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  • Tim Moore chastises House inaction on Medicaid vetoes

    State Rep. Tim Moore said he is disappointed with the House’s failure to join the Senate in returning to Frankfort last week to review a series of line-item vetoes proposed by Gov. Steve Beshear on a compromise budget plan passed by the General Assembly.

    Moore, an Elizabethtown Republican, was one of few members of the House who returned to the session to consider overriding a series of vetoes considered by the governor. The House adjourned for the year March 24 and did not return when the Senate reconvened.

  • Towne Commons building toward November finish

    In the shadow of Towne Mall, construction crews are hard at work.

    Lying between North Dixie Avenue and Veterans Way is the advent of a 92-unit apartment complex known as Towne Commons, a project expected to be finished by Nov. 1, said Chris Dischinger, co-owner of Louisville-based LDG Development.

  • Police say after shooting neighbor, accused dialed 911

    A police citation says the suspect in Thursday afternoon's fatal shooting called 911 to notify police.

    A 36-year-old woman was shot and killed in her home on Bardstown Road at approximately 4:45 p.m. Thursday. Kentucky State Police arrested her next-door neighbor, 24-year-old Joshua Norman Hines, and lodged him in the Hardin County Detention Center.

    The state police citation filed at the jail says Hines "called 911 and advised dispatch that he had shot his neighbor and believed she was dead."

  • USA Cares to offer aid if soldier pay disrupted

    With the potential for a federal government shutdown looming and the possible disruption of military pay, a local charity is urging military families to take precautions in advance.

    Officials with Radcliff-based USA Cares said Thursday the organization is ready to help with unmet needs that arise for military families because of a shutdown. Executive Director Bill Nelson said the organization is open to starting an emergency fund for essentials such as food and transportation costs.

  • Former teacher indicted on sex charges

    Former Central Hardin High School teacher Steven Blake Gray has been indicted by a Hardin County grand jury for alleged sexual relationships with two students.

    Gray, 28, was indicted in March on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. He was arrested in December for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old student multiple times, as well as accusations that he had a sexual encounter with a 16-year-old student.

  • Photos: A Day at the park
  • Area conservationist earns award

    Named as Kentucky’s Outstanding Service Forester, Steve Gray of Vine Grove has loved the outdoors since he was a boy.

    He collected rocks on his own and camped and learned to read a topographic map as a member of the Boy Scouts.

    By the time he graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in forestry, he learned to identify tree species by name.

    It wasn’t out of character for Gray to take a job with the Kentucky Division of Forestry 30 years ago.

  • Arby's moves out of Towne Mall, new eateries coming

    Since the departure of Arby’s from Towne Mall, only Fergus Mor delicatessen and The Cookie Store remain in the food court.

    Arby’s representatives refused to comment on why the business moved out of Towne Mall. Businesses such as Arby’s have to progress with their own business plans, said Tee Masaniai, Towne Mall property manager.

    “We’re not concerned at all,” he said. “It’s not a hit for the mall.”

  • Potential federal shutdown could be felt locally

    The impact of a possible government shutdown could have an affect locally, but most regionally-located national institutions aren’t sure what those effects will be.

    The National Park System would close for the time being in the event of a shutdown, according to a statement from NPS spokesman David Barna. That would affect the Lincoln Birthplace park in Hodgenville and Mammoth Cave in Cave City.

    That could impact spring break plans, but it could have a ripple effect beyond the parks.

  • Tribute organizers seek money from tourism

    Organizers of the Hardin County Veterans Tribute believe the memorial will emerge as a premier tourist attraction in Elizabethtown and requested a $100,000 donation from the local tourism commission.

    Gary Broadway, Rich Griendling and Rik Hawkins approached the commission on Wednesday asking for $100,000 to fund the tribute, which will be placed in a proposed Elizabethtown Nature Park off Ring Road.