Local News

  • Vine Grove considers property tax increase

    Vine Grove residents could pay a few more dollars than last year in property taxes.

    City Council members approved the first reading of a proposed ordinance Monday night that would increase the rate for real property from 16.7 cents per $100 of taxable property to 17.1 cents.

    That would mean a tax increase of about $3.20 for a house valued at $80,000, $10 for a $250,000 home and $20 for a $500,000 residence.

    The rates would be for the 2013 fiscal year on all taxable property according to its 2012 assessed value.

  • Elizabethtown summer concert attendance down

    Attendance for Elizabethtown’s summer concert at Freeman Lake Park was down Friday, but Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn said the cover bands were fantastic and those who attended had a great time.

    Rain showers hounded the city most of the day and appeared to dissuade some who may have purchased tickets at the gate, city officials said.

    “The rain hurt us,” Mayor Tim Walker said.

    The park was muddy in spots, Walker said, but the entertainment was top notch.

  • Family ‘pulls’ together to raise money for cure

    October brings a lot of fundraisers for breast cancer research, but one taking place this weekend might be one of the most unique ways to support finding a cure.

    Tim and Carolyn Hornback are hosting the Burger King Breast Cancer Awareness Truck and Tractor Pull on Friday and Saturday. The event combines Tim’s love of tractor pulls with the family’s personal experience with cancer.

    The event begins at 7 p.m. Friday at the Hardin County Fairgrounds. There is an antique tractor pull at 2 p.m. Saturday and another competition at 7 p.m. that day.

  • Police: Professional shoplifters indicted in Hardin County

    Two Ohio women indicted last month on multiple charges stemming from an alleged shoplifting incident at Bath and Body Works in Towne Mall are believed to be members of an organized shoplifting unit, according to investigators.

    Darlene, 59, and Amber Burnett, 35, both of Cleveland, were arrested Aug. 4 at Bath and Body Works, according to a citation. They originally were charged with theft by unlawful taking — shoplifting, second-degree disorderly conduct and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

    The two are mother and daughter.

  • Former educator Nelson Kelley dies at 63

    An active member in education and community service is being remembered by colleagues for his caring nature.

    Nelson Kelley, an educator and administrator with Elizabethtown Independent Schools, and an active volunteer with United Way of Central Kentucky, died Sunday after being ill with cancer.

  • East Hardin Middle School burglarized

    Kentucky State Police have arrested a Glendale man on charges of burglary and criminal mischief in connection with a break-in at East Hardin Middle School.

    KSP Post 4 received a call Sunday morning from the school’s assistant principal reporting a break-in and vandalism, police said. School staff identified Christopher Blaine, 18, of Glendale on security video. Several doors and windows were destroyed, police said, resulting in thousands of dollars in damage.

  • Blood drive to support child fighting cancer


    An Elizabethtown woman is among Hardin County residents touched by a Beech Grove child’s fight with cancer.

    Lane Goodwin, 13, of McLean County has appeared on “Good Morning America” and other national news programs and been given words of encouragement from country music celebrities as he has spoken about his battle with a rare rhabdomyosarcoma form of cancer.

  • City acquires land, easements from St. James Church

    Work to reduce flooding along Poplar Drive is closer to inception.

    Elizabethtown City Council approved the purchase Monday of three lots along Poplar Drive and two easements between West Dixie Avenue and Poplar Drive from St. James Catholic Church for $130,000. The motion followed a lengthy closed session to discuss the acquisitions.

    Robert Bush, director of stormwater management, said the city may be interested in acquiring more land to complete the improvements to the Poplar Drive system but further acquisitions have not been finalized.

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  • Former German teacher honored for life of achievement

    Switching majors in college isn’t always as negative as some exasperated parents might think.

    Paris, Ky., native Jean Dudgeon began her time as a student at the University of Kentucky planning to major in medical technology.

    She liked the chemistry parts of her study more than peering through a microscope, so she switched her major to that branch of science.

    Studying German as a foreign language was recommended for chemistry majors because the tongue is used more than many others in science.