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  • Just call him 'Tim'

    After a year of managing Hardin County’s largest city, Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker maintains the type of mild-mannered disposition he held while operating a small business and serving as a member of Elizabethtown City Council for more than a decade.

    The soft-spoken Walker said his goal was to create an environment where employees looked upon him as a co-worker rather than a boss.

  • Area elected officials vying for liquor licenses

    The alcohol business in Hardin County is not being courted just by convenience stores and corporate chains.

    City and county elected officials are making bids to acquire retail liquor licenses, joining a number of small-business owners in the applicant pool.

    In Radcliff, Councilman Don Yates has partnered with former Councilman Jerry Brown to obtain licensing for a package liquor store at 301 W. Lincoln Trail Blvd., which is the current site of Brown’s bookstore. The store would operate as Lincoln Trail Liquors, according to a legal notice.

  • Local jewelers feel a gold rush

    Some area residents have the gold bug and are part of a national clamor to sell gold for high returns.

    Wes Priddy, owner of Priddy Jewelers in Elizabethtown, said his store has seen an increase in the number of people who want to sell their gold.

    Most sellers came calling near the time gold prices peaked in July, he said.

    Priddy didn’t begin buying gold until he saw how many people were interested in selling.

  • Radcliff man accused in sex case waives preliminary hearing

    A Radcliff man charged with sexual abuse of a minor waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Hardin District Court.

    Elijah K. Hampton, 18, was arrested Dec. 27 and charged with second-degree sodomy and second-degree sexual abuse after accusations of a sexual encounter with a girl younger than 14.

    Bryce Shumate, spokesman for Radcliff Police Department, said the girl’s mother told police she caught her daughter and Hampton together, which caused Hampton to flee. Investigators found him later that day.

  • Economic hardship motion defeated in E'town

    Old arguments die hard but the debate over declaring an economic hardship has been put to bed for now.

    Elizabethtown City Council on Tuesday nixed the hardship, 4-2, which would have allowed restaurants to garner up to 50 percent of their sales from alcohol. Currently, restaurants in Elizabethtown must collect a minimum of 70 percent of sales from food.

    The motion to declare the hardship was supported by Councilmen Larry Ashlock and Kenny Lewis, but neither man gained much traction in convincing their counterparts to give the motion real consideration.

  • First local Habitat director remembered for his work

    Colleagues of Bob Imel, the first executive director of Hardin County Habitat for Humanity, remember him as instrumental in the organization’s success in its early days.

    Imel, 71, died Friday at the Hospice Center in Bowling Green. Imel was the local Habitat director for a number of years, a deacon at St. Christopher Church in Radcliff, and vice president and director of fixed operations for the Swope Family of Dealerships.

  • Police continue hunt for Abdullah White

    Five days after Kristie L. Allen was found dead in a Buffalo residence, Kentucky State Police continue the manhunt for Abdullah R. White, the Radcliff man seen fleeing the scene in her vehicle.

    Norman Chaffins, public affairs officer at KSP Post 4 in Elizabethtown, said Tuesday that White, 35, has a history of “violent crime,” and state police are tracking down numerous leads in the case.

    “We’re receiving tips,” he said. “We’re trying to figure out where he’s at.”

  • E'town man wanted on bench warrant for meth case

    Investigators are searching for an Elizabethtown man who has been wanted on a bench warrant since last June in conjunction with a methamphetamine case.

    Robin McFadden Sr., 65, was arrested May 9 near the Elizabethtown Sports Park and charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, said Detective Rob Green with Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force.

    After being released on bond, Green said McFadden missed a court date and a bench warrant was issued June 3 for failure to appear.

  • Accused killer required to surrender DNA sample

    Accused killer Joshua Hines appeared Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court for 2012’s first motion hour day.

    The Commonwealth’s Attorney Office filed a motion requesting that Hines be swabbed for DNA testing. Defense attorneys did not object and Judge Kelly Mark Easton ultimately approved it.

    Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Heather Paynter said the swabs should have been taken to begin with, referring to the fact that haven’t already been taken as an “oversight.”

  • Bardstown man arrested in shooting

    A Bardstown man stands accused of shooting a man in the stomach on New Year’s Eve.

    Roger Cahoe, 34, of Bardstown, was in stable condition at University Hospital in Louisville late Tuesday morning.

    Edward “Eddie” O’Bryan was charged with first-degree assault after an argument between Cahoe and his girlfriend allegedly escalated into an argument between Cahoe and O’Bryan, according to a news release from the Bardstown Police Department.