Local News

  • Column: Death hard to explain, understand for all ages

    My grandmother, Sharon Bennett, died June 10, 1990, after a long battle with breast cancer.

    The trip to the cemetery inevitably led to a series of existential questions from my sister.

    “Who is ‘Grammy Bennett?’ Where is she? Why is she buried in the ground? What is heaven? Where is it? Can I go to heaven and see ‘Grammy Bennett’?”

  • Proposed tattoo restrictions have soldiers seeking ink

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh is expected to sign a new policy that would place tighter restrictions on tattoos, which has some Fort Knox soldiers flocking to finish designs on their forearms and full sleeves of artwork.

    The new policy restriction as proposed would ban new artwork below the elbow and knee — meaning forearm, wrist and shin tattoos among others would be in violation. The Army already bans tattoos on visible spots in uniform, including the head, face and neck.

  • Jury trial in Radcliff infant's death begins Monday

    The jury trial in the death of a 1-month-old Radcliff infant is slated to begin Monday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Jarrod D. Davis, 24, of Radcliff, faces charges of murder and first-degree criminal abuse in connection with the Jan. 15 death of his son, Ja’Vion Davis.

    Radcliff Police Department responded the morning of Jan. 15 to Davis’ University Drive apartment in reference to a death investigation, RPD spokesman Bryce Shumate told The News-Enterprise in January.

  • 5K infuses Freeman Lake Park with color

    A crowd of color-splattered runners and walkers cheered and jumped up and down Saturday morning at Freeman Lake Park as a man wearing a black Color Run T-shirt counted down from 10 on the stage.

    “Three ... two ... one!” he shouted as the swarm of Color Run participants thrust their color packets into the air during the 5K’s Finish Festival.

    Streams of blue, green, orange, pink and purple powder filled the air, creating a cloud of color that eventually turned purple and covered participants from head to toe in a rainbow splatter.

  • UK students take stab at downtown revitalization

    Students participating Friday in a design charrette from the University of Kentucky said they were taken by the ornate beauty of the historical district in downtown Elizabethtown, saying the intact facades and the beautifully crafted masonry of the buildings practically scream for renovation.

    “So (much) potential that’s not being taken advantage of,” said Sarah Ann Marks, an interior design student at UK.

  • The undead invade E'town

    Zombies bearing bloody head wounds and tattered clothes crept Saturday through the streets of downtown Elizabethtown.

    Sugar Fashion Cakes hosted its second Zombie Fest from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, which coincided with the Heritage Council’s Second Saturday. Proceeds from the event go to the Heritage Council.

    Participants young and old showed up to the event sporting fake injuries and limps as well as grey, black, green or red makeup.

  • Rock turns tragedy into inspiration

    “I can’t believe that God spared my life just to give me back 80 milk cows, I believe there’s a bigger picture,” Gary Rock, a Hodgenville dairy farmer, said recalling his farming accident on Aug. 29.

    The accident caused Rock to lose both his legs above the knees and capped off a summer filled with tragedies and a community responding to his needs.

  • 'Baby' finds a home in LaRue County

    Like most farm animals, chickens are labeled according to their end purpose.

    A chicken bred for its egg-laying prowess is a “layer.” A chicken bred for plumpness – large drumsticks and breast – is a “broiler.” They grow faster, reaching slaughter weight between 2 and 3 months of age. They behave and walk differently – and spend more time lying down than their layer counterparts.

  • Rineyville man accepts rocket docket agreement in DUI wreck

    A Rineyville man accused of leaving the scene of a wreck involving three minors has accepted a guilty plea offer through the county’s rocket docket program and is set to appear Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court for arraignment.

    Clyde E. Puckett, 48, faces three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants — third offense, leaving the scene of an accident and second-degree persistent felony offense in connection with the Sept. 21 wreck in Rineyville.

  • 3,000 burials completed at Radcliff veterans' cemetery

    On Thursday, a U.S. Air Force veteran, Staff Sgt. Karl Edward Stempien, became the 3,000th person interred at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central since it opened in June 2007. Stempien served 11 years in the Air Force, earning the Joint Service Commendation Medal for serving in the Gulf War era.

    He joins 2,489 veterans and 510 dependent spouses and children interred at the cemetery. The total includes 11 service members who died on active duty, four of whom were killed in action.