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  • Attorneys argue timeline in sex case against ex-teacher

    An alleged victim in the case against former Central Hardin High School social studies teacher Steven Gray has been unable to provide attorneys with specific dates on which she and the teacher had sex.

    Gray, 28, was arrested Dec. 2 and charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. He was fired a week prior to the arrest after Hardin County Schools received an anonymous phone tip that prompted an investigation.

  • Faces of Cancer exhibit opens at Hardin Memorial Hospital

    Cancer is not generally associated with the word hope, but one exhibit sponsored by the Kentucky Cancer Program is trying to change that.

    The Faces of Cancer exhibit, which features portraits of 13 cancer survivors from the Lincoln Trail Area, opened Tuesday and will be on display in the admitting lobby of Hardin Memorial Hospital until Friday. From there, the exhibit will be displayed July 18-29 at the LaRue County Public Library in Hodgenville.

  • West Point Rivers Days shifts focus to town’s history

    Nestled on the banks of the Ohio River, the city of West Point, founded in 1796, has a rich history. That history is what the organizers of the West Point River Days Festival hope to honor this year.

    With a focus on the past, Christina Lueken, West Point River Days co-chairwoman, has helped organize several historical events to accompany the traditional festival agenda.

    “For the older residents of West Point, the history is very important to them,” Lueken said.

  • Case against Calli is on track

    Attorneys said Tuesday the case of Edward Calli, an Elizabethtown man charged with raping a victim younger than the age of 12, is on track for its Aug. 8 jury trial.

    Calli, 33, is accused of three counts of first-degree rape and one count of first-degree sodomy. In all counts, the alleged victim is younger than 12.

    According to a previous report, the alleged victim said the assaults began when she was in kindergarten. She said Calli had been raping and sodomizing her for several years, according to a criminal citation.

  • Jobless rate reaches two-year low

    Recent numbers show Hardin County’s unemployment is the lowest in more than two years.

    The May rate was listed as 8 percent, the lowest since December 2008’s rate of 7.2 percent. That rate is lower than the state and national unemployment numbers for May.

    Deputy Judge-Executive Jim Roberts said the rate stayed near 9 and 10 percent for about two years and began dropping steadily this year.

    The county’s January rate was 10.2 percent.

  • Judge enters plea of not guilty for Buggeland

    The only sound Erik Buggeland made at his Tuesday arraignment was a groan. He refused to speak, even when the judge asked him to enter a plea.

    When Buggeland remained silent with his hands pressed together and gaze focused on the floor, Judge Ken Howard turned to Buggeland’s attorney, James Gibson.

    “The plea is traditionally made by the defendant,” Gibson said. “Mr. Buggeland has not communicated with us to an extent that would make us comfortable entering a plea on his behalf.”

  • White Mills bridge repairs planned

    A resurrection of White Mills bridge is in the planning stages.

    State and county officials are developing a project to repair structural defects to the bridge that caused its sudden closure, but work probably won’t start until 2012, said Patty Dunaway, chief engineer for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 4 in Elizabethtown.

  • Photo: Honoring the fallen
  • Faces of Cancer project makes stop at HMH

    Most of the time when the word “cancer” appears in news reports it is followed by an onslaught of statistics that rarely makes the illness personal.

    But one exhibit travelling the Lincoln Trail Area Development District, consisting of Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties, is trying to change that. The exhibit intends on giving the dreaded “C” word a face and associate it with hope rather than despair.

  • Teddy bears being donated for Joplin relief

    An Elizabethtown woman wants to help comfort victims of a tornado that ripped apart much of Joplin, Mo.

    To do so, Becky Meredith hopes to send the embattled town about 300 teddy bears.

    “You still hear stories on the TV where people are still without their homes and children are still without some type of comfort, so I’m hoping a bear would bring some hope to them,” she said. “It’s something to hold on to when everything else seems to be falling apart.”