Local News

  • HMH holding half million dollar shortfall

    Hardin Memorial Hospital’s budget is facing some struggles midway through the fiscal cycle.

    HMH Chief Financial Officer Elmer Cummings presented a report to the Board of Trustees Tuesday morning showing the hospital is holding a roughly $571,000 budget shortfall after a rough November and a December that showed modest gains.

  • Church construction aimed at outreach

    An Elizabethtown church is closer to settling in a new building.

    Site work has begun on the 17.6-acre property on North Miles Street to construct a new home for First Christian Church.

    Planners have completed architectural drawings and submitted them to state officials for approval.

    Congregation members moved in November 2010 out of the building on North Mulberry Street near Elizabethtown High School, which they had occupied for 50 years.

  • HMH to buy electronic health record for ER

    The Hardin Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a plan to expand the hospital’s electronic health record into the Emergency Department.

    The board authorized the purchase of the T-System Emergency Department Information System for $967,880 for the ER as part of HMH’s efforts to integrate the hospital to digital records to meet the requirements of a federal mandate.

    The plan includes more than $860,000 in software licensing, implementation and training costs as well as $100,000 in hardware costs.

  • E’town prescription shop broken into

    Elizabethtown Police are investigating a weekend break-in at Jeff’s Prescription Shop at 2415 Ring Road.

    Police responded to the business just after 7 p.m. Saturday because of an activated alarm, according to a news release.

    Upon arrival, officers found the front door glass was broken out and several items were knocked over and pushed off the counter, according to the release. The suspects already had fled the scene.

    No medication appeared to have been taken, said Virgil Willoughby, EPD public information officer.

  • Officials identify Rineyville fire victims

    Because of the extensive damage caused to the home, authorities have been unable to determine what ignited a fire that claimed the lives of two people Monday morning in the Rineyville area.

    Homeowner Houston “Butch” Beswick, 44, and Carol Crain, 49, were found dead inside a bedroom toward the back of the Long Fellow Road home in rural Hardin County, said Shane Crutcher, chief of Rineyville Fire Department. A dog also was killed in the blaze.

    Hardin County Coroner Dr. Bill Lee confirmed Tuesday the cause of death was smoke inhalation.

  • Photos: Washing off the salt
  • Weather warnings issued

    The National Weather Service has issued a series of warnings with the approach of a line of storms preceding a cold front. Damaging winds in excess of 60 mph and heavy rain have been reported.

    The latest severe thunderstorm alert for the county remains in effect until 1 p.m. today.

  • January raises awareness about stalking

    Stalking is a crime that is rarely cited or prosecuted, according to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, which has identified January as National Stalking Awareness Month.

    Throughout the year, area law enforcement receive many stalking and harassment complaints, officials said, but compared to those numbers, relatively few stalking cases are opened.

    In 2011, Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown opened 12 stalking cases, said Norman Chaffins, public affairs officer.

  • Update: Fire near Rineyville kills two

    Fire officials were searching for clues to the cause of a Monday morning fire that claimed two lives in the Rineyville area.

    Hardin County Coroner Bill Lee said the bodies of Houston "Butch" Beswick, 44, and Carol Crain, 49, were found inside the single-story home. Autopsies performed Tuesday confirmed that smoke inhalation was the cause of death.

    The bodies were recovered from the rural residence in the 800 block of Long Hollow Road a few hours after fire crews arrived.

  • Unity Celebration: Let love lead

    The vision of Martin Luther King Jr. lived Monday at Pritchard Community Center through the eyes of students and the words of a Fort Knox soldier, who called on the audience to lean on the redemptive power of love and find forgiveness in the midst of pain.