Local News

  • E'town donates land, receives donation

    Monday’s city council meeting in Elizabethtown leaned heavily on land transactions, be they donations or fulfillment of a long-established agreement.

    City officials approved donation of two properties on East Railroad Avenue to Hardin County Habitat for Humanity while accepting several acres of land in the city as a gift.

  • Bus crash documentary in editing phase

    A documentary about the tragic bus crash in Carrollton is in the editing phase.

    Shooting for “IMPACT: After the Crash” is finished except for a few possible additional segments, and editing is about halfway finished.

    Director Jason Epperson hopes to be ready for a private showing of the documentary by the 25th anniversary of the crash on May 14, 1988, that killed 27 and injured 34.

    “I can tell that this is going to be a very powerful project,” he said.

  • Black History Gallery looks to serve next generation

    Willie French was a child when some of the black leaders and groundbreakers featured today on the walls of the Black History Gallery were giving famous speeches, writing enduring literature, breaking sports barriers and making other contributions.

    To Willie French of Elizabethtown, those people and events aren’t only black history, they’re American history.

    “It’s the United States of America,” he said.

  • Local educator's memory honored with library display

    Tara Lewis-Tidwell remembers meeting Lottie Robinson in 1986, soon after she began working for the Hardin County Public Library.

    The woman looked at Lewis-Tidwell curiously and asked how long she had been working at the library and how many black children frequented the building.

    Lewis-Tidwell answered she mostly worked in the basement and wasn’t sure.

    It wasn’t long after that when she noticed many more black children filtering into the library, and she thinks Robinson’s advocacy in the community led to that.

  • Local pizza sales boom for Super Bowl XLVII

    The Ravens and 49ers weren’t the only ones scoring big Sunday.

    Super Bowl Sunday is the busiest day in the pizza industry, sometimes being matched by New Year’s Eve.

    Snappy Tomato Pizza on North Wilson Road in Radcliff had 15 delayed orders for 6 p.m. by 3 p.m. on game day, said Crystal Logsdon, part owner and general manager for the store.

    Employees try to promote sales for that day in the couple weeks leading up to the game with direct mail and door hangings, she said.

  • Glen Dale Home was part of the greater community

    Standing in knee-deep grass by what once was a paved walking track, tennis court and a swimming pool, I look over the abandoned campus of Glen Dale Children’s Home. Melancholy falls over me seeing what once was is now just tossed aside.

    Growing up in Sonora, we went to school with the kids who lived at The Home. They were a part of our lives growing up; some even were my teachers in elementary and high school.

  • Ghosts of Glen Dale: Former children’s home filled with memories, broken windows

    Buildings along Gilead Church Road in Glendale sit empty, abused by time and vandals.

    There are 13 structures, all at one time serving various purposes for children from shattered homes in need of direction and stability. One was an administration building. Another a gymnasium. Most housed children with uncertain futures, clinging to a wire of hope at the former Glen Dale Children’s Home.

  • County government records mid-year surplus

    Hardin County government finished the first half of the 2012-13 budget cycle on a high note. Revenues topped expenditures by $2.7 million during the first six months, an improvement of $684,079 from last year, according to a news release from Judge-Executive Harry Berry’s office.

  • Rocket docket off to strong, fast start

    Three weeks have passed since rocket docket was re-implemented in Hardin County and local prosecutors say approximately 30 cases have entered the expedited program.

    The Hardin County Attorney and Ninth Circuit Commonwealth’s Attorney’s offices combined efforts to revive the rocket docket program earlier this month when new felony prosecutor Shane Young took office.

    The program allows defendants to bypass multiple hearings and a grand jury review to reach quicker dispositions of their cases.

  • United Way surpasses last year's campaign total

    United Way of Central Kentucky has reached another landmark as it races toward an all-time campaign high.

    Executive Director Christopher Wilborn said the agency has surpassed last year’s campaign goal of $1,025,000 and is still calculating money as it pours in.

    United Way will announce its final totals Feb. 28, Wilborn said.

    Asked for the latest tally Friday, Wilborn said he could not provide a definitive figure because all contributions had not been tally.