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  • Horse Cave man charged with murder

    A 41-year-old Horse Cave man was arrested and charged with murder late Saturday by Kentucky State Police.

    Douglas W. Miller is charged with the stabbing death of Patrick L. Dunlap, 52, of Smithville, Tenn., who police found dead in Miller’s home on Hatcher Valley Road.

    Deborah Thistlewaite, 50, of Bloomfield also was at the residence when police arrived Saturday evening. She was arrested by the Hart County Sheriff’s Office on unrelated warrants. She is not charged related to the stabbing.

    Both were lodged in the Hart County Jail.

  • Photo: Clean up duty
  • One woman’s struggle with brain injury is a warning for young drivers

    For Jennifer Hornback, graduation and prom season bring back thoughts of a vehicle collision she can’t remember and the consequences she’ll deal with for the rest of her life.

    Jennifer, 20, has lived in a medical rehabilitation facility in Lexington since a head-on collision near Rineyville just more than three years ago left her in serious condition, in a coma and with a traumatic brain injury.

  • Court records show McCarthy ‘raises dogs’

    The more than 100 dogs confiscated last Wednesday from a Vine Grove residence, where officials say the animals were living in unsanitary conditions, were a woman’s livelihood, according to court records.

    Brian and Joyce McCarthy were arrested and charged with 103 counts of second-degree animal cruelty, a Class A misdemeanor. Officials allege volunteers and law enforcement officers removed 103 dogs from the McCarthy’s 103 Gaylene Drive residence where the animals were living in dirty cages without water.

  • E’town, Radcliff roll out spring cleanups

    With warm temperatures banishing winter for another year, Hardin County residents once again can spruce up their yards and clear storage spaces of unwanted items.

    Elizabethtown and Radcliff will hold spring cleanup efforts in April when the cities will take a number of items off homeowners’ hands.

  • Woman killed in Nelson County wreck

    A Loretto woman was killed Sunday afternoon in a single-vehicle wreck on Loretto Road in Bardstown.

    Clara R. Donahue, 44, was southbound in a 2002 Dodge Dakota when for unknown reasons the truck left the roadway on the southbound side and struck a tree, according to Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown.

    A Nelson County coroner pronounced Donahue dead at the scene. Her passenger, James R. Mattingly, 45, of Loretto, was flown to University Hospital in Louisville with life-threatening injuries.

  • Home burglarized during man’s funeral

    While family and friends last week attended the funeral for Richard “Lanny” Skees, his home on Nolin Road in Sonora was burglarized of thousands of dollars worth of items ranging from pocket watches to firearms.

    “I felt like my husband had died all over again,’’ Normaline Skees said. “I felt very violated that someone had been in our house.’’

  • Residents shed hair to benefit childhood cancer

    Five women and girls sat down in chairs lined up on a stage at Pritchard Community Center, preparing to go bald.

    Friends Otter MacAilein and Ceana MacAilein, both of Radcliff, decided to shed their brunette locks Sunday during the fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in Elizabethtown. Then, their daughters decided to join them.

    By the time the event came, the families had formed a fundraising group of seven people and collected $500 for St. Baldrick’s.

  • PHOTOS: Spring has sprung
  • Senior Life: Taking charge of positive aging

    A sweet, elderly grandmother telephoned the local hospital and timidly asked, “Is it possible to speak to someone who can tell me how a patient is doing?” The operator responded, “I’ll be glad to help you. What’s the patient’s name and room number?” The elderly lady in her weak, tremulous voice answered, “Norma Finley, Room 302.” The operator replied, “Let me place you on hold while I check with her nurse.”