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  • Smith pleads guilty to attempted murder

    Justin Michael Smith accepted a plea deal Wednesday on charges of criminal attempt to commit murder and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

    Smith, 31, could serve 30 years in prison if Hardin County Judge Kelly Mark Easton accepts the deal offered by the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

    Sentencing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 7.

    Easton accepted Smith’s guilty plea to both charges and asked the defendant about the incident.

    Smith said his memory of the encounter was blurry.

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  • Study shows children’s health improving

    Children’s health in Hardin County overall is improving, but local residents lag in a few key areas, according to 2012 data compiled by Kentucky Youth Advocates.

    Local health officials shared data and discussed implications Wednesday at the 21st annual KYA Kids Count Conversation at Lincoln Trail Health Department.

  • Police: Tarafa shot Knapp nine times using two weapons

    Probable cause was found Wednesday in the case against a man accused of shooting another man nine times in a fight over a woman.

    In addition to murder, Robert J. Tarafa, 26, of Elizabethtown faces charges of tampering with physical evidence, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property. The grand jury will determine whether there is enough evidence to proceed to trial.

  • Radcliff's blast of summer fun

    What is produced when you sprinkle fireworks, Zumba, magic, live music and square dancing into a good-natured societal mix?

    For Radcliff, it represents the components of a premiere summer welcome.

    Summer Blast will be unleashed at 6 p.m. Friday with the first Junior Miss Radcliff Pageant followed by the second annual Miss Radcliff pageant at Colvin Community Center opening up the festivities along Freedom Way off West Lincoln Trail Boulevard.

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  • Ivey's rape case goes to grand jury

    The case against a Nicholasville man charged with 50 counts of rape and reportedly fathered a child by his victim will go to a grand jury.

    Alfred Charles Ivey Jr., 47, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday in District Judge John Simcoe’s courtroom. The grand jury will decide whether there is enough evidence to bring the case to trial.

    Ivey was arrested earlier this month by the Jessamine County Sheriff’s Office and transported to Hardin County, where he remains lodged on a $500,000 cash bond.

  • Comic headlines Christian writers conference

    Writers will gather in Elizabethtown to sharpen their craft with a mix of practical instruction and inspiration at the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference this week.

    They’re likely to have a good laugh, too.

    Chonda Pierce, best known for her clean, Southern-style wit as a stand-up comic and television host, is the conference’s keynote speaker.

  • Former 'American Idol' contestant performs Friday in E'town

    Huge stage productions and insincere music don’t interest musician Casey James.

    “My thing is just to be honest, musically,” James said.

    The musician, a former finalist on TV’s “American Idol,” brings his brand of performance and music to the Historic State Theater. James and his band perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

    Like James, members of his band all are from Texas. James is a native of Cool, Texas.

  • E'town debates zone change request

    Elizabethtown City Council took an unusual tack, striking down a Planning Commission recommendation to deny a zone map amendment from Commercial-3 to Commercial-4 for property at 128 E. Nalls Road.

    In doing so, city officials said they want to promote a business-friendly environment and do not see eye to eye with the commission regarding use of the property as it correlates with the comprehensive plan.