Local News

  • Community baby shower at Pritchard offers support to parents

    When Kristen Thurman attended a Community Baby Shower after giving birth last year, she was amazed at the wealth of information and support available in the area.

    This year as a junior at John Hardin High School, she returned to the event Wednesday to learn even more about how to care for Skyler Hall, her 18-month-old son.

  • Mother of malnourished child gets probation

    Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Teresa Logsdon wanted to make a final impression on Jessica A. Capponi on Tuesday morning in Hardin Circuit Court in the criminal abuse case against her.

    Logsdon made sure Capponi saw photos of her son as a battered and malnourished child.

    “In the investigation report, she still didn’t believe she had done anything wrong,” Logsdon said.

  • Health clinic expanding to Meade County

    The Community Health Clinic of Hardin & LaRue Counties is expanding its services to reach more patients in need.

    Since its opening in 2002, the nonprofit clinic, which offers basic health services to uninsured, low-income residents, limited its focus to only two counties. Meade County will be added to its service area April 1, said Executive Director Rebecca Farris Allen.

  • West Point Police lands K-9 unit

    In West Point, residents now will see a new officer of the four-legged variety on duty.

    Rex, a black and red German Shepherd, was introduced Monday night to a room filled with law enforcement officials from nearby agencies, prosecutors, judges and community members at West Point School.

    A dual-purpose dog, Rex will be handled by officer Gary Heavrin and can be used to assist adjacent agencies in Hardin and Meade counties.

    “We got real lucky with him,” Heavrin said. “He’s just a good fit for me.”

  • Indictment of two former officers released

    During an arraignment Monday in Meade Circuit Court, two former law enforcement officers waived formal reading of their indictments in a sex case involving a then 15-year-old girl.

    Through an open records request, The News-Enterprise obtained copies of the indictments for former Brandenburg Police officer Todd Matti and former Kentucky State Police trooper Stratford Young.

    Matti is charged with two counts of third-degree sodomy and Young is charged with two counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree rape.

  • Area students headed to Gatton Academy next year

    Several students from Hardin County and the surrounding area will attend the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky on the campus of Western Kentucky University.
    Students will complete their junior and senior years of high school living on campus and taking courses at WKU. At the end of their two years, they will graduate from high school and have earned at least 60 college credit hours.

  • Ag commissioner, local GOP candidates will speak at dinner

    The Hardin County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner plans to feature Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, a likely candidate for governor in 2015, and Matt Bevin, who has staged an aggressive campaign for the U.S. Senate seat on this year’s ballot.

    As an aid for local GOP candidates, the program Saturday night will feature a rapid-fire series of introductions open to all Republicans on Hardin County ballots in the May primary.

  • Blocker makes court appearance, pleads not guilty to Kroger crash

    A woman accused of crashing a car into the front of Kroger on Dolphin Drive in February appeared Tuesday morning in Hardin Circuit Court.

    June Blocker, 52, who faces nine charges including attempted murder, appeared with her attorney, Robert McIntosh, in court.

    Judge Ken Howard set an April 22 pre-trial conference date for Blocker during her brief appearance in court. She remains lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $100,000 cash bond.

  • ECTC to host 'active shooter drill' today

    Kentucky State Police and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will conduct an active shooter drill on campus today.

    The drill will include classroom and drill scenarios. Drill officials wanted to alert the public that they may hear several emergency vehicle sirens this morning and didn’t want the public to panic if they hear of a “shooting” or emergency vehicles on campus.

  • Board to tour new cancer care center

    The Board of Trustees will get a first look this week at Hardin Memorial Health’s new cancer care center location at 521 Robinbrooke Blvd. in Elizabethtown.

    The board and focus group members will be part of a facility tour from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday. HMH intends to move its oncology services from the main campus on North Dixie Avenue to the new location on April 7. The tour is not open to the public.