Local News

  • Ellis ‘Memorial fund not authorized,’ police say

    In a statement posted Monday on its Facebook page, the Bardstown Police Department said another Facebook page titled “Giving Forward Officer Jason Ellis Memorial Fund” is not an authorized fundraising effort.

    “This group has not been authorized by the family or the Nelson County Board of Education to start this fund. We will be posting the authorized fund and information on how you can donate (Tuesday) after details have been finalized,” the statement reads.

  • Fort Duffield remembers 61 men who died at site during Civil War

    Trinity and Devyn Kessinger sat on a hilltop Monday and watched in rapt attention as their father advanced through cannon smoke and rifle fire.

    They jumped a little at each ground-shaking boom of the heavy artillery.

    Trinity, a third-grader from McLean County, and Devyn, a first-grader there, weren’t worried about their dad. The three of them and their father’s girlfriend, Amber Grey of Central City, were among those participating in Living History Day at Fort Duffield.

  • True meaning of Memorial Day hits home for Yates family

    Memorial Day has taken on an entirely different meaning in the Rineyville home of David and Kathy Yates since that near midnight knock on the door almost three years ago.

    “We knew it wasn’t good news,” Kathy said.

    It wasn’t.

  • Photo: Walk the line
  • KSP: Officer’s death was planned

    The fatal shooting of a Bardstown Police officer early Saturday morning was premeditated murder, a spokesman for Kentucky State Police said Sunday at a news conference in Elizabethtown.

    Norman Chaffins, a spokesman for the Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown, said at a news conference Sunday afternoon the shooting of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis was planned. He described it as an ambush with a shotgun.

    “Someone planned this,” Chaffins said “Someone planned to shoot somebody … at that location at that time.”

  • Family aids tornado victims in Oklahoma

    One Elizabethtown family is celebrating this Memorial Day by driving 800 miles to Moore, Okla., to assist with tornado recovery efforts there.

    Katana Whitaker, an incoming junior at John Hardin High School, was watching footage after school last Monday of the devastation in what was her hometown from third to seventh grades. Her mother, Kimberly, watched the news coverage in another room.

  • Faces & Places - Pomp & Circumstance
  • BBQ, BLUES & BIKES: Thousands rumble, revel

    An organizer of BBQ, Blues & Bikes said the event was lightning in a bottle, but downtown Elizabethtown sounded more like thunder Saturday afternoon.

    Engines rumbled on motorcycles that lined the streets and wove slowly through the thick crowd.

    The sounds mingled with sultry and up-tempo tunes from a music tent and the smell of slow-cooked meat and other treats from  food vendors.

    Rik Hawkins, one of the organizers, said the event more than exceeded planners’ expectations.

  • Farmers hopeful despite last year's drought

    Hot and dry conditions last year left Hardin County farmers with stunted, shriveled ears of corn that made for the worst season most of them have experienced.

    For Bob Wade Jr., the difference water makes was visible.

    He pulled a plump ear of corn out of a bag during Farm-City Day in November to show visitors the difference the extra water made for the 15 percent of his crop that was irrigated last summer. He then produced an ear with small, dented kernels that made up some of the fields that did not have that advantage.

  • Local police to run for Special Olympics

    Rain or shine, local police will run across the county Tuesday as part of the annual Special Olympics’ Torch Run.

    Torch Runs have raised money for Kentucky’s Special Olympics for nearly 30 years. A run has been held locally for 22 years, said Darrell Brangers, dispatch supervisor at Elizabethtown Police Department and coordinator of the Hardin County Torch Run.

    As many as 25 officers have run in the past, he said, but Brangers remembers making EPD’s 8-mile run with as few as four.