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  • Sex abuse case heads to circuit court

    A Radcliff man accused of repeatedly engaging in sexual acts with a female younger than 12 will be arraigned in Hardin Circuit Court next week.

    Paul H. Hales, 54, originally was charged with one count each of first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree sodomy, but the grand jury returned a September indictment listing six counts of each violation.

    According to a Radcliff Police Department citation, Hales admitted to performing sexual acts with the alleged victim “25 to 30 times” at “his home, while driving and in parking lots.”

  • E'town to purchase 7.3 acres from Severns Valley for drainage

    Elizabethtown City Council authorized a purchase real estate and joint development agreement Monday with Severns Valley Baptist Church and H. Wayne Properties LLC after a lengthy closed session.

    The agreement stipulates the city will purchase roughly 7.3 acres of property adjacent to Severns Valley Baptist Church, where the city had built a stormwater retention basin, at $204,135.

    The plan originally was to establish a permanent pool on the site, but the agreement states the concept has proven “impractical.”

  • EIS approves construction document for stadium

    Elizabethtown Independent Schools is moving forward with the possibility of a new stadium.

  • ECTC honors nine distinguished alumni

    Nine former students joined the ranks of alumni recognized by Elizabethtown Community and Technical College for success and hard work in their educations, careers and communities.

    The alumni were inducted into the school’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni on Monday, joining 57 other former students already awarded the honor.

    President and Chief Executive Officer Thelma White said during the ceremony that ECTC officials are proud of the school’s growth and the opportunities offered to students.

  • HMH to hold employee healthcare premiums level

    Health care costs continue to surge, but Hardin Memorial Health employees won’t be seeing an increase in premiums this year.

    The HMH Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to hold premiums level and absorb more of the cost for employee healthcare benefits as it switches to new provider Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Anthem will manage health, dental and flexible spending plans for employees in 2012, according to the plan for the county's largest employer.

  • Local women in WKU homecoming court

    Twenty students are competing to become Western Kentucky University’s 2011 Homecoming queen this weekend, including two from the area.

    Whitney Churchman of Cecilia, top left, and Stephanie Burba of Magnolia, bottom left, are among the candidates.

    The winner will be crowned during halftime of the Hilltoppers’ Saturday game against Louisiana-Lafayette at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. The theme for this year’s homecoming is “Geaux Toppers!”

  • U.S. 31W Bypass work complete

    Rehabilitation work on the U.S. 31W Bypass from New Glendale Road to just north of St. John Road has wrapped up, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

    All lanes and access ramps have been reopened after months of limited access for motorists. The work started in April and cost more than $9 million to complete, according to Patty Dunaway, chief engineer for the KYTC District 4 office.

  • Alleged accomplice in teen murder testifies at Galenski trial

    Moments before a gun was fired, Jason Gowers was prepared to turn around and walk away on a November night last year when one teen was killed off Ky. 313.

    “I figured nothing was going to happen,” Gowers said during his testimony Monday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    The commonwealth called Gowers to the stand to testify in the case against Conner Galenski. Gowers, Galenski and Ryan Wilt are accused of shooting 18-year-old Mackenzie Smyser last November on Patriot Lane near Ky. 313 in Radcliff.

  • 19-year-old killed in single-car crash

    By DeANNA LASLEY
    Landmark News Service

    A man from Elizabethtown died Sunday as a result of a single-car crash on U.S. 62 in Big Clifty.

    Kerry Lee Holloway, 19, was killed after being ejected from a 1991 Honda Accord that left the road after it crossed the bridge at Big Clifty, Grayson County Sheriff Rick Clemons said.

    Andrew Goodman, 21, of Elizabethtown was driving the eastbound vehicle and became trapped beneath it.

  • Alzheimer's, dementia informational session today at Colvin Community Center

    Those looking for a primer on how to deal with issues associated with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can find answers at Colvin Community Center today.

    The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting a presentation on memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease from 10 to 11:30 a.m. today at Colvin, where visitors can learn the basics on all three and tips on what to look for and how to address each one, said Joanna Weiss, director of education and outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association in Louisville.