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  • Buggeland hearing to be continued in December

    When Erik Buggeland last appeared in court in August, Judge Ken Howard requested he be removed from the courtroom after he repeatedly shouted he wanted to plead guilty.

    “Here’s what happened,” Buggeland said to a woman in the courtroom before being escorted out. “I hit my dad because he tried to give me medicine, and I hit him with a barbell. Then my mom came in and I threw her down and snapped her neck with my foot.”

  • It's beginning to look like Christmas today in downtown E’town

    Santa is making an early visit to Elizabethtown this year to spread some Christmas cheer.

    Saint Nick’s stop is just part of a series of Christmas events Saturday hosted by local organizations, including the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council and Brown-Pusey House.

  • HCS social worker, advocate dies at 84

    Hardin County this week lost a respected woman who fought for the rights of children and women.

    Charley Nell Llewellyn, 84, died Monday at Helmwood Healthcare in Elizabethtown. Llewellyn, originally from Alabama, was a much-recognized social worker for Hardin County Schools, an avid proponent of women’s rights and a member of many local organizations.

  • E'town man facing assault charge waives preliminary hearing

    An Elizabethtown man accused of assaulting a female relative waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday in Hardin District Court, and his case will proceed to the grand jury.

    Justin Michael Smith, 31, is charged with first-degree assault after the Elizabethtown Police Department responded to an assault on Mark Court where a woman alleged she had been awakened and beaten.

    Police released Smith’s name as a person of interest the morning of Nov. 6 and Smith was arrested two days later at the police department.

  • Vine Grove calls public hearing, meeting

    Vine Grove City Council has planned a work session for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to work on ordinances required for Kentucky’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, which regulates alcohol licensing in the state.

    The council has set a public hearing at 6 p.m. Nov. 28 to discuss a sewer expansion project.

    A called meeting follows the hearing at 6:30 p.m. and include all ordinances required by ABC and a second reading of a storm water ordinance that would replace two previous ordinances.

  • Glowing in the rain
  • E’town officials say purchase of golf course unlikely

    If the owners of Pine Valley Country Club are forced to sell, Elizabethtown city government is not likely to make an offer, according to city officials.

    Mayor Tim Walker said the city is stretched too thin to purchase a golf course at the moment. That’s a message he said he conveyed to one of the course’s owners, Jack Ridge.

  • Bank renews foreclosure suit against Pine Valley

    Homeowners near Pine Valley Golf Resort hope to save the golf course as its owners, Pine Valley Country Club Inc., again are locked into foreclosure proceedings.

    South Central Bank of Hardin County renewed its foreclosure suit against Pine Valley Country Club Inc. in an effort to collect money it argues it is owed. The suit describes two loans in default of nearly $3 million taken out by the company in 2002 and a third loan in 2003 by Club Pro Products for $700,000.

  • Magnolia man seeks reduced sentence

    A man convicted of manslaughter in the 2007 shooting death of his former stepdaughter has requested another court hearing.

    David McFarland, 47, of Magnolia, claims he was a victim of domestic abuse and should be exempt from the requirement that he serve 85 percent of his 18-year sentence, according to court records.

    If his request is granted by LaRue Circuit Court, he could be eligible to serve only 20 percent of his sentence.

  • Forecasters say be on alert today

    Heavy rain fell across much of Kentucky this morning as the entire region was placed under a severe thunderstorm watch.

    In addition to widespread showers, the storm front carrries embedded thunderstorms. Gusty winds, frequent lightning strikes, torrential rain and small hail have been reported to the National Weather Service.

    The entire region has a 100 percent chance of rain today. The Kentucky Mesonet weather reporting station for Hardin County recorded 1.26 inches of rain Tuesday and measured another three-fourths of an inch by noon today.