Local News

  • Berry backs LIFT initiative

    Hardin County has joined its voice with some of the most populous municipalities in Kentucky, calling on the legislature to consider significant reforms and objectives assisting cities and counties.

    Hardin Judge-Executive Harry Berry joined judge-executives and mayors from around the state at a news conference in the Capitol Rotunda Tuesday, where a challenge was sent for comprehensive pension reform and a constitutional amendment allowing for local option sales taxes in cities and counties for special projects or programs.

  • Homeless shelter opening delayed

    The opening of the Heart of Hope Homeless Shelter has been delayed because of lack of money, according to the Rev. Towanda Hope, who is optimistic the shelter to be operational by spring.

    The shelter, in the basement of Powerhouse of Praise & Deliverance Center in Radcliff, still lacks several elements before it can be completed, Hope said. To accomplish what is left, the center needs to raise about $25,000.

    The shelter was scheduled to open in January or February, but now Hope said she would like to see it open by April.

  • E'town launches branding initiative

    Elizabethtown is in the market for a new brand and is turning to its residents to determine how the city will be promoted to the world.

    The Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau has partnered with the city, the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council and the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Foundation to launch a branding initiative, which starts with the compilation of local ideas, said Sherry Murphy, executive director of the ETCB.

  • Cecilia man sentenced for assaulting his mom

    A Cecilia man accused of dragging his 74-year-old mother by her hair and threatening to kill her pleaded guilty Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Dwayne C. Haynes, 49, was indicted in September on charges of second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, tampering with a witness, intimidating a witness and first-degree persistent felony offense.

    Prosecutors offered to dismiss Haynes’ persistent felony-offender status, but the defendant pleaded guilty to the remaining charges.

  • Happy birthday, Abe

    Hodgenville celebrated the area’s favorite son Tuesday with the annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday Luncheon at Ovesen Heights Baptist Church.

    Bill Justice, superintendent of the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park, said it is an honor for him to be over the park.

    “This is a great park, and the community really loves this park, and you can see that,” he said. “You can see that by the people who are sitting here at the tables.”

  • Hardin Fiscal Court approves new name for E2RC


    With the blessing of the Public Works Committee, Hardin Fiscal Court approved naming Ky. 361 Patriot Parkway during its voting meeting Tuesday afternoon.

    The new name for the road, often referred to as the Elizabethtown-to-Radcliff Connector, has already been accepted by Elizabethtown City Council and now moves to Radcliff for approval.

    The bulk of the connector will run through unincorporated areas of the county once completed with smaller portions located in Elizabethtown and Radcliff, said Judge-Executive Harry Berry.

  • Prosecutors dismiss charges against E'town man accused of neglect, exploitation

    The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office dismissed charges Tuesday against an Elizabethtown man accused of neglect and financial exploitation of a parental figure.

    Joseph A. Starks, 38, was arrested in May 2011 after Elizabethtown police found the Adams Road home in “extremely poor condition,” according to a citation.

    Four months later, he was indicted into Hardin Circuit Court and was set to proceed to trial last June. However, because of a scheduling conflict with another felony case, Starks’ trial was pushed back.

  • Barron receives Boy Scouts service award

    A longtime local leader of the Boy Scouts has been recognized for his service to the organization.

    Retired Maj. Gen. Bill Barron received the Silver Beaver Award, a distinguished service award that recognizes leaders within the Boy Scouts of America, this past weekend. The award was presented to Barron by the Lincoln Heritage Council.

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  • Meade County men plead guilty to arson, insurance fraud

    Two Guston men pleaded guilty to charges of arson and insurance fraud for their involvement in a staged vehicle wreck.

    Joseph D. Ross, 51, and Joshua D. Fuqua, 31, pleaded guilty Thursday, according to a news release from Kentucky State Police Post 4. Prosecutors offered Ross 10 years and Fuqua seven, police said.

    According to the release, Ross hired Fuqua in June 2011 to drive a pick-up truck into his motor home parked on Charlie Pyle Road. Police said the two intended to collect money from the motor home’s insurance policy.