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  • Elizabethtown fire inspector reiterates leaf burning ban

    Elizabethtown Chief Fire Inspector Rusty Todd issued a reminder to residents Friday that leaf burning is prohibited within city limits.

    The city does allow for burning of natural materials, such as garden debris, trees, limbs and small branches associated with land clearing. But a permit must be obtained to ensure the material is acceptable and the responsible party will take necessary steps to prevent an uncontrolled fire, according to the statement released by Todd. No permits are issued by the Elizabethtown Fire Department for leaf burning.

  • E'town man sentenced for role in drug ring

    Zachary Charles Underwood, one of seven defendants charged in a methamphetamine drug ring operating in Hardin County, recently was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 15 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release, according to David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

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  • Hodgenville man charged with murder

    Landmark News Service

    The owner of Raywick Bar and Grill, Chris Gribbins, 46, of Hodgenville, has been arrested and charged with murder and second-degree assault following a Nov. 9 shooting in Raywick.

    David Litsey, 22, of Lebanon was shot outside Raywick Bar and Grill that morning. Litsey, a 2009 graduate of Marion County High School, was transported to Spring View Hospital where he died from his injuries, according to the Kentucky State Police.

  • Police, firefighters prepare to spread holiday cheer

    Local law enforcement and emergency response agencies are gearing up for annual shopping programs with a goal to brighten the holiday season for children from less fortunate families.

    Many area police and firefighters participate in programs such as Christmas for Kids, Shop-with-a-Trooper and Shop-with-a-Firefighter to provide children with warm clothing and at least one toy during the Christmas season.

  • E’town, Radcliff attempted murder cases conclude

    Four defendants scheduled to go to jury trial last Wednesday in a Radcliff attempted murder case entered guilty pleas the day before in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Armstead C. Baylor Jr., 22, and Reginald L. Hughes, 24, both of Elizabethtown, and Gary J. Johnson, 27, of Radcliff, originally were indicted on charges of complicity to commit criminal attempt to commit murder and complicity to tampering with physical evidence.

    Sharita L. Gibbs, 26, of Elizabethtown also was indicted on a charge of complicity to tampering with physical evidence in connection to the case.

  • Elizabethtown Nature Park to open soon

    The gates to the Elizabethtown Nature Park remain closed off Ring Road as contractors continue their work, but Mayor Tim Walker said the city hopes to open the park to the public soon.

    Walker said Friday the park should open within the next week to 10 days unless delays arise. Contractors have to complete a list of items before they turn the park back over to the city, he said.

  • Donations needed for wreath-laying program

    Donna Betson said she is running short on money needed to purchase wreaths, which will cover graves this Christmas at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff. But her faith is not lacking when it comes to the community’s generosity.

    After all, she said, donors have yet to let her down.

    Betson, founder and chairwoman of the Kentucky Patriots and organizer of the Wreaths Across America program at the cemetery, aims to purchase 2,500 live wreaths this year for families and volunteers to lay during a 10 a.m. ceremony Dec. 15.

  • Focus on finance: Shop smarter this season

    Question: Any advice for holiday shopping?

    Answer: With Halloween come and gone, the holiday shopping season is just around the corner.  Most large national retailers already have decorations up; started promoting their lay-away programs; and, the “get easy credit” offers are hitting consumers’ mail boxes.

    But amid all the hype and promotions, there are ways to save money and shop smarter this season.

  • Lost and found: A training scenario

    Mary Wallace was lying down and complaining of dizziness Saturday night when the men found her behind brush. Darkness had fallen and the team was relying on their flashlights and training to guide them when they heard her cry for help.

    The scenario: Two sisters searching off Ralph Franklin Road for a bonfire (to celebrate Hostess cakes) were lost and separated. Their vehicle was parked nearby, but they were nowhere to be seen. One was diabetic and likely without her medication.