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  • E'town man pleads guilty to rape of mentally disabled teen

    A 48-year-old Elizabethtown man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that he had sex with a mentally disabled teen.

    Appearing in Hardin Circuit Court, Vincent E. Mason pleaded guilty to second-degree rape and two counts of third-degree rape. Forcible contact was not alleged.

    The victim, who is mentally incapable of consent, was younger than 16 when the encounters occurred between November 2010 and May 2012, according to the indictment.

  • Communicare therapist receives state award

    The service of a local therapist first garnered the attention of a Heartland Elementary School employee and, now, of the entire state.

  • Donkey basketball raises money for school playground

    Sweat stood on Matt Treadway’s head and neck after one of the most strenuous 10 minutes of basketball he ever had played.

    He often moved the ball up and down the court to evade defenders and sink shots, but Monday night was the first time he had done so while dragging a straining donkey behind him.

  • E'town doctor, ex-wife plead guilty to federal charges

    An Elizabethtown cardiologist and his ex-wife pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to federal charges involving harboring an undocumented Bolivian national for financial gain.

    Dr. Javier Arce, 59, pleaded guilty to failing to report knowledge of a felony to the proper authorities. His former wife, Cristina Mier Arce, 56, pleaded guilty to harboring for financial gain.

  • Locals support census amendment

    The U.S. Senate this week backed a mechanism to better document the residences of deployed service members.

    An amendment introduced by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to the National Defense Authorization Act passed the Senate on Monday, directing the U.S. Census Bureau to count deployed service members at the residence of their last duty station.

    Local officials expressed support for the amendment Tuesday, saying it would more accurately reflect a community’s population.

  • Elizabethtown Sports Park wins state marketing award

    Elizabethtown tourism officials poured time and money into promoting the Elizabethtown Sports Park, and those efforts are paying off less than six months after its grand opening.

    The park recently was honored with a first-place Traverse Award from the Kentucky Travel Industry Association during its annual conference in Bowling Green.

  • E'town doctor, former wife plead guilty to federal charges

    An Elizabethtown cardiologist and his ex-wife pleaded guilty late Monday in U.S. District Court to charges related to the harboring of an undocumented Bolivian national for financial gain.

    Dr. Javier Arce, 59, pleaded guilty to failure to report knowledge of a felony to proper authorities, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Western District of Kentucky.

    Arce's former wife, Cristina Mier Arce, 56, pleaded guilty to harboring for financial gain, according to U.S. Attorney's Office.

  • Elizabethtown police officer removed from duty

    An Elizabethtown police officer has been terminated pending an appeal hearing before the city’s civil service commission.

    Officer James Richardson was suspended Nov. 26 with pay and his employment with Elizabethtown Police Department ended Dec. 1, City Attorney D. Dee Shaw said.

    Asked what led to the termination, Shaw said policy prohibits the city from releasing information until the completion of Richardson’s appeal.

    Richardson is not facing criminal charges, she said.

  • E'town approves transition overzone

    The Elizabethtown Planning Commission now has more flexibility when dealing with developments in older parts of the city.

    Elizabethtown City Council approved creation of a transition overzone Monday. An overzone would be placed over another zone with the property affected maintaining its prior zone, according to Planning Director Ed Poppe.

    Poppe said the zone likely would be applied to commercial areas in the city’s older neighborhoods.