Local News

  • Judge denies woman’s bond reduction

    A judge denied a bond reduction Tuesday for an Elizabethtown woman accused of helping a man facing a murder charge evade arrest.

    Elizabeth D. Hensley, 23, was indicted in August on a charge of first-degree hindering apprehension or prosecution. According to Elizabethtown police, Hensley helped her on-and-off again boyfriend, Robert J. Tarafa, after he was involved in a shooting June 8 at Memorial Apartments.

  • North Hardin band places first at Barren County

    The Trojan marching band once again found success this past weekend, as all local bands gear up for state competition.

    North Hardin High School was Grand Champion on Saturday in the Barren County Marching Invitational at Barren County High School in Glasgow. The band also placed first in its class and in a majority of individual categories.

    John Hardin and Elizabethtown high schools also competed at Barren County. John Hardin placed fourth overall and first in its class. Elizabethtown placed third in its class.

  • E'town man sentenced in sexting case

    An Elizabethtown man accused of attempting to solicit sex from a minor via text messaging was sentenced Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Jakeb L. Meredith, 22, was indicted last October on a charge of unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities. On Tuesday, Judge Ken Howard sentenced Meredith to one year in prison.

    Meredith also is required to register as a sex offender for five years, Howard said.

  • HMH postpones vote on health benefits plan

    Hardin Memorial Hospital’s Board of Trustees has deferred a vote on its annual employee health benefits plan until Tuesday’s Fiscal Court meeting to allow administrators time to analyze the impacts of an incremental increase in rates.

    HMH proposed a plan Tuesday morning that would have kept employee premiums level but produced an increase in HMH’s portion of the plan by roughly 1 percent. At present, employees are paying about 14 percent of single coverage plans and 28 percent of dependent coverage plans.

  • Emergency drill tests first responders

    The corridors of Towne Mall resounded with wails, moans and screams of the injured and dying after a mock explosion and shooting.

    The victims wore makeup applied by Hardin Memorial Hospital employees that made them appear to have glass shards in their skin or bone and organs exposed.

    The scene was the beginning of a surprise mass casualty training exercise set up for Hardin County’s emergency responders.

    Dustin Downard of Elizabethtown rested his head in the lap of his wife, Bailey, as they waited for emergency assistance.

  • Domestic violence event to focus on survivors

    An annual event focusing on domestic violence, child abuse and other issues is planned to be more upbeat than in past years.

    Domestic Violence Awareness Day is Thursday at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s student center.

    The event, hosted by the Phoenix Club, is planned to include information sharing about issues surrounding family violence from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. with food, music and door prizes.

  • E'town renews Sports Park consulting contract

    Whatever concerns Elizabethtown City Council voiced last week about maintaining a relationship with a national consultant known for attracting big corporations willing to take a gamble on sporting facilities and franchises have been soothed.

    The council voted unanimously Monday to renew a contract with Chicago-based firm Property Consulting Group Global.

  • Elizabethtown man charged with assault

    An Elizabethtown man was arrested Monday morning after police said he assaulted his wife and pointed a weapon at her.

    Michael R. Odom, 42, is charged with second-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment.

    Sgt. Tim Cleary of Elizabethtown Police Department said police responded at 9:41 a.m. to the 1900 block of Oriole Drive in reference to a “domestic dispute.”

    Officers determined a woman sustained “a broken nose and at least three lacerations to the head” during a physical assault involving her husband.

  • Two Radcliff men arrested in Vine Grove robbery

    Radcliff police served arrest warrants Sunday and Monday on suspects in a Sept. 29 robbery in a Vine Grove parking lot.

    Timothy B. Holmes Jr., 25, and James E. Johnson, 25, both of Radcliff, are charged with complicity to commit first-degree robbery. They are scheduled for video arraignments today in Hardin District Court.

    Vine Grove Chief Kenny Mattingly said Holmes and Johnson are suspects in a robbery alleged to have occurred in the Dollar General parking lot at 639 Highland Ave.

  • EIS superintendent sets June retirement

    Gary French, superintendent of Elizabethtown Independent Schools, has announced he will retire at the end of the school year.

    French informed the EIS board members a few weeks ago, he said, and held a staff meeting to make the announcement at the end of last week.

    French was selected as superintendent in 2009, and he said he had always intended to serve through just one term of his contract, which will end in June 2013.