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  • Leitchfield man gets 12 years for assault, stalking

    A Leitchfield man facing assault and stalking charges was sentenced last month to 12 years in prison.

    Steven D. Wilson, 39, was arrested Aug. 26, 2011, after he stabbed a Summit man with a punch knife in front of the victim’s wife and children, according to Kentucky State Police.

    Wilson pleaded guilty in June to charges of first-degree assault and first-degree stalking.

  • Paul offers amendment to triple funding in veterans bill

    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced a new version of amendments to strip foreign aid from Pakistan, Egypt and Libya because of recent aggression toward American consulates and embassies, including the death of the American ambassador to Libya, according to a news release from Paul’s office.

    Sen. Harry Reid D-Nev., expressed his desire to quickly pass a $1 billion jobs bill for veterans Wednesday, and Paul altered his amendment to offer additional money for the veterans job bill, the release said.

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  • Justice Place eyeing October opening

    A downtown Elizabethtown business center missed its summer opening date, but its owners believe it soon will be serving patrons.

    Roxann Smalley, a local attorney and developer of Justice Place, said the facility should be open by the end of October barring further delays. It originally was scheduled to open June 30.

  • Clarity walk organizers hope to draw more participants

    Organizers hope to draw more participants than ever Saturday to the annual Clarity Solutions for Women Walk for Life.

    The walk has taken place annually for nearly a decade and is one of two fundraisers that support Clarity Solutions for Women, which operates on donations and has a mission to help women who need it during a possible or confirmed pregnancies.

    The event typically draws about 175 registered walkers and the groups they bring with them. Executive Director Marcia Orban said the goal this year is to get at least 200 registered walkers.

  • Festival attractions include a rooster crowing contest

    How are your rooster crowing skills?

    You can find out Saturday afternoon during the ninth annual Western Hardin County Days at Double L Grocery in Hardin Springs. The majority of the festival activity is  at the intersection of Ky. 920 and Ky. 84.

    Festival officials wanted to try different activities to make the event as much fun as possible for all attendees. Last year, they started the rooster crowing contest and it attracted a number of entrants as well as plenty of smiles from festival-goers.

  • Dottie Sims withdraws from House race

    Dottie Sims, Democratic candidate to represent the 19th state House District, dropped out of the race citing “personal reasons.”

    Sims said she “really enjoyed being a public servant” but also enjoys being a grandmother. Her desire to spend time with grandchildren Anna, 4; Jonathan, 2; and Katie, 2, means cutting back on other activities.

    “They’re only young once,” she said, “and they grow up fast.”

    She continues to work in her family-owned business, Hart County Auto Parts.

  • Upton Days takes place this weekend

    The annual Upton Days festival is this weekend, offering residents an opportunity to mingle, eat, play and even worship together.

    It’s that aspect that makes the festival an important part of the community, said Rhonda Smith, president of the Upton Civic Club.

    “It kind of brings the town together,” Smith said.

    The festival begins with a 5K run at 8 a.m., a parade at 8:30 a.m. and a free breakfast at West Point Bank at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Staples including an auction, baby contest and karaoke contest return.

  • Woman accused of hitting officer, receives assault charge

    An Elizabethtown woman faces charges of assault and disorderly conduct after being accused of striking a law enforcement officer Tuesday at the Hardin County Justice Center.

    Tia Hager, 21, was arrested Tuesday at the courthouse. She is charged with third-degree assault and second-degree disorderly conduct.

    Detective Rob Green of the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task force was testifying at a probation revocation hearing for Cynthia V. Peters in Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton’s courtroom, according to court records.

  • An unknown journey: 'She's going to beat it'

    Mary Jane Stillwell is a married mother of three who loves to spend time with her family. She works as an instructional assistant at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Hodgenville.
    She also has breast cancer.
    News Editor Jeff D'Alessio will follow Stillwell's journey in this ongoing series as she faces cancer head-on.
    Less than one month after her diagnosis, the 37-year-old begins chemotherapy today at James Graham Brown Cancer Center in Louisville.