Local News

  • 19-year-old woman commits suicide at jail

    Seven days before she was to be sentenced for igniting a series of trash can fires in downtown Elizabethtown, a 19-year-old woman committed suicide at Hardin County Detention Center.

    Jailer Danny Allen said another inmate discovered Rachel Dembek attempting to hang herself just before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Dembek died the following day and her funeral was Saturday.

    Allen said Dembek, who had been lodged since Dec. 22, never expressed to jail officials a desire to commit suicide or injure herself.

  • Heartland Festival won't coincide with Labor Day

    Heartland Festival in the Park is returning to Freeman Lake this year, but it will not interfere with residents’ Labor Day weekend plans.

    Elizabethtown Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn said the festival is Aug. 23-24, the last full weekend of the month.

    Vaughn has received calls and Facebook messages from residents, vendors and volunteers concerned the festival could coincide with Labor Day this year since the last weekend in August bleeds into September, but she said the city has no intentions of ever scheduling the festival during the holiday weekend.

  • 3-month-old at Kosair remains critical

    A 3-month-old infant admitted Tuesday to Kosair Children’s Hospital remains in critical condition, but police say the baby boy’s health is improving.

    According to Elizabethtown Police Department, the child was malnourished and suffered from multiple traumatic injuries, including a skull fracture and a broken femur. Police said the injuries stem from abuse and arrested his parents — Jessica A. Capponi, 19, and Alexander M. Irwin, 18 — on charges of first-degree criminal abuse.

  • LaRue County Sheriff Shoffner officially resigns

    Effective at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, a familiar sheriff was back in office in LaRue County.

    Judge-Executive Tommy Turner on Thursday received a letter of resignation from Sheriff Bobby Shoffner. Shoffner said in the letter he is vacating the position because of health issues.

    Former Sheriff Merle Edlin, whom Shoffner succeeded, will step in for the remaining two years of Shoffner’s term. According to a news release, Edlin will not be a candidate or participate in the 2014 election.

    Shoffner’s staff will be retained, according to the release.

  • Pancakes to support community


    Pancakes will pay for eyeglasses and support other community efforts.

    The annual Elizabethtown Lions Club pancake breakfast takes place this weekend to support the children’s eyesight program, scholarship program and 40 organizations sponsored by the club.

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  • All-time high: United Way has best year of giving

    Forgoing a monetary goal worked out well for United Way of Central Kentucky as its latest campaign draws to a close.

    The agency set an all-time benchmark in fundraising, raising more than $1.1 million during its campaign, which will be disbursed later this year to local organizations meeting criteria for funding. The final amount as of Thursday afternoon reached $1,162,606.97.

  • Sheriff’s Office: Complaints about exploding targets rising

    The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office reports an increasing number of complaints about the use of exploding shooting targets.

    Detective Sgt. Rex Allaman said exploding targets are a growing trend in the area. In many cases, he said the target user’s neighbor has filed the complaint.

    According to Allaman, some residents have filed more than one complaint.

    “The stuff is legal to have; it’s legal to use,” he explained. “Like anything, if it’s used like it’s intended, it’s not bad.”

  • Guthrie receives Conservative Award


    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie has been recognized for his consistency in exhibiting conservative values.

    The Bowling Green Republican was awarded the “Conservative Award” by the American Conservative Union Foundation.

  • E'town looking at basin maintenance policy

    Elizabethtown is considering a policy on maintenance of neighborhood-level subdivision basins.

    The review comes after repeated requests from property owners for the city to undertake maintenance duties for smaller basins, said Robert Bush, director of stormwater management.

    Bush brought his concern to Elizabethtown City Council earlier this week, asking officials for guidance and stressing the need for a formal policy that could better respond to the requests.