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  • Wagers pleads guilty but mentally ill in hatchet slaying

    Four days after an Elizabethtown man was found competent to stand trial he pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the June 2012 hatchet slaying of a Clarkson man.

    As Jamie Wagers admitted Friday in Hardin Circuit Court to killing Christian F. Higdon last June in Elizabethtown, Higdon’s mother, Cindy, quietly sobbed in the gallery.

    Higdon, 20, was found dead June 16 in a yard at 45 Magers Drive. Wagers, 25, told Judge Ken Howard on Friday he intentionally swung a hatchet at Higdon, which struck him the head and caused his death.

  • R.R. ‘Babe’ Thomas dies

    When Sammy’s Market was open on East Western Avenue in Sonora, former Hardin County Judge-Executive R.R. “Babe” Thomas and Brother Mike Bell would meet for lunch every Friday at the store.

  • Army sets court-martial date in Fort Knox shooting

    The U.S. Army sergeant accused in the shooting death of a civilian Fort Knox employee will face a general court-martial early next year.

    Sgt. Marquinta E. Jacobs, 36, of Radcliff is charged with premeditated murder in the April 3 death of Lloyd Gibert, 51, an employee at Human Resources Command on post.

    On Friday, Fort Knox spokesman Kyle Hodges confirmed the Article 32 investigation into the case has concluded and a court-martial in Jacobs’ case is set for Jan. 6.

  • White Mills man convicted of sexual abuse

    A jury found a 63-year-old White Mills man guilty of first-degree sexual abuse Friday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Glenn R. Goff was indicted in March 2012 on a charge of  first-degree sexual abuse, a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison. According to the indictment, Goff subjected a girl younger than 16 to sexual contact June 17, 2011.

    The jury recommended Goff serve a one-year sentence.

  • Disaster strikes LaRue farm again

    A LaRue County dairy farmer whose farm was hit by a tornado in June lost his legs Thursday in a self-propelled silage chopper.

    Gary Rock, who owns Rock Brothers Dairy Farm on Slack Road in Roanoke, was in a field cutting corn stocks when the self-propelled chopper apparently clogged, said Chris Loyall, Rock’s son-in-law and a firefighter at Radcliff Fire Department.

    When Rock attempted to clear the jam, he was pulled into the chopper, which amputated one leg and “mangled” the other, Loyall said.

  • Ring Road, WK interchange to open Thursday

    The new Ky. 3005 (Ring Road) interchange on the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway opens to traffic Thursday around mid-day. Work nearly is complete on the project which extends Ky. 3005 from Gaither Station Road to newly established exit 134 on the parkway.

  • Leitchfield man pleads guilty to distributing child porn

    A Leitchfield man has pleaded guilty in federal court to allegations of possession and distribution of child pornography via the Internet.

    Michael Brandon Thompson, 29, pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession of child pornography and two counts of distribution, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky.

    Thompson admitted in court to using a peer-to-peer file sharing network during a seven-week period in 2011 to allow others to download images of child pornography, officials said.

  • Dodging sweat bullets

    Don’t be fooled by the recent rash of temperatures hovering around 90 degrees accompanied by toasty humidity — Hardin County got off light when it came to traditional summer weather this year.

    So far this year, there have been no 100-degree days and when other summers feature sweltering and draining heat and humidity, June through August of 2013 will go down as only a mild version of summer heat.

  • Two KSP trooper layoffs at Post 4

    Kentucky State Police has laid off 20 troopers — including two stationed in Elizabethtown — in response to a budget shortfall totaling more than $5 million.

    The troopers, who were laid off last Friday, were in the Trooper R program started by KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer.

    Brewer said the program started in 2009 and brought veteran troopers with 20 or more years of experience out of retirement to return to patrol on an annual contract.

  • Two Hardin County men named to aviation hall of fame

    Two men with Hardin County ties are being inducted into the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame.

    Sgt. George Elmer Larkin Jr., who fought and died in World War II, and Scott Hubbard, a Stanford University professor who worked for NASA for 20 years, are among four Kentucky residents and natives to be honored Oct. 26 in Lexington.