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  • 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.”

  • Pfc. Kenneth Snow receives hero's welcome

    Pfc. Kenneth Snow received an unexpected greeting Saturday once his plane touched down in Louisville.

    The Iraq War veteran had returned from a year overseas — his first deployment — and made it home to celebrate the Fourth of July with his family.

  • A double dose of freedom

    Two Hardin County churches kept Independence Day traditions alive Sunday, rolling out campus wide festivals celebrating America’s history.

    The fellowship started in Radcliff at Gloryland Harvest Church’s annual Freedom Day Festival. Country music washed over the church grounds while the smell of barbecue wafted through the air and eager kids sought challengers to target their shields with a water balloon slingshot. Kids frantically bounced off the walls of inflatable houses.

  • Infant’s death under investigation

    Kentucky State Police detectives are investigating the death of a 4-week-old baby.

    Hardin County 911 was called to a  West Point home at 2:24 p.m. Saturday after a report of an unresponsive infant.

    The child was taken by EMS to Jewish Southwest in Louisville where she was pronounced dead.

    EMS and West Point Police responded to the scene.

    KSP spokesman Trooper Bruce Reeves said an autopsy was scheduled for Sunday.

    The girl’s name has not been released.