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  • Commonwealth's attorney responds to judge's order

    Several days after a Hardin Circuit Court judge delivered a written order in which he chided the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office, prosecutor Chris Shaw responded in the form of a letter to The News-Enterprise.

    “In determining whether to try cases a second (or third) time in this county, I take my cues from Hardin County juries as to what cases and laws they find important enough to convict on,” Shaw wrote in a letter dated Feb. 9.

  • Seventy years of marriage and still each other's Valentines

    Sinatra may have said it best as he crooned, “Fairy tales do come true, it can happen to you, if you’re young at heart.”

    Robert and Mary Duggins, who live in Elizabethtown, have been living that fairy tale for their nearly 70 years of marriage.

    It all began with Sunday afternoon rides in his father’s 1941 Ford.

    They went to the same school and on Sunday afternoons, Mary often hung out with her friends in downtown Sonora. A friend of Robert’s would take her for drives and he would tag along in the back seat.

  • Update: Sixth Hardin County church reports burglary

    Six local churches, three in the Eastview, two in Radcliff and one in Stephensburg, were broken into in the last two days, and church officials say the suspects lifted several pieces of electronic equipment, including PA systems, computers and a guitar.

    The Hardin County Sheriff's Office also investigated a break-in at Stephensburg Methodist Church Monday, the most recent of the burglaries. Sound equipment and computers were taken, police say.

  • Berry offers numbers on Radcliff tax dollar concerns

    Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry Berry has responded to concerns from city officials regarding where Radcliff’s tax dollars go once they reach the county.

    Berry sent a letter last week to members of Radcliff City Council, Mayor J.J. Duvall and other city staff outlining where county tax dollars collected from Radcliff are spent. In the letter, he indicates more money is spent for Radcliff services than is taken in from Hardin County’s second-largest city on an annual basis.

  • E'town tweaking policies to lift alcohol bans on some city-owned property

    Elizabethtown is closer to allowing alcohol use on city properties.

    City Attorney D. Dee Shaw presented a draft of a plan during Monday’s Elizabethtown City Council work session that would govern the use of alcohol on a number of city-owned establishments, including Pritchard Community Center and Freeman Lake Park.

    The city has an ordinance in place banning alcohol on all city property, but the ban was revisited in January in the wake of changes to the city’s alcohol laws and increased interest in alcohol use at city establishments.

  • Photo: Neighborhood watchdog
  • E'town man arrested on multiple sex charges

    An Elizabethtown man was arrested Friday and charged with multiple sex crimes in connection to alleged encounters with a mentally retarded woman.

    Shawn C. Mansfield, 37, is charged with third-degree rape, second-degree sodomy, attempted second-degree sodomy and third-degree sexual abuse. The alleged encounters occurred Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at his Elizabethtown residence and other city locations, according to the citation.

    The police citation alleges Mansfield confessed to sexual contact with the woman. It also alleges drugs were involved.

  • Florists rush to meet Valentine's demand

    Gayla Blackwell and her husband haven’t been able to celebrate their wedding anniversary Feb. 14, in years.

    The couple and family members have been running Blossoms & Heirlooms Florists on Highland Avenue in Vine Grove for 15 years, and their special day falls on the busiest sales weekend of the year for their industry — Valentine’s Day.

  • The Road to War: Feeling at home on the range

    If I ever had aspirations to moonlight as a professional sniper, those dreams were quashed last week on a Fort Knox range.

    Photographer Jill Pickett and I embarked on an admittedly exciting adventure Wednesday while logging time with the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command for The Road to War series, in which we strapped on battle armor and had M16 rifles placed in our care.

  • Ghost hunting goes ‘International’ at Morrison Lodge

    Clapping his hands in the darkened main hall of the Morrison Lodge, TV’s “Ghost Hunters International” star Paul Bradford synced the audio recorders of a roomful of paranormal investigators Saturday night.

    By providing a common audible reference point, investigators comparing evidence can precisely pinpoint any spot on a recording.