Local News

  • Local economy climbs in GDP ranking

    The Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area climbed 16 spots in national gross domestic product figures released Tuesday.

    The area was ranked 243rd out of 381 for GDP in 2012, up from 259th the previous year, according to data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

    Real GDP increased in all but 76 of those 381 metropolitan areas across the nation in 2012, lead by growth in durable-goods manufacturing, trade and financial activities, according to the bureau.

  • Altercation leaves one hospitalized

    An early morning altercation Tuesday at a Bardstown Road home left one man in stable condition at University Hospital in Louisville after police say he was struck in the head with a tool.

    Jeromey Sandlin, 27, of Elizabethtown was listed as a patient Tuesday. Police say Sandlin showed up intoxicated at the Elizabethtown home of a cousin, Ryannel Braxton, 23, and a fight ensued around 3 a.m.

  • Traffic stop leads to charges for Rineyville woman

    A Rineyville woman faces seven charges after police say she resisted arrest during a traffic stop Monday night on Ky. 220.

    Sarah K. Peak, 31, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine, tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, alcohol intoxication in public and giving an officer a false name.

  • Governor to visit for veterans center groundbreaking

    The state will turn dirt today on its latest veterans nursing center just north of Radcliff.

    The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs and the Office of Kentucky Veterans Centers is hosting a traditional groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the site of the Radcliff Veterans Center nursing facility, which will be built off Logsdon Parkway on property donated by the Department of Defense.

  • HMH approves incentives-laden health plan

    Hardin Memorial Health employees now have a few hundred reasons to improve their health.

    HMH’s Board of Trustees approved the 2014 employee health benefits plan Tuesday that is heavy on incentives and could reduce an employee’s premiums by as much as $400 throughout the year.

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  • Pastor finds father after 38 years

    Jimmy Squires was about 18 years old when his father headed to his truck and said he was going to make an insurance payment.

    In the 38 years that followed, the man never returned to his Louisville home.

    “We didn’t know anything,” he said.

    The disappearance was devastating, and law enforcement couldn’t find him, Jimmy Squires said.

    “We thought something might have happened or somebody might have mugged him,” he said. “We didn’t know what happened because he and my mother never fought.”

  • Task force addresses degree completion for military families

    A state education work group is looking to ease the road to degree completion for military families.

    Five recommendations to increase college enrollment and completion among military spouses recently were presented to the Council on Postsecondary Education by the Postsecondary Education Work Group to the Military Spouse Task Force of Kentucky. The recommendations are in draft form and later will be presented to the task force.

    The five draft recommendations are:

  • E’town votes to sell water system

    Elizabethtown officially is getting out of the water business.

    City Council voted 5-1 Monday to develop an agreement to transfer ownership of Elizabethtown’s water treatment and distribution system to Hardin County Water District No. 2 as the majority of the legislative body expressed a reluctance to shed the service.

    With rate increases expected to come regardless of their action, most said it is the most prudent course.

  • E'town approves property tax rates

    With the economy still sputtering, Elizabethtown joined Hardin County government in holding its property tax rates flat this year.

    Elizabethtown City Council voted Monday to accept the recommended real and personal property tax rate of 11.6 cents per $100 of assessed value. The city has held the rate steady for several years.

    The council also adopted an ordinance keeping the tax rate at 11.6 cents per $100 of assessed value for motor vehicles and watercraft and kept the franchise tax rate at 0.025 percent for all eligible bank deposits.