Local News

  • Four regional cities ranked among safest in Kentucky

    Central Kentucky residents can breathe a sigh of relief knowing their surrounding cities made the cut for Kentucky’s safest places to live.

    Published by Safewise, the list features Hodgenville, Vine Grove, Leitchfield and Radcliff. Cities were chosen based on their level of reported violent (murder, rape, aggravated assault) and property crime (burglary, larceny, theft). The data was collected from FBI reports and numbers were calculated as occurrences per every 1,000 people.

    Prospect was ranked first.

  • Construction workers at Metalsa stand down for fall prevention

    As part of a national effort to prevent falls on construction sites, construction workers building an expansion at Metalsa in Elizabethtown took a day away from work to learn about fall protection and prevention.

    More than 90 employees, employers and subcontractors par­ticipated Wednesday in training session for National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction week at the truck plant.

  • The return of string music

    Roots-based string music has an endearing charm to its practitioners and followers, said Steve Hall, an organizer with the 39th Annual Official Kentucky State Championship Old-Time Fiddler’s Contest.

    Hall said the sounds emanating from a mandolin, banjo and fiddle evoke a purity not found in mainstream music, which he said is highly commercialized and often riddled with profanity and angst.

    The relaxing qualities inherent in the music and culture has created a legion of loyal followers for the contest, which returns June 13 and 14 to Freeman Lake Park.

  • Sam's Club Kosair campaign closes with KidzFest

    The six-week campaign fundraiser for Kosair Children’s Hos­pital will come to a close June 11 with three events left on the agenda.

    Sam’s Club in Eliza­bethtown has a hefty goal of raising $20,000 for the hospital, and has made half of it in the preceding five weeks of fundraising events.

    Saturday is KidzFest, which features food and booths from local businesses in the parking lot of Sam’s Club. Activities include face painting, balloon animals, cupcake decorating, mini art classes, a bouncy house and a dunk tank. Admission is free.

  • Rose Creek storm water project progress slow

    After 15 years of watching a creekbed wash away from water runoff, Winslow Borzotra and Larry Stutler are starting to see slow progress toward solving the erosion, stormwater and sewage problems.

    Vine Grove Mayor Blake Proffitt said he has met with representatives from Radcliff city government and Hardin County Schools to address the issue. Rose Creek Drive is situated between property in Vine Grove and North Hardin High School and North Middle School. It also receives storm water runoff from Radcliff.

  • Student receives surprise visit from military father at graduation

    When Grace Reyes, 12, did not hear her name called Wednesday morning at Heartland Elemen­tary School’s fifth-grade awards ceremony to receive her achievement certificate, she had no idea her year-long wish was about to come true.

    Grace’s father, Maj. Julian Reyes, is a U.S. Army reservist who has been stationed in Korea since July. After nearly a year of not seeing her father, Grace was not expecting him to surprise her at the awards ceremony. Reyes arrived home from Korea late Tuesday just for her.

  • Two Sunrise Children's Services employees arrested

    Two employees of Sunrise Children’s Services face felony charges after helping a pair of 17-year-old girls to leave the facility Sunday, police said.

    Domeeka R. Goldsberry, 26, of Elizabethtown, and Kamilah L. Roxberry, 23, of Vine Grove, were charged with two counts each of custodial interference, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

    In a news release from Sun­rise Children’s Services, Chief Financial Officer Guy Goodner said the women were terminated from their positions Monday while in police custody.

  • E'town medical practice fined nearly $3.8 million

    A local medical practice agreed Tuesday to pay nearly $3.8 million in U.S. District Court to settle claims owners engaged in improper conduct by extending chemotherapy treatment times to maximize reimbursements and inappropriately billing office visits for infusion therapies.

    Elizabethtown Hematology Oncology PLC and its owners have agreed to pay $3,739,325.41 to resolve the allegations, according to a U.S. District Court news release.

  • Hodgenville police chief under investigation

    Another LaRue County official is under investigation.

    Kentucky State Po­­lice Detective Forrest Win­chester confirmed Hodgenville Police Chief Steve Johnson is the subject of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement and Special Investigations West Branch.

  • Downtown walking tour returns to E'town Thursday

    The faces that shadow Elizabethtown’s historical heritage will consume the downtown district for the 27th consecutive year starting Thursday.

    The 27th annual Charles W. Logsdon Historic Downtown Walking Tour kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday on Public Square. There is no admission charge and reservations are not required.

    Charlie Skees, a tour organizer who depicts Gen. George Custer on the tour, said some new benches and a drinking fountain have been installed near the starting point, which he said will be beneficial for guests.