley Park target of vandalism

    Radcliff Police Department is investigating two acts of vandalism at Dawley Park, which Mayor J.J. Duvall said resulted in roughly $5,000 worth of damage.

    Seven windows were shattered May 4 and glass was broken out of a screen door at a home on park property, said RPD spokesman Bryce Shumate. Duvall said the door also was pried open.

    Local athletic associations use the home as a makeshift clubhouse for meetings and to arrange signups, Duvall said. The park is fronted by Rogersville and Shelton roads.

  • Defendant testifies in Galenski re-trial

    The day 18-year-old Mackenzie Smyser was shot off Ky. 313 in Hardin County, Conner J. Galenski never touched the gun, according to the defendant’s testimony Wednesday afternoon.

    According to previous testimony from police and alleged accomplices, the .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver used to shoot Smyser four times belonged to Galenski. Eyewitnesses say Galenski fired the first shot into the Louisville teen’s chin.

  • KSP Post 4 honors its fallen troopers

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 honored its fallen troopers Wednesday by placing flowers at the graves of the four killed in the line of duty in the post’s area.

    Of those four, one is buried in Hardin Memorial Park Cemetery. Lt. Willis D. Martin was killed in an automobile collision in 1977 in Hardin County, said Norman Chaffins, public affairs officer at Post 4.

    The lieutenant’s widow resides in Hardin County. According to state police, she lives off South Wilson Road.

  • Radcliff approves limited alcohol use at Colvin Community Center, City Park North

    Radcliff this week eased alcohol restrictions at Colvin Community Center and City Park North, but the use will remain limited.

    Radcliff City Council approved the second reading of an ordinance Tuesday night amending the city’s alcohol policy at the community center to allow alcohol use at private and public gatherings while including a stipulation allowing the sale of alcohol at city-sponsored events at City Park North by a licensed caterer.

    Alcohol prohibitions remain at all other city parks.

  • Habitat for Humanity looking to expand Radcliff presence

    Hardin County Habitat for Humanity wants a deeper presence in Radcliff, and its executive director asked city officials Tuesday to be a catalyst in the effort.

    Larry Mengel proposed a partnership between Habitat for Humanity and Radcliff to locate and obtain land in the city where new homes could be built.

    Mengel said Hardin County Habitat has worked on 45 new houses since its inception in the early 1990s, but only about seven of those homes are located in Hardin County’s second-largest city.

  • Quilts held secrets along Underground Railroad

    As escaped slaves navigated their way north in search of freedom, quilts served as markers along the Underground Railroad.

    Dr. Clarice C. Boswell, a retired Illinois educator, will describe the hidden codes to freedom Saturday morning during a presentation in Leitchfield.

    The program begins at 10 a.m. CDT Saturday in the conference area of the Centre on Main off Ky. 259, less than two miles north of the Western Kentucky Parkway exit.

  • For some, trials not so speedy

    Two Hardin County men were indicted last month in connection to alleged rape offenses that occurred more than a year ago.

    Robert W. Wilson, 22, was indicted on charges of second-degree rape while James T. Robinson III, 35, faces allegations of third-degree rape and third-degree sodomy.

    Forcible contact is not alleged and, in both cases, the victim was younger than 16 at the time of the offense.

  • HMH approves $12.1 million capital budget

    Hardin Memorial Hospital’s Board of Trustees approved a capital budget and compensation plan Tuesday that President and CEO Dennis Johnson said will keep the health system competitive in the region and keep technology and equipment up-to-date.

    The capital budget was approved at $12.1 million, a significant increase over the $10.4 million capital spending plan approved last year, and dwarfs the austere $6 million plan approved two years ago at the height of the economic downturn.

  • Veterans Tribute: Rich Griendling delivers final sculpture

    With months dedicated to the intricate construction of sculptures to be placed later this year at the Hardin County Veterans Tribute off Ring Road, Rich Griendling opened his home Tuesday for a viewing of his final creation in the series.

    Griendling, a local sculptor and member of the Veterans Tribute committee, unveiled a seated civil service worker crafted in a studious pose reading a dedication to civil servants.