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  • Council formally accepts replacement for retiring finance director Park

    Elizabethtown City Council appointed Jeff Hawkins as finance director, replacing Steve Park after 32 years in the role.

    The appointment is effective July 1, but Park plans to retire at the end of July or when Hawkins “throws him out,” he joked at Monday’s meeting.

    Councilman Marty Fulkerson said the appointment was made reluctantly because of the impact Park has made. Fulkerson said they sometimes disagreed, but he respects Park and is appreciative of his work — a notion echoed by the rest of the council.

  • Trey Sweet: Playing the game he loves

    From a distance, Trey Sweet appears no different from his baseball teammates. As the 11-year-old runs to first base or chases a fly ball on the Sonny Chaput Field diamond, he has a subtle limp.

    Sweet was born without a fibula and had unstructured bones in his right foot. These birth abnormalities resulted in a surgery that would forever affect Trey’s life.

    “We really didn’t know for sure what was going on until he was born,” said Trey’s mother, Kim Sweet.

  • 2 hurt in Radcliff crash identified

    A pair of local residents injured Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on South Dixie Boulevard in Radcliff have been identified by police.

    Michael A. Vanhoose, 29, of Elizabethtown, was heading south on Dixie on a motorcycle around 4 p.m. Saturday, Radcliff Police Department spokesman Bryce Shumate said. A car driven by Mary A. Clark, 47, of Vine Grove pulled onto Dixie from Mill Creek Road into Vanhoose’s path, resulting in a collision, according to Shumate.

  • E'town adopts $59.8 million budget

    Elizabethtown officials have another budget cycle behind them.

    City Council offered a unanimous vote Monday to adopt the $59.8 million spending plan, covering general government and debt service while also funding water, sewer and gas utilities and the Tourism and Convention Bureau. The operating budget was reduced from $60.1 million last year.

    The general fund is balanced after officials agreed not to use fund reserves.

  • Pair of E'town wrecks lead to injuries

    A woman was airlifted to a Louisville hospital Monday morning after her Scion collided with a Ford Excursion on Shepherdsville Road.

    Robert B. Bramblett, 31, of Radcliff, was traveling south on Shepherdsville Road in the Excursion preparing to make a left turn onto Bluegrass Road when the Elizabethtown Police Department reports that he crossed in front of a Scion TC heading northbound, driven by Rachel L. Kowalski, 34, of Elizabethtown.

    Kowalski was airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville with possible internal injuries. Police responded at 7:21 a.m.

  • Cruse appeals his removal as Hodgenville mayor

    Terry Cruse wants his job back.

    A month after a hearing that re­sulted in the former Hodgen­ville may­or’s removal from office, an attorney for Cruse filed a motion for appeal in LaRue Circuit Court.

    The petition claims Cruse’s due process and right to a fair and impartial hearing were violated by the council’s procedure.

  • PHOTO: No injuries in early-morning Radcliff fire
  • Continuance granted in 2012 murder trial

    A continuance was granted Monday in LaRue Circuit Court in the murder trial of Abdullah White, accused of killing Kristie L. Al­len, who was found dead inside a burglarized Buffalo residence.

    The trial, which was set to begin July 28, has been postponed until Oct. 27, allowing for the 120 days that defense attorneys requested to determine if White suffers from an intellectual disability.

  • Subcontractor on school project admits to wire fraud

    Appearing Monday in federal court, the former president of Central Kentucky Glass Co. pleaded guilty to wire fraud in connection to a multi-million contract at Fort Knox High School.

    Dennis Martin, 51, of Nicholasville will serve 27 months in jail and pay back $74,061.88, according to the plea agreement. He admitted in court to falsifying records that said glass windows at the school met all anti-terrorism standards required by the Army Corps of Engineers.

    Sentencing is scheduled Sept. 16 before Senior District Judge Thomas B. Russell in Louisville.

  • Country act Raye performs at Summer Blast in Radcliff

    Country musician Collin Raye said his music has a positive message and he wants those who come see him perform to leave uplifted.

    “Nothing that comes from that stage tonight will be a downer,” Raye said in his tour bus late Saturday evening before he took the stage to headline Summer Blast in Radcliff.

    It was the second year the city lured a chart-topping performer to the annual festival after it won a bid for fellow country act David Lee Murphy in 2013.