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  • Hodgenville mayor, city clerk indicted

    Hodgenville Mayor Terry L. Cruse, 56, and City Clerk MaDonna Hornback, 52, were each indicted Monday by a LaRue County grand jury.

    Cruse is facing nine counts of abuse of public trust; one count of theft by unlawful taking; two counts of campaign contribution restrictions/expense limits; and two counts of second-degree forgery.

    Hornback was charged with 54 counts of abuse of public trust; and one count of theft by unlawful taking.

    Bond was set at $9,500 cash or property.

  • Stories from the Heartland: Christmas construction gets creative at HMH


    The News-Enterprise

    Food is the root of many Christmas traditions. And one root in particular, the ginger root, is especially embraced this time of year as folks celebrate the season with gingerbread houses.

    This year Hardin Memorial Hospital’s employee appreciation committee used the time-honored tradition to stir some competition among departments. Charged with crafting entirely edible projects, employees framed up some creative buildings. There were 10 in all.

  • Prather to receive honorary degree from U of L

    Former state Senator and Transportation Secretary Joe Prather will be honored this week by the university for which he has been a steadfast advocate for years.

    The University of Louisville is bestowing the honorary degree of doctor of public service upon Prather during Thursday’s commencement ceremony, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville.

  • Troop 600 advances first four Eagle Scouts

    Rineyville Boy Scout Troop 600 advanced its first class of Eagle Scouts last weekend after the teenagers dedicated service projects to the improvement of Rineyville Community Ballpark.

    Noah Childress, 14; Nicholas Clark, 15; Ryan McQuillin, 14; and Xavier Thomas, 14; earned scouting’s highest rank Saturday evening during a ceremony Scoutmaster Tracy Childress called special.

  • Local cheer squads fall short at state

    Three local cheerleading squads fell short in their bids to capture a state title this weekend, but their coaches said the performances showed growth and the experience was rewarding.

    Central Hardin, LaRue County and Elizabethtown high schools advanced to the KHSAA Competitive Cheer State Championships on Saturday at Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena in Lexington after winning the coed, all-girl medium and all-girl large varsity divisions, respectively, Wednesday during the KHSAA Competitive Cheer 5th Region Championships at Central Hardin High School.

  • KSP looking for teen

    Kentucky State Police say they are looking into the disappearance of an Elizabethtown teen.
    Trooper Jeff Gregory, spokesman for KSP Post 4, said the family of Kristina West,  15, a student at Central Hardin High School, filed a missing person report Sunday after discovering Kristina was not in their home.
    The family told KSP the teen disappeared some time between midnight and 5:30 a.m. Sunday.
    Anyone with information is asked to call KSP at 270-766-5078. 

  • Weather doesn't wilt wreath-laying ceremony

    Radcliff resident Deborah Williams saw the dreary forecast and feared rain would dampen turnout for the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central.

    “I burned Facebook up trying to get people here,” she said with a laugh.

  • Man's body located a week after his death

    The body of a missing Elizabethtown man whose 2001 Pontiac van was found unoccupied on northbound Interstate 65 last week was discovered Friday several hundred feet south from where the automobile stopped.

    Brooks Weiland Hohenstein, 54, disappeared Dec. 6 and his van was found tangled in cable median barrier in the northbound lanes of I-65, said Trooper Jeff Gregory, KSP Post 4 spokesman. A search of the area yielded no trace of the driver and the car initially was ruled an abandoned vehicle, he said.

  • Downtown events capture Christmas spirit

    Elizabethtown canceled its annual Christmas parade and outdoor tree lighting ceremony Saturday evening, but residents who traveled downtown earlier in the day were not drained of their holiday spirit.

    Several indoor activities went off without a hitch, including the Brown-Pusey House’s traditional Santa’s Workshop.

    For $3 a person, children, parents and grandparents were swept away into a laboratory of their own design, where they could craft Christmas cards, ornaments and candles accompanied by a hearty Christmas atmosphere.

  • Death of a serial killer: James Ray Cable

    A convicted serial killer and rapist who left his mark in LaRue and surrounding counties 23 years ago, died Dec. 3 in prison.

    James Ray Cable, 65, was serving a 300-year sentence at La Grange Penitentiary for the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl, according to the Department of Corrections.