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Local News

  • Photo: Radcliff Fire Department completes driver safety training
  • E’town passes $57 million budget

    Councilman Ron Thomas said his concerns about the city’s $57.5 million 2011-12 budget have been quelled in the week since he challenged the plan and its use of reserve funds.

    Thomas voted Monday in favor of the budget, which passed 5-0. Councilman Marty Fulkerson was absent.

    The $57.5 million budget falls just under the $57.7 million plan approved last year and includes a $3.8 million deficit in the general fund that will be offset by reserves.

  • Rail construction near Fort Knox shutters trail systems

    Hikers hoping to test the trails at Bridges to the Past or Tioga Falls will have to put those plans on hold.

    The two trail systems in the Fort Knox area have closed and could remain restricted to the public for up to three years. The post is coordinating the closures with the Paducah & Louisville Railway as it makes repairs and upgrades to its rail network, which will create a maze of safety hazards.

  • Local mission group returns from tornado-devasted Alabama

    After a recent trip to tornado-stricken Alabama to deliver supplies, a local mission group is planning to return.

    The group from New Horizon Baptist Church in Glendale took a tractor trailer full of food, housewares, bed linens, water and a variety of other needed supplies to Webster’s Chapel, Ala., and saw first hand the devastation the recent outbreak of tornadoes had on the area.

  • Some 'bucket list' items more doable than others

    Staff report
    A Kentucky bucket list of things to do and see before you die, prepared by the Lexington Herald-Leader and published Monday in The News-Enterprise, included one prohibited activity.
    No. 14 on the list suggested visiting the U.S. Bullion Depository on Fort Knox and taking a picture to commemorate the occasion. But a mental snapshot would be more serviceable as photos are not allowed to be taken near the Gold Vault, said Kyle Hodges, a public information officer at Fort Knox.

  • Kentucky State Police receive new crime-scene truck

    The Kentucky State Police post in Elizabethtown received a new vehicle last week that will allow officers to process crime scenes more quickly.

    Capt. John Ward, commander of the KSP Elizabethtown post, visited Frankfort last Wednesday o pick up the Ford Super Duty Truck from Gov. Steve Beshear and KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer, according to a KSP news release.

    The truck is equipped with a utility bed and all the tools necessary to process a crime scene, including evidence gathering supplies, said Bruce Reeves, KSP public information officer.

  • E’town invests thousands in downtown acquisitions

    Elizabethtown City Council sent a statement Monday signifying it is serious about downtown redevelopment.

    The council voted to purchase three buildings for $240,000 and city officials said they believe the purchases will help the city take a significant step forward in creating life and interest in downtown.

  • Pitching in can change history

    One summer in the early ‘70s, two women and a storm that raked rural LaRue County changed how Lysa Stanton views history.

    The Ohio woman’s story begins with a car trip to her grandparents’ house in Russell Springs when she was no older than 10. Grandmother Bess, who loved to chat about the past, suggested that Stanton’s parents take the family to Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace in Hodgenville.

    This meant a two-hour-plus round trip and Stanton didn’t feel like going.

  • Radcliff’s sports angel dies

    Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall said it is practically impossible for a sports-minded kid in his community not to have been impacted by Tom Arflin.

    The 74-year-old Arflin, who less than two weeks ago was honored for his longtime dedication to the Radcliff youth sports scene, died Saturday night.

    Arflin was diagnosed with brain cancer in May and had undergone radiation treatment.

  • History at home: Rineyville property gives up a Civil War secret

    Cecilia resident Frank Taylor was sitting on the porch of a house he owns in Rineyville when he saw a sphere of rusted cast iron protruding from the ground.

    Suddenly, his thoughts switched from the damage he said previous tenants left in the house to a revelation: “That’s a cannonball.”

    The cast iron sphere of several inches in diameter Taylor dug up hasn’t been evaluated by experts, but he’s convinced that it’s a Civil War-era cannonball.