Local News

  • Local legislators gather today to discuss session

    Six state legislators who serve Hardin County have been invited to speak Saturday during a legislative breakfast that’s open to the public.

    An update of activities and legislation handled during the recent General Assembly session will be discussed at The Cecilian Bank’s Hillcrest Banking Center at 3460 Leitchfield Road near Ring Road.

    The event begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday with a meal. The 90-minute program is scheduled to begin an hour later.

  • VA to conduct hearing about new medical center

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has scheduled a public meeting to get input on the VA’s plan for a new regional hospital at Brownsboro Road and the Watterson Expressway in Jefferson County.

    The meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Kammerer Middle School, 7315 Wesboro Road.

  • Fashionably thrifty: Pageant contestant competes in Goodwill’s finest threads

    Adrienne Poole could be called a Goodwill beauty queen.

    The Meade County High School freshman has a blue suit she bought on one of her biweekly trips to the thrift store. She plans to wear it during an interview when she competes today and Saturday in the national Miss Junior Teen America pageant.

    Poole will represent the state as Miss Junior Teen Kentucky tonight at the national competition in Dickson, Tenn.

  • Arrests on the rise in Hardin County

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown reported a 40 percent increase in arrests for driving under the influence in March, and according to area law enforcement, arrests in general have increased over the last few weeks.

    Jailer Danny Allen said the typical daily average population at Hardin County Detention Center is 600 to 610 inmates. In April, the average head count has risen to 630 and April 4, the inmate population was more than 700, he said.

    “In general, we’re having a lot of people brought in,” he said.

  • Some Ky. jails allow inmate baptism

    In its effort to conduct baptisms for willing jail inmates, Elizabethtown Church of Christ launched an ad this week with the word “why” printed over a stark red background. It lists 15 counties that reportedly allow inmate baptisms, including Daviess, Fulton, Oldham and neighboring Grayson.

    The message is the latest chapter in the church’s push to overturn a decade-old ban on baptisms at the Hardin County Detention Center that went public last month when church members approached Hardin Fiscal Court about the topic.

  • Hardin County man arrested for stabbing during party

    Authorities apprehended a Hardin County man Thursday who had been wanted since Sunday when a stabbing interrupted a birthday celebration.

    Raymond Kendall Wilson, 51, is charged with attempted murder.

    The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office believes Wilson attacked Gerald Tharpe, 55, around 5 p.m. Sunday at a residence on Roundtop Road south of Elizabethtown. The stabbing occurred during a neighborhood birthday party for the homeowner’s son. Both men live on Roundtop Road, authorities said.

  • Growers narrowly escape frost damage

    Area growers narrowly avoided more than marginal damage from a late frost Wednesday night.

    Jeremy and Joanna Hinton, owners of Hinton’s Orchard near Hodgenville, set to work that night placing row covers over strawberries to protect the fruit from the low temperature, which reached about 30 degrees.

    That was barely high enough to avoid damage to apple and peach trees in the orchard, Jeremy Hinton said.

    “We’re thankful that it didn’t get any colder than it did,” he said.

  • Making hay while the sun shines
  • Motorcycle collisions on the increase

    After a mild winter and warm March, Kentucky roadways saw a 69 percent increase in motorcycle-related wrecks from the same time last year, state police report.

    Through April 4, troopers have responded to 249 motorcycle-related wrecks resulting in 167 injuries and nine deaths, according to Kentucky State Police.

    These numbers translate to a 75 percent increase in injuries and a 44 percent increase in deaths, police say.

  • Illinois students use spring break to help others

    Alex Check is spending spring break surrounded by friends, but the Illinois teenagers passed up sandy beaches for sawdust and hammers.

    Nearly 30 students from Boylan Catholic High School in Rockford, Ill., partnered with Hardin County Habitat for Humanity this week. The students are working on construction of a house near the intersection of Haycraft and East Poplar streets in Elizabethtown while another group of students helps construct a storage shed and assists with landscaping across the street. The school is expected to assist on the projects through Friday.