Local News

  • Fire departments now in compliance on tests

    Five local fire departments that failed to submit standardized test results to Hardin County government now are in compliance and will resume their monthly financial allotments in May, said David Underwood, director of Hardin County Emergency Management.

    Upton, Sonora, Ky. 86, West Point and White Mills fire departments all missed the deadline and had their allotments pulled for three months, but Underwood said they have met all obligations to resume the payments later this year.

  • Radcliff health department not afflicted with mold

    A story published in Tuesday’s edition of The News-Enterprise erroneously reported the Radcliff Health Department location on North Wilson Road has issues with mold and is an unsafe workplace.

    Wendy Keown, public information officer for the Lincoln Trail District Health Department, clarified the issue Wednesday, saying the department eradicated mold from the building several years ago and it no longer poses a threat.

    “It’s not an unsafe building,” she said. “It’s just old.”

  • White Castle to be demolished, rebuilt

    The Elizabethtown White Castle on North Mulberry Street has temporarily closed and will be demolished to make way for a larger, sleeker restaurant employing about 20 more workers.

  • Students are the scientists at SJS science fair


    Setting one’s school work on fire isn’t usually advised, but every now and then, it’s exactly what’s called for.

    St. James Regional Catholic School held its science fair Tuesday, and students tested hypotheses on subjects ranging from music’s effect on the brain to what beverages do to teeth.

    The fair has been a staple of science classes at St. James for years. But the majority of the work is left to students to do on their own, science teacher Becky McGuffin said.

  • County approves plan to relocate county offices

    Nearly five years after the county rejected a proposal to relocate county offices, Hardin Fiscal Court has approved construction of a new facility off Ring Road that will move the bulk of Hardin County government out of downtown Elizabethtown.

  • Local forestry office closing

    Hardin County native Steve Gray has spent about 30 years of his career with the state Division of Forestry at the division office in Elizabethtown.

    The office where he has spent so much of his time working has been open since 1949, helping with forest fire control, assisting with forest management, inspecting logging work for water quality violations, running educational programs in schools and conducting other work.

  • Hardin Fiscal Court picks site for new government building

    Hardin Fiscal Court took steps Tuesday toward building a new county government office complex.

    The vote on an engineering firm to design the building included a decision to build the $12 million structure on county-owned property along Ring Road in Elizabethtown adjacent to the emergency management building. The measure passed 8-1 with Magistrate Bill Wiseman casting the only dissenting vote.

  • Volunteer jail ministers gather for annual training

    More than 300 volunteers filled the seats Monday night at Vine Grove Baptist Church for an annual training session for the Hardin County Detention Center’s jail ministry.

    According to Jailer Danny Allen and Chaplain Larry Vance, the county’s jail ministry is the largest in Kentucky.

    “There are volunteers in the jail every day of the week, year round,” Allen said.

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  • Woman sentenced for assisting alleged shooter

    The woman accused of helping a murder suspect to evade police was sentenced Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Elizabeth D. Hensley, 24, pleaded guilty in January to hindering prosecution or apprehension. Judge Ken Howard sentenced Hensley to three years in prison, which will be probated for five years.

    According to the Elizabethtown Police Department, Hensley assisted Robert Tarafa after he allegedly shot Frank Knapp last June at Memorial Apartments.