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  • Called behind bars

    The Rev. Larry Vance has been stabbed four times. A prison inmate put out a hit, offering a reward to have Vance killed.  Vance has looked square into the face of an inmate who promised to return to Elizabethtown and kill his children. He has a suitcase full of homemade weapons confiscated from jail and prison inmates.

    After 35 years of service with the Kentucky Ministry for Crime Prevention Inc., Vance, 66, is resigning as chaplain and executive director of the ministry.

  • Miniature animals fill man's retirement

    Doug Ray might not be in when potential customers stop by to view his livestock.

    His number is posted on the outside of Duke’s Tack Shop in Stephensburg in case he’s visiting friends at the gym, fishing or otherwise enjoying his retirement.

    “It’s a sad way to run a business, but it’s an old-man business,” he said.

    The 70-year-old began running the store about 10 years ago and raising geese, horses, donkeys and goats to fill his retirement hours.

  • Ice ... on the rocks
  • King celebration to inspire hope

    A local organization is preparing to celebrate the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    The 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Celebration and Lottie O. Robinson Scholarship Fundraiser Luncheon is hosted by the Hardin County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and aimed at honoring King’s life and legacy.

    It is especially focused on how King’s influence has impacted current students.

  • Winter weather causes many roadway crashes, most injury free

    Thursday’s winter weather caused several crashes around the county, most of which caused no injuries.

    Elizabethtown Police Department worked one of the worst wrecks Thursday evening, when 71-year-old Mila S. Whitler’s Chevrolet Blazer left the roadway near the 800 block of Ring Road and overturned several times, coming to rest in a ditch, said EPD spokesman Virgil Willoughby. The Hardinsburg resident’s vehicle hit a guard rail, which caused it to leave the road.

  • 'Dad' introduces latest in movie series

    Jamey Sampley plays the lead role in a series of "Dad the Hero" faith-based movies with his wife and children also featured prominently. It's an outreach of Family Brothers International Ministries, based in Elizabethtown, and produced by his family's Take 7 Films company.

    The latest offering, "Dad the Hero on Vacation," made its public debut Friday with a free showing at Grace Heartland Church in Elizabethtown, where Sampley is a member.

  • Teen MOPS group offers support

    Madge Hearne had always been a big supporter of Mothers of Preschoolers. During her second time attending a MOPS program, she began to realize the need for a Teen MOPS chapter in Hardin County.

    “My oldest son was a student at Central Hardin High School and the summer before his senior year, a friend of his had a baby,” she said.

  • Ex-teacher due back in court Feb. 3

    Two days after a Hardin County prosecutor filed a motion to dismiss Steven Gray’s sexual abuse charges, another former teacher was under arrest by Kentucky State Police, charged with having sexual relations with a student.

    Natalie C. Gentry, 33, of Elizabethtown, was fired from LaRue County High School on Oct. 24 after KSP began investigating allegations the English teacher was having sexual contact with male students.

    All alleged victims in both cases were older than 16 years of age.

  • Vote on unification bill may be looming

    A House bill filed to clear up vague language in the state’s unification law could reach the floor for a vote this week.

    Rep. Jimmie Lee, D-Elizabethtown, is one of the sponsors of House Bill 190 and said the proposed legislation is positioned for a potential vote by Wednesday.

  • Ex-LaRue teacher accused of having sexual contact with student

    A former LaRue County High School English teacher relieved of her duties in October was arrested Thursday morning and charged with a sex crime that is alleged to have involved students at the school.

    Natalie C. Gentry, 33, of Elizabethtown was charged with one count of first-degree sexual abuse, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison, and two counts of second-degree official misconduct, a Class B misdemeanor.
    According to an arrest citation, the alleged sexual abuse happened in Hardin County on or around June 1, 2011, with a 17-year-old student.