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  • State requires anyone, everyone to report suspected abuse

    Once a child abuse case has been reported, officials say it is “frighteningly common” to hear a neighbor, family friend or someone else familiar with the child say they suspected something but didn’t report it.

    “You’ll have a lot of people going, ‘Gosh, I should have done something,’” said Detective Sgt. Brian Graham of the Elizabethtown Police Department.

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  • Tracy Lawrence to headline Heartland fest

    Responding to repeated requests from local residents, Elizabethtown has secured a veteran of country music to close out the Heartland Festival this August.

    Tracy Lawrence will take the stage at Freeman Lake Park during a free Saturday night concert at Freeman Lake Park on Aug. 24, according to city officials.

    Lawrence, known for hits such as “Alibis,” “Can’t Break it to My Heart,” “My Second Home” and “If the Good Die Young,” is no stranger to Elizabethtown or the park, said Mayor Tim Walker.

  • Birthing center controversy: What do women really want?

    Kentucky’s lack of delivery alternatives led Christy Kendall late last year to a cabin in rural Tennessee.

    Kendall, who lives in Louisville, reached out to former high school classmates with children, asking for tips on books to read, documentaries to watch and other insights on pregnancy. Many cautioned her to calm down, but Kendall said she was driven by the desire to control her own pregnancy and enjoy the process her body was designed for. Her mother gave birth naturally several times and instilled a respect for midwifery in her daughter.

  • Progress speeding up on new animal shelter

    The launch of the new Hardin County animal shelter could be mere months away, said PAWS Shelter Foundation President Deedie Layman.

    Layman said work is moving at a fast pace and the facility at 220 Peterson Drive could be ready as early as May.

    “It would not surprise me,” she said.

  • Former teacher pleads guilty, will serve no jail time

    A former LaRue County High School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student won’t be spending time in jail after pleading guilty to a lesser charge Friday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Natalie Gentry, originally charged with one count of sexual abuse after she was accused of having intercourse with a 17-year-old student at her home in June 2011, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of sexual misconduct, a misdemeanor punishable up to 12 months in jail.

  • Two men wanted for manufacturing meth

    Local narcotics investigators are continuing their search for two men indicted in November just three weeks after the court ordered their release from jail.

    Ellis Beeler, 56, and Ronald E. Brown, 50, both of Hodgenville, and Kenneth W. Priddy, 50, of Sonora originally were arrested Aug. 22 on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.

  • Police seek Radcliff man wanted on sex charge

    A Radcliff man who was reported missing by his family in February now is wanted by police for a felony charge of sexual abuse.

    Patrick Neal, 29, is wanted for one count of first-degree sexual abuse. According to police, the alleged victim is a female relative who is younger than 12 years old.

    Bryce Shumate, spokesman for Radcliff Police Department, said the girl’s mother reported the allegations to police the same day Neal’s family reported him missing.

  • John Hardin students cheer Bulldogs to victory

    LEXINGTON — John Hardin freshman Tyree Moody let out a loud sigh of relief Thursday afternoon when Fleming County's Brady Saunders missed the front end of a one-and-one bonus with the Bulldogs holding a 78-69 lead with 24 seconds left during opening round action in the KHSAA Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena.

    The whole JHHS student section remained on its feet in the final seconds when someone shouted, "start it". Another student hollered, "wait".

  • Photo: Halftime shootout