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  • Grand jury returns 50 indictments in January

    During the first month of 2012, the Hardin County grand jury returned 50 indictments, more than half of which involved drugs.

    The grand jury indicted 27 with drug-related charges. Of those, 18 involved methamphetamine and 13 involved more than one drug.

    Leading the indictments was Belinda Rae Martin, an Elizabethtown woman accused of receiving stolen property taken from the Buffalo residence where Kristie L. Allen was found dead Dec. 30, 2011.

    Martin, 26, was indicted with receiving stolen property more than $500.

  • Photo: Working high and low
  • Attorney requests to revisit bond in JC Penney arson case

    Defense counsel for the former JC Penney employee accused of starting multiple fires in the Elizabethtown department store asked Judge Ken Howard to consider a partially secured bond and home incarceration for the defendant Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Janice M. Coolidge, 23, is charged with two counts of first-degree arson, two counts of criminal attempt to commit first-degree arson, two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and one count of second-degree terroristic threatening.

  • Emergency shelter plans progress in Vine Grove

    Bids for a tornado shelter in Vine Grove could be accepted as early as this spring with construction beginning soon after that.

    Mayor Blake Proffitt told city council members during a Monday night meeting that officials are looking for an architect and a structural engineer for the project.

    He said he has spoken to one potential bidder and another has contacted him. He plans to receive proposals from them.

    The structural engineer could be more important to the project than the architect because the shelter has to withstand winds as strong as 250 MPH.

  • City pursuing FEMA grant to acquire flood-prone property

    Elizabethtown City Council on Monday authorized a resolution regarding a grant application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the acquisition and demolition of a flood-prone property at 102 Severns St.

    Robert Bush, director of stormwater management, said the city has asked for around $80,000, which would require a match of a little more than $10,000 from the city. The grant, if awarded, would cover the cost of acquisition and demolition as well as other expenses, such as testing for asbestos and restoring the lot, Bush said.

  • Surburbia closes in on the farm
  • Alcohol servers could face monetary, criminal repercussions for selling to minors

    With alcohol now on store shelves in Hardin County’s three largest cities, store employees not only could face license revocation or suspension but also a fine and a misdemeanor charge if caught serving to minors.

    “As a cashier selling liquor, you can get in a lot of trouble selling to a minor or an intoxicated person,” said Bruce Blevins, store manager at E.W. James & Sons Supermarket in Elizabethtown. “You could be held liable if that person drives off and kills someone.”

  • Judge grants dismissal of charges against ex-teacher

    Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton granted the prosecutor’s motion Wednesday to dismiss the indictment against Steven Gray, the former Central Hardin High School teacher accused of having sexual contact with two female students and scolded the local commonwealth’s attorney.

    Though the judge ultimately approved the motion, he identified in a written order several problems with both the statute the former teacher was accused of violating and the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office’s presentation of its case.

  • City audit finds weaknesses in financial reporting but no major deficiencies

    An independent audit revealed the city of Elizabethtown is fiscally sound but provided guidance on how the city and the Elizabethtown Airport Board could improve weaknesses found in financial reporting.

    Brian Woosley, a certified public accountant with Stiles, Carter & Associates P.S.C., presented a summary of the audit findings to the Elizabethtown City Council on Monday during its voting meeting.

  • Empty Bowls event today helps feed hungry

    Warm Blessings is known for filling the plates of people in need.

    But those who visit the organization’s building Saturday on East Dixie Avenue in Elizabethtown will leave with empty bowls.

    A handmade, ceramic bowl is given to anyone who makes a $15 donation to the organization during the Empty Bowls fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m.

    Other donations are accepted.