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  • E’town man indicted on assault charges

    Convicted twice in the last 13 months of assault against a family member, an Elizabethtown man has been indicted on new charges related to domestic violence.

    Patrick N. Hawkins, 34, was arrested Oct. 26 on charges of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, fourth-degree assault — domestic violence, third or subsequent offense in five years, and violation of an emergency or domestic violence protection order.

    The grand jury indicted him last week on those charges as well as tampering with physical evidence and two counts of third-degree terroristic threatening.

  • Cold weather cools participation in this year's Toys for Tots Run

    When Garry Holcomb first was married his wife’s purse was stolen and with it all the money they had. It was just a few days before Christmas and they had yet to go Christmas shopping for their family, he said.

    “Toys for Tots was there for us,” he said.

    Now Holcomb, like many other motorcycle riders, is there for the Toys for Tots program.

    “I do this every year as long as I’m not deployed,” he said.

  • Men’s chorus hosting Christmas concert

    The Heart of Kentucky Men’s Chorus’ eighth annual Christmas concert is changing venues this year, but the group is planning to offer the same brand of holiday cheer.

    The concert, titled “Home for the Holidays,” begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at First Christian Church, 1811 N. Miles St. in Elizabethtown. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

  • Community offers Thanksgiving dinner options

    If someone is in need of a Thanksgiving meal this holiday, they won’t have to go far to find one.

    Several churches in the area are working with hundreds of volunteers to make Thanksgiving meals for area residents.


    The Lord’s Supper Soup Kitchen in Radcliff just opened its doors in August, but already has its first Thanksgiving meal planned for Wednesday.

  • Grand jury indicts two men on sex charges

    Two Hardin County residents are set to be arraigned this week on sex-related felony charges following indictments by the grand jury.

    Scott Andrew McMillen, 31, of Elizabethtown faces charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy. Jason Emery Mears, 36, of Rineyville is charged with first-degree sexual abuse and third-degree sodomy.

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 investigated both cases, which were presented directly to the Hardin County grand jury.

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  • Holiday display returns

    Christmas in the Park returns this week with more than 100 displays that will transform Freeman Lake Park into an electric wonderland.

    The annual light showcase opens Wednesday and runs through New Year’s Day, said Billy Pait, one of the event’s organizers. Open daily from 6 to 11 p.m., it has no admission charge. Donations, however, are accepted.

    Pait said around 105 displays from local businesses and organizations are set for viewing this year, which does not count the displays purchased by the city over the years, such as arches and elves.

  • Optimism thrives in Radcliff

    From essay and oratorical contests to roller-skating parties, fishing derbies and pancake breakfasts, the Optimist Club of Radcliff has provided the community with service and smiles for five decades.

    The club celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and members say the focus always has been on helping children.

  • Councilman files suit against Board of Ethics

    Elizabethtown Councilman Bill Bennett has filed suit against the Hardin County Board of Ethics, formally challenging a reprimand it issued him.

    Councilman Marty Fulkerson and former council candidate Arnold Myers accused Bennett of a conflict of interest for failing to disclose outstanding city liens when lobbying for a lien amnesty program.

  • Man charged with sexual abuse of minor

    A Vine Grove man is charged with first-degree sexual abuse after police say he forced a child to touch his penis.

    David B. Duckworth, 38, was arrested Thursday night at the Vine Grove Police Department. He faces two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

    According to a citation, charges stem from alleged incidents that occurred in September 2010 and October 2012. The girl was younger than 16 at the time, police said.