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  • Man pleads not guilty to sexually abusing a minor

    An out-of-state resident pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor in Hardin Circuit Court.
    According to the arrest warrant, Christifer Davis, 27, forcibly touched the breasts and buttocks of his stepdaughter, who is younger than 16, on Jan. 6 at E’town Motel, 455 Lincoln Road.
    Davis’ mother, Susan Souzan, was at the arraignment Tuesday. She said she reported Davis to the police but was unwilling to comment further.

  • Driver dies from injuries in I-65 crash

    An Augusta resident died from injuries sustained in a single-car wreck Wednesday morning near the Glendale exit on Interstate 65.

    August Stegemann Jr. died shortly after midnight.

    Kentucky State Police report that he was traveling north in a 2004 Ford F650 at 7:32 a.m. Wednesday when one of the truck's tires blew out, Kentucky State Police said.

  • Council approves additional work for College Street Road bridge

    Elizabethtown City Council has approved additional work on the College Street Road bridge project.

    The council agreed this week to amend a contract with HDR Engineers for additional consulting services related to construction. The amended amount is not to exceed $17,373 and adds onto the original contract of roughly $120,000.

    “We want to make sure the project we build out there is the one we designed,” said Robert Bush, director of stormwater management.

  • Judge finds probable cause in criminal abuse case

    District Judge John Simcoe has ruled the commonwealth met the burden of probable cause in the case against a Louisville woman accused of allowing her 3-year-old son to be abused.
    Jacqueline Hutchins, 31, turned herself in to the Hardin County Detention Center on June 21 after a joint investigation led by the Louisville Metro Police Crimes Against Children Department and Kentucky State Police Detective Eugene Maxwell.

  • Berlin to Baghdad: Thompson is rebuilding after IED ended military career

    Ronnie Thompson Jr. has seen the nightmare of war up close, and he hopes his experience coupled with a college education can help veterans in the future.

    Thompson, an Elizabethtown resident and Louisa native, is pursuing higher education after surviving the high tension of war. He plans to put the tools he learns to work as a social worker for Veterans Affairs.

    Thompson said he was baffled when he learned the low number of social workers with the VA who can count military experience as part of their resume.

  • Air Force sculpture debuted

    Rich Griendling is halfway home.

    The local sculptor debuted the third clay sculpture Tuesday designed for the Hardin County Veterans Tribute, the proposed centerpiece of the Elizabethtown Nature Park off Ring Road.

    Griendling revealed his latest creation at his Elizabethtown home, a female U.S. Air Force pilot in full stride with helmet in hand.

    “Does she look like a determined woman to you guys?” Griendling asked onlookers. “That was the idea.”

  • Employment opportunities sought for Fort Knox holdouts

    Changes at Fort Knox meant a lot of positions being added there as the post embraced its human resources mission.
    The changes also mean a number of people who used to work at Fort Knox are out of a job.

    Only 234 of the 834 workers whose jobs moved to Fort Benning, Ga., with the Base Realignment and Closure initiative’s plan to relocate to the U.S. Army Armor School and follow the jobs to Georgia.

    An information fair Tuesday at Fort Knox sought to connect those staying in the area with potential employers.

  • Judge waits to schedule competency hearing for man accused of murder

    Further prosecution is pending a competency hearing in the case against Joshua Hines, an Elizabethtown man accused of killing his neighbor.

    According to Kentucky State Police, Hines placed the 911 call and confessed to shooting Toni Ballard, 36, in her Bardstown Road residence April 7. The 24-year-old also told police the gun recovered from his home was the weapon used in the fatal shooting.

    At Hines’ probable cause hearing in April, District Judge John Simcoe approved a motion to evaluate Hines for competency and criminal responsibility.

  • Mother-daughter team wins Look-A-Like title

    When children are told they look or act like their parents, many can be put off by the comment. They may grimace at the thought of even looking just a little bit like their mother or father.

    For 18 competitors in the Hardin County Fair Parent/Child Look-A-Like contest on Monday, they were hoping just the opposite.

    Nine pairs of parents and children helped kick off the Hardin County Fair’s many contests for the week, with Sheila Crowe and Allyssah Clagg winning the title.