Local News

  • Ferguson jury trial expected Wednesday

    The jury selection portion of the trial of an Elizabethtown man accused of forcible rape has been moved to Wednesday.

    Trial was scheduled to proceed Monday for either Kelly C. Ferguson, 35, or Joseph A. Starks, 37.

    Ferguson is accused of forcible rape while Starks faces charges of abuse and financial exploitation of a parental figure.

    Both trials were scheduled to begin Monday morning in Hardin County Circuit Judge Ken Howard’s courtroom.
    That meant the commonwealth would decide which case to try first. Prosecutors chose Ferguson.

  • Three arrested in Eastview meth bust

    Service of a routine bench warrant led to the arrest Thursday of three men in Eastview on charges of complicity to manufacture methamphetamine.

    Hardin County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to 12831 Leitchfield Road around 11 a.m. to serve a bench warrant for failure to appear in court on a traffic offense for Jesse L. Vanvorst, 34, who lives at that address, said Greg Lowe, sheriff’s office spokesman.

    It took a long time for Vanvorst to answer the door, Lowe said. When he did, there was a strong odor.

  • Campbellsville man joins CMT's Redneck Island

    A single father and Navy veteran from Campbellsville joins the cast of CMT's new competition series, Redneck Island.

    Beginning with this week's new episode Rob Harris will take part in the mental and physical challenges created for the show, which is hosted by professional wrestler Steve Austin.

    At the end of each episode, teammates expel one member.

    Two other Kentuckians are already in the cast, Lauren Priestap of Louisville and Robert Browning of Cynthiana.

  • Police: Fatal shooting was over woman

    Police investigations reveal the shooting Friday night of Frank Knapp, 32, allegedly at the hand of Robert Tarafa, 26, sprang from a fight over a woman at Memorial Apartments on East Memorial Drive.

    “Motive was based on … a verbal argument that escalated to some fists being thrown and then from there, guns were brought out,” said Virgil Willoughby, spokesman for Elizabethtown Police Department.

  • UPDATE: Lexington man killed in WK Parkway crash

    A Lexington man traveling along the Western Kentucky Parkway near Elizabethtown drove off the road early Monday and was killed after his vehicle struck a tree.

    The 2003 Lincoln Towne Car driven by 25-year-old Quintin L. Lewis of Lexington was eastbound on parkway near mile marker 130, Kentucky State Police reported. For reasons unknown to police, the vehicle left the road and hit the tree, the KSP statement said.

  • Elizabethtown man donates kidney to stranger so wife could receive one of her own

    When William Breckenridge received the results determining whether he could donate one of his kidneys to his wife, JoAnn, what he heard was unexpected.

    “They said they had good news and bad news,” William said.

    The bad news was he was not a compatible match. The good news was his wife still could receive a kidney from a live donor — which is more viable than from a deceased one — but it still would require him to donate one of his.

  • Veterans Tribute to open in five months

    With the Hardin County Veterans Tribute officially opening in five months from today on Veterans Day, board member Rik Hawkins said construction for the park is on schedule to end Aug. 31.

    “We are on the last mile,” Hawkins said. “It is the last piece of the Kentucky Derby as the horse rounds the corner.”

    What’s left is working out remaining details, finishing construction,and raising about 20 percent of the $550,000 needed.

  • One of two trials to proceed today

    One of two Elizabethtown men scheduled to face trial today is expected to proceed with the process.

    Kelly C. Ferguson, 35, and Joseph A. Starks, 37, are scheduled to begin their trials at 9 a.m. in Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard’s courtroom. That means the commonwealth will decide which case to try first.

    Ferguson is accused of forcible rape.

    He was arrested in August after an

    alleged sexual encounter with a girl younger than 16 in which the victim alleges forcible rape and sodomy.

  • Camp Crooked Creek celebrates 25 years

    For 25 years, Hardin County Boy Scouts have found a summer haven in Camp Crooked Creek — a vast retreat in the wooded hills of Bullitt County where scouts can foster friendships and gain practical skills.

    “Camp is more than just the property,” said Johnathon Boles, camp commissioner. “It’s a place where kids can come – they’re safe, they get to learn those skills and values.”

  • Group combines love of motorcycles, community

    Terry Netherland first drove his own motorbike when he was 6 years old.

    The mini bike was a gift from his parents and allowed him to zip around on two wheels like his older brother. It was the first of many motorcycles, dirt bikes and other such vehicles that have become a longtime love and hobby for Netherland.

    “As soon as I was big enough to ride motorcycles, I’ve just always had one,” he said.