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  • 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.

  • Beaten toddler dies from injuries

    The 2-year-old child who allegedly was “severely assaulted” by her babysitter died Sunday afternoon after spending nearly five days in  critical condition at Kosairs Children’s Hospital in Louisville, police report.

    The babysitter, 28-year-old Ashley N. Chapman, was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree criminal abuse. That charge likely will be upgraded to murder, according to a Kentucky State Police news release.

  • Let's get married

    Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown was packed with future brides and grooms shopping the booths at Sunday’s Bridal Showcase.

    Vendors with information about everything from wedding photography to catering lined the center’s walls, and men and women modeling dresses and tuxedos walked among the crowd. With their free tote bags and pink “I’m the bride” stickers, future brides were easy to identify.

    The event was sponsored by The News-Enterprise, and at 2:30 p.m., one couple was married at the community center.

  • Two Democrats challenge Jimmie Lee in primary

    State Rep. Jimmie Lee can expect at least two primary opponents, whose combined age is less than his 74 years.

    Lee, who is serving his 20th year in the state House, said he’s excited by the prospect.

    “I’m thrilled to see young people out there interested in government,” he said. “I never have in my life begrudged anybody who wanted to run.”

    His two Democratic challengers are a graduate student and substitute teacher plus a software program manager who lost in two previous attempts to unseat Lee.

  • Police: Toddler shaken, beaten

    While a 2-year-old girl lay in critical condition Friday, the 28-year-old babysitter accused of abusing her was arraigned in Hardin District Court.

    Ashley N. Chapman of Vine Grove was arrested on a warrant just after 6 p.m. Thursday near Radcliff and charged with first-degree criminal abuse.

    The warrant alleges Chapman “severely assaulted” the child by “striking her and severely shaking her, resulting in loss of consciousness, extensive bruising, bleeding in the brain and a bite mark.”

  • A lot to cheer about

    Four area high school cheer squads have advanced to next month’s state-at-large competition at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.

    Just six high schools participated in Saturday’s Kentucky Association of Pep Organization Sponsors Region 5 competition at Central Hardin High School. CHHS head coach Shauna Thompson said 12 to 13 high school squads usually participate.

    “I don’t know why,” Thompson said. “Teams weren’t ready. Teams decided not to go.”

  • Schools ready for ‘food for thought’

    Carol and James Green of Elizabethtown said their son at T.K. Stone Middle School would rather eat fruits and vegetables than less healthy options.

    Carol Green thinks school lunches are pretty healthy, but she approves of new regulations that would increase health requirements, especially because that might be the only chance some students have all day to eat a healthy meal.

    “You need food for thought,” she said. “You’ve got to feed that brain.”

  • The Road to War: 3rd ESC hits latter stages of deployment training

    Col. Kristin French said morale is high and excitement is building throughout the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command as the unit begins the latter stages of its training for deployment to Afghanistan in a few months.

  • The Road to War: Single mother preparing for first deployment

    Spc. Briana Hawkes did not necessarily pine for a job in the U.S. Army. She just wanted a free T-shirt.

    She signed up for the shirt after she crossed paths with a military recruiter, and the phone calls started pouring in. As the calls mounted, she started considering the Army as a viable career alternative.

    By then, Hawkes, 23, had decided her job as a housekeeper was not financially suitable for her, nor did it provide the fulfillment she desired. The Army was looking more appealing by the day.

  • Kenzi Lewis headed back to Hollywood

    A Hodgenville teenager is getting another shot at her dream of becoming a professional musician.

    Kenzi Lewis wowed the judges of the Fox television show “American Idol” with her vocal prowess and punched her second ticket in as many years to Hollywood during the show’s Texas auditions in the Houston and Galveston areas.

    Lewis, a junior at LaRue County High School, confirmed her successful audition on her Facebook page late last week and thanked her family and friends for their continued support.