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  • Ekron man pleads guilty to charges of rape involving a minor

    A day after his jury trial was scheduled to begin, an Ekron man pleaded guilty Tuesday to multiple charges regarding repeated sexual contact with a minor.

    Edward E. Renfro, 23, pleaded guilty to four counts of third-degree rape and two counts of second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

    According to indictments, the contact occurred in 2011 in Elizabethtown with a girl who was younger than 16 at the time. Kentucky law sets the age of consent at 16.

    Forcible contact was not alleged.

  • Bad debt threatening hospital budget

    Hardin Memorial Hospital’s problems with bad debt continue and could derail its budget by fiscal year’s end.

    Officials revealed Tuesday the hospital is running a roughly $2.2 million budget deficit, which falls well below expectations and predictions it would be running a $713,000 surplus by the end of February. The hospital racked up around $162 million in costs during the first eight months of the fiscal year and less than $160 million in revenue.

  • Birth center hearing lands new venue

    The fourth day of testimony in the certificate of need hearing for a proposed birth center in Elizabethtown has a new venue.

    The hearing for the Visitation Birth & Family Wellness Center will resume at 8:30 a.m. March 26 at the First City Complex, 102 Athletic Drive, in Frankfort. The hearing was forced to change venues because the Kentucky Bar Association, where the previous testimony was heard, is unavailable.

  • HMH approves master facilities plan

    Hardin Memorial Health will add more private rooms and expand the size of its main campus on North Dixie Avenue over the next four to five years.

    The hospital’s Board of Trustees approved a master facilities plan Tuesday morning to increase the number of private suites available, renovate semi-private rooms into private quarters, upgrade its cancer care center by moving it offsite and renovate the emergency department.

  • United Way gives back to donors, volunteers

    Plaques, statues and turkey sandwiches were used to thank volunteers and donors Tuesday during the United Way of Central Kentucky’s annual event recognizing some community members who have dedicated large amounts of time, energy and resources toward the organization and its causes.

    Executive Director Christopher Wilborn said the event spotlights some of the people who make the United Way’s mission possible.

    “Our donors, our volunteers, our advocates are the lifeblood of our nonprofit organization,” he said.

  • Law enforcement warns motorists to watch out for motorcyclists

    As winter turns to spring, law enforcement officials are reminding motorists to be mindful of motorcyclists who typically hit the roadways when the weather warms.

    Because of a motorcycle’s size in comparison to other vehicles, they are difficult to spot. Police add it is hard to judge the speed and distance of an oncoming motorcycle.

    Nearly 40 percent of motorcycle wrecks involving another vehicle are caused by a passenger car turning left in front of a biker, according to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety.

  • Former West Point man pleads not guilty to sodomy

    A former West Point man indicted last week on charges of sodomy pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Jimmie Sturgill, 65, of Catlettsburg, appeared for arraignment Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    In addition to the sodomy charge, Sturgill faces 18 more felony sex offenses. All of which involve minors, police say.

    Sturgill is released on bond. A pre-trial conference for the sodomy charge is set for May 7.

    A jury trial in the remaining charges is scheduled to begin April 19.

  • Leitchfield selects new police chief

    After 7½ years with the Kentucky State Police in Elizabethtown, Kevin Henderson will take over April 1 as the new police chief in his home town.

    Henderson, 42, is a 1988 graduate of Grayson County High School and a Leitchfield resident. He worked as an officer with Leitchfield police from 1993 to 2005. He also has worked as a sheriff’s deputy in Edmonson and Grayson counties.

  • Highway to be closed Thursday in Meade County

    Motorists traveling through the Meade County community of Ekron will find Ky. 144 closed Thursday, the Transportation Cabinet announced.

    CSX Railroad will perform maintenance operations at its crossing located between West Alley and Railway streets. These streets along with Parkway Avenue may be used as a detour around the closing, the cabinet’s news release said.

    Crews are expected to complete the work and have the road reopened Friday.

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