Local News

  • Vets tribute committee outlines plans for opening ceremony

    The public unveiling for the Hardin County Veterans Tribute at the Elizabethtown Nature Park is growing legs.

    The committee coordinating the tribute’s creation met Monday with city officials, Fort Knox staff and local veterans organizations at Fort Knox Leader’s Club. The plan was to ensure the framework of the Nov. 11 opening ceremony adequately honors veterans and civil service workers and is designed to accommodate the physical needs of visitors.

  • Parents struggle to understand son’s slaying

    For The News-Enterprise

    Hours before his first Father’s Day as a new dad, Christian Fernando Higdon, 20, died Saturday near Radcliff in an attack police are calling murder.

    Dennis and Cindy Higdon of Clarkson said their son was scheduled to report to Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health in Radcliff at 4 p.m. that day to battle a drug addiction brought on by incense products commonly called “spice.”

  • Wagers arraigned on murder charge

    Bond and a preliminary hearing date were set Monday for an Elizabethtown man accused of killing a Clarkson man with a hatchet Saturday.

    Jamie B. Wagers, 24, appeared in Hardin District Judge Kimberly Shumate’s courtroom for arraignment on charges of murder and violation of and emergency protective order.

  • E’town OKs budget, utility rate increases

    Elizabethtown now has a spending plan in place for the 2012-13 fiscal year and residents can expect to see increases in their gas, water and sewer bills.

    City officials approved a $60.7 million budget proposal Monday and adopted increases in water, sewer and gas rates, which take effect in July.

    The increase in water and sewer rates is the first in several years and was prompted by rate studies indicating  increases would be needed to pay outstanding debt and keep water and sewer reserves from reaching unsustainable levels.

  • Police urge caution after rash of thefts from vehicles

    The Elizabethtown Police Department is reminding drivers to lock their vehicles.

    The department has taken 19 case reports on thefts from vehicles in the past 18 days.

    In all but one of those crimes, the doors to the vehicles were left unlocked. Typically, the property stolen has been electronic equipment left in view of someone walking by the vehicles, according to police.

    The crimes have occurred in neighborhoods and business districts throughout the city, according to police.

  • Local students lead Girls State 2012

    The governor is from Elizabethtown and two other officeholders in the 2012 Kentucky Girls State program are Fort Knox residents.

    Hanna McCandless was elected as governor by the 50 participants. Hannah Boulware was named lieutenant governor and Kayla Rowsey is secretary of state.

    The week-long camp, which emulates the operation of state government, concluded Friday at University of the Cumberlands. 

  • Ferguson pleads guilty to forcible rape

    A trial was interrupted Monday when an Elizabethtown man pleaded guilty to forcibly raping a 13-year-old girl.

    The case against Kelly C. Ferguson, 35, began last Wednesday and initially was scheduled to go to the jury for a verdict Monday.

    Defense attorneys called witnesses for about two hours before Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard’s courtroom recessed for lunch.

    Prosecuting and defense attorneys conferred while looking at books of Kentucky criminal law as jurors waited outside the courtroom.

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  • Walking and talking of turtles

    Forget ties and tools for Father’s Day — think turtles.

    Greenspace hosted its annual Turtle Walk on Sunday, giving families a unique way to spend Father’s Day.

    The walk is led by Paul Gerard, a local physician who has had a lifelong interest in reptiles and amphibians. The hike covered Buffalo Lake Trail and began with a presentation by Gerard on several kinds of turtles.

    “This whole area is just absolutely a wonderland,” he began, telling the crowd gathered the woods are home to a number of different animals.

  • Family is near for ROTC cadet at Fort Knox, but feels far away

    Joshua Cline’s mind is focusing on strengthening his leadership skills this summer. His heart, however, belongs to something completely different.

    Cline, 20, a University of Kentucky student from Rineyville, is spending a month in the Leadership Training Course at Fort Knox, a program for ROTC participants who need to catch up to graduate as an officer.

    Cline, however, is one of a few cadets who also is a parent, and despite his family being just miles away, he must spend the month apart from them, including Father’s Day.