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  • HMH approves incentives-laden health plan

    Hardin Memorial Health employees now have a few hundred reasons to improve their health.

    HMH’s Board of Trustees approved the 2014 employee health benefits plan Tuesday that is heavy on incentives and could reduce an employee’s premiums by as much as $400 throughout the year.

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  • Pastor finds father after 38 years

    Jimmy Squires was about 18 years old when his father headed to his truck and said he was going to make an insurance payment.

    In the 38 years that followed, the man never returned to his Louisville home.

    “We didn’t know anything,” he said.

    The disappearance was devastating, and law enforcement couldn’t find him, Jimmy Squires said.

    “We thought something might have happened or somebody might have mugged him,” he said. “We didn’t know what happened because he and my mother never fought.”

  • Task force addresses degree completion for military families

    A state education work group is looking to ease the road to degree completion for military families.

    Five recommendations to increase college enrollment and completion among military spouses recently were presented to the Council on Postsecondary Education by the Postsecondary Education Work Group to the Military Spouse Task Force of Kentucky. The recommendations are in draft form and later will be presented to the task force.

    The five draft recommendations are:

  • E’town votes to sell water system

    Elizabethtown officially is getting out of the water business.

    City Council voted 5-1 Monday to develop an agreement to transfer ownership of Elizabethtown’s water treatment and distribution system to Hardin County Water District No. 2 as the majority of the legislative body expressed a reluctance to shed the service.

    With rate increases expected to come regardless of their action, most said it is the most prudent course.

  • E'town approves property tax rates

    With the economy still sputtering, Elizabethtown joined Hardin County government in holding its property tax rates flat this year.

    Elizabethtown City Council voted Monday to accept the recommended real and personal property tax rate of 11.6 cents per $100 of assessed value. The city has held the rate steady for several years.

    The council also adopted an ordinance keeping the tax rate at 11.6 cents per $100 of assessed value for motor vehicles and watercraft and kept the franchise tax rate at 0.025 percent for all eligible bank deposits.

  • Man wanted for arson arrested in Bullitt County

    A man wanted in connection to a Sept. 8 fire at an Elizabethtown residence was arrested Monday afternoon in Lebanon Junction.

    Justin Ray Cothern, 27, of Shepherdsville is charged with second-degree arson for his alleged role in a blaze at 603 Gallery Place. Nobody was injured in the fire, which was near the Black History Gallery off East Dixie Avenue.

    Cothern was arrested by the Lebanon Junction Police Department and is lodged at the Bullitt County Detention Center. Bond information was not available Monday afternoon.

  • Autumn Daze supports playground for second year

    The 53rd annual Autumn Daze features  events focused on raising money for the “Fun for Everyone” playground again this year.

    The annual festival at Optimist Park on Knox Avenue in Vine Grove featured the effort for the first time last fall after Rachel Ritchie, a student at Vine Grove Elementary School, approached the community’s city council members with an idea of creating a playground where all children can play together, including those who have disabilities.

  • Jury recommends 30 years for Goodman

    Since Oct. 27, Carolyn Edelen has stopped going to work early at her store, Carolyn’s Corner in Big Spring. She does not feel safe anymore, she said.

    Jason Matz said a thunderstorm causes him to relive the horror of that October morning when a man entered his home and shot him twice during a struggle over a gun.

    Matz’s fiancee, Carol Pullen, said she can’t stay in the couple’s residence on Rineyville-Big Springs Road when Matz isn’t there. She doesn’t feel at ease.

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