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  • Man pleads not guilty in sex case

    An Elizabethtown man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy during his video arraignment in Hardin District Court.

    Kelly C. Ferguson, 35, was arrested Saturday after a complaint of sexual assault was filed, according to a Kentucky State Police news release. He also is charged with failure to comply with the sex offender registry.

    “Violator has failed to update his new address with (Department of Transportation) by not renewing his license,” the citation reads.

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  • Single-engine plane crashes in front of elementary school

    Seventeen-year-old Lorrie Benningfield was waiting in her car Monday afternoon at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School where her mother works when she looked up and saw an airplane strike a power line and begin to spiral.

    “I didn’t even know it was a plane at first,” Benningfield said. “I saw it spiral near where the line was on the pole. I think it hit nose first.

  • Monthly event to promote Elizabethtown businesses

    Elizabethtown leaders and business owners want to give residents more reasons to stay in town.

    Cooperative businesses in downtown Elizabethtown will be open and offer various attractions on the second Saturday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m. beginning Sept. 10.

    The series of events, called “Second Saturday,” are aimed at getting local residents into stores and restaurants using sales, demonstrations and other methods.

  • Taste of Heartland tonight is benefit for community clinic

    This year’s annual benefit for the Community Health Clinic in Elizabethtown will include a lot of thanks for donations supporters already have given.

    A goal by organizers for the Taste of the Heartland and Art Auction is $40,000 for the event’s eighth year.

    The clinic already brought in many important donations earlier this year when expenses were higher than revenue, said Jane Cornell, executive director for the clinic.

  • Eastview man injured in single-vehicle motorcycle wreck

    An Eastview man sustained life-threatening injuries in a single-vehicle wreck on KY 1375 in Rineyville on Sunday afternoon.

    According to a Kentucky State Police news release, Martin Hawkins Jr., 35, was traveling northbound on a 1997 Honda motorcycle when for unknown reasons the vehicle left the right shoulder of the roadway just before entering a curve.

    According to the release, the motorcycle overturned upon leaving the roadway and ejected Hawkins, who was not wearing a helmet.

  • HCU looking for legal clarification on unification law

    Hardin County United wants the state to clarify certain elements of the 2006 legislation enabling the creation of a unified local government before the voters of Hardin County consider the idea here.

    Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard, chairman of the HCU governance subcommittee, said Monday the state needs to confirm the majority votes within a city is respected should a city oppose unification.

  • Traffic patrol eases the flow at ECTC

    Because of expectations of heavy back-to-school traffic, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College contracted for extra security at least for the first week of school.

    Mike Burns, ECTC security supervisor, said the Fraternal Order of Police provided officers to help control traffic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at two of the college’s entrances — the main entrance at College Street Road and St. John Road at University Drive.

    Contracting out the traffic officers is a “new thing” for ECTC, Burns said.

  • Vine Grove teen becomes state's youngest pilot

    Charlie Morris always knew he would fly an airplane some day.

    His father and grandfather both did it, and the freshman at North Hardin High School often rode in a small plane with his father.

    “It’s in our blood,” he said. “I knew I was going to, and my dad knew it.”

    Charlie, of Vine Grove, didn’t know that his first solo flight in a Schweitzer 2-33 glider on Aug. 6 would make him the youngest pilot in the state.

  • My Old Kentucky stopover: Sandhill cranes make habit of Cecilia visit

    When sandhill cranes pick something, they like to stick with it.
    Up to 7,000 of the tall gray birds – which are in the news as Kentuckians debate whether to hunt them – stop for a few weeks each winter near Cecilia on their way back north for the summer. They keep returning even though a tornado killed more than 20 of them there a few years ago.
    “They’re real creatures of habit,” retired state biologist Brainard Palmer-Ball Jr. said. Living more than two decades, the cranes recognize places they’ve been before.