Local News

  • Foster parents needed

    Foster care officials are looking for new individuals and families to make a difference in children’s lives.

    Laura Elmore, director of Benchmark Family Services in Elizabethtown, said the nonprofit and similar agencies are having trouble meeting demand for good homes for children in foster care.

    Officials are seeking caregivers who can take large groups of siblings and hard-to-place children, such as those with special needs and older kids.

  • Former pet store owner indicted for theft

    The former owner of an Elizabethtown pet store is accused of collecting more than $19,000 in sales taxes and failing to pay that money to the state.

    Caterina C. Finley, 38, former owner of E’town Pet Center in Houchens Plaza, was indicted Thursday on a charge of theft by failure to make required disposition of property more than $10,000.

    E’town Pet Center closed July 2, 2012, but it since has changed ownership and reopened as E’town Pets and More.

  • Schedule set for Heartland Festival

    The schedule for this year’s Heartland Festival had an official unveiling Monday in an attempt to boost attention for the annual event.

    Organizers and sponsors gathered at Freeman Lake Park, where most activities are scheduled to take place, to talk about plans for the festival Aug. 23 and 24.

    Aug. 23 is sponsored by KMO Country 99.3, Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities, so the cost to enter the park is $1.

  • Akers turns to supporters to fund birth center appeal

    A certified nurse midwife who is fighting state denial of a certificate of need required for a standalone birth center in Elizabethtown has turned to her supporters for financial assistance.

    Mary Carol Akers used Facebook this week to ask those who favor a birth center in Kentucky to consider offering donations to sustain the legal battle.

  • Guthrie to host town hall meeting next week

    Hardin County's representative in Congress will host a forum next week to pick the brains of his constituents.

    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, is hosting a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau. It is open to the public.

  • Radcliff to address Republic Avenue drainage

    Radcliff is set to spend more than a quarter of a million dollars to repair an ongoing drainage problem on Republic Avenue near the U.S. Cavalry store on Centennial Avenue.

    City Engineer Toby Spalding recommended the city accept a low bid of $261,970.04 from ADCO Construction & Excavating to complete a comprehensive drainage project from 2882 to 2908 Republic Ave.

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  • E'town man indicted on criminal abuse charges

    A Hardin County grand jury returned an indictment against an Elizabethtown man accused of spanking his stepchildren with a paddle.

    Donald Lee Begley, 46, faces three counts of second-degree criminal abuse and first-degree persistent felony offense.

    Begley is accused of “wantonly abusing” the three juveniles in September 2012 by “causing torture, cruel confinement or cruel punishment,” according to the indictment.

  • Project to expand broadband service nearing completion

    A plan to expand broadband service in southern Hardin County should be completed by November or sooner, according to Windstream Communications officials.

    “That’s the plan, yes,” said spokesman Scott Morris.

    The company is putting the finishing touches on a project that extends service to areas where it was cost prohibitive to expand previously, made possible by nearly $60 million in federal stimulus dollars awarded to the company, Morris said in 2011 when the project started.

  • Big Clifty man killed in train collision

    Kentucky State Police is investigating a Saturday afternoon train collision that left a Big Clifty man dead and a juvenile injured.

    Carl Roof, 62, was eastbound at the Hughes Mill Road crossing when a southbound train struck his 2000 Chevy Tahoe, according to a news release from KSP Post 4 in Elizabethtown.

    The train collided with the driver’s side door and caused the truck to overturn, police said. The vehicle came to a rest on the south side of Hughes Mill Road next to the railroad tracks.