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  • Leadership class recognizes wounded warrior

    The first leadership class of the combined Hardin County Chamber of Commerce introduced a program Wednesday to honor America’s wounded warriors.

    Holly Stapleton, marketing manager at Fort Knox Federal Credit Union and president of the leadership class, presented the first Hero of the Heartland award to Staff Sgt. Alexander Hernandez during the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon at North Side Hall in Radcliff.

  • Cecilia man sentenced for custodial interference

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    A Cecilia man received a one-year sentence Wednesday in Hardin Circuit Court for charges of custodial interference and second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

    John R. Lashley, 33, was arrested Feb. 19 after police said they discovered a runaway juvenile in his home.

    According to state police, while the girl was in Lashley's home, they smoked marijuana.

    Judge Ken Howard sentenced Lashley to one year on each count. Both are to be served concurrently for a total of one year.

  • Babysitter pleads guilty to child's murder

    Layla Johnson’s family sat leaning forward, eyes fixated on the back of the Vine Grove babysitter who pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing the 2-year-old girl in January.

    Ashley N. Chapman, 28, pleaded guilty to charges of murder and second-degree persistent felony offense. She also had family in the Hardin Circuit Court gallery Wednesday.

    She’s been in custody since Jan. 26, the day after the child was admitted to the hospital with severe bruising, swelling and bleeding in her brain, injuries police said she sustained while in Chapman’s care.

  • Babysitter pleads guilty to murder of child

    Ashley N. Chapman, charged with the January beating and death of 2-year-old Layla Marie Johnson, pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon in court.

    The Commonwealth has recommended a 35-year prison term for the Vine Grove woman as part of the plea deal on the murder charge.

    The child was in Chapman's care in January when she was rushed to Hardin Memorial Hospital. She died four days later at Kosair Children's Hospital.

  • U.S. 31W continues to be blocked at West Point

    Detours continue for U.S. 31W because of cleanup around the train derailment site in southwest Jefferson County.

    As hazardous chemicals are being transferred from damaged rail cars, Dixie Highway will remain closed. The closure is expected to last through at least Friday, Chris Jessie of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reported Wednesday afternoon.

    Mobile message boards are directing detour traffic onto Ky. 313, also known as Joe Prather Highway, to access Interstate 65 in order to accommodate Louisville traffic.

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  • Free Thanksgiving meal again being provided

    Plans are in place for a free holiday meal for families unable to prepare the traditional feast.

    On Thanksgiving Day, area churches and Helping Hand of Hope are co-sponsoring a Thanksgiving dinner to be held at the former St. James School, 200 N. Miles St., Elizabethtown.

    If you would like to volunteer time in preparation, serving or delivering meals, contact Patti Stith at stiths4@windstream.net or 369-8495.

    To donate food, contact Cheri Ellis-Reeves at bcjjj@comcast.net or 737-1135.

  • CrossWay makes plans for post-abortion retreats

    CrossWayPregnancy Resource Centerofficials want to help women who have had abortions heal after the experience.

    Executive Director Maureen Wilcox announced Wednesday during the organization’s annual Fall Fundraising Banquet that a free program will be introduced next year that will allow women who have been through that experience to go on a weekend retreat.

    The program is available free to all women who have had abortions, not only those who have been clients of the clinic.

  • ECTC to celebrate Native American History Month

    A student-driven event focused on America’s earliest cultures is coming to Elizabethtown Community and Technical College this week.

    In honor of Native American History Month, ECTC is hosting an event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday in Room 303 of the Occupational-Technical Building.

    The event features a flute-and- drum performance and members of the Red Crow Intertribal Council, Yellowknife Navajo Flutes and Ohio Veterans Warrior Society. Many American Indian artifacts are available for viewing.

  • City, water district reviewing details of agreement to extend sewer services

    Elizabethtown soon could be extending its wastewater treatment beyond city limits.

    The city has prepared a memorandum of understanding with Hardin County Water District No. 2 to create a perimeter program that would expand the city’s wastewater services to properties outside of city limits but within its wastewater planning area.