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  • Sports Park planning July 21 opening activities

    After years of planning, construction and controversy over its cost and the restaurant tax imposed to pay for it, Elizabethtown Sports Park opens to the public in a little more than a month.

    Elizabethtown announced July 21 as the opening date for the park and plans a slew of activities before the park kicks off its first tournament — the Cal Ripken Baseball Ohio Valley Regional — on July 25.

    Janna Clark, sports and sales director for Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau, said

  • Hodgenville council votes to add tourism commission

    Last month, Hodgenville City Council agreed to draw up a restaurant tax ordinance with a first reading occurring in June.

    However, in last week’s meeting, Mayor Terry Cruse said he learned a seven-member tourist and convention commission had to be in force before a 2 percent restaurant tax could be enacted.

  • 13-year-old girl and her mother testify in rape trial

    A 13-year-old girl and her mother testified Friday against an Elizabethtown man accused of forcible rape.

    Kelly Ferguson, 35, is accused of raping the teen.

    His attorneys said the two had consensual sex.

    The girl and her mother testified to a course of events described the day before by the girl’s father. Each said Ferguson visited in August to see the family and asked three times during the evening if the girl would walk him home for beer, cigarettes or other errands.

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  • E'town man charged with murder

    An Elizabethtown man was charged Saturday in the murder of a 20-year-old man.

    Jamie B. Wagers, 24, was arrested by Kentucky State Police after they received a call at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday of an incident at 130 Magers Drive.

    Christian Fernando Higdon, 20, of Clarkson, was pronounced dead by the Hardin County Coroner’s Office, Deputy Coroner Kenneth Spangenberger said. Cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.

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  • E’town church spreads message with balloons

    To give its new vacation Bible school program a lift, all Locust Grove Baptist Church needed was a little helium.

    Members of the church on Red Mill Road in Elizabethtown decided to revamp their VBS and began looking for a way to advertise the program. Stauge “Kenny” Jones, 11, offered up an untraditional method for getting the word out — send out balloons with program fliers attached, a sort of updated version of the carrier pigeon.

    Jones saw the idea carried out at a church he previously attended.

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  • Nicholasville man charged with 50 counts of rape

    A former Elizabethtown resident has returned to Hardin County in police custody charged with 50 counts of rape after police said he forcibly raped a minor in his care for years and fathered her child.

    Alfred Charles Ivey Jr., 47, of Nicholasville was arrested Sunday by the Jessamine County Sheriff’s Office and was transported to Hardin County. He is charged with 16 counts of first-degree rape victim younger than 12 and 34 counts of first-degree rape, according to Kentucky State Police.