Local News

  • Leaders optimistic about post-3/1 Fort Knox

    Local officials and community leaders expressed optimism in the wake of news that the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Team will stand down by the end of the year, pointing to the still-healthy economic impact expected from Fort Knox once the brigade leaves.

    Area leaders also pledged continued pursuit of a replacement for Ireland Army Community Hospital, the oldest hospital in the U.S. Army, after the Defense Health Agency canceled a contract for a $265 million ambulatory health center once it was announced the brigade would stand down.

  • UPDATE: Kroger crasher booked, charged with felonies

    The Elizabethtown woman who ran her 2006 Lincoln vehicle into the front of the Kroger on Dolphin Drive Wednesday afternoon in Elizabethtown now faces a number of felony charges.

    It is the second time June A. Blocker has driven a vehicle into a Kroger store. She also was charged in 1999 on Towne Drive.

    Blocker, 52, is charged with two felony counts of first-degree assault, two felony counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and one felony count of first-degree criminal mischief. She faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.

  • 3/1 deactivation accelerated

    Maj. Gen. Jeff Smith announced Wednesday the timetable of the deactivation of the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, has been accelerated.

    The 3/1 was expected to fully stand down by 2017, but new orders have called for the deactivation to occur by the end of this year, said Smith, commander of Fort Knox and U.S. Army Cadet Command.

  • Area hit hard again by rain and then ice

    A little more than five years after a freezing storm paralyzed Hardin County, the sounds of ice hitting homes and crackling of tree limbs filled the darkness Tuesday night and into Wednesday.

    While the end result wasn’t as damaging as what the area experienced in 2009 — when iced power lines left nearly half of Hardin County without power — this ice storm was a reminder of vulnerability to freezing rain.

  • JROTC instructor remembered for dedication to the program

    When retired Lt. Col. Roland Haun and his fellow JROTC instructors needed advice and guidance, Haun knew who to call.

    “We would say, ‘What would Paul do?’” he said.

  • Many schools closed again Thursday

    Subfreezing temperatures are allowing snow and ice to linger and most area schools will be closed again Thursday.

    Hardin County, LaRue County and Elizabethtown school districts all will be closed. St. James School and Elizabethtown Christian Academy also have canceled classes for Thursday.

    Districts in neighboring counties also have been closed all week. Breckinridge, Bullitt, Grayson, Hart, Meade and Nelson county districts all have announced plans to be out Thursday.

  • Woman crashes into Kroger again

    A woman drove a car Wednesday afternoon through the front doors of Kroger on Dolphin Drive in Elizabethtown, sending glass, metal, grocery stock and cash register counters flying. The crash injured two and left the car at rest in a checkout lane several feet inside the store.

  • Photo: You’re as cold as ice
  • Kentuckians encouraged to wear red Friday

    The American Heart Association hopes Friday causes Kentuckians to see red across the commonwealth.

    Friday is National Wear Red Day, part of the Go Red for Women campaign by the American Heart Association to promote awareness of heart disease, specifically in women. Kentucky residents are asked to wear red to bring attention to the disease.

  • Employee injured at Modern Plating

    An employee was pinned under a machine Wednesday afternoon at Modern Plating Coatings and Finishes in Elizabethtown, said Elizabethtown Fire Department administrative chief Mark Malone.

    The fire department responded and assisted Hardin County EMS in preparing the individual to be transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital.

    Malone was unaware of the severity of the victim’s injuries.

    The machine already had been moved and locked out so responders did not have to extricate the employee, Malone said.