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  • Post 4 logs nearly 10,000 hours in September

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 issued more than 2,000 citations in September and opened more than 60 criminal cases.

    According to a news release, the Post 4 staff logged more than 9,972 hours and issued a total of 2,191 citations during September.

    Those included citing 980 drivers for speeding, 191 for failing to wear a seatbelt and five for failing to use a child restraint, according to the post.

    Troopers removed 66 impaired drivers from the roadways and investigated 88 wrecks, police said.

  • Ninth annual animal blessing Saturday

    St. Christopher Catholic Church will be a sanctuary for the furry and fuzzy this weekend.

    The parish’s ninth annual Blessing of Animals ceremony is at 10 a.m. Saturday in front of the Parish Life Center on Wilson Road in Radcliff, where the church will bestow blessings on pets and other animals to reflect the glory of God and pray for God’s protection over them, said the Rev. Dennis Cousens.

  • Former soldier hits highway to battle military suicides

    The itinerary for former U.S. Army Capt. Brian Kinsella is long and hard, but one he views as necessary to thwart a growing rate of military suicides.

    Kinsella is riding cross country from the state of Washington to New York City to meet with soldiers, veterans and senior military leaders and spread the word about Stop Soldier Suicide, a civilian not-for-profit organization dedicated to curbing the number of service men and women who take their own lives.

  • Teens caused $10,000 in damage during East Hardin break-in

    Three Hardin County teens face burglary charges after they allegedly broke into East Hardin Middle School over the weekend, causing an estimated $10,000 in damage, police say.

    Two suspects are juveniles while Christopher Blaine, 18, of Glendale, was lodged at Hardin County Detention Center and later released on an unsecured bond Sunday night.

    All three face charges of second-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief, said Norman Chaffins, spokesman for Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown.

  • Vine Grove lending library opens

    Tuesday night was a relief and moment of pride for members of the Vine Grove Women’s Club.

    A lending library promoted and organized by the club became available to the public during an open house in the room where the library is housed.

    The opening came about a year and a half after councilwoman  and club member Donna Betson announced club members were collecting donations for a free library housed in City Hall on West Main Street.

    She wants the library to promote reading and community interaction.

  • Power restored after extensive outage

    Nolin RECC lost electricity for about an hour Tuesday night and thousands of its customers in Radcliff, Vine Grove, Rineyville and areas around Elizabethtown were without service. Sections of Meade County also lost power after a main transmission line went down.

    Customers began to report restored electricity around 9:15 p.m.

    The service area impacted more than 33,000 Nolin customers.

    Some Kentucky Utilities customers also were impacted.

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  • Series of wrecks creates confusion on I-65

    A series of wrecks Monday on a two-mile stretch of Interstate 65 temporarily shut down southbound lanes and created some confusion for emergency personnel.

    Bob Hammonds, director of Hardin County’s 911 center, said dispatchers received a “multitude of calls” regarding wrecks on the interstate between 4 and 4:30 p.m. Monday. Callers reported the wrecks were anywhere from mile-markers 94 to 100.

    “It got a little crazy,” Hammonds said.

  • Vine Grove considers property tax increase

    Vine Grove residents could pay a few more dollars than last year in property taxes.

    City Council members approved the first reading of a proposed ordinance Monday night that would increase the rate for real property from 16.7 cents per $100 of taxable property to 17.1 cents.

    That would mean a tax increase of about $3.20 for a house valued at $80,000, $10 for a $250,000 home and $20 for a $500,000 residence.

    The rates would be for the 2013 fiscal year on all taxable property according to its 2012 assessed value.

  • Elizabethtown summer concert attendance down

    Attendance for Elizabethtown’s summer concert at Freeman Lake Park was down Friday, but Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn said the cover bands were fantastic and those who attended had a great time.

    Rain showers hounded the city most of the day and appeared to dissuade some who may have purchased tickets at the gate, city officials said.

    “The rain hurt us,” Mayor Tim Walker said.

    The park was muddy in spots, Walker said, but the entertainment was top notch.