Local News

  • Blessing of the Animals approaches 10 years at St. Christopher

    Septuagenarian dogs could tell young pups about the first Blessing of the Animals at St. Christopher Catholic Church.

    Saturday marks the 10th anniversary in human years for the service.

    The event falls near the Oct. 4 feast day for St. Francis of Assisi. Born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernadone, the Italian Catholic friar and preacher is now known as the patron saint of animals and the environment.

    This year’s service begins at 10 a.m. in the church parking lot on South Wilson Road in Radcliff.

  • Avis pleads guilty in Hodgenville officer's death

    A former Vine Grove man pleaded guilty this morning to second-degree manslaughter in the September 2012 death of Hodgenville Police Officer Mark A. Taulbee.

    Jason Lee Avis, 30, was arrested Sept. 16, 2012, after police said he led Taulbee on a vehicle pursuit that ended when the officer lost control of his cruiser.

    Today, Avis admitted in court to driving speeds of up to 100 miles per hour and seeing an officer in pursuit of him but not stopping. Members of Taulbee's family and Hodgenville Police Chief Steve Johnson were present for the hearing.

  • KSP shoots E'town man after he throws knife

    An Elizabethtown man is at University Hospital in Louisville after he was shot in the groin Sunday night.

    Kentucky State Police say Gerald R. Scheppa, 53, of the 2000 block of Hodgenville Road was shot by authorities after he threw a large knife at Trooper Charlie Miller.

    KSP received a call at 11:38 p.m. in regards to a welfare check requested by family members Sunday night, according to a news release. Family members say Scheppa had made suicidal references.

  • RPD officer arrested

    A Radcliff police officer was arrested by fellow officers and booked into the Hardin County Detention Center early Monday morning.

    Brian Jason Clear, 33, was charged with misdemeanor counts of third-degree terroristic threatening and alcohol intoxication, first and second offense.

    Clear, who has been on the RPD staff for less than a year, was released on an unsecured bond at 11:57 a.m. today following video arraignment in Hardin District Court.

  • Projects at Lakewood Elementary take shape

    Projects were coming together Friday at Lakewood Elementary School.

    To the side of the building, volunteers from the Lincoln Trail Home Builders Association were constructing an outdoor classroom.

    In front of the school, an artist in residence was putting the finishing touches on a limestone sculpture of a bear wading through grass and water.

    Ruthie Miller, director of a project supported by federal grant money, said the children have loved seeing the bear take shape.

  • LCS Distinguished Alumni to induct four new members

    Landmark News Service

    The LaRue County Board of Education has announced four inductees as LaRue County Schools Distinguished Alumni.

    Phyllis Higdon Gentry, Dr. Brandon Houk, John E. Hornback, and Capt. Mark D. Turner, M.D., will be honored at a luncheon Friday at the LaRue County Extension Service.


  • Night Risers attendance droops, organizers hope for better in the future

    Not as many of the undead dug themselves out of the coffins this weekend as organizers of the Night Risers Film Festival & Expo hoped.

    The event took place for the first time from Friday through Sunday to feature independent films and revel in other horror-related festivities at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown.

  • E'town couple indicted on abuse charges

    Two Elizabethtown residents arrested earlier this month on charges related to the abuse of a 2-year-old girl have been indicted into Hardin Circuit Court.

    Mark Anthony Tharp, 26, faces a charge of first-degree criminal abuse while the girl’s mother, Allison Clark, 23, is charged with complicity to commit first-degree criminal abuse.

  • Local teachers receive state achievement awards

    Two teachers who came to education later in life have been recognized for their efforts.

    Kathy Thompson, an English teacher at Central Hardin High School, and Derisa Hindle, a math teacher at T.K. Stone Middle School, have been named recipients of the Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards. Thompson and Hindle are among 24 recipients in the state and are in the running for Kentucky Teacher of the Year.

  • Bluegrass festival makes music on and off stage

    Shelly Kern’s family reunion this year included a little bit of twang.

    She returned this weekend from North Carolina to Vine Grove, where she was raised.

    Kern spent the day reuniting with family members from as far away as Atlanta at the Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival in Optimist Park. Listening to a four-piece band singing and picking a song about how cowboys still are cowboys in San Antonio was awesome, she said.

    Her grandfather, Mitchell Ivy, said the atmosphere, camaraderie and spirit of the festival are good for the community.