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  • Wreck on Leitchfield Road injures two

    Two drivers were injured in an wreck on Leitchfield Road near the Hardin County-Grayson County line Tuesday morning.

    James Brewer of Big Clifty was traveling west when he began to fall asleep, according to a Kentucky State Police news release. His 2002 Kia drifted off the right shoulder.

    Brewer overcorrected and lost control, skidding sideways into the eastbound lane where a Ford Ranger, operated by Melissa Decker of Leitchfield, collided with his vehicle, police said.

  • Buggeland competency hearing postponed

    The News-Enterprise

    Erik Buggeland's competency hearing was postponed Tuesday.
    Buggeland is accused of killing his parents, Terje and Margaret Buggeland, last September in their home. He was found eight days later in Tennessee.

    Buggeland's competency hearing has been rescheduled for June 21.

  • Vine Grove might pass sex business ordinance

    Vine Grove officials are considering an ordinance regulating practices and alcohol sales for any sexually oriented businesses that might look to locate in the town.

    The city council listened Monday to the first reading of an ordinance that would, among other things, prohibit public nudity. It also would prohibit the sale of alcohol in sexually oriented businesses.

    The city’s current ordinance says only that the city reserves the right to pass ordinances related to such businesses.

  • Jessie pleads guilty, faces up to 35 years

    Though the Circuit Courtroom 1 at Hardin County Justice Center was bustling with people Tuesday morning, it was silent and largely empty that afternoon  when Brandon Lee Jessie pleaded guilty to murder.

    \On June 6, 2010, Jessie was driving a stolen Mitsubishi Outlander as he fled police and ran a red light at the Ky. 313 and U.S. 31W intersection. Jessie’s vehicle crashed into another car — killing its driver, James Fentress of Elizabethtown. In the course of the crash, a third vehicle was struck. Its passengers were injured, but survived.

  • ETCB to give $100,000 to Veterans Tribute

    Nearly two months after organizers of the Hardin County Veterans Tribute asked the Elizabethtown Tourism Commission for a $100,000 donation, tourism officials have agreed to support the venture.

    The Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau included $25,000 toward the Veterans Tribute in its 2011-12 fiscal year budget. The $2.9 million budget was approved last week and must receive final approval from Elizabethtown City Council before the donation can be finalized.

  • Barnes, Pierce receive five years probation for role in shootout

    Two men involved of in a drug deal turned shootout in Elizabethtown last May were sentenced to five years probation each Tuesday.

    Courtney Pierce and Phillip Jharrell Barnes, both of Louisville, each received 10 years for attempted robbery among other charges. Both received five years probation in Hardin County.

    As part of their probation, Pierce and Barnes cannot leave Hardin County without approval from their probation officers. They must be employed within 60 days and undergo substance-abuse treatment.

  • Vine Grove budget changes postponed

    Vine Grove will enter the next fiscal year with a budget identical to the one it is currently using, but it might not stay that way.

    The city council approved by consensus Monday allowing the budget that begins July 1 to automatically be identical to the current budget because a new one hasn’t been passed. Council members later will amend the budget to make necessary changes.

    Mayor Blake Proffitt said Vine Grove can do that because it is a fourth-class city.

    Cities must have their budgets in place by June 30.

  • Vine Grove looking at erosion grant

    Vine Grove has the opportunity to accept a grant of nearly $6,200 from the Natural Resources Conservation Service to repair emergency problems resulting from the erosion that April storms caused to Rose Creek.

    Mayor Blake Proffitt said the erosion exposed some service lines and parts of manholes. Problem areas need to be covered in ductile iron to prevent sewer lines from busting.

    To qualify for the grant, the city must supply about $1,800. That entire amount must be spent in 10 days because it is meant to fix the emergency problems.

  • E'town to amend scrap metal ordinance

    Elizabethtown city officials are in the process of tweaking an ordinance regulating purchases made by junk, secondhand and scrap metal dealers through the Leads Online database, which can be accessed by the Elizabethtown Police Department as a tool to locate stolen items.

    Elizabethtown City Council approved the first reading of an amended ordinance after city officials met with some dealers, who suggested the changes to make the ordinance more business friendly.

  • Photo: Hunting for a leak