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  • High schoolers volunteer in Indiana

    The spirit to serve in students of North Hardin High School was so strong it couldn’t be contained in the state borders.

    Seniors at North Hardin traveled to the area of Henryville, Ind., last Saturday to assist in clean up from tornadoes that hit the area March 2. It was part of the school’s Day of Service, in which 189 students helped a number of local organizations and tornado victims.

  • Berry proposes $3 million in capital improvements

    Judge-Executive Harry Berry recommends that county government move forward on construction of a new E-911 center, a fourth Emergency Medical Services station and begin design work on a new county government center.

    Berry proposed $3 million in capital improvements Tuesday as part of a $76.5 million county budget that includes a $30.4 million spending plan for county operations and $42.7 million in Base Realignment and Closure initiative projects that passes through county government.

  • E'town mulling sewer, water rate increases

    With new wastewater projects on tap and water and sewer cash reserves dwindling, Elizabethtown City Council will be forced to consider sizeable rate increases this year.

    HDR Engineers presented water and sewer rate studies Monday during the council’s work session. The firm recommended a 60 percent increase in water rates and a roughly 83 percent increase in sewer rates.

  • UPDATE: One dead in wreck of mobile meth lab

    One person is dead and two others were critically injured and a mobile methamphetamine lab was discovered Tuesday after a red 1991 Honda Accord collided with a tree off Boone Road north of Elizabethtown.

    The vehicle was northbound on Boone Road when it left the road for unknown reasons and struck a tree on the right shoulder. None of the car's three occupants were wearing a seatbelt, according to Kentucky State Police.

  • Babysitter pleads not guilty to murder charge

     Former babysitter Ashley N. Chapman pleaded not guilty to killing a child in her care during an arraignment Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    The 28-year-old from Vine Grove is charged in the fatal beating of Layla M. Johnson, 2, who died Jan. 29 after spending four days in critical condition in a Louisville hospital.

    Chapman appeared in court for the first time after being indicted in March on charges of murder and second-degree persistent felony offender. She is being represented by public defender Melanie Foote.

  • Grand jury returns arson indictment

    A 22-year-old Irvington man has been indicted for second-degree arson by a Breckinridge County grand jury.

    The indictment was served on Robert J. Felker at the Hardin County Detention Center, where he was being held on unrelated charges, Kentucky State Police reported.

    Monday’s indictment stems from a Jan. 28 structure fire at 700 Whitworth Lockard Lane in Breckinridge County.

    Felker’s bond was set at $10,000 cash.

    The investigation by KSP Arson Detective Terry Scott in ongoing.

  • Former lawn care operator, BBB ‘Bad Guy,' sentenced to seven years in prison

    Donald Simoneit Jr., former owner of Hardin County Lawn Care and one of the Better Business Bureau’s “Bad Guys 2011,” was sentenced tuesday to seven years in prison in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Simoneit, 44, was the subject of three circuit court cases, all of which were related to his lawn care service. In March, he pleaded guilty to five counts of theft-related felony charges and an amended charge of second-degree persistent felony offender.

  • Attorney requests trial date change in Ferguson case

    The public defender representing Kelly C. Ferguson, an Elizabethtown man accused of forcible rape, requested a trial date change Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    The jury trial is scheduled to begin June 11, but defense counsel Carolyn Brown is attached to another case also scheduled for trial that day.

    Circuit Judge Ken Howard decided to continue the motion until a May 25 suppression hearing.

    Ferguson, 35, a registered sex offender, faces new charges of first-degree rape, sodomy and persistent felony offender.

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  • E’town police considering canine unit

    The Elizabethtown Police Department soon may have a four-legged ally in its battle to sift out drugs.

    EPD Police Chief Tracy Schiller proposed creation of a canine unit in the department to assist in drug enforcement.

    Schiller said the program’s benefits include access to an effective tracking asset because of a dog’s extraordinary sense of smell, which can help locate drugs or missing persons, Schiller added.