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  • One date, one judge, two trials

    The high-profile court cases of Conner Galenski and Jeffrey M. Farmer and Christin Nicole Dague are set to go to jury trial Oct. 10.

    However, with Judge Kelly Mark Easton and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Heather Paynter tied to both cases, one will have to wait.

    “We’ll have to decide which trial will go first,” Easton said Tuesday during a pre-trial conference.

    Louisville teen Galenski is one of three teenagers accused in the 2010 slaying of Mackenzie Smyser, 18.

  • Under Construction: St. James School

    Under Construction appears Thursdays on the Money page to highlight building projects around the area.

    What is it? St. James School
    Location: RobinBrooke Boulevard in Elizabethtown
    Lot Size: 50 acres. School is expected to be about 70,000 square feet
    Completion Date: Fall of 2012
    Cost: About $10.5 million 

  • County to put clamp on scrap

    County government has joined several local cities in building up defenses against criminals looking to steal items and dispose of them at businesses’ doorsteps for a quick buck.

    Hardin Fiscal Court heard first reading Tuesday of an ordinance requiring detailed registration of items purchased by junk, secondhand and scrap metal dealers.

    The law already is in effect in Elizabethtown and Vine Grove. Radcliff is in the process of finalizing its ordinance.

  • E'town man sentenced in federal court

    An Elizabethtown man has been sentenced to 41 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for making threatening communications with the intent to injure a Hardin County Social Services worker, a Constituent Services employee from the Kentucky Governor’s Office and two foster care parents.

    Anthony J. Gambino, 45, pleaded guilty June 7 to a 12-count indictment. The sentencing was announced last Monday in U.S. District Court in Louisville.

  • Bus crash survivors opposed to alcohol sales

    Carrollton bus crash survivors lent their voices Tuesday to the opposition of expanded alcohol sales.

    Lincoln Trail Baptist Church and two survivors of the 1988 Carrollton bus crash held a news conference opposing the pursuit of expanded alcohol sales in Hardin County. A special election to vote on the issue is Oct. 4.

    The news conference was held at the memorial for the Carrollton crash at North Hardin Memorial Gardens. About 40 people, along with Louisville news crews, attended including students from Hardin Christian Academy and Bible Baptist Church.

  • Radcliff backs plan for amphitheater

    Radcliff City Council authorized a plan to place an amphitheater at City Park North.

    Dale Painter, director of building and special projects coordinator for the city, presented the idea this week to the council based on years of work and research.

    Mayor J.J. Duvall has made quality of life a chief component of his administration by boosting the level of community events. He said the amphitheater would make City Park North a more attractive venue for future activities, such as concerts.

  • Coke items on the auction block
  • Bus crash survivors against expanding alcohol sales

    As the Oct. 4 elections approach, two survivors of the deadly Carrollton bus crash will speak out today against expanded alcohol sales.

    A news conference in opposition of expanded alcohol sales is set for 10:30 a.m. today at the crash memorial alongside North Hardin Memorial Gardens on South Logsdon Parkway in Radcliff.

    Lincoln Trail Baptist Church organized the event in conjunction with the Hardin County Christian Coalition, said Tim Miller, a staff member at the church. He estimated the event would be 45 minutes to an hour long.

  • KET attempting to capture essence of Elizabethtown

    Kentucky Educational Television director and producer Tom Bickel’s favorable impression of Elizabethtown grew Monday morning as he arrived to shoot film at the Elizabethtown City Cemetery.

    Anxious to record a piece of Elizabethtown’s Civil War history, Bickel was seeking out a cannon credited for the cannonball blast famous around the city.

    Bickel was met by a man who was mowing the cemetery. After learning of Bickel’s intentions, the man hurriedly grabbed his equipment and cleaned the area around the cannon.

  • Vine Grove discusses unification commission

    Vine Grove City Council members are concerned unification could take away some of the small-town identity and voice they value.

    Most still didn’t shut down Hardin County United representatives Ken Howard, Hardin circuit judge and HCU governance committee head, and Luke Schmidt, the consultant who conducted a unified government study.

    The men spoke Monday during a city council meeting about an initiative to form a commission that would determine how a unified county government would operate.