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  • Sex charges filed against one-time Hardin County resident

    A former Hardin County man was indicted last week in Hardin Circuit Court on three counts of sexual abuse. One of those charges is tied to an alleged incident nearly 20 years ago.

    Jeffery Diehl, 55, was indicted on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a victim younger than 12; and one count of first-degree sexual abuse. The charges are Class D felonies punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

    The indictment alleges Diehl sexually abused two of his girlfriend’s relatives, one younger than 12, in Hardin County on or about Dec. 27, 2013.

  • Sweet Sixteen: Championship run ends

    BOWLING GREEN – The Elizabethtown Lady Panthers made a magical run toward a state championship, but in the end, the glass slipper didn’t come in their size.

    It was a fit for Louisville Butler, which knocked off the Lady Panthers, 49-38 Sunday in the championship game of the Houchens Industries/ KHSAA Girls’ Sweet 16 at Western Kentucky’s E.A. Diddle Arena.

    Elizabethtownfans decked out in school colors filled a large portion of the arena, and the student section chanted from start to finish in support of the Lady Panthers.

  • Winter wreaks havoc … again

    Plunging temperatures followed by sleet and snow coated Hardin County roadways late Sunday afternoon into the evening, leaving roads dangerous and causing a flood of wrecks.

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 was hit by a blitz of calls in a short period of time about wrecks on Interstate 65 and the Blue Grass Parkway.

    KSP spokesman Jeff Gregory said around 8:30 p.m. Sunday there were no fatalities or serious injuries from the crashes, as far as he knew. He said KSP troopers were busy working accidents around the county.

  • Weather prompts wrecks, road closings

    Serious wrecks including many rollovers were reported late Sunday afternoon as a blast of winter weather moved through Hardin County.

    Wrecks have been reported in the 4700 block of Rineyville Road, 4000 block of Shepherdsville Road, several on Interstate 65 in Elizabethtown and at mile marker 2 of the Blue Grass Parkway.

    Police dispatch and scanner traffic indicate the Blue Grass Parkway is closed in both directions and significant delays are likely on Interstate 65.

  • Photo: Trapped in a tree
  • Getting clipped for St. Baldrick's

    Tufts of hair fell onto shoulders and crumpled to the floor. Beards were shorn from faces, familiar comforts giving way to foreign sensations.
    Every face told a different story as the crowd roared its approval, rippled enthusiasm spilling through Pritchard Community Center. Some smiled or laughed while others held a more solemn visage as the hair gradually disappeared.
    The annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser returned to Elizabethtown Saturday, raising more than $30,000 by 5 p.m.

  • Scouts put in effort at Saunders Springs

    Two area Boy Scouts gathered volunteer forces on a sunny Saturday morning to complete their Eagle Scout community service projects by making practical and usable improvements to the 73-acre annex area adjoining the 26-acre Saunders Springs Nature Preserve in Radcliff.
    John Rachlin, 17, of Troop 668, attracted between 20 and 35 volunteers to assist in construction of a mountain bike skills area. Jonathan Emerson, 16, of Troop 24, worked several yards away on a 900-foot section of the Perimeter Trail.

  • Former trooper admits to sex act with teen

    In an effort to get his job back, a Kentucky State Police trooper, who is one of four accused in a sex case with a 15-year-old Meade County girl, appealed his termination in early January at a KSP Trial Board.
    Through an open records request, The News-Enterprise obtained a transcript of the proceeding, which was administrative, not criminal. Former trooper Jerry Clanton, 33, testified about his encounters with the teenager, including one he described as sexual in nature.

  • Helmwood seeking digital donations

    After watching a nightly news segment, Martha Frakes, volunteer coordinator at Helmwood Home Healthcare, had an idea.
    The segment featured a dementia patient who responded well when he listened to music.
    “When they put the headphones on him, his face would light up,” Frakes said.
    She thought a program such as what she saw on the news could work for patients at Helmwood, especially non-verbal or passive patients suffering from dementia.

  • Faces & Places: Faces of the Sweet 16