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  • Radcliff fire conducting training Friday

    RADCLIFF — The Radcliff Fire Department is conducting a controlled burn training exercise at 9 a.m. Friday.

    The department will burn a vacant building at the corner of Knox Boulevard and Wilson Road, in the Redmar Plaza parking lot. The location is near the Wilson Gate to Fort Knox.

    The department conducted a controlled burn Tuesday in the adjacent building.


  • Central Hardin robotics team earns worldwide ranking

    The News-Enterprise

    The Central Hardin High School VEX Robotics team has exceeded its geographic boundaries. It quickly is becoming a world-renowned squad.

    VEX Robotics introduces students to the world of robotics. Central Hardin students use VEX robotics in their Project Lead the Way pre-engineering curriculum. According to the RobotEvents.com website, the Bruins are ranked eighth in robot skills and ninth in programming skills in the world.

  • Radcliff City Council votes to raise mayor’s salary by $13,000

    Radcliff City Council members, many of whom are considering campaigning for the city’s top elected position, authorized a pay increase Tuesday of nearly 31 percent for the city’s next mayor.

    Councilman Don Yates introduced a motion to raise the mayor’s salary by $13,000 — from $42,000 to $55,000.

    Yates made mention of prior conversations council members have shared as reason for bringing up the motion, but also said the raise made sense for the city.

  • Elizabethtown woman assists tornado victims back home

    After a series of tornadoes ravaged her hometown of Pekin, Ill, Melissa Butorac felt compelled to respond.

    A resident of Elizabethtown since 2008, she has collected items to take to those who lost their homes in the November tornadoes in her hometown. After learning about the devastation from friends in the area, she was moved to gather clothing and other items from area businesses.

  • Juvenile arrested for burglary, suspected in several others

    That knock you hear at the front door or the ringing of a doorbell could be the start of an in-home burglary.

    At least that’s the technique a 17-year-old male juvenile and at least one accomplice used Sunday night in Vine Grove. The teenager was arrested trying to commit the burglary, police say.

    The juvenile also is a suspect in a number of other northern Hardin County burglaries using similar distraction tactics, police report.

  • Eastview man accepts plea deal in sex abuse case

    An Eastview man accepted a plea deal Tuesday in response to charges of sexual abuse.

    Sherman L. Smith, 68, accepted a deal that will require him to serve 10 years in prison for two counts of sexual abuse of a minor younger than 12, Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Teresa Logsdon said. As part of the deal, an additional charge of rape in the first degree was dismissed.

    Smith will be formally sentenced at 10 a.m. Feb. 18, Logsdon said.

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  • Groundbreaking set for new county government complex

    A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Friday for the new county government office complex off Ring Road and Patriot Parkway.

    The ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. in the lot next to the county Emergency Services Center at 1450 Rineyville Road. It will be held indoors in case of inclement weather. Light refreshments will be served inside the Emergency Services Center afterward. 

  • Vargas sentenced to 10 years in sex abuse case

    A Radcliff man received the maximum sentence Tuesday for his conviction in a sex abuse case.

    Jose Vargas was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was convicted in September of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 12.

  • Cruse, Hornback maintain innocence

    Facing nearly 70 charges, Hodgenville Mayor Terry L. Cruse and City Clerk MaDonna Hornback spent less than 45 minutes in jail Tuesday morning and maintained their innocence against Monday’s grand jury indictment.

    The pair turned themselves in to LaRue County Sheriff Merle Edlin. They are scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Jan. 6 in LaRue Circuit Court.

    A one-page joint statement signed by Cruse said, “when this is over the outcome will be much different than it looks today.” Both said they have no intention of resigning.