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Today's News

  • Sitter charged with murder

    A little more than 24 hours after a 2-year-old died, Kentucky State Police Detective Jason Propes walked into the Hardin County Detention Center on Monday afternoon and charged the child’s  babysitter with murder.

    Ashley N. Chapman, 28, of Vine Grove is accused of inflicting a fatal beating on Layla Marie Johnson.
    Chapman has been lodged in the jail since Thursday on a first-degree criminal abuse charge. The babysitter is being held on a $25,000 cash bond for the abuse charge and a $500,000 cash bond for the murder charge.

  • Four-day Tommy Fest features concerts, workshops

    Now in its 10th year, Tommy Fest, part of an annual concert series at Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center, features Australian musician Tommy Emmanuel and is a consistent draw for audiences.

    “It’s something I look forward to every year,” Emmanuel said.

    As a self-described honorary resident of LaRue County and actual Kentucky Colonel, the guitarist feels connected to the Bluegrass State.

    “I have a long love affair with Kentucky,” he said.

  • USDA herd counts influence price for producers and consumers

    On Jan. 27, USDA released its annual cattle inventory report, giving the total number of cattle residing in the U.S. as of Jan. 1. As expected, the report suggested that the U.S. cattle industry will continue to experience short supplies and high prices for calves and feeder cattle and as a result higher retail beef prices. 

    However, the numbers released also show the trend toward herd reductions may be coming to an end.

  • ON CAMPUS: Dickerson records another double-double for Rose-Hulman (01/30)

    Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior forward Alisa Dickerson, a former Elizabethtown High School standout, recorded her 23rd career double-double for the Engineers as they earned a 55-44 win Saturday in Cincinnati against Mount St. Joseph.

    Dickerson scored 21 points with a game-high 12 rebounds for Rose-Hulman.

  • PREP WRESTLING: LaRue County second at State Duals (01/30)

    The LaRue County Hawks’ quest for another State Duals wrestling championship started strong Saturday, but fizzled late.

    After rolling through their three pool-play matches and then their semifinal, the Hawks suffered a 39-23 loss to Union County in the championship of the annual 16-team tournament at Lexington Henry Clay High School.

    The final match began at 138 pounds and LaRue County led 23-15 after the heavyweights before getting blanked the rest of the final.

  • BOYS' PREP SWIMMING: John Hardin's Hardesty chasing perfection (01/30)

    John Hardin High School senior swimmer Dalton Hardesty has a serious competitive edge.

    Just ask his friend and practice teammate, Elizabethtown senior swimmer Emma Coakley.

    They don’t shy away from any challenges.

    Since they were 12 years old, the two have contested each other to a variety of duels – ranging from individual races to report card grades.

    Coakley used to own the water and dominate with her smarts. Five years later, Hardesty has started to curb that trend. He’s taking over and winning the pride battle.

  • Making in-home care decisions

    Basically, we all travel down the same road of life. As we transition from children to adults, we make many key decisions regarding careers, families and well being. We decide where to settle and live out our years and, hopefully, will be able to decide who will help us as we grow older.

    Caring for yourself or an older family member as the aging process happens is not a new concept. Families have been doing this for generations; in fact, it was an expectation of family.

  • Woman killed in single-vehicle wreck

    An unidentified woman was killed Sunday evening in a single-vehicle wreck on Hodgenville Road near the Hardin-LaRue county border, Kentucky State Police reported.

    An adult male passenger and child also were injured in the wreck, but the injuries did not appear to be life threatening, said Norman Chaffins, public affairs officer at Post 4 in Elizabethtown.

    KSP was trying to identify the passengers Sunday night, Chaffins said.

  • Beaten toddler dies from injuries

    The 2-year-old child who allegedly was “severely assaulted” by her babysitter died Sunday afternoon after spending nearly five days in  critical condition at Kosairs Children’s Hospital in Louisville, police report.

    The babysitter, 28-year-old Ashley N. Chapman, was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree criminal abuse. That charge likely will be upgraded to murder, according to a Kentucky State Police news release.

  • Would-be college students receive aid help at ECTC

    Area students planning to attend college next fall gathered at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College for the annual College Goal Sunday where college and university officials offer help to students and parents applying for college financial aid.