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  • Jury finds Sturgill guilty of 12 of 16 charges

    Jimmie Sturgill sat slack-jawed behind the defense table and stared silently at Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard as he read the jury’s verdict Thursday afternoon.

    In the gallery, his two teenage victims, both of whom were younger than 16 at the time of the offenses, smiled and held the hands of family members.

    After nearly four hours of deliberation, a Hardin County jury found Sturgill, 65, guilty of 12 of 16 counts of unlawful use of electronic means to engage a minor in sexual or other prohibited activities.

  • Sturgill guilty on 12 of 16 counts

    Former West Point resident Jimmie Sturgill was found guilty on 12 of 16 charges against him Thursday afternoon for sending sexually explicit messages to two females under the age of 16.

    One of the girls was his foster child.

    The trial for Sturgill, 65, started Tuesday with jury selection. On Thursday morning, the accused took the stand.

    See more details in Friday's print edition of The News-Enterprise.

  • Vine Grove budget work session canceled

    A budget work session of the Vine Grove City Council set for Monday has been canceled. It is expected to be rescheduled.

    The meeting was set to discuss issues with the budget and allow passage during the council’s next regular meeting on July 1.

  • I-65 clear near Lebanon Junction

    The Transporation Cabinet lifted its alert about ongoing delays on Interstate 65 and related congestion. The backup occurred following an 8 a.m. wreck today at mile marker 105 near Lebanon Junction.

    Southbound traffic was backed up five miles or more for most of the day, according to Chris Jessie, a local spokesman for the Transportation Cabinet.

    All lanes were clear and traffic moving normally as of 3:30 p.m. today, Jessie said.

  • An explosive education

    Special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives demonstrated Wednesday how easily a pound of an explosive powder contained in pyrotechnics can shred through a blue post office mailbox.

    The video of the eruption played over several screens in Colvin Community Center, registering responses from those sitting in the class, designed to help local law enforcement and fire officials properly identify explosives they may come across.

  • Contest stirs old-time fellowship

    Leonard Lawson has broken out his fiddle skills in scores of competitions through the years and said the finest compliment he ever received came from a Springfield, Mo., man who commented on what Lawson called his “crazy” dress.  

    “He said you’re a right respectful lookin’ fiddle player, but there’s a lot of Baptist preachers who would say there’s no such thing,” Lawson recalled, laughing.

  • Alleged victims testify in Sturgill trial

    They wiped away tears and spoke quickly in trembling voices. Two girls younger than 18 years old sat in front of a jury Wednesday and read pages of sexually suggestive Facebook and Yahoo! messages allegedly sent to them by a man who is more than four times their age.

    “Do I have to say it word for word?” one girl asked before reading one of the messages.

  • Walking Tour comes alive in E'town tonight

    The shadows of Hardin County’s past are taking to the streets tonight.

    The 26th annual Charles W. Logsdon Historic Downtown Walking Tour begins this evening at 7 on the square in Elizabethtown’s historic downtown. The free tour leaves from outside Town and Country and lasts about an hour, snaking through the downtown area.

    The tours continue each Thursday through September, beginning at the same time and place.

  • Sheriff looking for person of interest in suspected scam

    Investigators with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office have identified three suspects they believe solicited thousands of dollars from local businesses in a scam to sell calendar advertisements.

    The sheriff’s office began investigating in May after receiving several complaints concerning a man attempting to solicit money for advertisements in a calendar for the Hardin Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, according to police.

  • Photo: Morning snack