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  • Bank renews foreclosure suit against Pine Valley

    Homeowners near Pine Valley Golf Resort hope to save the golf course as its owners, Pine Valley Country Club Inc., again are locked into foreclosure proceedings.

    South Central Bank of Hardin County renewed its foreclosure suit against Pine Valley Country Club Inc. in an effort to collect money it argues it is owed. The suit describes two loans in default of nearly $3 million taken out by the company in 2002 and a third loan in 2003 by Club Pro Products for $700,000.

  • Magnolia man seeks reduced sentence

    A man convicted of manslaughter in the 2007 shooting death of his former stepdaughter has requested another court hearing.

    David McFarland, 47, of Magnolia, claims he was a victim of domestic abuse and should be exempt from the requirement that he serve 85 percent of his 18-year sentence, according to court records.

    If his request is granted by LaRue Circuit Court, he could be eligible to serve only 20 percent of his sentence.

  • Forecasters say be on alert today

    Heavy rain fell across much of Kentucky this morning as the entire region was placed under a severe thunderstorm watch.

    In addition to widespread showers, the storm front carrries embedded thunderstorms. Gusty winds, frequent lightning strikes, torrential rain and small hail have been reported to the National Weather Service.

    The entire region has a 100 percent chance of rain today. The Kentucky Mesonet weather reporting station for Hardin County recorded 1.26 inches of rain Tuesday and measured another three-fourths of an inch by noon today.

  • HMH 'not alarmed' by slight first quarter shortfall

    Hardin Memorial Hospital faces a small revenue shortfall for the first four months of the fiscal year, but HMH President and CEO Dennis Johnson said the shortfall is a minor bump rather than a cause for a concern.

    The $300,000 shortfall briefly was discussed Tuesday morning during a monthly financial report given by Johnson during the HMH Board of Trustees meeting, in which Johnson said volume fluctuations common to many hospitals have led to the revenue lull.

  • Turkey gobbling up more cash

    Turkey prices are expected to increase a little nationwide, along with other foods for traditional Thanksgiving meals.
    The cost is not expected to affect Hardin County as much as other areas.

    The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 26th annual price survey of such items listed an increase of about 13 percent for the cost of a classic Thanksgiving meal, including turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and trimmings.

  • Defense wants to relocate trial of former Central Hardin teacher

    With a jury trial scheduled to begin in less than two weeks, defense attorneys for former Central Hardin High School teacher Steven Gray filed several motions Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court, including requests for a change of venue and a new judge.

    Gray, 29, was fired last November after Hardin County Schools received an anonymous phone tip alleging the teacher engaged in sexual contact with more than one female student. He was arrested in December and charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

  • Lincoln birthplace memorial celebrates centennial

    Rabbi Joseph Rapport opened a prayer by saying five score years ago the first memorial to President Abraham Lincoln was created.

    The structure loomed behind the man as he led a prayer beginning a ceremony observing the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial Monday at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park near Hodgenville.

  • E'town nixes distance restrictions on liquor stores

    Elizabethtown city officials agreed Monday to stay away from location restrictions and distance requirements concerning package liquor stores.

    The Elizabethtown City Council reached the conclusion as it discussed last-minute changes to an ordinance outlining new alcohol regulations, which is set for a second and final reading on Nov. 21.

    City Attorney D. Dee Shaw once again discouraged the city from placing any location restrictions in the ordinance at the suggestion of the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

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  • December court date set for Hines' trial

    The next court date against Joshua Hines, who is accused of killing his neighbor, is less than three weeks away after he was ruled competent to stand trial in October.

    Hines, 24, is accused in the shooting death of his neighbor, Toni M. Ballard, in April. Police say Hines called 911 and informed the operator he shot his neighbor and might have killed her. He also told investigators the revolver recovered from his home was the murder weapon.

    A competency hearing began in the case in September and was continued Oct. 28.