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  • Speaker addresses pipeline at Rotary Club meeting

    Tom FitzGerald said Bluegrass Pipeline officials would have a tough fight on their hands if they tried to condemn a landowner’s property through eminent domain to attain easement rights.

    FitzGerald, director of the nonprofit Kentucky Resources Council, addressed the pipeline as a speaker Tuesday at an Elizabethtown Rotary Club meeting at Stone Hearth restaurant.

  • Rineyville man accused of rape gets new trial date

    The trial date for Reiner Legaspi, a Rineyville man accused of first-degree rape, has been moved a week after his attorney requested a postponement.

    Hardin Circuit Court Judge Ken Howard granted the postponement and set a new trial date for Aug. 25 after Commonwealth Attorney Shane Young made no argument against the postponement.

    In an interview, Young said the defense missed some procedural deadlines, but he felt the postponement was in the best interest for all parties in order for all evidence to be presented.

  • Attorney requests counseling records in sex abuse case

    A Vine Grove man indicted on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse appeared Tuesday afternoon in Hardin Circuit Court.
    An attorney for David B. Duckworth, 39, requested counseling records of Duckworth’s family be provided for his defense.
    Duckworth’s trial date is Oct. 8.
    He was arrested in November by the Vine Grove Police Department after police said he allegedly forced a girl younger than 16 to touch his genitals. The incidents reportedly occurred in September and October of 2012.

  • Animal Control sees rise in dog adoptions

    With the opening of a new animal shelter on Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown, Hardin County Animal Control is seeing a rise in dog adoptions and a decrease in euthanizations.

    Director Gerald Foley told Hardin Fiscal Court Tuesday afternoon that the shelter adopted 120 dogs in March compared to 63 dogs in March 2013.

    Coupled with that, only 13 dogs were euthanized last month compared to 29 in March 2013, Foley said. The dogs that were euthanized either had some type of animal control behavior problem or were sick, he said.

  • Child abuse case postponed to October

    A pair of Elizabethtown residents who were indicted on criminal abuse charges against a juvenile will face a trial date that has been tentatively moved to Oct. 15.

    An attorney for Justin F. Badgett, 27, appeared on his behalf Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court to motion for the new date.

    Judge Ken Howard refrained from setting a permanent date until an attorney for Heather Shipley, 35, is notified of the date change.

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  • Man involved in violent sexual encounter enters plea

    A man indicted on assault charges after a sexual escapade turned violent entered a not guilty plea Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Joshua Faron Davis, 31, was indicted last week on second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault with minor injury and first-degree persistent felony offender.

    After responding to a call, Elizabethtown police responded to Davis’ home where he and two women were in the home.

  • Valley Creek missionary team prepares for trip to Honduras

    Jena Hornback used a marker to put her name on a box fan Sunday afternoon before placing it with others in the busy Life Center at Valley Creek Baptist Church.

    “I’m making sure I have one this year,” she said. “Trying to sleep in 110 degrees at night is not fun.”

    Hornback is part of a group bound in June for the Central American nation of Honduras. The church mission trip is associated with Baptist Medical Dental Mission International.

  • Following the Cats is part of the madness for Rineyville couple

    “Wildcat fans” may not be a term strong enough to describe Darren and Mandy Gent of Rineyville.

    Less than 10 hours after the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team secured a spot in Monday’s NCAA national championship game against the University of Connecticut with yet another dramatic win, the Gents were on the road to Dallas.

  • Magistrate candidate lives outside of district

    The lone Democratic candidate in the race for the 4th District magisterial seat in Hardin County does not actually live in the district’s boundaries.

    Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb discovered the error after the filing deadline in January. Tabb said Jimmy Jenkins’ residence on Hutcherson Lane falls within the boundaries of District 8 in the Rineyville North precinct. Jenkins’ home is near the line separating District 4 and District 8, according to county election maps.