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  • A powerful concept: Dealership to receive series of cars

    A charcoal gray Chrysler sits front and center inside the Swope Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram showroom in Elizabethtown. But car buyers can only look, this one isn’t for sale.

    Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum is receiving a series of concept cars once featured in the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Michigan. The museum has closed, affording one the local Swope dealership the opportunity to show off some of the cars, which are designed with futuristic features but not put into production.

  • Two local churches cut ties with Boy Scouts

    At least two local churches will dissolve their charters with the Boy Scouts of America once they expire later this year because of a new policy accepting gay youth into the organization, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2014.

    Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown and Rineyville Baptist Church have disavowed their partnerships with scouting because the new policy contradicts Biblical and church standards adhered to by both congregations, church leaders said Tuesday.

  • Area youth, adults encouraged to ‘Dig into Reading’

    Summer means sunscreen, dips in the pool and prizes for reading going to local children and adults.

    Registration for summer reading has begun for children and kicks off Thursday for adults at the Hardin County Public Library.

    This year’s theme for children’s summer reading is “Dig into Reading.” There is a higher-level program for incoming seventh-graders through those who just completed high school.

    The program, which runs through July 12, is scheduled by age groups. Registration is ongoing.

  • Farmers market license requirement could be dropped

    Many vendors at the Vine Grove Farmers Market no longer will have to pay for business licenses if a proposed change to a city ordinance is passed.

    The change would waive the need for a license for participants buying and selling fresh produce on Tuesdays and Fridays in May through November.

    Those who choose to sell prepared food items on days other than those specified still will be required to get a business license.

    The ordinance with the change was brought before the Vine Grove City Council for a first reading Monday.

  • Donations, garage sale to help build playground

    Large donations from local companies and a city-organized garage sale are planned to propel efforts to create a playground accessible to all children in Vine Grove.

    The Swope Family of Dealerships and 84 Lumber Co. are the latest in a series of businesses to offer financial support for constructing a playground that could be used by all children, including those with disabilities.

    Swope presented a check Monday for $4,750 to Rachel Ritchie, 9, and her family for the Fun for Everyone playground.

  • Body found on I-65 remains unidentified

    Though seven days have passed since a mowing company found her body alongside Interstate 65, a woman remains nameless as police continue to search for her identity.

    The woman, identified as being between 20 and 40 years old, was discovered around 9:30 a.m. May 29 between the 99- and 100 mile-markers beside northbound I-65, according to Kentucky State Police.

    Hardin County Coroner Dr. Bill Lee said preliminary autopsy results indicate the case of death as multiple blunt force injuries to the head. A full autopsy is pending toxicology results.

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  • Tree work may hold link to officer's death


    Associated Press

    LOUISVILLE — Investigators trying to hunt down the killer of a Kentucky police officer said Tuesday that tree limbs strewn on a highway exit ramp were used in the nighttime ambush, and they asked Nelson County-area residents to contact them if they had tree work done around the time of the slaying.

  • E'town men plead guilty in Plaza 94 robbery

    Two Elizabethtown men pleaded guilty Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court to attempting to rob a gas station near Interstate 65 in December.

    Chase A. Dunaway, 19, and Nathaniel J. Restivo, 21, were arrested Dec. 7 after Elizabethtown police responded to Plaza 94 at 2022 N. Mulberry St. in reference to a robbery, police said.

    Originally indicted on charges of complicity to commit first-degree robbery, the two men pleaded guilty to amended charges of complicity to commit second-degree robbery, which is a Class C felony.

  • Jury trial begins for Sturgill

    The trial in the case against a former West Point man accused of sending sexually themed electronic messages to two minor girls began Monday with juror selection.

    One of the girls was a foster child who lived in Sturgill’s home.

    Jimmie Sturgill, 65, of Catlettsburg, faces 19 sex-related felony charges in Hardin County. However, the jury trial that began Monday concerns 16 of those charges.

    According to police, Sturgill sent sexually charged messages via Facebook to two minor girls between September 2010 and May 2011.