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  • Man indicted for solicitation to commit murder

    BARDSTOWN —  A Nelson County grand jury indicted a Bardstown man Friday for solicitation to commit murder.

    David O. Smith Jr., 35, is accused of soliciting another person to kill three Bardstown residents, according to a news release from Kentucky State Police Post 4.

    He was arrested April 22 and lodged at Nelson County Detention Center, police said. He is scheduled to appear for arraignment May 2 in Nelson Circuit Court.

    Post 4 Detective Terry Whittaker is leading the investigation.

  • Judge approves motion to consolidate cases against professional shoplifters

    A Hardin Circuit Court judge approved a motion Tuesday to consolidate the jury trials for two out-of-state women police say are involved in a “professional shoplifting” ring.

    Darlene Burnett, 59, and Amber Burnett, 35, both of Cleveland, were indicted in September for charges of theft of identity, complicity to commit tampering with physical evidence, three counts of complicity to commit second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, complicity to commit theft by unlawful taking less than $500 and second-degree disorderly conduct.

  • State Theater closing gap on expenses

    The Historic State Theater is edging closer to the break-even point as it attempts to steer more live concerts and performances to Elizabethtown.

    Executive Director Emily West presented a report to Elizabethtown City Council this week showing a significant boost in revenue that is cutting deeper into the expenses needed to run the facility.

    The theater recorded $290,671 in revenue last year compared to expenses of $297,496, a difference of $6,825.

  • Elizabethtown could toughen stance on standing liens

    Elizabethtown is reviewing a series of policy recommendations to toughen its stance on lien enforcement as the number and cost of liens rise, creating a financial strain and an administrative burden.

    Planning Director Ed Poppe recommended the city place limits on a lien’s age, amount and property value before a property is foreclosed on while also restricting the number of abatement actions the city can take to clean up a property.

  • Boyd County man indicted for rape, sodomy

    A Hardin County grand jury indicted an Ashland man Thursday who faces four felony sex charges stemming from alleged encounters with girls who were younger than 12 at the time.

    Edward P. Rogers, 34, was indicted on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of first-degree sodomy. The case was presented to the grand jury as a direct indictment.

    Rogers is accused of subjecting two girls to forcible sexual contact, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Teresa Logsdon said.

  • Setting the record straight

    A U.S. Navy veteran who served as a steward during World War II and the Korean War and whose service was segregated from other sailors received a posthumous tribute Monday morning in Elizabethtown.

    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie awarded 15 service medals to the daughter and son-in-law of Jesus Arriola Leon Guerrero, a native of Guam who served 20 years in the U.S. Navy, from 1937 to 1957, and died in 1991.

  • Rolling science lab teaching children about agriculture

    Agriculture science is coming to Hardin County children beginning today.

  • Celebrating Earth Day at ECTC
  • Yard sale to offer miles of deals

    Deals are expected to stretch for 26 miles Saturday in the Cecilia area and beyond.

    The second 26-Mile Yard Sale hosted by the Cecilia Ruritan Club on Ky. 86 is set to begin at about 8 a.m. and stretch from U.S. 62 to U.S. 60, through Cecilia, Howevalley, Vertrees and other small communities.

    The event features yard sale booths set up for free in the yards of area residents and rented for those who don’t live in the area.

    The event is set to take place regardless of the weather.

  • HMH, United Way join forces to assist SpringHaven

    Hardin Memorial Health is working with United Way of Central Kentucky to benefit one of their partner agencies.

    The two have organized a day of service Friday at SpringHaven Domestic Violence Shelter, in which more than 100 volunteers will clean, paint, repair and revitalize older portions of the shelter, said Tanya Thomas, SpringHaven executive director.