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  • Kentucky House, Senate pass budget

    The state House and Senate approved a budget bill Monday that provides pay raises for teachers and state workers, fully funds the Kentucky’s pension system and places top priorities on education.

    Through compromise, the legislature likely has avoided the need for an expensive special session.

    “To me, that’s a highlight,” said state Sen. Dennis Parrett, an Elizabethtown Democrat who commended both houses for working hours on end in conference committee to develop a plan. Both houses now are on a two-week break.

  • Indiana man withdraws from rocket docket

    An Indiana man who was indicted last week in Hardin Circuit Court after he led police on a foot pursuit in February did not enter a guilty plea Tuesday as part of rocket docket.

    Justin Wayne Jarrell, 22, of North Vernon, Ind., was indicted on theft by unlawful taking less than $500, first-degree wanton endangerment, receiving stolen property less than $10,000 and second-degree fleeing and evading police.

    The guilty plea was signed and entered into court documents, but never officially entered into court.

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  • ECTC to host first Earth Fair

    For the first time on the campus of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, students, faculty, staff and the community are coming together to celebrate Earth Day.

    Earth Fair, co-sponsored by ECTC’s sustainability committee and Hardin County Earthcare Collaboration, a community organization, is from noon to 6:30 p.m. April 10 at the college’s Regional Postsecondary building.

    The organization, which wanted to become involved in sustainable Earth practices, approached the college about the fair, said Martha Wolfe, ECTC professor of biology.

  • Teen mom accused of abuse has trial date set

    A Radcliff teen mother accused of abusing her 3-month-old son will stand trial later this year.

    Lindsay M. Montjoy, 19, was indicted in February on a charge of first-degree child abuse of a child younger than 12 and now has a trial date set for Oct. 22. The date was set Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    The charge is a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

    An indictment is an allegation, not a proof of guilt.

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  • State Theater offering free tickets to city council

    The Historic State Theater is now offering event and movie tickets to members of Elizabethtown City Council at no charge.

    Director Emily West said the policy is effective immediately and was implemented as an incentive for members of the council to attend events at the theater.

    “Our whole goal was just to get the council here,” West said.

  • Attorney for Rineyville man accused of rape attempts to postpone trial

    An attorney for Reiner Legaspi made several motions Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court in a case where the Rineyville man is charged with first-degree rape.

    Phyllis Lonneman, attorney for Legaspi, asked to postpone the trial date, set a hearing to discuss evidence and allow expert witnesses to testify.

    Legaspi, 55, who was indicted on the charge in September, was not present in court.

    An indictment is an allegation, not proof of guilt.

  • Following a father's dream

    Former Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker dreamed of a bustling downtown district flush with retail stores and restaurants before his untimely death in June.
    Now his daughter has picked up the cause in his absence, hoping to sway the trend toward revitalization through her own risk.
    Randi Walker Jones is opening Walker Layne Boutique downtown with childhood friend Ashley Perry-Baker on May 10 in the Taylor Hotel building at 114 W. Dixie Ave.
    The boutique is named after Jones’ father and Perry-Baker’s daughter, the duo said.

  • Elizabethtown man named cancer champion for The Julep Ball

    Like any other soldier with 20 years of service in the U.S. Army, Anthony Combs of Elizabethtown was looking forward to fulfilling his obligation and retiring.

    Plans changed in 2010, when he was diagnosed with cancer.

    “I had great plans to retire from the military and travel after retirement,” he said.