Local News

  • Overnight fire seriously damages Magnolia home

    A fire just before midnight Wednesday in Magnolia destroyed most of a two-story farm house on Hawkins Road.

    Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mike Wolford said firefighters from his department as well the Hodgenville and Buffalo fire departments battled the blaze for about 4½ hours in frigid temperatures.

    "The call came in at about 11:45 (p.m.) and the caller said the house was about 60 percent involved,'' Wolford said.

  • Grand jury to hear sexual abuse case involving teacher

    Charges against a former Central Hardin High School teacher will go before a Hardin Circuit grand jury.

    Edwin Bonet, 54, appeared Wednesday in Hardin District Court for a pre-trial hearing. Judge Kimberly Shumate told Bonet his case would go before a grand jury for a decision on a possible indictment.

    Bonet was arrested in December by Elizabethtown Police Department and was charged with sexual abuse.

  • Three arrested in Target phone theft

    Three men were arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with stealing cellphones and cellphone batteries worth nearly $1,600 at Target in Elizabethtown.

    Lamari D. Hardin, 25, of Grayson Street in Upton, Melvin L. Hardin, 26, of Crimson Creek Court in Elizabethtown, and Dominick M. McKnight, 23, of Hopkinsville were arrested at Target.

    According to arrest citations, someone in the loss prevention department at Target witnessed two men cutting phones out of plastic packages, concealing what was taken and then leaving the store without paying.

  • Officials' trouble started with 2012 complaint

    An investigation that eventually led to numerous felony charges levied in December against Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse and City Clerk MaDonna Hornback stemmed from a complaint filed by a city council member, according to an affidavit for a search warrant in the case.

  • Filing deadline brings late surge of candidates

    Michael Radford made it into the Radcliff City Council race by mere minutes.

    Radford, 58, a North Hardin High School teacher and first-time candidate for public office, still was in line processing his paperwork when Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb called the 4 p.m. deadline to enter the May 20 primary.

    Tabb noted how close it was on a day that yielded 13 last-minute filers.

    “He was one minute under the wire,” Tabb said.

  • Pool design put on hold

    The search for a pool designer to develop a new aquatic facility in Elizabethtown has been put on hold.

    Elizabethtown City Council this week reached a consensus to ease back on the project as it explores its options, with several council members saying they want a briefing from a committee tasked with bringing a YMCA to the county.

    Councilman Ron Thomas said there is no rush to finish the design on the facility and the city should ask questions and do more research.

  • Celebrating a century

    Lelia Hagan has seen plenty of historical milestones in her life. She turns 100 today.

    Born Jan. 29, 1914, in the Laurel Ridge area of western Hardin County to William and Appie Duvall, Mary Lelia Burkhead was the middle of three children — two girls and a boy. Her sister, the oldest, is deceased and her brother was killed in Belgium in November 1944.

    Hagan now lives in a house on a small farm east of Glendale.

  • 19 file for six Radcliff City Council seats

    In a rush to beat Tuesday’s filing deadline, Radcliff’s city council race went from nine candidates Friday to 19, forcing a May primary election.

    Four incumbents, two former council members and 13 others are running. In the primary election May 20, the list will be narrowed to 12. The final six will be determined in November’s general election.

  • Vine Grove police officer files to run for mayor

    Although he’s never run for public office, Joe Walker says he’s been a public servant all his adult life.

    The 54-year-old U.S. Army combat veteran plans to retire from the Vine Grove Police Department at the end of this year and has decided to run for mayor.

  • John Hardin FFA to plant garden at Magnolia Farms

    The John Hardin High School FFA chapter is adding some greenery to Hardin County’s first “green” neighborhood.

    The FFA chapter is planting and tending an organic garden at the Magnolia Farms Land Development, a new subdivision in Elizabethtown near Severns Valley Baptist Church. The subdivision is planned to be an eco-friendly neighborhood, and developer Will Harris wanted an organic garden to be one of the amenities of the location.