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  • New P.A. system approved for HMH

    The Hardin Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees approved a business plan Tuesday for a new public address system, which will be used to communicate emergency codes, communicate during emergencies and backup pagers and phones when needed.

    The Bogen Communications system will be purchased from Advanced Global Communications at $179,687, paid for out of money substituted from the capital budget after work on a cardiac catheterization lab came in under budget, according to assistant vice president and compliance officer Steve White.

  • Radcliff councilman says he is colon cancer free

    A Radcliff councilman diagnosed with liver and colon cancer in December returned to city council on Tuesday night after a brief hiatus.

    Don Shaw said doctors have removed the cancer from his colon but he continues undergoing chemotherapy treatments to combat liver cancer. The crowded chamber hall applauded as he announced his progress.

  • Ohio police net Hardin County escapee

    After four days on the run, an inmate who walked away from a work detail in Radcliff was captured Tuesday night in Fairborn, Ohio.

    Ryan C. Jones, 20, was located at 6:14 p.m. Tuesday at a Fairborn residence.

    Fairborn Police Sgt. Paul Hicks said another law enforcement agency asked the department to check the residence to see if Jones was there. He was arrested without incident.

    “It was pretty uneventful,” Hicks said.

    Jones was served a Kentucky warrant and is not facing any charges in Ohio, Hicks said.

  • Escapee captured in Ohio

    An inmate who walked away Friday from a work detail in Radcliff was captured Tuesday night in Greene County, Ohio.

    Ryan C. Jones, 20, was arrested around 6:14 p.m. by the Fairborn, Ohio, Police Department, Jailer Danny Allen said. He was lodged at the Greene County Jail less than 30 minutes later.

    Greene County is in the Dayton, Ohio, metropolitan area, Allen said. According to Kentucky State Police, Jones has ties to the area, and after his escape Friday, police in the Dayton area were notified.

  • Ekron man pleads guilty to charges of rape involving a minor

    A day after his jury trial was scheduled to begin, an Ekron man pleaded guilty Tuesday to multiple charges regarding repeated sexual contact with a minor.

    Edward E. Renfro, 23, pleaded guilty to four counts of third-degree rape and two counts of second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

    According to indictments, the contact occurred in 2011 in Elizabethtown with a girl who was younger than 16 at the time. Kentucky law sets the age of consent at 16.

    Forcible contact was not alleged.

  • Bad debt threatening hospital budget

    Hardin Memorial Hospital’s problems with bad debt continue and could derail its budget by fiscal year’s end.

    Officials revealed Tuesday the hospital is running a roughly $2.2 million budget deficit, which falls well below expectations and predictions it would be running a $713,000 surplus by the end of February. The hospital racked up around $162 million in costs during the first eight months of the fiscal year and less than $160 million in revenue.

  • Birth center hearing lands new venue

    The fourth day of testimony in the certificate of need hearing for a proposed birth center in Elizabethtown has a new venue.

    The hearing for the Visitation Birth & Family Wellness Center will resume at 8:30 a.m. March 26 at the First City Complex, 102 Athletic Drive, in Frankfort. The hearing was forced to change venues because the Kentucky Bar Association, where the previous testimony was heard, is unavailable.

  • HMH approves master facilities plan

    Hardin Memorial Health will add more private rooms and expand the size of its main campus on North Dixie Avenue over the next four to five years.

    The hospital’s Board of Trustees approved a master facilities plan Tuesday morning to increase the number of private suites available, renovate semi-private rooms into private quarters, upgrade its cancer care center by moving it offsite and renovate the emergency department.

  • United Way gives back to donors, volunteers

    Plaques, statues and turkey sandwiches were used to thank volunteers and donors Tuesday during the United Way of Central Kentucky’s annual event recognizing some community members who have dedicated large amounts of time, energy and resources toward the organization and its causes.

    Executive Director Christopher Wilborn said the event spotlights some of the people who make the United Way’s mission possible.

    “Our donors, our volunteers, our advocates are the lifeblood of our nonprofit organization,” he said.

  • Law enforcement warns motorists to watch out for motorcyclists

    As winter turns to spring, law enforcement officials are reminding motorists to be mindful of motorcyclists who typically hit the roadways when the weather warms.

    Because of a motorcycle’s size in comparison to other vehicles, they are difficult to spot. Police add it is hard to judge the speed and distance of an oncoming motorcycle.

    Nearly 40 percent of motorcycle wrecks involving another vehicle are caused by a passenger car turning left in front of a biker, according to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety.