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  • Vine Grove man charged with sexual abuse of minor

    A Vine Grove man was arrested early Tuesday morning on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse involving a girl younger than 16.

    David L. Shumake, 39, is accused of performing a sexual act on the teen in October at his Rose Creek Drive residence, according to a police citation. The girl reported an attack to Vine Grove police, who interviewed Shumake, according to a citation.

  • Schmidt Collection completely sold

    After more than a year, the Schmidt family has said goodbye to the collection they’ve owned for decades.

    The Schmidt Collection of Coca-Cola Memorabilia has been completely sold, Larry Schmidt announced Monday. An auction planned for March no longer will take place.

    The family had its last auction in September, and a substantial amount of the collection remained afterward, Schmidt said. But pieces continued to sell and the family made its final transaction at the end of November.

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  • January hearing scheduled in E'town incest, rape case

    A January hearing has been scheduled in the case against George William Beason Jr., an Elizabethtown man facing 13 counts of sex-related felony charges.

    Beason, 32, appeared Tuesday morning in Hardin Circuit Court for motion hour. A hearing date was set for 9 a.m. Jan. 11 regarding a defense motion to introduce evidence in the case.

    The case is set to proceed to jury trial Jan. 23 in Judge Ken Howard’s courtroom.

  • An unknown journey: Stillwell embraces the season in a year full of challenges

    This is Mary Jane Stillwell’s favorite time of year.

    Breast cancer, weekly chemotherapy treatments and the aches and pains that accompany them are not going to ruin it for the Hodgenville married mother of three, who has spent the last four months being treated for a lump in her breast.

    “I hate cancer,” she said. “But you know, there are some people with cancer dealing with a lot worse than we are when you see that it is your child who has it.

  • E’town considers deal for naming rights of miracle field

    City officials are considering a sponsorship proposal at the Elizabethtown Sports Park that would offer revenue to cover the cost of a full-time trainer in exchange for the naming rights to the miracle field.

    Park Director Seth Breitner presented two proposals to Elizabethtown City Council Monday relating to medical coverage needed for events on the park’s upcoming 2013 schedule. Of the 45 or so events already booked, at least 23 will require the services of a trainer, Breitner said.

  • LaRue County deputy who shot suspect placed on leave

    The suspect, Thomas E. Ferguson, 38, of Magnolia, was fatally shot in the head and died at University Hospital in Louisville, according to police.

    A funeral is at 2 p.m. today at Dixon-Rogers Funeral Home in Magnolia.

    Deputy James E. Williamson, 24, has been placed on administrative leave per LaRue County Sheriff’s Office protocol, Sheriff Bobby Shoffner said.

  • December rain good for wheat

    Warm temperatures and heavy rain in early December have helped with the growth of winter wheat in Hardin County and helped with soil preparation for spring planting.

    Farmers also are planting more wheat than is typical for the area, said Matt Adams, a Hardin County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. Wheat is used for grain-based foods and livestock feed.

  • E'town man indicted for attempted murder, rape

    More serious charges have been brought against a 42-year-old Elizabethtown man who was arrested in October after reportedly threatening his wife with a revolver and eventually hitting her with it.

    A Hardin County grand jury indicted Michael R. Odom for criminal attempt to commit murder, first-degree rape, tampering with physical evidence and second-degree assault.

    He’s been in the Hardin County Detention Center since his Oct. 15 arrest on charges of first-degree wanton endangerment and second-degree assault.

  • The new Christmas cards

    Before taking that gift card to the cashier, holiday shoppers should know whether the card will empty their wallet while filling stocking.

    Gift cards have become popular Christmas gift items, but can come with strings attached that can prevent them from being fully utilized. Thanks to a federal law that went into effect in 2010, owners of gift cards are more likely to get the full value of their card, but there still are issues consumers need to know, according to the Better Business Bureau.