Local News

  • Cadets embrace challenges at JROTC drill competition

    Local cadets tested their mettle against schools from several states this weekend.

    Roughly a dozen Kentucky Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps drill teams competed in the Sgt. Maj. Paul C. Gray JROTC Invitational Drill, Marksmanship and Academic Championships in Radcliff Saturday and Sunday.

  • Responders rely on each other, family during tragedy

    Families of those who die in tragic ways, such as the wreck that claimed six lives on Feb. 2 on Interstate 65, usually are those most affected by the terrible losses.

    But families of first responders are also affected and tested emotionally by the loss of life and occasional gruesome circumstances they encounter.

    They put aside that struggle as they sift through wreckage and clues to understand what happened and bring comfort to the loved ones of those who died, but they eventually have to deal with their own feelings.

  • Foley returning to Animal Control

    Gerald Foley’s retirement from Hardin County Animal Control was short lived.

    He has been chosen from a field of 16 candidates to fill the same position he vacated in November after announcing his retirement with nearly 30 years of employment with the county. Hardin Fiscal Court will cast a vote on his reappointment as department head during its meeting Tuesday.

  • Under 4 set at highest risk for fatal abuse

    While the entire Elizabethtown Police Department’s detective division spent 14 hours at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville on Feb. 26, two infants battled for their lives in the intensive care unit.

    One baby survived. The other, Aleyah Noelle Williams, died from her injuries, and her father, Barry Wayne Williams Jr., was indicted Thursday for murder.

    The cases were reported to police within six hours of each other and the infants had a combined age of 9 months.

  • State requires anyone, everyone to report suspected abuse

    Once a child abuse case has been reported, officials say it is “frighteningly common” to hear a neighbor, family friend or someone else familiar with the child say they suspected something but didn’t report it.

    “You’ll have a lot of people going, ‘Gosh, I should have done something,’” said Detective Sgt. Brian Graham of the Elizabethtown Police Department.

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  • Tracy Lawrence to headline Heartland fest

    Responding to repeated requests from local residents, Elizabethtown has secured a veteran of country music to close out the Heartland Festival this August.

    Tracy Lawrence will take the stage at Freeman Lake Park during a free Saturday night concert at Freeman Lake Park on Aug. 24, according to city officials.

    Lawrence, known for hits such as “Alibis,” “Can’t Break it to My Heart,” “My Second Home” and “If the Good Die Young,” is no stranger to Elizabethtown or the park, said Mayor Tim Walker.

  • Birthing center controversy: What do women really want?

    Kentucky’s lack of delivery alternatives led Christy Kendall late last year to a cabin in rural Tennessee.

    Kendall, who lives in Louisville, reached out to former high school classmates with children, asking for tips on books to read, documentaries to watch and other insights on pregnancy. Many cautioned her to calm down, but Kendall said she was driven by the desire to control her own pregnancy and enjoy the process her body was designed for. Her mother gave birth naturally several times and instilled a respect for midwifery in her daughter.

  • Progress speeding up on new animal shelter

    The launch of the new Hardin County animal shelter could be mere months away, said PAWS Shelter Foundation President Deedie Layman.

    Layman said work is moving at a fast pace and the facility at 220 Peterson Drive could be ready as early as May.

    “It would not surprise me,” she said.

  • Former teacher pleads guilty, will serve no jail time

    A former LaRue County High School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student won’t be spending time in jail after pleading guilty to a lesser charge Friday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Natalie Gentry, originally charged with one count of sexual abuse after she was accused of having intercourse with a 17-year-old student at her home in June 2011, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of sexual misconduct, a misdemeanor punishable up to 12 months in jail.