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  • Ferguson pleads guilty to forcible rape

    A trial was interrupted Monday when an Elizabethtown man pleaded guilty to forcibly raping a 13-year-old girl.

    The case against Kelly C. Ferguson, 35, began last Wednesday and initially was scheduled to go to the jury for a verdict Monday.

    Defense attorneys called witnesses for about two hours before Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard’s courtroom recessed for lunch.

    Prosecuting and defense attorneys conferred while looking at books of Kentucky criminal law as jurors waited outside the courtroom.

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  • Walking and talking of turtles

    Forget ties and tools for Father’s Day — think turtles.

    Greenspace hosted its annual Turtle Walk on Sunday, giving families a unique way to spend Father’s Day.

    The walk is led by Paul Gerard, a local physician who has had a lifelong interest in reptiles and amphibians. The hike covered Buffalo Lake Trail and began with a presentation by Gerard on several kinds of turtles.

    “This whole area is just absolutely a wonderland,” he began, telling the crowd gathered the woods are home to a number of different animals.

  • Family is near for ROTC cadet at Fort Knox, but feels far away

    Joshua Cline’s mind is focusing on strengthening his leadership skills this summer. His heart, however, belongs to something completely different.

    Cline, 20, a University of Kentucky student from Rineyville, is spending a month in the Leadership Training Course at Fort Knox, a program for ROTC participants who need to catch up to graduate as an officer.

    Cline, however, is one of a few cadets who also is a parent, and despite his family being just miles away, he must spend the month apart from them, including Father’s Day.

  • Tribute backers seek input

    As the final stages of work on the Hardin County Veterans Tribute near, the committee bringing the memorial to life is turning to those it honors for insight.

    The Hardin County Veterans Tribute Committee is meeting with representatives from each of the local veterans organizations at noon today at Fort Knox’s Leader’s Club to gather input and advice about the unveiling ceremony for the tribute, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. Nov. 11.

  • FBI app to help identify lost children

    Parents have a new source to store identification information about their children in case they ever are lost or taken.

    The FBI has released a version of its Child ID application built for Android mobile devices.

    Parents can use the application to immediately show pictures of their children and provide physical identifiers, such as height and weight, to security or police officers, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Meth lab busted in Grayson County

    Two Caneyville residents are charged with methamphetamine manufacturing in Grayson County after labs were discovered by Kentucky State Police.

    John H. Embry, 36, and Peggy Embry, 37, were arrested Saturday and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance in the first degree, tampering with physical evidence, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Police say hatchet was murder weapon

    Kentucky State Police released more details Sunday about the slaying Saturday afternoon in Elizabethtown, including that the weapon used to kill Christian Higdon was a hatchet.

    KSP spokesman Trooper Norman Chaffins said in addition to murder, Jamie B. Wagers, 24, of Elizabethtown is charged with a violation of an emergency protection order/domestic violence order. Wagers was obligated to avoid the residence at 130 Magers Drive, where Higdon was killed.

  • Genealogy classes can be guide to the past

    Sandi Howard spent a recent Thursday evening learning the processes of discovering the stories within one’s own family at a genealogy class at the community college.

    “I’ve always been interested in learning about my ancestors,” she said.

    Howard had traced a couple generations and was hoping for some guidance from a more expert hand.

    Genealogy classes have cropped up as part of the offerings in community education this summer, and Howard was one of the students who took advantage of the experience.

  • Man outwits angry dog

    Daniel Killian was on his way to the gym when he helped save a couple of senior citizens who were being attacked by a dog in Radcliff.

    He was on Lincoln Trail Boulevard when he saw a man making strange movements on the side of the road.

    “The man on the sidewalk looked like he was dancing,” he said.

    Killian, of Vine Grove, drove by the same as other driver did, but something made him turn around.

    “I had an instinct that something was going on,” he said.