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  • Sexual abuse survivor promotes workshop for awareness

    Susan Campbell wasn’t able to talk about her experience being sexually abused until recently.

    “It has taken me until now to be able to get my voice back,” the 63-year-old from Elizabethtown said

    Campbell said her abuser died about a year and a half ago, and she didn’t realize until after that how much that event would impact her.

    Afterward, she began looking for ways to reach out to others  affected by similar situations and to promote awareness of the problem.

  • E'town teen charged with unlawful transaction with a minor

    An 18-year-old Elizabethtown man was served an arrest warrant Sunday and charged with unlawful transaction with a minor in connection with an alleged sexual encounter that occurred in December.

    Steven J. Jackson, who will turn 19 later this month, is accused of having sexual intercourse with a juvenile girl under the age of 16, according to a citation. He's charged with first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor — illegal sex act, which is a Class B felony if the minor is less than 16 at the time of the offense.

  • Martin hearing moved to next week

    A preliminary hearing for a woman charged with receiving stolen property from a residence where a woman was found dead has been rescheduled for Feb. 6.

    Belinda Rae Martin, 26, of Elizabethtown, was scheduled to appear in district court Monday.

    She was charged with receiving stolen property taken from the Buffalo residence where Kristie Lynne Allen, 28, was found dead of what police call an apparent homicide last month.

  • LCHS student dies in wreck

    Alma Teresa Martinez Flores, a 17-year-old student at LaRue County High School, was excited to start the school’s quilting club, her friends told Principal Paul Mullins. Today marks the club’s first meeting, but she will not be there.

    Flores died in a single-vehicle wreck Sunday night on Ky. 210 near the Hardin-LaRue county border.

    “Alma was a very sweet young lady who had a beautiful smile and an infectious personality,” Mullins said about the teen, who was in her first year at LCHS and also played on the junior varsity soccer team.

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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.