Local News

  • Family home burglarized during funeral of slain son

    Dennis and Cindy Higdon came home Wednesday afternoon to find one hardship added to another: Their Clarkson home was burglarized while they attended their son’s funeral.

    “Every private corner we had of our own — it was torn into, knocked down, drug out,” Dennis said. “It’s kind of like someone reading your diary.”

  • Patton Museum closing on Mondays

    The General George Patton Museum of Leadership will be closed on Mondays starting July 2.

    The closure is because of reduced staffing.

    The museum is open from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

  • Sonora business owner to host informal wet/dry gathering

    As Hardin County Residents for Equal Opportunity lobby for enough signatures to force a countywide alcohol election this year, one of its members has arranged an informal gathering to drum up support.

    Claudia Thurman, a spokeswoman for HCREO, is inviting the community to her home at 103 Broadway St. in Sonora for a day of celebration starting at 4 p.m. Sunday.

    “It’s going to be a fun day,” she said.

  • Smith pleads guilty to attempted murder

    Justin Michael Smith accepted a plea deal Wednesday on charges of criminal attempt to commit murder and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

    Smith, 31, could serve 30 years in prison if Hardin County Judge Kelly Mark Easton accepts the deal offered by the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

    Sentencing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 7.

    Easton accepted Smith’s guilty plea to both charges and asked the defendant about the incident.

    Smith said his memory of the encounter was blurry.

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  • Study shows children’s health improving

    Children’s health in Hardin County overall is improving, but local residents lag in a few key areas, according to 2012 data compiled by Kentucky Youth Advocates.

    Local health officials shared data and discussed implications Wednesday at the 21st annual KYA Kids Count Conversation at Lincoln Trail Health Department.

  • Police: Tarafa shot Knapp nine times using two weapons

    Probable cause was found Wednesday in the case against a man accused of shooting another man nine times in a fight over a woman.

    In addition to murder, Robert J. Tarafa, 26, of Elizabethtown faces charges of tampering with physical evidence, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property. The grand jury will determine whether there is enough evidence to proceed to trial.

  • Radcliff's blast of summer fun

    What is produced when you sprinkle fireworks, Zumba, magic, live music and square dancing into a good-natured societal mix?

    For Radcliff, it represents the components of a premiere summer welcome.

    Summer Blast will be unleashed at 6 p.m. Friday with the first Junior Miss Radcliff Pageant followed by the second annual Miss Radcliff pageant at Colvin Community Center opening up the festivities along Freedom Way off West Lincoln Trail Boulevard.

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  • Ivey's rape case goes to grand jury

    The case against a Nicholasville man charged with 50 counts of rape and reportedly fathered a child by his victim will go to a grand jury.

    Alfred Charles Ivey Jr., 47, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday in District Judge John Simcoe’s courtroom. The grand jury will decide whether there is enough evidence to bring the case to trial.

    Ivey was arrested earlier this month by the Jessamine County Sheriff’s Office and transported to Hardin County, where he remains lodged on a $500,000 cash bond.