Local News

  • Stolen bourbon possibly offered to local liquor store

    Authorities are looking for a man seen on video trying to sell a large quantity of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon at a Hardin County liquor store.

    Sixty-five cases of the rare, 20-year-old bourbon valued at $25,000 were reported stolen last week from the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort.

    The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department is looking for leads to the suspect's identity. He is described as a person of interest in the police investigation.

  • Flint Hill Fall Festival eyes another solid event

    For a first-time event, last year’s Flint Hill Fall Festival had a solid debut.

    Now organizers are hopeful Saturday’s festival at the Flint Hill General Store in Sonora is even better.

    Organizer Patty Rucker said attendees braved poor early weather conditions last year to make the festival a success.

  • National Guard soldiers return from deployment

    Now that Staff Sgt. Jeremy Jackson is back from a months-long deployment to the Middle East — his first — he plans to relax.

    “Take a shower without flip flops on,” he said.

    Jackson was one of a handful of soldiers who returned Wednesday to the National Guard Armory in Elizabethtown after deploying the first of the year. They were part of the Kentucky National Guard 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery, said 2nd Lt. Joseph Davis.

  • Hope for Christmas expects to help 1,500 children

    There never is a down time of the year for need. But as the holiday season approaches, the urgency rises. This year, the annual Hope for Christmas program with Helping Hand of Hope expects to fill the wish lists of about 1,500 children.

    “There is just tremendous need all year, but the Hope for Christmas program is one of our flagship programs where we reach out to the entire community,” executive director David Dozer said.

  • 'Who' turned the lights out

    More than 9,000 households lost electricity Wednesday in the Elizabethtown area after an owl found its way into a transmission substation.

    Liz Pratt, spokeswoman for Louisville Gas & Electric-Kentucky Utilities, said power was disrupted around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday and lasted for nearly an hour.

    About 9,200 customers in the Elizabethtown and Hardin County area lost electricity, Pratt said. There were some households north of the city limits that were affected as well, she said.

  • Grant to improve railroad crossings

    The state has announced nearly $2.2 million in grants to help fund safety improvements at railroad crossings in Hardin and 16 additional Kentucky counties.

  • Subcontractor involved in project at Fort Knox High indicted for fraud

    A Lexington-based glass company has been indicted in federal court on fraud charges relating to a multi-million dollar contract at Fort Knox High School.

    Central Kentucky Glass Co. was indicted Oct. 16 on charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and major fraud, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Kentucky.

    The company’s former president, Dennis Martin of Nicholasville, was charged separately Oct. 21 in U.S. District Court.

  • Pursuit of airline service on hold

    A push to attract a passenger airline service to Addington Field Elizabethtown Regional Airport has stalled, Airport Board Chairman Joe Yates said.

    Yates said the airport board has made no strides on landing an airline with a connection to a major hub in several months and was unsure when traction may regain on the project. Likewise, Yates said the airport is not currently employing the services of consultant Luke Schmidt, who previously assisted the board in drafting plans for an airline.

  • 3rd ESC command sergeant major dies

    Command Sgt. Maj. Karl A. Roberts Sr., senior enlisted adviser of the 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), died Monday of natural causes while on leave at his residence in Georgia.

    Roberts, 51, a native of Hawkinsville, Ga., is survived by his wife, four sons and two daughters.

  • Empty plates honor domestic violence victims

    Twenty-seven empty purple plates were laid out at an empty table Tuesday evening at the main pavilion in Freeman Lake Park.

    In the center of each of those plates was a circular paper bearing the name of one of the 27 women killed between Oct. 1, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2013, in Kentucky as a result of domestic violence.

    One of those 27 women lived on Fort Knox. Another was from Hart County. One woman was four months pregnant and another was killed with her 12-year-old daughter. Several never lived to see their 25th birthday.