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  • E’town man found guilty in rape, incest case

    George William Beason could spend the rest of his life in jail after being found guilty Friday morning of multiple sex crimes against an underage girl.

    Beason, 32, was found guilty of engaging in multiple sex acts with a girl who, along with her mother and siblings, lived with him. Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard recommended Beason be sentenced to 70 years in prison for his crimes.

  • The News-Enterprise receives state awards

    Members of The News-Enterprise staff received 19 awards from the Kentucky Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

    Presented at a banquet that highlights KPA’s annual convention at The Brown Hotel in Louisville, the awards include two first-place honors for both Chuck Jones and Melissa Vessels.

  • Comer to promote farm plate in Hardin County

    Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will be in Hardin County Tuesday, encouraging local residents to make a voluntary $10 donation when they renew their farm license plates.

    The donation will be split evenly among Kentucky 4-H, Kentucky FFA, and Kentucky Proud. Commissioner Comer is traveling to county clerks’ offices throughout the state to promote the voluntary donation.

  • Multiple wrecks, I-65 south re-opens, games postponed

    Icy conditions arrived in Hardin County shortly after 4 a.m. today and roads soon were becoming hazardous.

    Police, emergency crews and Transportation Cabinet officials have confronted problems resulting from the treacherous weather.

    Crews have been able to access I-65 and treat southbound lanes between Elizabethtown and Upton. Addressing the condition of the road was necessary before allowing motorists to continue. Traffic has been released and the interstate is open southbound.

    Northbound has one lane open.

  • Verdict expected today in incest case

    A verdict is expected this morning in the trial of an Elizabethtown man charged with multiple sex crimes concerning an underage girl, who testified today.

    George William Beason, 32, originally faced an additional sexual abuse charge. Circuit Judge Ken Howard and Commonwealth’s Attorney Shane Young agreed Thursday the evidence didn’t support that charge.

  • Rock and bowl: Musical theme headlines Bowl for Kids' Sake kickoff luncheon

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana embraced the bygone era of hair metal Thursday during a rock-infused Hardin/LaRue kickoff luncheon for the 2013 Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser, which starts March 15.

    The luncheon at American Legion Post 113 in Elizabethtown stressed the importance of the fundraiser’s contributions to the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ budget and its ability to make matches locally. The organization serves families in Hardin, LaRue, Taylor, Nelson and Grayson counties.

  • Scenes from the 5th Region Cheerleading competition
  • Arrival of freezing rain creates road hazards

    Icy conditions arrived in Hardin County shortly after 4 a.m. today and roads soon were becoming hazardous.

    Police and rescue crews were called to mile-marker 83 on Interstate 65 shortly after 4 where a motorist was trapped in an overturned vehicle in the southbound lanes. About an hour later, police received reports of multiple trucks jackknifed around the Glendale exit, which also was blocking southbound traffic. At one point, interstate traffic was reported at a standstill with dozens of traffic mishaps reported.

  • Trial begins in incest case

    The prosecution in a local sexual abuse trial involving an underage girl began presenting its case Wednesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    The girl’s mother was a witness for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office as the case opened against George William Beason, 32, of Elizabethtown.

    Beason is charged with third-degree rape, three counts of incest, three counts of third-degree sodomy, six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter to minors.

  • County seeks new Animal Control director

    The search for Gerald Foley’s replacement as animal control director could commence as early as next week.

    Hardin Fiscal Court approved an updated job description for the position Tuesday and should advertise it internally no later than next week, Judge-Executive Harry Berry said.

    The county wanted to tweak the position’s requirements before beginning the search, Berry said. Deputy Judge-Executive Jim Roberts said holiday vacations slowed the process.