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  • Fort Knox finalist for Gold Medal honor

    Fort Knox’s recreation programs and services once have again received national acclaim.

    The post is the lone Army finalist in the Armed Forces division of the 2013 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, which is hosted by The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration in conjunction with the National Recreation and Park Association.

    Randy Moore, director of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation on post, said this is the second year in a row Fort Knox has made it to the finals, falling short last year.

  • Police: Man accused of striking another with axe handle

    A West Point man is charged with felony assault after police say he struck another man Tuesday afternoon with an axe handle, causing injury to the victim’s arm.

    Curtis Board, 38, was arrested at 10:12 p.m. on a charge of second-degree assault.

    According to a citation, a West Point police officer was investigating a “disturbance” in the 100 block of South Sixth Street when a witness reported Board pursued the man with a chainsaw and then struck him with an axe handle.

  • City pool closes Sunday

    Terry Shipp said Monday that Elizabethtown must resign itself to the fact some of its programs and services will not be revenue generators.

    Shipp, an Elizabethtown councilman, also said he finds it odd the city can afford a $28 million sports park but cannot maintain its own public pool.

    Shipp led a discussion among the council this week about the impending closure of the city pool at American Legion Park, which will offer its last laps this Sunday. The pool now is only open on weekends.

  • Specialty plates allow drivers to show individuality

    Stick family decals and bumper stickers aren’t the only way Kentucky residents show their individuality on the road.

    County officials have seen a huge increase in the number of specialty license plates available to drivers during the past 10 years and a similar jump in the number of those willing to pay extra to get them.

    The state offers more than 100 choices for plates that show support for colleges, nonprofit organizations, military service and various other affiliations and causes.

  • Grayson Co. doctor sentenced for misbranding

    A Grayson County doctor was sentenced Monday to one-year probation in federal court after he pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from the purchase of a non-FDA-approved intrauterine device — the same device an Elizabethtown doctor is accused of inserting in patients.

    Dr. James S. Buck, an OB/GYN with an office on Wallace Avenue in Leitchfield, was charged with one count of misbranding April 1 in U.S. District Court in Louisville, according to court records.

  • Homeowner launches petition against Flex Films

    Joseph Cecil said he is thankful for the jobs Indian packaging manufacturer Flex Films has brought to Elizabethtown, but he could do without the noise.

    By all accounts, several homeowners who live near the plant on North Black Branch Road agree with Cecil’s assessment.

    Cecil, a Cecilia area resident, collected about 107 signatures protesting the noise emanating from the facility as of Monday evening, which he presented to Elizabethtown City Council during its work session.

  • County approves construction manager for government complex

    Hardin County Government now has a partner in developing its new county government complex off Ring Road near Emergency Management.

    Hardin Fiscal Court approved a low bid from Alliance Corp. to assume the role of construction manager at risk, in which it will oversee design, bidding and construction phases of the project.

  • Attorney General finds jail violated open records law

    The Office of the Attorney General released a decision this month finding the Hardin County Detention Center violated open records law by denying a non-resident’s request for information because of his inability to appear and present identification.

    According to the decision, Tommy Southard, an inmate at Kentucky State Reformatory, requested June 20 for information reflecting booking and release dates for a woman formerly lodged at the jail.

  • A sinking feeling: E'town woman's future vacation spot affected by sinkhole

    As Elizabethtown resident Karen Day prepared for work Monday, she thought she heard a news show discussing a Florida resort her family booked for fall break.

    Day just looked at photos of the property the night before, and now she watched as Summer Bay Resort in Clermont, Fla., was shown sinking into the ground. Day didn’t realize Florida is known for sinkholes, and now one swallowed her vacation destination.

    “I just thought about how scary that would be to be in one of those buildings,” she said.

  • Fire forces E'town barbecue restaurant to close

    An Elizabethtown barbecue restaurant could be closed for up to two months after a Tuesday morning fire originating on its back porch destroyed the building’s electrical panel.

    Texas Outlaw Barbecue at 220 Commerce Drive was closed when firefighters responded at 12:07 a.m. Tuesday and found flames in the porch area where the restaurant’s barbecue smokers are located, Elizabethtown Fire Chief Mike Hulsey said.

    Though the fire largely was contained to the porch area, Hulsey said the flames spread to the attic of the building.