Local News

  • Photo: Up with the old, down with the new
  • City joins nationwide hunger competition

    Elizabethtown residents have the chance to earn thousands of meals and $1 million to fight hunger locally.

    The city was selected by the effort Fighting Hunger Together as one of 200 communities across the nation with high unemployment rates that might increase the number of residents who are unsure about where their meals will come from.

    A December report from the U.S. Conference of Mayors listed unemployment as the leading cause of hunger in American cities.

  • Legislators talk redistricting

    Area residents listened and asked questions of state representatives Saturday at the 2012 Legislative Breakfast meeting for residents of Hardin County.

    The most talked-about issue was redistricting, legislators’ job of approving district line changes based on results of the 2010 census.

    Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, said he filed a bill that has not and may never have a hearing to put the process in the hands of an outside commission and have legislators vote on the commission’s proposal.

  • Under-age DUIs bring adult penalties

    Norman Chaffins, a 17-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police, has worked more than 100 fatal wrecks since he began his career at Post 4 in Elizabethtown. One of those, he recalled, was a head-on collision on Watershed Road in Caneyville involving a 17-year-old drunken driver and a car carrying four passengers, two of whom were children younger than 5.

    “It happened in 2009,” said Chaffins, Post 4’s public affairs officer. “(The driver) was 17 at the time of the crash, but he turned 18 and was tried as an adult.”

  • The high cost of making an impact

    The Hardin County court system mandates teen and adult DUI offenders attend a Victim Impact Program in which attendees learn that for victims and their families, the effects of drunken or drugged driving do not end with a wreck or incarceration.

    Rose’Shell Davidson, 70, of Cox’s Creek, has organized Hardin County’s VIP for five years. In 2000, Davidson lost her only children, John, 29, and Jennifer, 20, to a drunken driver who had been celebrating his birthday with friends.

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  • Civil War haunts downtown

    Mortar and gun fire sounded and gray smoke billowed Friday through downtown Elizabethtown.

    Children in pinafores and overalls played capture the flag, and a field surgeon amputated the lower leg of a Civil War soldier beneath a canopy tent that blocked the rain that had begun to fall.

    Nurse Elizabeth, played by Jody Ingalls, described a Civil War battle that raged in the area. More than 100 cannonballs fell in 20 minutes during the Christmas raid of 1862, she said.

  • Limited alcohol use to be allowed on Radcliff property

    Radcliff could allow some alcohol consumption in Colvin Community Center and Radcliff City Park North.

    City council members met Friday for a work session to discuss what policies should be set for the consumption and sale of alcohol on city property.

    Alcohol sales will be allowed at private events at Colvin Community Center when the entire building is rented if issues on which council members reached consensuses are approved.

  • Woman continues search for lost dog after 4 years

    In the “lost” section of The News-Enterprise classifieds is a nondescript item advertising the loss of a tan and white Chihuahua weighing about 10 pounds named Charlie.

    The only thing that sets the item apart from the others is the next sentence, which says the dog was lost June 27, 2008, in the Tom Brown Estates area.

    Mattie Yates, who lives near Vine Grove, has been advertising for the return of her dog since he went missing one Thursday from a chain in her yard while she was working in the garden.

  • Vine Grove police chief removed

    After serving as Vine Grove police chief for more than four years, Steve Manning was removed from the position Tuesday, Mayor Blake Proffitt said Friday.

    Asked why Manning was dismissed from the department, Proffitt said, “We don’t comment on any employment-related issues.”

    “He’s been a friend of mine for 35 years,” the mayor said later. “Sometimes separations happen and this one transpired that way. Steve’s a good man.”