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  • Toys for Tots run set

    Santa’s helpers will be clad in leather and seated on chrome this weekend.

    The 16th annual Hardin County Toys for Tots Run, which typically attracts large numbers of bikers each year, will rev up Sunday afternoon from Staples in Elizabethtown, collecting toys for needy children.

    Registration is from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

    Vickie Wheeler, an event coordinator, said participants will ride from Elizabethtown to Veterans Memorial Park in West Point, where food and drinks will be provided. Motorcycles, cars, hot rods and other vehicles are welcome.

  • Two lanes now open on Dixie at West Point

    A northbound and southbound lane of Dixie Highway are now open to traffic at West Point.

    A speed limit of 35 mph will be strictly enforced, as continued work progresses on the west side of Dixie Highway secondary to the Oct. 29 train derailment, according to a Louisville-Jefferson County Emergency Management news release.

    The 1/2-mile evacuation order also has been lifted in both West Point and southwest Jefferson County.

  • Three injured in crash on Ky. 313

    A three-vehicle wreck Thursday morning on Joe Prather Highway in Radcliff sent one person to Hardin Memorial Hospital and two more to University Hospital in Louisville with critical injuries.

    At least one of those injured was a Hardin County Schools student, said HCS spokesman John Wright.

    Bryce Shumate, spokesman for Radcliff Police Department, said a Chevrolet Geo Tracker was stopped around 7:15 a.m. in the eastbound lane on Ky. 313, preparing to turn left onto Education Avenue to go to Woodland Elementary School.

  • Chamber releases keepsake ornament

    Saunders Springs Nature Preserve has been immortalized in a Christmas keepsake.

    The annual Christmas in Hardin County commemorative ornament was unveiled Wednesday during the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon at North Side Hall in Radcliff.

  • Civilian aides take intimate look at Fort Knox

    Jack Turner had never been to Fort Knox before setting foot on post this week, but he was highly impressed with the capability of the post’s soldiers and commanders and the professional demeanor they carry.

    A good sense of humor doesn’t hurt either, he said.

    Turner, a resident of Clarksville, Tenn., represents his state as a civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army, a program better known as CASA.

  • Leadership class recognizes wounded warrior

    The first leadership class of the combined Hardin County Chamber of Commerce introduced a program Wednesday to honor America’s wounded warriors.

    Holly Stapleton, marketing manager at Fort Knox Federal Credit Union and president of the leadership class, presented the first Hero of the Heartland award to Staff Sgt. Alexander Hernandez during the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon at North Side Hall in Radcliff.

  • Cecilia man sentenced for custodial interference


    A Cecilia man received a one-year sentence Wednesday in Hardin Circuit Court for charges of custodial interference and second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

    John R. Lashley, 33, was arrested Feb. 19 after police said they discovered a runaway juvenile in his home.

    According to state police, while the girl was in Lashley's home, they smoked marijuana.

    Judge Ken Howard sentenced Lashley to one year on each count. Both are to be served concurrently for a total of one year.

  • Babysitter pleads guilty to child's murder

    Layla Johnson’s family sat leaning forward, eyes fixated on the back of the Vine Grove babysitter who pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing the 2-year-old girl in January.

    Ashley N. Chapman, 28, pleaded guilty to charges of murder and second-degree persistent felony offense. She also had family in the Hardin Circuit Court gallery Wednesday.

    She’s been in custody since Jan. 26, the day after the child was admitted to the hospital with severe bruising, swelling and bleeding in her brain, injuries police said she sustained while in Chapman’s care.

  • Babysitter pleads guilty to murder of child

    Ashley N. Chapman, charged with the January beating and death of 2-year-old Layla Marie Johnson, pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon in court.

    The Commonwealth has recommended a 35-year prison term for the Vine Grove woman as part of the plea deal on the murder charge.

    The child was in Chapman's care in January when she was rushed to Hardin Memorial Hospital. She died four days later at Kosair Children's Hospital.

  • U.S. 31W continues to be blocked at West Point

    Detours continue for U.S. 31W because of cleanup around the train derailment site in southwest Jefferson County.

    As hazardous chemicals are being transferred from damaged rail cars, Dixie Highway will remain closed. The closure is expected to last through at least Friday, Chris Jessie of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reported Wednesday afternoon.

    Mobile message boards are directing detour traffic onto Ky. 313, also known as Joe Prather Highway, to access Interstate 65 in order to accommodate Louisville traffic.