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  • State warns of West Nile danger to horses

    State officials are warning equine owners that weather conditions are right for an outbreak of West Nile Virus.

    The warning came Wednesday from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

    Officials advise equine owners to consult veterinarians about vaccinating horses against the disease.

    Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said in a statement officials don’t want to cause unnecessary alarm. They are concerned about the particular vulnerability horses have to the potentially deadly disease, he said.

  • Commanding general’s residence open for tours Sunday

    An open house Sunday at the residence of Fort Knox’s commanding general is the first time it has been open to the public since its construction in 1939, as far as officials know.

    Since then, the colonial structure with revival architecture has been the residence of the commanding general at Fort Knox.

    Fort Knox spokesman Kyle Hodges said historians he has spoken with have found no other instances in which the building was open to the public, as it will be from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

  • Suspect arrested in E'town gas station thefts

    Police arrested a suspect Monday night wanted in connection to multiple thefts at Elizabethtown Five Star locations earlier this month.

    Jeffrey H. Atwell, 47, of Louisville, is accused of stealing university-themed gloves from Five Star gas station shelves and hiding them in his pants. The suspect then made a purchase at the register before leaving the scene in a red-and-tan Mercury Mountaineer.

    These thefts allegedly occurred March 2 at the 1600 N. Dixie Ave. and 1046 N. Mulberry St. locations in Elizabethtown, police said.

  • Attorney files motion to suppress statement in rape case

    A public defender representing Kelly C. Ferguson, an Elizabethtown man facing first-degree rape and sodomy charges, filed multiple motions Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court including a motion to suppress a statement by the defendant.

    Ferguson, 35, is a registered sex offender. He was found guilty in 1997 of first-degree sexual abuse. In August, he was arrested by Kentucky State Police after an alleged sexual encounter with a female younger than 16.

  • Fiscal Court weighs jail safety and right to faith

    The Elizabethtown Church of Christ sees a ban on baptisms at the Hardin County Detention Center as an infringement on the American right of free religious expression.

    Joe Brothers, a congregation member, said the church quietly has advocated a repeal of the ban for years. As believers, Brothers said, the church is compelled to stand publicly for what it believes in, including the right of all Americans, including inmates, to participate in baptism as an affirmation of belief in Jesus Christ.

  • Warm weather could mean early corn planting

    Area farmers might take advantage of unseasonably warm weather to plant corn early this spring, depending on potential rainfall over the next several days.

    Matt Adams, a Hardin County extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, said farmers in the county could begin planting corn this week or by the second week of April if rain predicted for today and later this week does not make soil too wet and temperatures do not dip too low next month. The traditional earliest time for planting is between April 10 and April 15.

  • Area ag groups donate to farms hurt by tornado

    Hardin County agriculturalists want to help their tornado-stricken brethren in West Liberty.

    Several local agricultural groups and farmers have donated money and supplies to help farmers in Morgan County rebuild fences.

    West Liberty, a largely rural area, had many farmers affected by a March 2 tornado, said Matt Adams, a Hardin County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources.

    “A lot of farmers in that area lost everything they had, fences and buildings and everything in just a matter of seconds,” he said.

  • E'town reveals more than $11 million in anticipated sewer work

    Elizabethtown officials divulged plans Monday to invest roughly $11 million in new sewer work in the city where sanitary sewer overflows are prevalent.

    The plan devised by HDR Engineers targets the Poplar Drive, Valley Drive, Hawkins Drive and Harvard Drive areas and offers projects officials believe will ease overflows and upgrade a system that has eroded.

    In making the improvements, the city must create solutions rather than clear one problem upstream and push the problem downstream, said City Engineer Scott Reynolds.

  • 17 members of 223rd return to Fort Knox

    A welcome home ceremony Sunday afternoon at Fort Knox honored 17 members of the 233rd Transportation Company. The soldiers completed an eight-month deployment in support of operations to move and stage U.S. equipment out of Iraq and throughout Afghanistan.

    Most of this group are food service specialists who are coming home sooner than the expected 12-month deployment because the food service capability to support the company’s motor transport operators in Afghanistan is greater than required, according to the Fort Knox Public Affairs Office.

  • Cities-county consolidation bill passes Senate

    A bill designed to revise state laws regarding merger of municipal and county governments unanimously passed the state Senate on Monday.

    House Bill 189 previously passed the state House, 93-0, but must return there so a Senate amendment can be affirmed.

    Hardin County United, a volunteer organization that championed discussion of consolidated government locally, encouraged development of the bill to clarify how vote totals would be considered.