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  • E'town man arrested on multiple sex charges

    An Elizabethtown man was arrested Friday and charged with multiple sex crimes in connection to alleged encounters with a mentally retarded woman.

    Shawn C. Mansfield, 37, is charged with third-degree rape, second-degree sodomy, attempted second-degree sodomy and third-degree sexual abuse. The alleged encounters occurred Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at his Elizabethtown residence and other city locations, according to the citation.

    The police citation alleges Mansfield confessed to sexual contact with the woman. It also alleges drugs were involved.

  • Florists rush to meet Valentine's demand

    Gayla Blackwell and her husband haven’t been able to celebrate their wedding anniversary Feb. 14, in years.

    The couple and family members have been running Blossoms & Heirlooms Florists on Highland Avenue in Vine Grove for 15 years, and their special day falls on the busiest sales weekend of the year for their industry — Valentine’s Day.

  • The Road to War: Feeling at home on the range

    If I ever had aspirations to moonlight as a professional sniper, those dreams were quashed last week on a Fort Knox range.

    Photographer Jill Pickett and I embarked on an admittedly exciting adventure Wednesday while logging time with the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command for The Road to War series, in which we strapped on battle armor and had M16 rifles placed in our care.

  • Ghost hunting goes ‘International’ at Morrison Lodge

    Clapping his hands in the darkened main hall of the Morrison Lodge, TV’s “Ghost Hunters International” star Paul Bradford synced the audio recorders of a roomful of paranormal investigators Saturday night.

    By providing a common audible reference point, investigators comparing evidence can precisely pinpoint any spot on a recording.

  • Local man’s hobby assists state research

    Glenn Driskill of Rineyville enjoys looking up from a dark cave floor to see thousands of bats grouping in clusters of 400 or more to hibernate.

    “It’s just a lot of fun,” he said. “Everybody gives bats a bad name, but they’re pretty interesting little animals.”

    Driskill has explored caves in Hardin County and surrounding areas for 47 years, since he and his boyhood friends occasionally set out on spelunking adventures instead of going to school.

  • Senior Life: Friendship as we age

    True friendship comes in different forms, and it comes to us in different stages of our lives. Friends share our happy times, cry with us during sad times and carry us through difficult times. No matter our age, friendships play an important role.

  • Indiana man injured in I-65 wreck

    An Indiana man was injured in a single-vehicle crash Sunday morning after his pickup truck slammed into a rock embankment on Interstate 65 near Elizabethtown, according to Kentucky State Police.

  • Veterans tribute entering final stage of fundraising

    As crews chip away at the Ring Road property that soon will be home to the Elizabethtown Nature Park, Hardin County Veterans Tribute officials are entering the final lap of fundraising.

    Rik Hawkins, a member of the Hardin County Veterans Tribute committee, said the group has gathered about 75 percent of the $550,000 it needs and hopes to reach its goal within the year as the group prepares for a Veterans Day reveal.

    “We’re not far off,” he said. The group also is in discussions with more potential donors.

  • Local housing authorities receive HUD funding

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded three local housing authorities funding as part of a statewide allocation totaling nearly $32 million to improve public housing units.