Local News

  • Chance for white Christmas unlikely in Hardin County

    The possibility of a white Christmas this year is looking slim, according to a Fort Knox weather official.

    Mark Adams, a meteorologist at Fort Knox weather operations, said the Hardin County area has a 10 percent chance for snow Christmas Day.

    Across the river in Southern Indiana, there is a 25 percent chance, he said.

    “If I was a betting person, I wouldn’t bet on it,” Adams said.

    On Friday, Adams said a storm is scheduled to hit the area Wednesday that could bring a light dusting.

  • Officials: More DUIs, e-warrant arrests contribute to intake spike

    Spikes in the jail’s monthly intake in the spring and summer could be attributed to increases in arrests and launch of an electronic warrant system in Hardin County, officials said.

    In March, the county switched from a paper-based warrant system to the e-warrant, a web-based system that allows all law enforcement and judicial officials full-time access to warrants from agencies throughout the state.

    That month, the jail’s intake jumped to 773, a 19 percent increase over February, according to jail records.

  • Detention center sees intake surge this year

    The Hardin County Detention Center saw spikes in 2012 in the number of county inmates being booked at the jail, leading to issues of overcrowding in the general population.

    The surge has led to some inmates sleeping on mattresses on the floor, Jailer Danny Allen said.

    For about a month after the county launched its electronic warrant system, he said the jail continuously had about 25 mattresses on the floor of its gym to accommodate the increase in incoming inmates.

  • Michigan students on winter break help local Habitat

    Some college students decided to spend part of their winter break building walls and floors for people in need rather than decking the halls in their own homes.

    A group of 12 students from Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan visited last week to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Hardin County.

    The students are part of the organization Alternative Breaks, which sends groups in rotation to spend part of their spring, winter or summer breaks volunteering.

  • Posada tradition plays out in Hardin

    The porch stairs to an Elizabethtown home were packed Thursday with visitors singing in Spanish.

    Those at the head of the line held a statue of a donkey with the Virgin Mary on its back.

    The lyrics were a request to be let in because they didn’t have a place to stay.

    They were answered from inside the house with words that meant they couldn’t let the visitors in because they were strangers.

  • Photo: Sign of the times ahead
  • Fiscal Court honors local Habitat for Humanity director

    In its final meeting of the year, Hardin Fiscal Court recognized the executive director of Hardin County’s Habitat for Humanity as an “outstanding citizen.”

    On Friday, Judge-Executive Harry Berry presented Larry Mengel with an Outstanding Citizen Award and a plaque from Gov. Steve Beshear recognizing him as a Kentucky Colonel.

  • Court approves measure banning concealed weapons in gov’t buildings

    Hardin Fiscal Court unanimously approved an ordinance Friday tightening regulations on the possession of concealed weapons in county government buildings.

    The ordinance, which can be read online on county government’s website, says areas where the possession of concealed weapons is prohibited or limited will be marked by signs.

  • Police net 40 pounds of pot in Breckinridge County bust

    Investigators discovered 40 pounds of marijuana and more than $28,000 in cash last week in Breckinridge County.

    Officers with the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force, Breckinridge County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky State Police and KSP Drug Enforcement Special Investigations-West were executing a search warrant at 6149 High Plains Road in Breckinridge County when drugs and cash were seized, according to a news release.

  • Photo: Caroling Trolley sings around county