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  • Burke defense attorneys touch on trial points

    By BENJAMIN JOUBERT
    For The News-Enterprise

    Defense attorneys for former U.S. Army Sgt. Brent Burke, accused of murdering two women in 2007, hinted at several areas they will attack in the prosecution’s case during the first day of Burke’s court martial at Fort Campbell.

    Monday morning, seven of 10 jurors were chosen after a slew of questions from the prosecution and defense. During questioning, Burke’s private attorney, William Carter, said the trial was a case of “mistaken identity.”

  • Paul: Overboard regulations creating layers of red tape for businesses

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Biblical figure Noah would have to abandon ark building today because of the bureaucratic red tape he would face trying to finish it.

    The reference was evoked Tuesday as part of the Bowling Green Republican’s address to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club at American Legion Post 113 in Elizabethtown.

    Paul briefly took on the role of storyteller as he recounted a modern take on the Biblical account of God calling on a man to build a giant wooden ship full of animals before the world’s population was destroyed by water.

  • Father sentenced to 10 years in DUI wreck that killed daughter

    Not a single family member or friend appeared in the gallery Tuesday afternoon in Hardin Circuit Court where Jesus Arturo Rodriguez Martinez was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the death of his daughter, Sidolena.

  • Bill would change how service members are counted in the Census

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, and two other Republican legislators from Kentucky are sponsoring bills that would change the way Armed Service members are counted by the U.S. Census Bureau

  • LongHorn set for June 25 opening

    The LongHorn Steakhouse adjacent to Towne Mall in Elizabethtown is nearing completion, and area patrons will have a chance to sample its flavors this summer.

    Restaurant spokeswoman Tara Gray said the steakhouse is slated for a June 25 opening and the company will start taking online applications by May 10.

    The restaurant is looking to hire around 80 workers in the area to round out its servers, service assistants, bar and kitchen staff, she said.

  • Animal shelter kicks off fundraising for 2012

    Fundraising efforts to build a new Hardin County Animal Shelter have began.

    Members of the nonprofit organization PAWS Shelter Foundation Inc. are kicking off activities aimed at drawing the remaining $1 million needed in donations to outfit a building purchased to replace the county’s current animal shelter on Nicholas Street in Elizabethtown.

    The first event is the Mutts, Moms and Music festival from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 12 at the administration building of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

  • Former ‘Idol’ contestant Casey James to perform at Historic State Theater

    A top-three contestant on “American Idol” performs for a local audience this summer.

    Casey James performs at 7:30 p.m. June 22 at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown. James came in third in the ninth season of the Fox show in 2010 and released a self-titled debut album in March.

    Tickets are on sale now. Balcony seats are $15, general admission is $20 and preferred seating is $25. They can be purchased by calling the theater at (270) 234-8258.

  • Shooting involving soldier remains under investigation

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 continues to investigate a domestic violence situation that turned into a shooting Friday in Guston. A Fort Knox soldier who allegedly fired the weapon has not been charged in the death of a 29-year-old Guston man.

    Police said Joshua W. Wemes died Friday of a single gunshot wound sustained after he broke into the home of Cpl. Quinton T. Phillips, 22, of Amarillo, Texas.

  • United Way allocates funding to 18 agencies

    fter a record-breaking campaign, United Way of Central Kentucky has allocated more than $761,000 to local agencies in need within its five-county region.

    Executive Director Christopher Wilborn said 18 agencies have received funding this year, which is an increase from 14 agencies last year. Four of the 18 agencies — the American Red Cross, Grayson County Alliance, Good Samaritan Center and SpringHaven Inc. — received all of the funding requested, Wilborn added.

  • Museum reopening meant to honor public

    Bill Swope long has considered the free museum that has grown out of his personal car collection to be a gift back to the people who have supported the Swope Family of Dealerships for 60 years.

    “The cars in a sense, in a very real sense, belong to the community,” he said.

    Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum will host a grand reopening at 5:45 p.m. May 10 with a ribbon-cutting.