Local News

  • E'town man withdraws guilty plea in sex abuse case

    Charlie A. Runyon, 46, originally was indicted in September 2012 on charges of first-degree sodomy and three counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

    In May, the commonwealth recommended to amend the sodomy charge to first-degree sexual abuse and the remaining charges were reduced to sexual misconduct, which is a misdemeanor.

  • Patches of pumpkins: Local farms, businesses provide variety, family activities for fall

    They go by names such as Polar Bear, Cinderella, Knucklehead, Gladiator, Rascal and Baby Boo. They can be white, pink, blue, orange or a few other colors and color combinations.

    Pumpkins of all shapes, colors and sizes have cropped up in area patches, signaling a change of seasons, and they provide fun and educational activities.

    The Variety

  • Weighing a downtown fixture's fate

    Mayor Edna Berger asked Elizabethtown City Council on Monday to carefully consider what direction the city should go on the former J.J. Newberry building.

    The structure, a 22,900-square-foot property at 69 Public Square and 100 E. Dixie Ave., is sitting in disrepair and action needs to be taken, Berger said.

    The city, she said, can consider making basic improvements to the building, returning it to a state where it could be toured by prospective developers, or it can consider demolition followed by a new development.

  • Budget challenges emerge early for HMH

    Three months into the fiscal year, Hardin Memorial Health once again is monitoring its bad debt and charity care, looking for ways to keep those costs from eating so heavily into its budget.

    Elmer Cummings, vice president and chief financial officer, provided a financial report to the board of trustees Tuesday that showed HMH is facing a deficit in the first quarter of the year with charity care and bad debt exceeding estimates.

  • Retired police officer hospitalized after two-car crash

    One child and an adult were flown to University Hospital in Louisville with serious injuries following a wreck Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of U.S. 31W and Rineyville-Big Spring Road.

    Lamar Jones, general manager of Metro Auto Spa and Lube Center in Radcliff, was hospitalized with multiple injuries, including broken bones. Jones, a graduate of North Hardin High School, is a retired police officer who worked for the Radcliff Police Department for five years after serving as Muldraugh's chief of police.

  • Crash closes U.S. 31W southbound

    A major wreck Tuesday afternoon resulted in closure of southbound lanes of U.S. 31W near eastbound Big Spring Road. Four patients were transported to medical facilities from the scene, and two others were transported via airlift. 

    U.S. 31W northbound still was open as of 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. Officials said motorists can take Longview Lane to Wilson Road to bypass the crash scene.

  • ECTC club to host Domestic Violence Awareness Day

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s Phoenix Club is hosting Domestic Violence Awareness Day on Thursday, which will include a speaking program and candlelight vigil for those who are or have been victims of abuse.

    Susan Berry, one of the club’s advisers, said the organization has hosted the annual free event for more than 10 years.

    This year’s theme, she said, is “There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s not an oncoming train.”

  • Radcliff man charged with drug trafficking

    A Radcliff man released on parole in April for drug trafficking now faces new charges after police found multiple prescription pills and four pounds of marijuana in his Hill Street residence.

  • ECTC honors eight alumni

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College has added more photos to its distinguished alumni display in the Regional Postsecondary Education Center. Photos of the 83 honorees reflect the mission of the college, said ECTC President/CEO Thelma White.

    “It serves as a visible reminder of who we are and what our work is all about,” White said.

  • Photo: Down-home wave