Local News

  • Voter turnout weak in county

    Twelve hours of voting produced another low turnout in Hardin County for Tuesday’s primary election, with just more than 21 percent of the county’s nearly 73,000 voters casting a ballot.

    “It’s hard to say why (the turnout was lower this year),” outgoing Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb said. “It could be that there were more candidates this time around. There were more highly contested races.”

  • Field narrows to 12 in Radcliff City Council race

    The Radcliff City Council candidate pool has been cut by a third after Tuesday’s primary.

    The field of 18 is now 12 and will be cut to the final six by voters in November.

    All four incumbents — Stan Holmes, Barbara Baker, Edward Palmer and Don Shaw — have advanced to November’s general election. Joining them are two former councilmen, Jerry Brown and Jack Holland, as well as six newcomers in Chris Yates, Victoria Thompson, Gloria Fite, T.W. Shortt, Lina Howard and Kim Thompson.

  • Vine Grove mayor race down to two

    The race for Vine Grove mayor was narrowed from three to two Tuesday. Incumbent Blake Proffitt and police officer Joe Walker will face off in November for the position.

    Proffitt received the most votes Tuesday with 445. Walker was second with 230 and Councilman Garry Mc­Coy received 132 votes. Overall, Proffitt received 55.14 percent of the votes.

    Proffitt said he was blessed from the primary results.

    “I hope these results reflect that the community appreciates the work we’ve done so far,” he said.

  • In a new district, Tim Moore wins fifth term in House

    With legislative redistricting, Hardin County was chopped into six slices. Some political watchers thought the peculiar pieces were designed in part to target Tim Moore.

    Known for his pro-life stance and overall conservative positions, Moore will return to the state House of Representatives for a fifth term. He defeated former hospital administrator Steve Meredith by 342 votes in Tuesday’s Republican primary. He has no opposition in the Nov. 4 general election.

  • Florida man denied bond reduction in child sex abuse case

    A Florida man indicted on seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a then-12-year-old Elizabeth­town girl appeared Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court for a motion hearing to reduce his bond.

    An attorney for Jasen Sawyer, 25, of Ruskin, Florida, motioned to reduce Sawyer’s $25,000 full cash bond to 10 percent of that amount.

    Judge Ken Howard denied the motion.

    The alleged acts happened between December 2012 and February 2013. Sawyer is an acquaintance of the girl’s family.

  • Donnelly gets Democratic nod for county clerk

    For 35 years, Debbie Donnelly has worked in the Hardin County Clerk’s Office. Tuesday night, she moved one step closer to leading it with a resounding victory over Bruce Reeves in the Democratic primary.

    Donnelly, 59, faces Republican Sandra Byerly in the November general election. Byerly did not face an official primary challenge after Dwayne E. Mollison Sr. left the race to tend to an illness in his family.

  • Incumbents survive in magistrate races

    The News-Enterprise

    Half of the magistrate races in Hardin County were determined Tuesday during the primary, and all incumbents with primary opposition survived the night.

    Magistrate Roy Easter won another four-year term by defeating fellow Democrats Curtis Brunson and Don Yates.

    Democrat Steve Brown defeated James Prentice Jr. and will face Republican incumbent Lisa Williams in the November general election for District 3.

  • Elizabethtown approves incentives for Altec


    Elizabethtown City Council approved incentives for Altec Industries on Monday night in response to the company’s expansion.

    The city extended tax incentives from the Ken­tucky Business In­vestment Program through the forfeiture of 1 percent of the occupational fee on gross employee earnings for new jobs created “upon activation and for the length of the program,” according to the city’s resolution.

  • Radcliff to donate fire truck to West Point

    The city of West Point soon will add a fire truck to its department thanks to the city of Radcliff.

    In a brief meeting Monday, Radcliff City Council voted unanimously to transfer a surplus 1980 Pierce Tele-squirt truck that requires more than $17,000 worth of repairs to a pump. Councilwoman Barbara Baker was not present.

    The truck will replace a 1974 model truck for West Point’s fire department, Radcliff Fire Chief Jamie Henderson previously said.

  • Soldier accused of incest will receive probated sentence

    A sergeant in the U.S. Army Cadet Command 1st Brigade accepted a plea agreement Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court in a sex abuse case involving a relative.

    After more than 11 months in jail, Sgt. 1st Class Felix Manuel Ayala, 46, of Radcliff, pleaded guilty to incest with consent, a Class C felony.

    The charge was amended from incest, forcible compulsion incapable of consent. Three other charges — first-degree rape, incapable of consent; first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree sodomy, incapable of consent — were dismissed without prejudice.