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  • JHHS holds prom fashion show and sale today

    Students will get the chance to be their own top models this weekend, but without all of the judgment from Tyra Banks.

    John Hardin High School is hosting its third annual prom fashion show from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the commons area of the school. John Hardin students will model dresses and tuxedos provided by local stores for students, parents and community members to view.

    This year’s show also includes a sale of gently worn formal wear as well as some discounted new items provided by stores.

  • Tax preparation help begins Wednesday

    Kentucky residents can get free tax help beginning Wednesday.

    American Association of Retired Persons volunteers begin their annual appointments to help people with simple federal and Kentucky tax returns.

    The effort continues through April 12 by appointment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the Hardin County Public Library branch on Jim Owen Drive in Elizabethtown.

  • Sitter charged with murder

    A little more than 24 hours after a 2-year-old died, Kentucky State Police Detective Jason Propes walked into the Hardin County Detention Center on Monday afternoon and charged the child’s  babysitter with murder.

    Ashley N. Chapman, 28, of Vine Grove is accused of inflicting a fatal beating on Layla Marie Johnson.
    Chapman has been lodged in the jail since Thursday on a first-degree criminal abuse charge. The babysitter is being held on a $25,000 cash bond for the abuse charge and a $500,000 cash bond for the murder charge.

  • Four-day Tommy Fest features concerts, workshops

    Now in its 10th year, Tommy Fest, part of an annual concert series at Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center, features Australian musician Tommy Emmanuel and is a consistent draw for audiences.

    “It’s something I look forward to every year,” Emmanuel said.

    As a self-described honorary resident of LaRue County and actual Kentucky Colonel, the guitarist feels connected to the Bluegrass State.

    “I have a long love affair with Kentucky,” he said.

  • Woman killed in single-vehicle wreck

    An unidentified woman was killed Sunday evening in a single-vehicle wreck on Hodgenville Road near the Hardin-LaRue county border, Kentucky State Police reported.

    An adult male passenger and child also were injured in the wreck, but the injuries did not appear to be life threatening, said Norman Chaffins, public affairs officer at Post 4 in Elizabethtown.

    KSP was trying to identify the passengers Sunday night, Chaffins said.

  • Beaten toddler dies from injuries

    The 2-year-old child who allegedly was “severely assaulted” by her babysitter died Sunday afternoon after spending nearly five days in  critical condition at Kosairs Children’s Hospital in Louisville, police report.

    The babysitter, 28-year-old Ashley N. Chapman, was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree criminal abuse. That charge likely will be upgraded to murder, according to a Kentucky State Police news release.

  • Let's get married

    Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown was packed with future brides and grooms shopping the booths at Sunday’s Bridal Showcase.

    Vendors with information about everything from wedding photography to catering lined the center’s walls, and men and women modeling dresses and tuxedos walked among the crowd. With their free tote bags and pink “I’m the bride” stickers, future brides were easy to identify.

    The event was sponsored by The News-Enterprise, and at 2:30 p.m., one couple was married at the community center.

  • Two Democrats challenge Jimmie Lee in primary

    State Rep. Jimmie Lee can expect at least two primary opponents, whose combined age is less than his 74 years.

    Lee, who is serving his 20th year in the state House, said he’s excited by the prospect.

    “I’m thrilled to see young people out there interested in government,” he said. “I never have in my life begrudged anybody who wanted to run.”

    His two Democratic challengers are a graduate student and substitute teacher plus a software program manager who lost in two previous attempts to unseat Lee.

  • Police: Toddler shaken, beaten

    While a 2-year-old girl lay in critical condition Friday, the 28-year-old babysitter accused of abusing her was arraigned in Hardin District Court.

    Ashley N. Chapman of Vine Grove was arrested on a warrant just after 6 p.m. Thursday near Radcliff and charged with first-degree criminal abuse.

    The warrant alleges Chapman “severely assaulted” the child by “striking her and severely shaking her, resulting in loss of consciousness, extensive bruising, bleeding in the brain and a bite mark.”