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  • Stories from the Heartland: Vine Grove man recreates history in a bottle

    Already a leather worker, a model builder and a graphic designer and illustrator, Vine Grove resident Chris Lemke threw himself into another craft that thrives on details about four years ago.

    The 42-year-old is mastering the art of building ships in bottles. It’s a dying craft, he said, noting bored sailors started the art long ago, typically building replicas of the ships they were sailing.

  • Indictments include wanton endangerment, drug charges

    This week’s indictments included a gun-related wanton endangerment charge.

    Eric Stephen Miller, 33, is charged with one count of first-degree wanton endangerment, after he fired a gun in the presence of others in their home, according to court documents.

    There were also several drug charges included in the indictments. 

    Dedrick D. Varner, 33, is charged with one count of first-degree illegal possession of a controlled substance.

  • Local bands advance to state semifinals

    North Hardin band director Brian Froedge said his squad had a legacy to protect, placing first in the Kentucky Music Educators Association State Marching Band Championships Class 5-A West Quarterfinals every year for close to a decade.

    They did it again Saturday at Muhlenberg County High School in Greenville. Froedge credited the students’ hard work during the week and boosters’ ability to get the band ready on and off the field.

    “We had a good performance, but we still have plenty of room to improve this week during rehearsal,” he said.

  • Commonwealth Lodge condemned

    An Elizabethtown motel has been forced to close after the Elizabethtown Fire Department and the planning department recorded pages of safety and structural violations against the property.

    The Commonwealth Lodge is vacant on East Dixie Avenue after inspectors found numerous safety hazards, electrical problems and fire and building code violations, said Fire Chief Mike Hulsey.

  • Rain falls but crowd stays at Crossing Festival

    Downtown Glendale’s rustic landscape was dotted with umbrellas Saturday morning as a steady fall rain fell on the town’s annual Crossing Festival.

    Its attendees — wet but far from dismayed — embraced the soggy ambiance as they drifted hurriedly through the crowds, still thick despite less-than-ideal weather.

  • Mistrial declared on murder charge

    More than 10 hours of deliberation was insufficient for jurors to reach a consensus in the murder case of Radcliff resident Jarrod Davis.

    A mistrial was declared just after 11 p.m. Friday night after the jury hung on the charge of murder against Davis in the death of his 1-month old son,  Ja’Vion Davis, earlier this year. The jury did find Davis not guilty on the count of first-degree criminal abuse. 

  • Traffic stop leads to marijuana arrest

    A routine traffic stop Thursday afternoon along Interstate 65 for a driver not wearing a seat belt turned into much more for a Big Spring man.

    Chad E. Sizemore, 40, was stopped by Elizabethtown police near the 92-mile marker in the northbound lane of I-65 when officers, according to an arrest citation, saw Sizemore driving without a seat belt.

  • Federal marshals apprehend rape suspect

    A rape suspect sought by Vine Grove police was arrested Friday in Bardstown by U.S. Marshals assisting in the manhunt.

    James Wilkerson, 27, was on the run since Sept. 25 and was identified by police as armed and dangerous.

    Vine Grove police said Wilkerson is accused of raping a woman and then stealing her car. Officers found the abandoned vehicle several hours later about five miles away.

  • Lackey found guilty, gets 20 years

    An Elizabethtown man was found guilty Friday of second-degree escape and first-degree being a persistent felony offender following an incident earlier this year.

    Quintin D. Lackey, 31, was arrested July 3 by the Elizabethtown Police Department for violating parole when he shoved a probation and parole officer attempting to adjust his handcuffs at the District 5 office on Mulberry Street and fled. He eventually was found running on East Poplar Street.

  • E85 now an option in E'town

    Phillip Druen saw the sign for E85 fuel at the Speedway on Mulberry Street in Elizabethtown on Friday evening and was compelled to stop after a visit to Louisville. He needed gas anyway, he said.

    “Finally, they’ve got it in Elizabethtown,” he said of the alternative fuel, which is 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline and can be used in flexible fuel vehicles. Ethanol is an alcohol-based fuel created from the fermentation and distillation of starch crops, such as corn, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.