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  • Couple plead guilty in dog abuse case

    A Vine Grove couple accused of mistreating more than 100 dogs in their care pleaded guilty Monday to 75 counts of second-degree animal cruelty in Hardin District Court.

    Brian and Joyce McCarthy were arrested in March and charged with more than 100 counts of animal cruelty after officials removed 103 dogs from their Gaylene Drive residence.

    According to law enforcement, the animals were living in dirty cages in 80-degree heat without water. Police said one dead dog was found inside a cage with a nursing mother.

  • Cecilia assault case sent to grand jury

    A Hardin District Court judge found probable cause in the case of a Cecilia man accused of holding a knife to his mother’s throat for six hours, sending it to the next meeting of the grand jury.

    Dwayne C. Haynes, 49, originally was arrested on charges of first-degree assault — domestic violence, and first-degree unlawful imprisonment. The Hardin County Attorney’s Office lowered the assault charge to second-degree.

    Haynes denies the allegations.

  • Men scheduled to face trial today plead guilty

    Two men facing felony charges were scheduled to begin jury trials today in Hardin Circuit Court, but both accepted plea deals earlier this summer.

    Shadrick A. Blackmon, 34, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of bribery of a public servant.

    Blackmon, a former deputy jailer at Hardin County Detention Center, was arrested Aug. 5, 2011.

    While he still was employed at the jail, Blackmon took $800 from a woman to illegally remove her boyfriend from the detention center, according to a citation.

  • Speaker advocates responsibility to close achievement gap

    Dr. Roger Cleveland said Hardin County and the rest of the nation needs parents with a “drug problem.”

    “Remember when our parents drug us to school, drug us to church?” he asked about 100 attendees at the annual banquet for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

  • Local watermelon largest in nation

    Frank Mudd has enough watermelon to feed a park full of picnickers.

    The Flaherty resident has grown the fourth-largest watermelon ever recorded and the largest weighed so far in the United States this growing season.

    The melon had lost 0.2 pounds since its official weigh-in at the Indiana State Fair, an official weigh site for the Giant Watermelon Growers Association.

    The 273.3 pound watermelon was judged Wednesday at the Kentucky State Fair. Mudd has grown the state’s largest watermelon for the ninth year in a row.

  • Seniors find life in Hilltop House community

    Tricia Davidson of Elizabethtown doesn’t think being a senior citizen means she has to stay home all day watching television and being alone.

    “I need somewhere to go,” she said. “I enjoy recreation, and I just want to be around people,” she said.

    That’s how she and her friends ended up Thursday at Wesley Hilltop House on Skyline Drive in Elizabethtown.

    That’s the day the building buzzes with activity from seniors playing cards, laughing and interacting with each other.

  • Woman hospitalized after fire

    An Elizabethtown woman was hospitalized Sunday after the Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to a call at her home.

    Firefighters responded at about 1:45 p.m. to smoke and a fire not visible from outside at 121 Whitehall Street.

    The woman, whose identity wasn’t released by Sunday afternoon, was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital and flown to University Hospital in Louisville.

    EFD fire investigator Jeremy Goodman said the woman was in stable condition when she left HMH.

  • Via Colori artists focus on cause, techniques

    The parking lot outside the Advocacy and Support Center  slowly was covered in colorful art Saturday as artists from the region carefully painted a sunflower, a dragonfly and other representations of their imaginations on the blacktop.

    Artists from the Via Colori Street Painting Festival prepared for the Sept. 8 fundraising effort for the nonprofit center on Rineyville Road in Elizabethtown by trading tips and connecting with the reason for their volunteerism.

  • Young moves to Hardin County Attorney's Office

    Earlier this month, incoming Commonwealth’s Attorney Shane Young closed his private practice and accepted a position in the Hardin County Attorney’s Office.

    Young, who ran uncontested, takes office in January. Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Shaw is leaving the position in December after two six-year terms.

  • Water district has a lot of work on its to-do list

    Hardin County Water District No. 2 is not lacking for things to do.

    A slew of infrastructure projects, a bond refinancing, a possible office expansion and a long-term water purchase agreement with Louisville Water Co. has left the district with plenty of projects to juggle.

    “This is the busiest we’ve ever been in the district” since I’ve been here, General Manager James Jeffries said.