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  • HMH outlines opposition to birth center

    Hardin Memorial Health officials on Monday defended their opposition to an alternative birthing center in Elizabethtown, saying the center’s presence could place hospital obstetricians in uncomfortable positions of unfamiliarity.

    Dennis Johnson, president and CEO of HMH, said he is “very strongly opposed” to the thought of a new center in the city because HMH would be responsible for emergencies arising with the center’s patients.

  • Woman arrested after altercation at West Point Police Department

    A 24-year-old mother faces six charges following an altercation Sunday at the West Point Police Department during which police say she was holding her 5-month-old baby and was under the influence of alcohol.

    Christina A. Vickers of West Point is charged with third-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a minor, second-degree disorderly conduct, menacing, resisting arrest and alcohol intoxication in public.

    According to a citation, Vickers went to a West Point officer’s home and stated she was involved in a domestic violence incident.

  • E'town approves resolution calling for state pension reforms

    Elizabethtown has joined cities around the state in calling on the Kentucky General Assembly to reform the County Employees Retirement System, which could make it sustainable and secure for current and future employees.

    Elizabethtown City Council approved a resolution supporting reforms during a special called meeting Monday after tweaking a resolution drafted by the Kentucky League of Cities. Vine Grove City Council approved a similar resolution last week.

  • Traffic signal changes set along bypass

    Traffic signals at College Street and St. John Road along the U.S. 31W Bypass in Elizabethtown are being reprogrammed for variable phasing, allowing better traffic flow, officials said. The term “variable phasing” refers to a signal pattern only being used at specific times, based on traffic volume.

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  • Radcliff to review ethics ordinance

    Radcliff again is discussing the option of creating its own ethics board.\

    Councilman Stan Holmes presented a draft ethics ordinance to Radcliff City Council Monday afternoon closely shadowing Hardin County’s ethics ordinance, to which the city adheres. The key difference is the establishment of a five-member ethics board to evaluate ethical dilemmas and complaints that surface.

    City officials received the ordinance Monday and said they would review it and revisit it at the council’s March 11 work session.

  • Trial begins for man accused in stabbing at Hardin County birthday party

    Though no one denies Raymond K. Wilson stabbed Gerald Wayne Tharpe on April 8 at a birthday party off Roundtop Road, Wilson’s attorneys intend to ask the jury to find their defendant not guilty when the trial concludes.

    Wilson, 52, faces charges of criminal attempt to commit murder, first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence.

  • E'town man charged with attempted murder in Radcliff shooting

    An Elizabethtown man faces multiple felony charges including attempted murder after police said he fired a shot into a crowd, striking one man in the leg.

    Jonaci L. Lopez, 19, is charged with attempted murder and nine counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

    Radcliff police responded at 10:13 p.m. Saturday to a three-story apartment building at 325 Elmwood Drive on a report of shots fired, spokesman Bryce Shumate said. Moments later officers received an update that one person was injured.

  • Birthing center seeks state approval

    Mary Carol Akers believes women need more birthing options in Kentucky, but she will have to ward off three hospitals in the region to establish the first alternative birthing center in the state on a proposed Ring Road site.

    Akers, a certified nurse midwife, has applied for a certificate of need with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services to establish The Visitation Birth and Family Wellness Center in Elizabethtown.

  • Florists celebrate Valentine's Day with sales, affection

    Sisters Tammy Tipton and Tob’e Poynter race each other to work before sunrise on Valentine’s Day.

    Poynter, owner of Mulberry Florist in Elizabethtown, and Tipton, manager there, don’t get to celebrate the day with their husbands as they fill orders on the busiest day in their industry.

    That’s why the sisters coordinate Valentine’s Day flower arrangements with each other’s husbands to give to their wives on their behalves at the beginning of the work day.