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  • E'town man sentenced to 10 years for sex crimes

    An Elizabethtown man was sentenced Tuesday morning in Hardin Circuit Court on sex crime charges and a family member said the charges are a result of a family dispute.

    Christopher Allen Spellings, 31, was sentenced to 10 years for incest by forcible compulsion and incapable of consent (or victim younger than 18), third-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse.

    The incest charge resulted in 10 years, while the other two charges resulted in five years each. The sentences are to run concurrently.

  • Vine Grove council sponsors rate increase for water, sewer

    Harvey DeBolt lives on Cedarcrest Drive in Vine Grove and compared his front lawn to an episode of “Swamp People” as he addressed Vine Grove City Council at Monday night’s meeting.

    DeBolt has lived there nearly two decades and said the city frequently repairs a leaky water line is his yard.

    “I’ve been told you can’t fight city hall and win,” he said. “I’ve been living there for 18 years now and at least once a year they have to come out and put a bandage on it.”

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  • RPD nabs out-of-state sex offender violator

    An out-of-state man wanted on numerous sex offender violations was arrested Monday afternoon by Radcliff police and now faces even more charges.

    Brian Dean Eckert, 35, was wanted by police in Buffalo, New York, for violating his sex offender registry requirement. Radcliff police arrested him following a tussle in a yard after he ran out the back entrance of a residence.

  • Speed convicted on 40 counts involving child pornography

    A Rineyville man admitted guilt Tuesday afternoon in Hardin Circuit Court to 40 counts involving child pornography.

    Jessie Speed III, 21, was convicted on 20 counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and 20 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Both are Class D felonies.

  • Workshop series fleshes out skill sets

    A workshop series hosted by the Kentucky Career Center was launched to help meet needs voiced by employers when it comes to labor skills.

    The job seekers workshop, hosted weekly by the Lincoln Trail Kentucky Career Center at 916 N. Mulberry St., helps connect job hunters with skills they need to impress prospective employers, assisting with resume building, job-searching methods and interviewing skills, said Jerisia Lamons, client services manager and job seekers team leader. There is no charge to attend.

  • Trial date set for man accused of sexual abuse of a minor

    A trial date has been set for a former Hardin County man accused of sexual abuse of a minor. One of the charges is tied to an alleged incident nearly 20 years ago.

    Jeffery Diehl’s trial was scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 12 during an appearance Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    He was indicted on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a victim younger than 12; and one count of first-degree sexual abuse. The charges are Class D felonies punishable by up to five years in prison.

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  • CHHS grad to be enshrined at Patriots Peace Memorial

    A former area resident who graduated in 1999 from Central Hardin High School and was in the U.S. Navy, will be remembered on Memorial Day in Louisville when he is enshrined at the Patriots Peace Memorial.

  • Night to Shine set for Saturday

    Everyone deserves at least one night to shine. That’s why College Heights United Methodist Church is having a second Night to Shine dance Saturday.

    This year, the prom-like event for individuals with physical and/or mental challenges is at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown with registration beginning at 5 p.m. The event lasts until 9 p.m. and anyone 15 or older is welcome to participate.