Local News

  • West Point candidates focus on growth

    Increasing the population and economic development in West Point to grow its tax base and support West Point Independent School System are major issues for the eight candidates running for six open seats on the community’s city council.

    The council is one of the contested races on Tuesday’s ballot, featuring five incumbents and three challengers.

  • Guthrie faces three challengers in U.S. 2nd District race

    Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie will face three challengers Tuesday in the race for the U.S. 2nd Congressional District seat.

    The district covers 22 counties, including Hardin, LaRue, Meade, Grayson, Breckinridge and Nelson.

  • Volunteers at the heart of Red Kettle Program

    The task is simple, really: Ring a bell.

    The challenge of filling two-hour time slots, 10 hours a day, six days a week at nine locations in Elizabethtown and Radcliff for 33 days is more daunting.

    The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Program kicks off Nov. 16 and runs through Dec. 24. The volunteer-based effort last year raised just under $58,000 and helped about 425 families during the holiday season.

  • West Point postpones trick or treating to Saturday

    West Point postponed trick or treating in the city to Saturday because of ongoing cleanup at the site of Monday’s train derailment in southwest Jefferson County.

    According to city hall, West Point has rescheduled trick or treating for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

    Thirteen cars on a Paducah & Louisville Railway train went off the tracks Monday. Eight of those cars were carrying chemicals.

    Because of the ongoing cleanup at the derailment site, U.S. 31W is closed in West Point at Ky. 835.

  • Former area resident charged with filming minor

    Landmark News Service

    An Adair County dispatcher was charged last week with promoting a sexual performance by a minor.

    James Orley Absher, 49, of Columbia and formerly of Hodgenville, is accused of videotaping an underage girl at his LaRue County home between June 1 and Dec. 1, 2011.

    According to court records, Absher moved to Elizabethtown in December 2011.

    On Oct. 10, 2012, another person in the home allegedly found a hidden camera in the bathroom. The camera was turned over to Kentucky State Police.

  • West Point evacuated after fire at derailment site

    A fire occurred at the train derailment site north of West Point today causing injuries and forcing an evacuation of the town.

    Residents are being sent to Muldraugh Elementary School. Colvin Community Center in Radcliff will serve as a backup shelter.

  • Suspect shot by trooper remains in serious condition

    A burglary suspect shot Saturday morning by a Kentucky State Police trooper remains under state police guard at University Hospital in Louisville, where he’s listed in serious condition.

    Joshua S. Blough, 25, of Big Clifty, was shot in the neck Saturday after police said he turned a weapon toward Trooper Dewan Kelly.

    Kelly, a 12-year-veteran with KSP assigned to Post 4, responded at 6:33 a.m. Saturday to the 6000 block of South Wilson Road to investigate a complaint of a burglary in progress, according to a news release.

  • Competency evaluation ordered for suspect in E'town shooting

    A Hardin Circuit Court judge approved a motion Tuesday requesting a competency evaluation for an Elizabethtown man facing a murder charge.

    Robert J. Tarafa, 26, is accused in the shooting death of Frank Knapp. Elizabethtown police said Tarafa fired nine shots at Knapp using two weapons June 8 at Memorial Apartments.

    A grand jury indicted Tarafa on charges of murder, two counts of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, tampering with physical evidence, two counts of receiving a stolen firearm and second-degree persistent felony offense.

  • Man sentenced to 15 years for rape, incest

    A registered sex offender from Michigan was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison on charges of forcible rape and incest in Hardin County.

    David B. Dunnivant, 46, pleaded guilty in July to charges of first-degree rape, incest and tampering with a witness.

    A sentencing originally was scheduled for Sept. 25 but later was continued to Tuesday.

    Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard said the sex offender evaluation found Dunnivant to be a “medium or moderate risk” for future offenses.

  • Suspect arraigned in Big Spring shooting, robberies

    A Cecilia man facing charges in connection to a shooting and robberies near the Hardin-Meade County border was arraigned Tuesday via video feed in Hardin District Court.

    Steven C. Goodman, 21, was arrested Monday morning at Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown.