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  • Rape case ends with guilty verdict

    Tears fell on the witness stand in Judge Kelly Mark Easton’s courtroom Wednesday from a woman who said she was victimized and raped by Alfred Ivey Jr. when he was dating her mother.

    The girl, now in her early 20s, recounted the horror and pain she said she has carried with her for roughly a decade since giving birth to Ivey’s child, living with the knowledge she was a little girl with a baby of her own.

    “(It’s) very hard,” she said. “It really, really messed up my life.”

  • Ivey found guilty of rape

    It took less than an hour of deliberation Wednesday afternoon for a jury to find Alfred Ivey Jr. of Nicholasville guilty of two counts of first-degree rape of a child, one count coming when the girl was less than 12 years old.

    The two counts, both felonies, carry a minimum of 20 years to life in prison. If Ivey, 49, is not sentenced to life, the maximum penalty he could face is 70 years in prison.

    Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Teresa Logsdon recommended life in prison due to the severity of the crimes.

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  • New recruits join Addie's Army

    Hardin County Teen Court has enlisted in Addie’s Army.

    Members of Teen Court are raising money for the Addie’s Army Foundation, created to assist Addilyn Roberts, 3, who was diagnosed with leukemia. The teens are creating survival bracelets and selling them for $5.

  • Police: Search for body was worth the effort

    Drivers along East Railroad Avenue in Elizabethtown aren’t stopping to stare at overturned dirt quite as long this week.

    Not like two days last week when dozens of city public works employees, police officers, detectives, coroners and two archaeologists roamed the land looking in the dirt for human remains.

    Officials found a variety of items, including clothing and jars, but no body, according to EPD spokesman Virgil Willoughby. He called the pursuit of remains on the property “complete.”

  • County hears first reading of bond issue

    Hardin Fiscal Court is a few weeks away from securing the mechanism needed to finance the four-story government complex off Patriot Parkway near Ring Road.

    The court heard the first reading of an ordinance Tuesday afternoon, issuing two general obligation bonds to finance the bulk of construction’s cost, which has been set at a guaranteed maximum price of $13.1 million.

  • Patching potholes

    With a scattering of sunny days with warmer temperatures, road maintenance crews have started to repair damage an ice-filled winter has caused around Hardin County.

    State, county and city road maintenance workers are out filling potholes from several inches of precipitation and freezing temperatures have left in its wake.

  • RPD searching for man in connection to rape case

    Radcliff Police are searching for a black man in his 20s in connection to the rape of a 17-year-old girl on Feb. 7.

    In a news release, the man is described as having a thin build with a goatee and shoulder- length dreadlocks.

    RPD spokesman Bryce Shumate said the teenager is not from Radcliff and she had not known the man for very long.

  • Haycraft neighborhood to gain community garden

    Elizabethtown’s ongoing revitalization of the Haycraft neighborhood continues this year through a project allowing residents to experiment with growing their own food.

  • Motion to reduce bail in abuse case denied

    An Elizabethtown man accused of spanking his step-children with a paddle appeared Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Donald Lee Begley, 46, is indicted on three counts of second-degree criminal abuse of a child 12 years old or younger and is being held on a $10,000 cash bond.

    Begley’s attorney, public defender David Stewart, made a motion in court Tuesday to reduce the bond. The motion was denied by Judge Ken Howard, citing other felony convictions and failure to comply with previous court orders.