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  • Attorneys outline arguments in Ferguson trial

    Both sides in the case of an Elizabethtown man accused of forcible rape say the defendant had sex with an underage girl, but they plan to describe different versions of the events in a trial that began Wednesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Kelly C. Ferguson, 35, a registered sex offender, faces charges of first-degree rape, sodomy and persistent felony offender status.

  • Heartland Festival celebrates 'champions'

    The Heartland Festival parade this year will champion local heroes.

    Bob Swope, sponsor of the naming contest, unveiled this year’s Heartland Festival parade theme, “We Are the Champions,” Wednesday during the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon at North Side Hall in Radcliff.

    The theme was submitted by two-time theme winner and White Mills resident Maxine White. White’s sister also is a past parade theme winner, Swope said.

  • Beason ruled competent to stand trial

    An Elizabethtown man accused of engaging in sexual activities with a female relative younger than 16 has been ruled competent to stand trial.

    George William Beason, 32, was ruled competent Tuesday by Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard based on the report and testimony of a psychiatrist from the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in LaGrange.

    Beason is charged with third-degree rape, three counts of incest, three counts of third-degree sodomy, six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter to minors.

  • Working K-9 to 5

    Sometimes it takes a little something extra to get where you need to be. In the police search for a man now charged with attacking a 10-year-old child, that something extra has four paws and fur.

    Kentucky State Police found Jetto Dye nearly three-quarters of a mile into the woods in LaRue County with the help of Fero, a K-9 handled by Senior Trooper Seth Payne.

    Dye, 28, of Hodgenville, was charged June 3 with attempted murder, kidnapping, first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree attempted rape of a 10-year-old girl from LaRue County.

  • Local leaders free fall with U.S. Army

    Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall took a few deep breaths as he joked around with the suited men around him, sweat pooling off of his forehead as he pointed out his clammy palms through an extended hand.

    “I feel like I’m on a first date I’m so nervous right now,” Duvall said to the crowded huddle of bodies in the tight space. “I feel like I’m back in high school.”

    State Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, and Vine Grove Mayor Blake Proffitt sat nearby — both men preparing to take the same plunge as Duvall.

  • HCU launches second unification push

    Hardin County United launched its second push for a unification review commission at the feet of Hardin Fiscal Court on Tuesday, reminding county government the questions swirling around unified local government can only be answered once a commission is formed.

    “That will only happen if you create it,” said Ken Howard, chairman of the HCU governance subcommittee.

  • ECTC lawsuit moves forward

    Attorneys for the defendants named in a lawsuit filed by Bernice Bennett, an employee at the local community college, have filed a motion to dismiss the complaint.

    The motion goes before Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

    Bennett filed a complaint April 25 against Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, ECTC President/CEO Thelma White, and Ann Thompson, Bennett’s supervisor at ECTC. 

  • Coolidge to undergo psychiatric evaluation

    A Big Clifty woman accused of lighting fires inside J.C. Penney at Towne Mall between July and October last year and making bomb threats to the mall and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College has been ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in La Grange.

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  • Man seriously injured in motorcycle wreck

    A New Haven man was seriously injured Sunday near Hodgenville when he crashed his motorcycle attempting to run from a Kentucky State Police trooper.

    Austin P. McMahan, 19, was clocked on a Yamaha motorcycle at 102 mph in a 55 mph zone by Trooper John Adams. The incident was at 7:33 p.m. on U.S. 31E about eight miles north of Hodgenville, according to police.

    McMahan lost control of his vehicle and struck an earth embankment, police said.

    Adams administered first aid and waited for the LaRue County Fire Department and LaRue County EMS.