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Local News

  • All rise: A day in the life of Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton
  • Photos: Meeting of the minds
  • Ideas for dealing with redistricting redo

    A state Supreme Court decision negating the legislative redistricting plan tosses the project back to the General Assembly.

    In redrawing its own boundaries based on 2010 population figures, the legislature demonstrated some partisan political decisions that upset many and prompted two local legislators to propose systemic changes.

  • Report: Lincoln birthplace has $6 million economic impact

    A new study issued by the National Park Service shows Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace is not just a draw for tourists. It is also a source of local economic success.

    The study, “Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation and Payroll, 2010” found visitors to the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hodgenville spent more than $6 million in local communities in 2010. The study estimates the spending generated roughly 97 jobs.

  • E’town man injured in rollover crash

    Christopher R. Hill, 25, of Elizabethtown, was seriously injured early Saturday morning when the pickup truck he was driving crashed on Wilson Road north of Elizabethtown.

    Hill’s 2010 Ford pickup was southbound on Wilson Road (Ky. 447) around 1:30 a.m. Saturday when it ran off the right side of the roadway, Kentucky State Police Trooper Norman Chaffins said in a news release.

  • Man killed on Western Kentucky Parkway

    An 18-year-old Caneyville man was killed Saturday morning when he and his father were struck by a truck. The truck driver has been charged with murder.

    Ricky L. Mudd, 47, and his son, Joshua T. Mudd, 18, both of Caneyville, were in the eastbound emergency lane of Western Kentucky Parkway west of Exit 94 at 9:30 a.m. putting gas in a 1995 Oldsmobile that was disabled Friday, Kentucky State Police said.

  • Two killed in Friday morning crashes

    Two drivers died in Hardin County within an hour of each other Friday morning in single-vehicle crashes.

    A man and woman were ejected from their vehicles in separate wrecks in the early morning. The crashes came just a day after another fatal crash in the county. A failure to wear seat belts played a role in all three, police said.

  • Mail carrier injured when struck by truck

    A mail carrier was struck and injured Thursday by a Ford F-150 in Elizabethtown.

    The Elizabethtown Police Department responded at 3:20 p.m. to the area of Central Avenue and Poplar Street when mail carrier Ronald L. Jopes, 50, of Elizabethtown was struck by the truck, according to police.

    Benjamin J. Rohleder, 50, of Elizabethtown, was driving the truck eastbound on Central Avenue when he lost control of his vehicle and ran up on the sidewalk parallel to the road, where Jopes was walking eastbound, according to police.

  • Two Friday morning fatalities in Hardin County

    Two people died in early Friday in traffic crashes in Hardin County.

    Elizabethtown police responded to a single-vehicle crash on West Dixie Avenue near E.W. James. George H. Sutton, 62, of Brandenburg, died as a result of the crash around 4:20 a.m.

    According to police, Sutton was driving a 2006 Chevrolet 4d southbound on Dixie and for unknown reasons, police say, the vehicle exited the roadway, crossed a creek, hitting an embankment which caused the car to flip.

  • Dropout bills look to raise graduation numbers

    Legislators are making two more attempts to prevent students from leaving high schools at the age of 16.

    Bills concerning compulsory attendance age of those in public school are moving through the General Assembly, each has passed its respective chambers and moved into the other house. Local school administrators support measures that would put more diplomas in the hands of students, but believe issues such as funding or consistency could be problematic.