Local News

  • Area man to lead foundation at WKU

    Hardin County native Donald Smith has been named president of Western Kentucky University’s College Heights Foundation by the foundation’s board.

    The foundation manages private money given to WKU, intending to increase the fund and use it for scholarships, and special projects and programs.

    Smith works at the college as associate vice president for development and alumni relations and as executive director of the WKU Alumni Association.

  • Cecilia man honored for service to Kentucky Farm Bureau

    A local man has been honored for decades of dedication to agriculture.

    Kenneth Hayden, who lives near Cecilia, received the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual award for distinguished service Friday.

    Hayden, a former Hardin County Schools board member, won the award at the county level after serving on the board of the local organization for 47 years, attending more than 40 state conventions and serving on many committees for Kentucky Farm Bureau.

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  • Feeding America to mark 30 years

    Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland is celebrating 30 years of making sure no one has to go to bed hungry.

    The food bank formerly known as America’s Second Harvest is hosting a birthday ceremony and reception at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the volunteer center at 300 Peterson Drive.

    The celebration, which is open to the public, includes tours of the facility. Visitors will be entered for a chance to win prizes between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

  • Officials: Use rates, costs hurdles for public transit

    Local officials say they are interested in studying implementation of public transportation in Hardin County, but the cost and avenues to finance a system are unknown, leaving room for concern.

    Some expressed openness toward a cost-sharing approach for public transit but others said city budgets are too constrained for a commitment to a partnership.

    Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker said since he took office two years ago, few residents have approached him wanting a public transportation system, but he doesn’t consider silence as an absence of need.

  • Medal of Honor recipient honored at Fort Knox

    Tom and Romayne McGinnis listened to the superlatives about their son and walked up to the glass display, looking at his full-sized likeness encased inside, cloaked in uniform.

    Hailed as a hero by the U.S. Army and President Barack Obama, Ross A. McGinnis is a model of heroism during the modern war on terror. The couple said it is hard to describe their feelings about their son’s legacy but said the likeness will stand as a three-dimensional tribute to his memory.

  • LaRue deputy shoots, kills driver

    A man died after he was shot Friday by a LaRue County deputy following a vehicle pursuit.

    LaRue County Dispatch received a call about a reckless driver at 9:24 p.m., according to Kentucky State Police.

    Deputy James E. Williamson, 24, responded and located a Chevy Impala driven by Thomas E. Ferguson, 38, of Magnolia, which Williamson saw was driving recklessly, KSP spokesman Trooper Norman Chaffins said.

  • Christmas events thrill Elizabethtown children

    Carolers singing “Silent Night,” Christmas trees on trailers and the Jolly Old Elf himself rolled down West Dixie Avenue Saturday.

    Elizabethtown’s Christmas parade enthralled children including the two Rex Hanson of Elizabethtown brought to see Santa Claus.

    He said the city’s annual Christmas events are good for children.

    “It’s community,” he said. “It’s something fun to do, something to get out of the house instead of just sitting at home.”

  • 24-year-old deputy fatally shoots Magnolia resident

    A fatal shooting Friday night involving a LaRue County deputy sheriff is under investigation by Kentucky State Police.

    Dispatched to investigate a reckless driving complaint report at 9:24 p.m., Deputy James E. Williamson, 24, reportedly spotted the suspect car and gave chase.

    As the pursuit followed Ky. 1192 near Magnolia, KSP reports the suspect's vehicle spun out and came to a stop facing the deputy's cruiser. As the officer walked toward the suspect car, it reportedly accelerated and moved toward him.

  • Weise retires after 43 years of service to Army

    After more than 40 years of service to the U.S. Army, Jim Weise is retiring at the end of December from his position as a civilian attorney assigned to the Recruiting Command.

    Weise, 65, of Elizabethtown first entered the Army in 1969 when he entered infantry officer command school. He was commissioned into the medical service corps in 1970.