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  • Working K-9 to 5

    Sometimes it takes a little something extra to get where you need to be. In the police search for a man now charged with attacking a 10-year-old child, that something extra has four paws and fur.

    Kentucky State Police found Jetto Dye nearly three-quarters of a mile into the woods in LaRue County with the help of Fero, a K-9 handled by Senior Trooper Seth Payne.

    Dye, 28, of Hodgenville, was charged June 3 with attempted murder, kidnapping, first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree attempted rape of a 10-year-old girl from LaRue County.

  • Local leaders free fall with U.S. Army

    Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall took a few deep breaths as he joked around with the suited men around him, sweat pooling off of his forehead as he pointed out his clammy palms through an extended hand.

    “I feel like I’m on a first date I’m so nervous right now,” Duvall said to the crowded huddle of bodies in the tight space. “I feel like I’m back in high school.”

    State Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, and Vine Grove Mayor Blake Proffitt sat nearby — both men preparing to take the same plunge as Duvall.

  • HCU launches second unification push

    Hardin County United launched its second push for a unification review commission at the feet of Hardin Fiscal Court on Tuesday, reminding county government the questions swirling around unified local government can only be answered once a commission is formed.

    “That will only happen if you create it,” said Ken Howard, chairman of the HCU governance subcommittee.

  • ECTC lawsuit moves forward

    Attorneys for the defendants named in a lawsuit filed by Bernice Bennett, an employee at the local community college, have filed a motion to dismiss the complaint.

    The motion goes before Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

    Bennett filed a complaint April 25 against Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, ECTC President/CEO Thelma White, and Ann Thompson, Bennett’s supervisor at ECTC. 

  • Coolidge to undergo psychiatric evaluation

    A Big Clifty woman accused of lighting fires inside J.C. Penney at Towne Mall between July and October last year and making bomb threats to the mall and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College has been ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in La Grange.

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  • Man seriously injured in motorcycle wreck

    A New Haven man was seriously injured Sunday near Hodgenville when he crashed his motorcycle attempting to run from a Kentucky State Police trooper.

    Austin P. McMahan, 19, was clocked on a Yamaha motorcycle at 102 mph in a 55 mph zone by Trooper John Adams. The incident was at 7:33 p.m. on U.S. 31E about eight miles north of Hodgenville, according to police.

    McMahan lost control of his vehicle and struck an earth embankment, police said.

    Adams administered first aid and waited for the LaRue County Fire Department and LaRue County EMS.

  • Woman sentenced to probation on abuse charges

    A Louisville woman charged with criminal child abuse was sentenced Tuesday to five years probation.

    Jacqueline Y. Hutchings accepted a plea deal amending two counts of first-degree criminal abuse of a child 12 years old or younger to two second-degree charges.

    She pleaded not guilty to both counts in October. Hutchings was accused of allowing her 3-year-old son to be abused.

  • About 1,000 arrive for Leader's Training Course

    The first wave of college students looking to serve their country as U.S. Army officers arrive today for the annual Leader’s Training Course, which marks its 47th anniversary this year.

    In all, 1,000 men and women are expected to train at the post during the summer as part of the program, roughly 30 percent more than graduated in 2011. The first cluster of students begins in-processing Thursday. The course consists of five groups of about 200 cadets, with the last group graduating Aug. 3.

  • Annual Nolin RECC meeting is Friday

    Music, speakers and informative programs take center stage at 5 p.m. Friday as part of Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative Corp.’s annual meeting at John Hardin High School.

    The Dove Brothers Band brings gospel and country music flavor to the evening. Before that, at 6 p.m., magician Dave Cottrell performs in the main gym.

    Children also can play on free balloon fun houses and slides behind the school. Caricaturist Denny Whalen returns this year to provide free portraits for participants.

    A health fair and other booths also are on hand.