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  • Cruelty counts added in 'puppy mill' case

    A Vine Grove couple arrested Wednesday on charges of second-degree cruelty to animals now faces 103 counts, rather than the 89 counts originally filed.

    Brian McCarthy, 48, and his wife, Joyce McCarthy, 47, were released Wednesday night from the Hardin County Detention Center on a $2,500 unsecured bond each.

    Arraignment for both has been set for April 4 at the Hardin County Justice Center.

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  • Suspected ‘puppy mill’ busted

    About 100 dogs and puppies are being held as evidence against two Vine Grove residents who have been charged with 89 counts of second-degree cruelty to animals.

    Brian McCarthy, 48, and his wife, Joyce McCarthy, 47, were arrested Wednesday on those charges, which are Class A misdemeanors and punishable by up to one year in jail, Vine Grove Police Capt. Dale Riggs said.

    There is evidence the dogs were being sold, he said.

  • About 100 dogs rescued from Vine Grove residence

    Hardin County Animal Control, Vine Grove Police and numerous volunteers have rescued in the neighborhood of 100 dogs from a trailer on Gaylene Drive in Vine Grove.

    Hardin County Deputy Judge-Executive Jim Roberts said a phone tip to animal control initiated the raid on the home of Brian and Joyce McCarthy.

    Vine Grove Police Capt. Dale Riggs said the pair have been charged with 89 counts of second-degree cruelty to animals — a Class A misdemeanor — punishable by up to one year in jail.

  • Upton neighbors rally around ailing infant and her family

    Harlie Brook Currie was expected to be stillborn.

    After her birth, doctors expected she only would live for hours. When she exceeded that, they gave her days, then weeks.

    Her mother, Tiffany Currie of Upton, thinks doctors gave Harlie a prediction of a 6-month lifespan because the tiny infant kept outliving all the bleak outlooks.

    “She is one heck of a fighter,” Currie said. “She kept beating all these odds that they were giving her.”

  • E'town hires events coordinator

    Described by Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker as “very enthusiastic, very energetic,” a 28-year-old Central Hardin High School graduate begins work next week as the city’s first events coordinator.

    The new position, which pays $38,000 annually, was offered to Sarah Vaughn, who staged the street-painting festival Via Colori the past two years as part of her job with the Advocacy and Support Center.

    “I’m very excited,” she said. “Really, really, really excited.”

  • Health Expo to offer screenings, meetings with medical professionals

    Hardin Memorial Hospital representatives want to help area residents become more aware of their health and make sure they’re sufficiently informed to make good decisions about it.

    Hardin Memorial Hospital Health Expo 2012 presents an opportunity to learn about risk factors for health concerns and help attendees learn how to prevent such issues.

    The fair also showcases health-related services in the area and provides visitors a chance to talk to health-care professionals about concerns they have.

  • CHHS grad's portrait inspires correspondent's widow

    When Ebony Marshman heard in February about the death of foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid through Twitter, she was surprised how moved she was at the news.

    Marshman, a senior visual arts student at Western Kentucky University and Central Hardin High School graduate, decided to paint a watercolor portrait of Shadid.

    “I remember this time last year he was kidnapped in Libya,” she said. “I paint portraits anyway and I knew there was a show coming up, so I chose to do a portrait of him. I worked from a mix of photos, not just one.”

  • Hosparus Tea and Auction fundraiser is Saturday at Severns Valley

    Residents are invited to help Hosparus make sure everyone has access to care when they face life-limiting issues.

    The annual Elizabethtown Hosparus Tea and Auction is from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Severns Valley Baptist Church on Ring Road in Elizabethtown. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

    The event, themed “Once Upon a Tea,” is hosted by Hosparus of Central Kentucky to benefit patients and families involved with the organization.

  • Tax extensions offered to owners of tornado-stricken property

    Storm survivors in 21 Kentucky counties, including LaRue and Grayson, will have relief on some pending tax obligations.

    Residents of counties designated for individual assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency are eligible for an extension of the April 17 deadline for filing 2011 individual income tax returns. Residents also can apply for extensions regarding making income tax payments and 2011 contributions to an individual retirement account.