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  • Woman sentenced to probation on abuse charges

    A Louisville woman charged with criminal child abuse was sentenced Tuesday to five years probation.

    Jacqueline Y. Hutchings accepted a plea deal amending two counts of first-degree criminal abuse of a child 12 years old or younger to two second-degree charges.

    She pleaded not guilty to both counts in October. Hutchings was accused of allowing her 3-year-old son to be abused.

  • About 1,000 arrive for Leader's Training Course

    The first wave of college students looking to serve their country as U.S. Army officers arrive today for the annual Leader’s Training Course, which marks its 47th anniversary this year.

    In all, 1,000 men and women are expected to train at the post during the summer as part of the program, roughly 30 percent more than graduated in 2011. The first cluster of students begins in-processing Thursday. The course consists of five groups of about 200 cadets, with the last group graduating Aug. 3.

  • Annual Nolin RECC meeting is Friday

    Music, speakers and informative programs take center stage at 5 p.m. Friday as part of Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative Corp.’s annual meeting at John Hardin High School.

    The Dove Brothers Band brings gospel and country music flavor to the evening. Before that, at 6 p.m., magician Dave Cottrell performs in the main gym.

    Children also can play on free balloon fun houses and slides behind the school. Caricaturist Denny Whalen returns this year to provide free portraits for participants.

    A health fair and other booths also are on hand.

  • 'Historic Jewel': Holt House to host fundraiser for restoration Thursday

    In an effort to restore a “historic jewel” known as the Holt House, a fundraiser is at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Breckinridge County Community Building in Hardinsburg.

    Guest speaker is Byron Crawford, retired Courier-Journal columnist and former host of the television series “Side Roads.” The event features music by Greg Byrne and Mark Cannon from Guilderoy Byrne.

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  • Lexington man killed in Western Kentucky Parkway wreck

    The cause of a collision that killed a Lexington man early Monday morning was still undetermined later in the day.

    The man has been identified as Quintin L. Lewis, 25. Kentucky State Police responded at about 5:43 a.m. Monday to a single-vehicle crash on Western Kentucky Parkway at the 130-mile marker. Lewis was eastbound in a 2003 Lincoln Town Car, which left the parkway for unknown reasons and struck a tree on the eastbound side, police said. The driver was wearing a seat belt, and alcohol or drugs don’t appear to be a factor in the crash.

  • E'town to refine tax exemption on rental property

    After fielding a flurry of questions and concerns from local landlords, Elizabethtown City Council is looking to tighten a rental property tax loophole.

    The council on Monday authorized a commission to study ways to ensure a fair environment for all rental property owners.

  • Ferguson jury trial expected Wednesday

    The jury selection portion of the trial of an Elizabethtown man accused of forcible rape has been moved to Wednesday.

    Trial was scheduled to proceed Monday for either Kelly C. Ferguson, 35, or Joseph A. Starks, 37.

    Ferguson is accused of forcible rape while Starks faces charges of abuse and financial exploitation of a parental figure.

    Both trials were scheduled to begin Monday morning in Hardin County Circuit Judge Ken Howard’s courtroom.
    That meant the commonwealth would decide which case to try first. Prosecutors chose Ferguson.

  • Three arrested in Eastview meth bust

    Service of a routine bench warrant led to the arrest Thursday of three men in Eastview on charges of complicity to manufacture methamphetamine.

    Hardin County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to 12831 Leitchfield Road around 11 a.m. to serve a bench warrant for failure to appear in court on a traffic offense for Jesse L. Vanvorst, 34, who lives at that address, said Greg Lowe, sheriff’s office spokesman.

    It took a long time for Vanvorst to answer the door, Lowe said. When he did, there was a strong odor.

  • Campbellsville man joins CMT's Redneck Island

    A single father and Navy veteran from Campbellsville joins the cast of CMT's new competition series, Redneck Island.

    Beginning with this week's new episode Rob Harris will take part in the mental and physical challenges created for the show, which is hosted by professional wrestler Steve Austin.

    At the end of each episode, teammates expel one member.

    Two other Kentuckians are already in the cast, Lauren Priestap of Louisville and Robert Browning of Cynthiana.