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  • Judge finds probable cause in rape case

    District Judge John Simcoe found probable cause Monday in a case against an Elizabethtown man accused of raping a mentally handicapped woman, and the case will proceed to grand jury.

    Shawn C. Mansfield, 37, appeared Monday morning in district court for a preliminary hearing. Arrested earlier this month, he’s charged with two counts of third-degree rape, one count of third-degree sodomy, one count of criminal attempt to commit third-degree sodomy and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse.

  • Homeowners disturbed by early morning DUI crash

    Melissa and Robert Wyatt were asleep in their bedroom at 1:35 a.m. when a “big thump” jolted their South Wilson Road home between Elizabethtown and Radcliff, causing the couple to wake up. While Melissa called 911, she said her husband ran outside and found a pick-up truck against the house, right underneath their bedroom window, and a man laying in the middle of their yard.

  • Construction on E2RC expected to ratchet up in spring

    Construction on the Elizabethtown to Radcliff Connector continues with the state expecting to release the third section for bid in April, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 4 spokesman Chris Jessie said.

    Clearing for the second section could begin the same month as crews are expected to ramp up construction once warmer weather returns.

  • Leitchfield hospital affiliates with Norton

    The hospital in Grayson County is entering into a formal affiliation agreement with Norton Healthcare of Louisville.

    Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center, a 75-bed regional facility, will gain access to management support, staff training and expanded clinical programs and services, according to a joint announcement made Monday afternoon.

  • UPDATE: Child involved in Sonora crash dies

    The rash of serious vehicle crashes that have hit Hardin County over the last several days continued Monday afternoon, and the latest  involved a child in Sonora.

    A GMC Jimmy and a dump truck collided at the intersection of U.S. 31W and Ky. 84 in Sonora around 3:20 p.m. Monday.

    A 10-year-old passenger in the GMC, Ruby Salinas, died Tuesday morning at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky State Police reported today.

  • St. Baldrick's event coming to E'town for second year

    After finding success in its first year, the organizer of a local fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s Foundation is hoping to shave even more heads this year.

    The second St. Baldrick’s Foundation event takes place in Elizabethtown this spring and organizer Tessa Wilkinson is using her experience from last year to improve this year’s event.

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  • Committee to explore Civil War battle-site designation for E'town

    Area history lovers are joining together to more efficiently promote Hardin County’s past.

    They plan to do that by forming a history and heritage committee through the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council, the Ancestral Trails Historical Society and the Hardin County History Museum, said Heath Seymor, executive director of the Heritage Council.

    “This is a Heritage Council committee, but it involves everybody,” he said.

  • Horse College returns

    Aspiring horse caretakers can learn the basics in an upcoming series of presentations.

    The series, Kentucky Heartland 2012 Horse College, is organized by the University of Kentucky and is meant to provide basic information to anyone interested in learning to care for horses.

    The last horse college session was in 2006 and drew 30 to 40 participants for every presentation, said Doug Shepherd, Hardin County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources.

  • Senators offer the ‘why’ of votes

    First-term state Sen. Dennis Parrett described it as “one of the most agonizing decisions on a bill to date” and a neighboring senator took a position contrary to others in Republican leadership.

    A proposed constitutional amendment that would allow expanded gaming and potentially lead to casinos in Kentucky failed 21-16 in a Senate vote last week. Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, and Carroll Gibson, R-Leitchfield, both voted in favor of the legislation and stressed public interest in the question over personal or political preferences.