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  • U.S. Army sergeant charged with sex crimes

    A sergeant in the U.S. Army Cadet Command 1st Brigade was arrested after police say he intoxicated a female relative and then raped her.

    Sgt. 1st Class Felix Manuel Ayala, who lives in Radcliff, was arrested Friday morning when the woman, who is older than 18, reported to police what she said happened  around 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Ayala, 45, is charged with first-degree rape, incapable of consent. Among the other charges he faces are first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree sodomy, incapable of consent.

  • Museum reopening draws dignitaries, visitors

    Citing, among other things, the military’s strong connection to Kentucky, Gov. Steve Beshear welcomed the rededication of the General George Patton Museum of Leadership during a ceremony Friday morning on post.

    “Fort Knox is a fitting home for the George Patton Museum of Leadership,” Beshear said, noting the post is steeped in history.

  • E'town grieves mayor's death

    Elizabethtown City Hall was full Friday morning, but its inhabitants were hollowed out by the news of Mayor Tim Walker’s death.

    Standing outside his office, city officials huddled together in a show of unity, struggling with the surreal nature of his absence. Many pointed out they had spoken to Walker just hours before and all signs indicated he was well.

  • What's next: Council must fill mayors office

    Elizabethtownofficials admitted they would struggle to function after the death of Mayor Tim Walker on Friday but said forging ahead is the best way to honor his memory.

    Elizabethtown City Council must appoint a new mayor to finish out Walker’s term through 2014 within 30 days, according to Kentucky state law. If the council fails to choose a replacement in the allotted amount of time, the governor will appoint a successor.

    According to Kentucky statute, any replacement must be at least 21 years of age, a registered voter and a resident of Elizabethtown.

  • County, state officials mourn E’town’s Walker

    Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker may have represented Elizabethtown, but his sudden death Friday from a massive heart attack left friends from around the county and state in a shaken state of mourning.

    Gov. Steve Beshear asked for a moment of silence Friday for Walker during the rededication of the General George Patton Museum of Leadership at Fort Knox and officials from all walks of government offered condolences, shed tears and remembered Walker as a catalyst for good.

  • Personable approach hallmark of Walker's leadership style

    Rick Games took over as chief of Elizabethtown Fire Department at the start of 1990. Tim Walker was one of his first hires.

    “He was conscientious then like he was today,” Games said of Walker, who died suddenly Friday morning.

    Games moved on to become president of the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Foundation while Walker served as city councilman and mayor of Elizabethtown. Upon Walker’s victory in the 2010 mayoral race, the two men again worked together to bring jobs to Elizabethtown, traveling to India to court industry.

  • Tributes to Tim Walker
  • Vine Grove budget work session scheduled


    A work session for the Vine Grove city budget has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall on West Main Street. City council members expect to discuss funding difficulties and pass a budget during their next regular meeting, which is 6:30 p.m. July 1.

  • Mayor Walker died of heart attack

    Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker died suddenly Friday morning from a heart attack brought on by a cardiovascular disease, said Chief Deputy Hardin County Coroner Kenneth Spangenberger.

    Spangenberger pronounced Walker dead at 5:33 a.m. Friday at Hardin Memorial Hospital. He was 54.

  • Officials remember, mourn the loss of Mayor Tim Walker

    City employees talked about their fondness for Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker during a news conference Friday morning and discussed what the city will need to do to move forward.

    Walker, 54, was pronounced dead at 5:33 a.m. Friday by Hardin County Deputy Coroner Kenneth Spangenberger at Hardin Memorial Hospital after he died at his home.