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  • Buggeland competency ruling is July 5

    The competency of Erik John Buggeland, the man accused of killing his parents in September, will be decided next month.

    Experts testified Tuesday in favor of and against his being competent to stand trial and testify. Judge Ken Howard will announce his ruling during a court session set for 1:15 p.m. July 5.

    Buggeland was indicted in April on two counts of murder, two counts of first-degree robbery and theft by unlawful taking over $500. He was arrested in October for the deaths of his parents, retired gynecologists Terje and Margaret Buggeland.

  • City-post deal will expand Saunders Springs

    With a no-cost lease from Fort Knox, Radcliff plans to expand the Saunders Springs Nature Preserve to 100 acres in what the post garrison commander described as “a joint venture, a true partnership.”

    The natural area on the north side of Radcliff off Wilson Road offers picnic areas and wooded terrain with walking trails venturing through the unspoiled hills and hollers. The park will expand to nearly four times its current size thanks to the agreement announced Tuesday at the opening of the Radcliff City Council meeting.

  • Radcliff passes $10.7 million budget

    Ever a force for fiscal conservatism, Radcliff Councilwoman Barbara Baker lauded Mayor J.J. Duvall’s 2011-12 budget proposal, commending him Tuesday night for the savings he has found.

    “I think this is a wonderful budget,” she said.

    The $10.7 million budget passed without a battle Tuesday as Duvall declared it a solid step toward making Radcliff a premier city. The plan also includes $1.1 million in stormwater funds.

    Councilman Stan Holmes was absent, but the five members present voted unanimously to support the plan without changes.

  • Families in Burke case await decision

    In a packed courtroom, families of two women slain in a Rineyville home and the family of the man accused in their deaths waited for a ruling regarding dismissal of the charges.

    Judge Kelly Mark Easton said they’ll have to wait a few more days while he determines if Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Shaw consulted families before filing a motion to dismiss charges filed against Burke.

    “This is obviously an extremely important issue to everyone,” Easton said. “I don’t want to make a rash decision.”

  • Gospel group offers musical ministry

    Made up of an extended family of adults and children who live in Hardin County, the newly-formed The Elijah Band stands on a foundation of tradition.

    The group continues a musical ministry that has spanned years.

    “This is the fourth generation,” Elijah Taylor said.

    The Elijah Band is the latest incarnation of musical ministry for the family, which at one time was made up of Taylor, his parents and two sisters and went by the name The Taylor Family. The Taylor Family band was founded by Taylor's grandfather.

  • Church trying to set up homeless shelter

    An area organization is working to set up a homeless shelter in Hardin County.

    Organizers see a need in the community and are seeking community donations to construct a Hearts of Hope Homeless Shelter.

    The effort is headed by New Creative Solutions Inc., a nonprofit organization linked to Powerhouse of Praise and Deliverance church in Radcliff.

    Blueprints call for renovating the church’s basement to outfit it with five single-occupant rooms and three rooms for families.

  • Bluegrass grows into Vine Grove culture

    Optimist Park in Vine Grove resonates every Monday with sounds of a musical genre older than Kentucky’s statehood.

    The weekly bluegrass music jam sessions that began in the community four years ago now can draw hundreds. They give players throughout the region a chance to weave together melodies and harmonies that can’t be accomplished alone.

    Lyrics warbled Monday included “There’s a five-pound possum in my headlights tonight,” and later, “Swing low, sweet chariot.”

  • Photo: Radcliff Fire Department completes driver safety training
  • E’town passes $57 million budget

    Councilman Ron Thomas said his concerns about the city’s $57.5 million 2011-12 budget have been quelled in the week since he challenged the plan and its use of reserve funds.

    Thomas voted Monday in favor of the budget, which passed 5-0. Councilman Marty Fulkerson was absent.

    The $57.5 million budget falls just under the $57.7 million plan approved last year and includes a $3.8 million deficit in the general fund that will be offset by reserves.

  • Rail construction near Fort Knox shutters trail systems

    Hikers hoping to test the trails at Bridges to the Past or Tioga Falls will have to put those plans on hold.

    The two trail systems in the Fort Knox area have closed and could remain restricted to the public for up to three years. The post is coordinating the closures with the Paducah & Louisville Railway as it makes repairs and upgrades to its rail network, which will create a maze of safety hazards.