Local News

  • All-time high: United Way has best year of giving

    Forgoing a monetary goal worked out well for United Way of Central Kentucky as its latest campaign draws to a close.

    The agency set an all-time benchmark in fundraising, raising more than $1.1 million during its campaign, which will be disbursed later this year to local organizations meeting criteria for funding. The final amount as of Thursday afternoon reached $1,162,606.97.

  • Sheriff’s Office: Complaints about exploding targets rising

    The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office reports an increasing number of complaints about the use of exploding shooting targets.

    Detective Sgt. Rex Allaman said exploding targets are a growing trend in the area. In many cases, he said the target user’s neighbor has filed the complaint.

    According to Allaman, some residents have filed more than one complaint.

    “The stuff is legal to have; it’s legal to use,” he explained. “Like anything, if it’s used like it’s intended, it’s not bad.”

  • Guthrie receives Conservative Award


    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie has been recognized for his consistency in exhibiting conservative values.

    The Bowling Green Republican was awarded the “Conservative Award” by the American Conservative Union Foundation.

  • E'town looking at basin maintenance policy

    Elizabethtown is considering a policy on maintenance of neighborhood-level subdivision basins.

    The review comes after repeated requests from property owners for the city to undertake maintenance duties for smaller basins, said Robert Bush, director of stormwater management.

    Bush brought his concern to Elizabethtown City Council earlier this week, asking officials for guidance and stressing the need for a formal policy that could better respond to the requests.

  • CASA hosts March Madness-themed fundraiser Saturday

    Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Heartland is kicking off March Madness on Saturday with a fundraiser at Elizabethtown Country Club.

    The fundraiser, “Bourbon, Beer & Basketball,” begins at 7 p.m. and all proceeds go toward the local CASA, a nonprofit that recruits volunteers to act as court-appointed special advocates for abused or neglected children, according to a news release.

  • KSP investigates second robbery at LaRue bank

    For the second time in seven months, the Bank of Buffalo’s main branch in LaRue County has been robbed.

    According to Kentucky State Police, a man entered the bank at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday and handed a note to the teller.

    The note demanded money and the man claimed he was armed, according to police. KSP spokesman Norman Chaffins said the suspect never used a weapon though it was implied he had one.

  • Teen parents charged with abuse of 3-month-old son

    Two Elizabethtown teens are charged with criminal abuse after police say their 3-month-old son was found malnourished and suffering from multiple injuries.

    Alexander M. Irwin, 18, and Jessica A. Capponi, 19, were arrested Wednesday morning in Elizabethtown. Both are charged with first-degree criminal abuse while Irwin faces an additional count of first-degree assault.

    Elizabethtown Police responded just after 5 p.m. Tuesday to Ireland Army Community Hospital in reference to an abused infant, according to a news release.

  • Girl dies after father says he dropped, shook baby

    While her 21-year-old father sat in a cell at Hardin County Detention Center, a 6-month-old infant died from a severe head injury Wednesday afternoon at a Louisville hospital.

    Barry W. Williams Jr. of Elizabethtown is charged with first-degree assault in connection with his daughter’s injuries.

    Elizabethtown Police spokesman Virgil Willoughby said additional charges are pending as the investigation continues. Police have not released the infant’s name.

  • Shelter lands money for expansion

    SpringHaven Inc. now has the cash needed to invest in more bedroom space and a larger dining hall.

    The Elizabethtown domestic violence shelter earlier this month was awarded a $500,000 community development block grant from the state, which it will use to increase its number of bedrooms from five to 11, said Tanya Thomas, executive director.

  • Bank of Buffalo reports midday robbery

    A man dashed out of the Bank of Buffalo's main branch Wednesday after handing a note to teller, which police said demanded money and claimed he was armed. The robber reportedly left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

    Kentucky State Police are looking for a white man, approximatley 6 feet tall and 30 years of age. He was wearing a dark-colored hoodie, blue jeans and work gloves.