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  • City council hears first reading of Radcliff budget

    The Radcliff city budget cleared its first reading at a called meeting Monday.

    Under Mayor J.J. Duvall’s proposed plan, which was presented to city council last week, the city budget for fiscal year 2015 will be 2.1 percent leaner at $11.38 million.

    The budget includes revenue from occupational taxes at more than $3.1 million, insurance premium taxes of more than $2.47 million and business license fees of more than $1 million. Other revenue is generated from federal and state grants, city fees and the remaining $97,700 in the general fund.

  • E'town council pursuing J.J. Newberry demolition

    Elizabethtown is ready to raze the former J.J. Newberry building downtown, but it has not found any takers to do the work yet.

    The city received no offers last month when it bid the demolition, and City Engineer Scott Reynolds sought guidance from the council Monday on what steps he should take to deal with the aging property.

    The city has been debating the fate of the deteriorating 22,900-square-foot property residing at 69 Public Square and 100 E. Dixie Ave. since it purchased the two properties a few years ago.

  • Organization to host art-based fundraiser

    A local organization committed to nurturing the physical, mental and spiritual needs of children is hosting a fundraiser this weekend in hopes of advancing its cause.

    Mission Hope For Kids is hosting Paint for the Mission at 11 a.m. Saturday inside its headquarters at 105 Bishop Lane in Elizabethtown.

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  • E'town budget sails through first reading

    Elizabethtown’s proposed budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year cleared its first reading Monday without changes dur­ing a special voting meeting.

    Mayor Edna Berger last week proposed a $59.8 million spending plan to cover general government and debt service expenditures and fund water, sewer and gas utilities and the Tourism & Convention Bureau. The operating budget was trimmed down from $60.1 million last year.

  • Continuance sought in 2012 murder trial

    Abdullah White has been sitting in LaRue County De­tention Center since January 2012 and may have to wait longer for his capital murder trial to begin.

    Attorneys for White filed a motion to postpone the trial, which is set to begin July 28, asking for at least another 120 days while his counsel prepares its defense.

  • Weekend filled with nearly 20 drug arrests

    More than a third of the 54 people booked over the weekend into Hardin County Detention Center were arrested on drug-related charges, including four concerning LSD.

    Police on Friday arrested Herman Hodge, 34, of Leitchfield; Jonathan Lee, 37, of Leitchfield; Joshua Mc­Ken­­zie, 32, of Elizabethtown; and Ami Pea­vy, 34, of Eliza­bethtown after an undercover investigation led to the 1000 block of David Court in Elizabethtown and a stockpile of the hallucinogen. According to an arrest citation, McKenzie and Peavy lived in an apartment on David Court.

  • Cecilia woodworker makes functional art

    While blasting classic rock in his back yard shed, Jim Waugh spends hours imagining and creating functional masterpieces.

    Waugh, a recognized Ken­tucky Crafted Artist, is a renowned woodworker. He has practiced the craft for more than 50 years and shows no signs of stopping soon.

    Woodworking made an impromptu appearance in Waugh’s life. He began woodworking as a way to pay bills.

    “I was drawing unemployment and the government ran a cabinet-making program,” Waugh said. “That’s where it got started.”

  • Local festivals promote community pride

    Summer is a season for Hardin County to flourish, with multiple community events from West Point to Upton and seemingly all points in between.

    When the weather gets warmer, festivals and carnivals pack local calendars, encouraging residents to get out and partake in food, fun and music.

    The events span the gauntlet of themes from May­berry Days in Vine Grove to a bridge lighting in White Mills. Communities gather to embrace what makes their areas unique and to have get-togethers.

  • E’town dentist takes staff on mission to Honduras

    When Dr. Ann Carnes decided to take her staff to Honduras for a few days to provide dental care to residents, those going were apprehensive about the trip because they didn’t know what to expect.

    That apprehension subsided when they arrived and saw how much the people needed medical attention.

    “The minute we stepped off the bus, we knew we were where we were supposed to be,” Carnes said.