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  • Hodgenville council votes to add tourism commission

    Last month, Hodgenville City Council agreed to draw up a restaurant tax ordinance with a first reading occurring in June.

    However, in last week’s meeting, Mayor Terry Cruse said he learned a seven-member tourist and convention commission had to be in force before a 2 percent restaurant tax could be enacted.

  • 13-year-old girl and her mother testify in rape trial

    A 13-year-old girl and her mother testified Friday against an Elizabethtown man accused of forcible rape.

    Kelly Ferguson, 35, is accused of raping the teen.

    His attorneys said the two had consensual sex.

    The girl and her mother testified to a course of events described the day before by the girl’s father. Each said Ferguson visited in August to see the family and asked three times during the evening if the girl would walk him home for beer, cigarettes or other errands.

  • Faces & Places: Orange cones
  • E'town man charged with murder

    An Elizabethtown man was charged Saturday in the murder of a 20-year-old man.

    Jamie B. Wagers, 24, was arrested by Kentucky State Police after they received a call at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday of an incident at 130 Magers Drive.

    Christian Fernando Higdon, 20, of Clarkson, was pronounced dead by the Hardin County Coroner’s Office, Deputy Coroner Kenneth Spangenberger said. Cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.

  • Nolin RECC members take care of business
  • E’town church spreads message with balloons

    To give its new vacation Bible school program a lift, all Locust Grove Baptist Church needed was a little helium.

    Members of the church on Red Mill Road in Elizabethtown decided to revamp their VBS and began looking for a way to advertise the program. Stauge “Kenny” Jones, 11, offered up an untraditional method for getting the word out — send out balloons with program fliers attached, a sort of updated version of the carrier pigeon.

    Jones saw the idea carried out at a church he previously attended.

  • U.S. Army celebrates 237th birthday
  • Nicholasville man charged with 50 counts of rape

    A former Elizabethtown resident has returned to Hardin County in police custody charged with 50 counts of rape after police said he forcibly raped a minor in his care for years and fathered her child.

    Alfred Charles Ivey Jr., 47, of Nicholasville was arrested Sunday by the Jessamine County Sheriff’s Office and was transported to Hardin County. He is charged with 16 counts of first-degree rape victim younger than 12 and 34 counts of first-degree rape, according to Kentucky State Police.

  • Elder abuse awareness emphasized globally, locally

    As the global population of those 60 and older grows, so does the likelihood of the number of cases of elder abuse, the World Health Organization says.

    The area population is no exception.

    World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which is today, strives to focus attention on the subject. Local aging services representatives believe it’s an important day.

  • Victim's father testifies in Ferguson trial

    Jurors heard testimony Thursday from the father of the victim in the trial of Kelly C. Ferguson, an Elizabethtown man accused of forcibly raping a 13-year-old girl.

    He recounted details of the night he and his wife found the 35-year-old with his daughter, while the defense dug into the father’s past struggles with drug and alcohol abuse.

    A registered sex offender, Ferguson is charged with first-degree rape, sodomy and persistent felony offender status.