Local News

  • Local forestry office closing

    Hardin County native Steve Gray has spent about 30 years of his career with the state Division of Forestry at the division office in Elizabethtown.

    The office where he has spent so much of his time working has been open since 1949, helping with forest fire control, assisting with forest management, inspecting logging work for water quality violations, running educational programs in schools and conducting other work.

  • Hardin Fiscal Court picks site for new government building

    Hardin Fiscal Court took steps Tuesday toward building a new county government office complex.

    The vote on an engineering firm to design the building included a decision to build the $12 million structure on county-owned property along Ring Road in Elizabethtown adjacent to the emergency management building. The measure passed 8-1 with Magistrate Bill Wiseman casting the only dissenting vote.

  • Volunteer jail ministers gather for annual training

    More than 300 volunteers filled the seats Monday night at Vine Grove Baptist Church for an annual training session for the Hardin County Detention Center’s jail ministry.

    According to Jailer Danny Allen and Chaplain Larry Vance, the county’s jail ministry is the largest in Kentucky.

    “There are volunteers in the jail every day of the week, year round,” Allen said.

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  • Woman sentenced for assisting alleged shooter

    The woman accused of helping a murder suspect to evade police was sentenced Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Elizabeth D. Hensley, 24, pleaded guilty in January to hindering prosecution or apprehension. Judge Ken Howard sentenced Hensley to three years in prison, which will be probated for five years.

    According to the Elizabethtown Police Department, Hensley assisted Robert Tarafa after he allegedly shot Frank Knapp last June at Memorial Apartments.

  • Elizabethtown woman charged with assault

    An Elizabethtown woman is facing multiple charges after police say she stabbed a man and then lied to officers about her involvement.

    Jessica S. Duren, 27, was arrested Monday night on charges of second-degree assault and falsely reporting an incident.

    According to an arrest warrant, Duren was involved in a verbal argument Feb. 15 at Woodland Mobile Home Park with the alleged victim.

    The altercation concluded when Duren removed a knife from a kitchen drawer and allegedly stabbed the man in the stomach, police said.

  • HMH program strengthens defense against heart attacks

    Hardin Memorial Hospital says it is serious about heart attacks, pointing to a new initiative it believes will save lives and improve the quality of care for heart patients.

    HMH officials said a program developed to shrink the wait period between a patient’s arrival and the start of a balloon angioplasty has exceeded expectations and met markers quicker than anticipated.

  • Work nears on U.S. 31E in LaRue

    Preliminary work begins this week as Kentucky Transportation Cabinet contract crews realign curves and resurface a section of U.S. 31E near the Lincoln Boyhood Home in LaRue County.

    The nearly $2.2 million contract with Salsman Brothers, Inc. from Bardstown will provide a safer and more efficient route through the corridor connecting Hodgenville and Bardstown, according to a KTC news release.

  • Man pleads guilty to pointing shotgun at wife

    A Rineyville man accused of pointing a loaded shotgun at his wife during an argument and attempting to strike a state trooper with his vehicle will be sentenced next month in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Billy M. Brown, 57, pleaded guilty earlier this month through the county’s rocket docket program to two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

    The commonwealth has recommended two years to serve on each count, according to court records. Formal sentencing is March 12 in circuit court.

  • LaRue County sheriff to retire

    Following more than 10 years in office, LaRue County Sheriff Bobby Shoffner has announced his intent to retire.

    The county’s Chief Deputy Russell McCoy confirmed Shoffner’s pending retirement Monday but made no further comment.

    As of Monday morning, Judge-Executive Tommy Turner said he had not received a notice of retirement or resignation from Shoffner.

    Kentucky law stipulates the county appoints a replacement in the event of an early retirement or resignation of an elected official.