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  • 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.

  • Through his father’s eyes: Zach Jaquess 'lives' bus crash story

    Zach Jaquess heard stories about how 27 lives were lost late on a May night long before he was born along Interstate 71.

    But it wasn’t until last Saturday, when he spent time as part of the filming of the documentary “Impact: After the Crash” that the 16-year-old John Hardin High School junior could fully appreciate what those involved went through. A church bus from Radcliff carrying 67 caught fire after being plowed into by a drunken driver going in the wrong direction.

    One of those children was his father.

  • Former Eastview man charged with rape

    A former Eastview resident faces three counts of first-degree rape after police said he had forcible intercourse with a girl younger than 12.

    Sherman Smith, 67, fled Kentucky after allegations were reported to police, said Norman Chaffins, spokesman for Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown. Smith was arrested in September in Texas.

    Greg Lowe, spokesman for the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, said officials transported Smith from Taylor County, Texas, to Hardin County Detention Center, where he was lodged Monday night.

  • Radcliff: Tapping a tough market

    Mayor J.J. Duvall has resurrected community spirit since taking office as Radcliff’s chief executive, but an inability to land new retail establishments and chain restaurants has left the city reconsidering its approach to luring business.

    “Now it’s time to get down to the real stuff, and that’s economic development,” he said.