Local News

  • E'town man pleads guilty to domestic assault

    A former Mississippi police officer pleaded guilty Monday in Hardin Circuit Court to a felony assault charge for his role in a domestic violence incident last October in Elizabethtown.

    Michael R. Odom, 42, was arrested Oct. 15 at his Oriole Drive home after police said he repeatedly struck his wife and pointed a gun at her head. In November, he was indicted on charges of attempted murder, first-degree rape, second-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence.

    Odom’s jury trial was set to begin Monday. Instead, the defendant entered a guilty plea.

  • E'town approves lien modifications, amnesty program

    Elizabethtown on Monday approved a policy to expedite lien foreclosures while extending an olive branch in the form of an amnesty program for smaller liens.

    City Council approved a policy allowing the Code Enforcement Board to foreclose on a lien if it exceeds $10,000 or 50 percent of the assessed value; a standing order has been issued and the city has completed more than 10 maintenance actions in a single year or more than 20 actions over multiple years; or the lien is more than five years old.

  • Sheriff wary of calendar solicitations

    What began as a gesture of appreciation for employees in the Hardin Circuit Court Clerk’s Office has turned into what Hardin County Sheriff Charlie Williams suspects is a scam.

    Williams on Monday said he received several complaints last week concerning someone attempting to solicit money for advertisements in a calendar for the Hardin County Clerk’s Office and the circuit court clerk’s office.

  • E'town to present budget in early June

    Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker said the public will get a detailed look at the 2013-14 fiscal year budget early next month.

    Walker plans to present the budget and deliver a message during Elizabethtown City Council’s June 3 meeting.

    He declined to release specifics on the budget Monday afternoon because details of the spending plan are being finalized. Council members met multiple times last week at City Hall to review and fine tune the budget and planned to wrap up discussions Monday night.

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  • Police launch two-week Click It or Ticket campaign

    Beginning this week, area police are participating in a two-week nationwide campaign to crack down on seat belt usage.

    According to law enforcement officials, Click It or Ticket officially began Monday and will run through June 2.

    “Too many drivers and passengers on the road at night are not wearing their seat belts, and it all too often ends in tragedy,” said Lt. Billy Watts with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office in a news release. “Our goal is to save more lives, so deputies will be out enforcing seat belt laws day and night.”

  • Three killed in wrecks in Nelson County over weekend

    Three young adults were killed in two separate wrecks that occurred within hours of each other Saturday morning in Nelson County.

    Morehead State University student Molly McBride, 21, was killed in a wreck at 6 a.m. Saturday on Blue Grass Parkway near Bardstown, according to a news release from the university.

    McBride was a junior biomedical sciences major and daughter of the university’s dean of the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, according to the release. A funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday in Morehead.

  • Meade County joins E'town MSA

    The Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area has made room for another county and thousands more residents.

    The U.S. Census Bureau has modified the MSA, formerly consisting of Hardin and LaRue counties, to add Meade County, which formerly was part of the Louisville-Jefferson County MSA.

  • BBQ, Blues and Bikes kicks off this week

    The streets of downtown Elizabethtown are expected to be roaring with hundreds of motorcycle engines, thrumming with blues bands and smelling like tender barbecue Saturday.

    BBQ, Blues and Bikes is scheduled from noon to 10 p.m. and is expected to bring in motorcycles and visitors from as far as Arkansas, Illinois, Georgia and Ohio.

  • Brandenburg man remembered after being lost in Vietnam

    Lora Carson still has the last letter Lt. John Douglas Hale wrote her before he was lost in Vietnam.

    The Brandenburg man’s letters were usually brief and down-to-earth.

    Carson, of Brandenburg, dated the man before he was deployed, and she still has the journal entries she wrote when he left and when word came that the helicopter he was on was shot down March 8, 1971.