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  • Relocation redux: Fiscal Court to cast another vote on Ring Road move

    Hardin Fiscal Court will cast a direct vote Tuesday on relocating county offices from downtown Elizabethtown to property near Ring Road after an attorney accused county officials of violating open meetings regulations.

    In a letter he delivered Thursday to county government, Ben Humphries claims Fiscal Court did not provide proper notice of a time change for its Feb. 26 voting meeting, which moved from 3:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. so officials could attend a memorial service for longtime Planning Director Chris Hunsinger.

  • Louisville fans see red

    The Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball team’s second consecutive trip to the Final Four and potential to snag a third national title had fans in Elizabethtown flaunting their Cardinal pride Saturday evening as the team took the court in Atlanta against the Wichita State Shockers.

    After Louisville guard Kevin Ware’s gruesome leg injury during the Elite Eight game against the Duke Blue Devils, the team and its fan base mobilized in an emotional show of support. Local fans expressed a desire to win it for Ware.

  • Late night fire destroys Vine Grove home

    A Hardin County man is picking up the pieces after losing the majority of his belongings in a late night fire on Rogersville Road in the Vine Grove area.

    Vine Grove Fire Department responded to a call about a structure fire just after midnight Saturday at 2173 Rogersville Road, the cause of which still is under investigation, Fire Chief Steve New said.

  • Man dead after LaRue County fire

    A LaRue County man is dead after his mobile home burned Saturday afternoon near the Mount Sherman area in LaRue County. The man’s name has not been released. 

    Buffalo and Magnolia fire departments responded to the scene approximately 10 miles southeast of Hodgenville.

    The LaRue County Herald News reported a number of animals were in the home at the time of the fire. The newspaper reported Saturday evening that investigators still were on the scene.

  • Flaherty man charged with attempted murder

    A Flaherty man has been charged with attempted murder after police say a domestic dispute escalated to violence.

    Kentucky State Police said Jackie Cook, 51, of Flaherty, shot his estranged wife, Magdalena Cook, 47, of Vine Grove, Friday afternoon at 2260 Rabbit Run Road in the Flaherty area. KSP received a call for assistance on the shooting from the Meade County Sheriff’s Office at 3:08 p.m, according to a KSP news release.

    The shots were fired during an argument.

  • Woman shot in her Flaherty home

    A 51-year-old Flaherty resident was arrested and accused of shooting his estranged wife.

    Kentucky State Police report that Jackie Cook surrendered after a brief standoff with police and was taken into custody Friday without incident. He is charged with attempted murder related to domestic violence. According to police, additional charges may be filed.

  • Fire watch: Weather Service issues warning for Saturday

    A fire weather watch issued by the National Weather Service covers Hardin, Meade, LaRue and several adjacent counties in Kentucky.

    It will be in effect from Saturday afternoon through Saturday evening because of gusty winds and a forecast of low relative humidity, which could trigger fire outbreaks.

    The Kentucky area covered generally is north of the Blue Grass and Western Kentucky parkways and stretches into southern Indiana. Grayson, Bullitt, Breckinridge and Nelson also are covered by the alert.

  • Fort Knox releases name of shooting victim

    Fort Knox officials have identified Wednesday's shooting victim as Lloyd R. Gibert, 51, of Elizabethtown.

    Gibert was a human resources specialist with the U.S. Army Human Resource's Command Field Artillery Branch Officer Personnel Management Directorate on Fort Knox, according to a news release. He had been assigned to that command since January 2004.

    Officials also confirmed Sgt. Marquinta E. Jacobs, 36, of Radcliff as the shooting suspect. He will be charged with murder, according to federal court documents.

  • Tarafa found competent to stand trial

    Despite a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder, an Elizabethtown man charged in a fatal shooting at Memorial Apartments last June was found competent to stand trial.

    Robert J. Tarafa, 26, was arrested June 9 in connection to the shooting death of Frank Knapp, 32. According to Elizabethtown Police, the two men were involved in an argument that ended when Tarafa shot Knapp multiple times.

  • Health department to sell home health branch

    Lincoln Trail District Health Department is looking to relinquish its home health services to an outside entity.

    Director Linda Sims said the health department’s board has approved a request for proposals to find a buyer for the department’s service branch, which has become unsustainable as reimbursements shrink and costs surge.

    “It’s a decision we felt we had to make,” she said.