Local News

  • Double Dutch Treat: Local jump rope team to perform at Disney

    A local jump rope team will spend spring break at the place that makes dreams come true.

    The Heartland Hot Steppers are off to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., to perform at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday on a stage in Downtown Disney.

    They are the first jump rope group Disney invited to perform and the process to get accepted was a long one, coach Kelly Hamlin said.

    “When I told them we were a jump rope team, they didn’t know what to expect,” said Hamlin, who is a volunteer. “I had to educate them.”

  • Girls' efforts are going to the dogs — and cats

    After completing a classroom assignment to write an opinion piece, two Helmwood Heights Elementary School students put their words into action and raised $275 for homeless animals, including tooth fairy money.

    Ashlyn Cann and Anna Hinkle, both 9, held a week-long donation drive at their school a couple of weeks ago, raising not only the money but a large basket full of pet toys and supplies.

    On Saturday, accompanied by family members, the girls delivered the items to the Hardin County Animal Shelter.

  • LaRue County superintendent charged with DUI, speeding

    Hodgenville police arrested LaRue County Schools Superintendent Sam Sanders on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol shortly after midnight Saturday.

    Hodgenville Police Chief Steve Johnson said it is believed Sanders was on his way home after watching the University of Kentucky/ University of Louisville basketball game.

    Sanders, who also was charged with speeding, was driving a school-owned car, according to police. The arrest occurred about 40 minutes after midnight Saturday.

  • Mackey delivers $2,500 to county 4-H

    Local farmer David Mackey has donated $2,500 to the Hardin County 4-H.

    Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help the group provide camp scholarships for low-income youth, and for adults who attend camp as a volunteer. It also will pay for volunteer leadership development through trainings and certifications to help the youth.

    Through farmers across the country, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states.

  • Fort Duffield to host annual Park Day event

    Fort Duffield Park and Historic Site will be one of more than 98 historic sites in the country to participate in Park Day.

    The annual Park Day Clean Up and Wildflower Walk at Fort Duffield in West Point begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.

    The nationwide historic preservation event is in its 18th year. Nearly 8,000 volunteers at 105 historic sites in the United States took part in 2013, donating more than 36,000 service hours to help clean and maintain the historic sites.

  • Judge Shumate recognized for civic education work

    Hardin District Judge Kimberly Shumate was recognized for her work to promote civic education March 21 at Rupp Arena during the boys’ state basketball tournament.

    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recognized 12 Kentucky educators and community leaders for their work to promote civic education.

  • Striving for greatness: Two Army Reserve soldiers earn title of 80th Training Command Best Warriors


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    Staff Sgt. Kathleen Justice of Jacksonville, Fla., and Spc. Curtis Anderson of Albuquerque, N.M., earned the best warrior title in the noncommissioned officer and enlisted categories, respectively at the 80th Training Command annual Best Warrior Competition, March 17-21 on Fort Knox.

    Hosted by the 100th Training Division, the BWC focused on identifying the best competitors in the enlisted and noncommissioned officer categories.

  • Officials at odds over jail budget

    Hardin County Jailer Danny Allen and Judge-Executive Harry Berry clashed on this year’s proposal for the jail budget.

    Berry said he plans to reduce the Hardin County Detention Center budget by $540,000 over the current year’s roughly $8.2 million to $7.7 million, but a proposal from Allen cuts close to $1 million in revenue at nearly $7.4 million.

    Allen said Berry could be overestimating revenue for Class D felony prisoners by $300,000. Berry disagrees.

  • Exploring cultures: Local students receive hands-on learning opportunity at festival

    Cultures from all over the world were on display Thursday as students from Hardin and Nelson counties gathered for the Music and Arts Cultural Center of Learning Special Arts Festival at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown.

    More than 215 special needs students from the Hardin County, Elizabethtown Independent, Fort Knox, Bardstown Independent and Nelson County school systems were dressed in party garb to learn about cultures ranging from Spanish to Japanese.

  • Councilman pays fine for campaign violations

    The Kentucky Registry of Election Finance penalized Elizabethtown City Councilman Bill Bennett for campaign violations tied to the 2010 and 2012 general elections.

    Bennett was fined $200 and ordered to complete the agency’s online election finance training seminar.