Local News

  • Dye pleads guilty in attempted murder of young girl

    A Hodgenville man could face up to 30 years in prison after he plead guilty last week to the attempted murder, kidnapping, first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree attempted rape of a 10-year-old girl last June.

    Jetto Dye, 29, admitted in LaRue Circuit Court to taking a sleeping child from his residence into a wooded area behind his house on River Road and attempting to rape her. Dye admitted also to attempting to choke her when she resisted the sexual assault.

  • Events encourage reaching out to veterans

    Enough audience members to fill bleachers and chairs set up at Optimist Park on Saturday stood somberly and saluted or placed their hands over their hearts as a rifle fired to honor veterans lost.

    The tradition was one of the quiet moments that made up the annual Hardin County Veterans Day Ceremony in Vine Grove.

    Lt. Col. George W. “Bill” Gehr said the massing of colors was meant to honor veterans who have died and those who still serve.

  • Flags placed to honor heroes of the past

    More than 100 residents turned out Saturday to honor service members who have died by placing a small flag on each grave at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central.

    The placement was part of an annual activity during Veterans Day weekend meant to honor those who have served and died.

  • Grand jury indicts 46 in October

    A Hardin County grand jury returned 46 indictments in October with 30 of those involving drug- or theft-related charges.

    Leading the indictments was Theran David Harwood, 26, who faces charges of first-degree assault and second-degree persistent felony offense.

  • Former LaRue deputy sheriff pleads to amended charges

    A former LaRue County Deputy Sheriff pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors Monday in LaRue Circuit Court.

    Joshua Matthew Darst, 32, of Hodgenville, a six-year veteran of the department, was charged in April with first-degree official misconduct, a misdemeanor; theft by unlawful taking – auto; and tampering with physical evidence, both Class D felonies.

    Darst was accused of recovering a stolen motorcycle “with the intent to deprive the owner of its use by keeping it himself,” according to a news release by Kentucky State Police.

  • Focus on finance: Diversify among different asset types for stability, growth

    Question: How important is diversifying my portfolio?

    Answer: Growing wealth for our financial security is a key responsibility in life. As we approach and begin our retirement years, we replace our reliance on job earnings with the earnings of what we’ve accumulated. Recognizing why we should allocate our wealth among different asset types is essential to maintaining our financial security.

    Important asset types are Equities, Debt, Real Estate, Gold and Cash

  • North Hardin Band makes BOA Grand Nationals semifinals

    The North Hardin High School marching band was one of two Kentucky schools to advance to the Bands of America Grand National Championships semifinals in Indianapolis. Only 22 of the 90 bands that competed advanced to the semifinal round.

    North Hardin performed in the opening round Thursday and again Saturday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium. The band did not advance to the finals.

    “We’ve had an incredible season and today was by far our best performance,” director Brian Froedge said after Saturday's performance.

  • Removal of hazardous materials at derailment site will result in closure of U.S. 31W

    Authorities say crews will start removing hazardous materials Tuesday from a train that derailed in West Point nearly two weeks ago.

    Jody Duncan, a spokeswoman for the Louisville-Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency, said the plan to transfer hydrogen fluoride and butadiene from stricken rail tank cars has been approved.

  • Historic endowment to support Hardin County Schools

    A former social worker for Hardin County Schools has left the district an endowment of $2.42 million, the largest philanthropic gift in the county's history.

    The money is from the estate of Charley Nell Llewellyn, whose passing was remembered on the first anniversary of her death Friday with the announcement of the Llewellyn Scholarship Fund. The money is endowed to the Central Kentucky Community Foundation for the benefit of HCS students.

  • Getting a sneak peek of Veterans Tribute

    Vine Grove Mayor Blake Proffitt stood alone inside the circle of the Hardin County Veterans Tribute, lost in reflection and batting away tears.

    “I’m emotional right now because that’s my daddy’s brick,” he said, pointing to the stone which held the names of his grandfather, father and uncle. Proffitt shared a deep bond with his father, Ronnie, who died in 2010.

    “It’s a reminder of what it took to be free,” Proffitt said of the tribute.