Local News

  • Deadline for Heartland festival parade entries Monday

    Those interested in entering Saturday’s parade set to usher in the Heartland Festival in the Park have one day left to submit an application.

    The deadline for the Aug. 25 parade is Monday. Entries can range from floats to vehicles to soldiers from Fort Knox, said Sarah Vaughn, events coordinator for Elizabethtown.

  • Faces & Places: Drum roll, please

    This is the second installment in a two-part series.

  • Police alert: Rash of vehicle break-ins

    A rash of car break-ins overnight in Vine Grove have prompted local police to warn vehicle owners to make sure their vehicles are locked at night.

    Vine Grove Police Chief Dale Riggs said his agency had received 13 calls as of noon Friday of overnight vehicle break-ins in the Valley View Drive area.

    Riggs said among items stolen were GPS systems, radios, money and various other items.

    "Vehicle owners need to keep them locked,'' Riggs said.

  • Elizabethtown water: Drinking quality questioned

    Elizabethtown water officials are working to combat taste and odor problems leaving the city’s treatment plant.

    The water quality disturbances have led to complaints from residents, but it appears to be an isolated rather than widespread problem, said Scott Fiepke, engineer for the city’s water and wastewater department.

  • Police: Watch out for kids

    Law enforcement officers want to remind parents and drivers to be safe as school begins next week.

    Virgil Willoughby, Elizabethtown Police Department spokesman, said officers will patrol school zones and be out in more force than usual as school begins.

    Drivers should slow down in neighborhoods and be cautious of children on foot and bicycles, he said.

    They also should be aware traffic likely will be heavier as school begins, he said.

  • Chick-fil-A support continues

    Wednesday was the day customers across the nation were called to support Chick-fil-A.

    That support lingered Thursday and could mean a long-term sales boom for the restaurant on North Dixie Avenue in Elizabethtown.

    Local owner Chris Flanagan estimated at 2 p.m. Thursday sales were about 25 percent higher than typical.

    Even that figure fell short of the more than 5,000 chicken sandwiches and other items sold Wednesday when sales surpassed all records since the restaurant opened in 2004.

    “It was insane,” he said.

  • Taste of the Heartland to celebrate its 10th fundraiser banquet

    The Community Health Clinic of Hardin and LaRue Counties is celebrating 10 years of filling in the health care gap with its annual Taste of the Heartland benefit dinner and auction.

    The fundraiser begins with dinner provided by more than 20 local restaurants at 7 p.m. tonight at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown. An auction of local artists’ original paintings follows at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the door.

  • Election filing deadline looming

    Candidates who wish to compete in the November general election have only a handful of days to do so.

    The filing deadline for all races is 4 p.m. Aug. 14. Local races on the ballot this year include Commonwealth’s Attorney; Circuit Court Clerk; Radcliff City Council; Vine Grove City Council; Elizabethtown City Council; West Point City Council; Elizabethtown Independent School Board; Hardin County Schools board divisions 1, 4, and 5; West Point Independent School Board; and soil and water conservation supervisor, according to the Hardin County Clerk’s Office.

  • Relics displayed at Radcliff church

    Betty How has a picture and statue of St. Padre Pio in her home, and she talks to him every night before she goes to bed.

    “I feel like I know him,” she said.

    The saint is well-known for his powerful healing abilities, and though How has no need for healing, she still feels a strong connection to him.

    “I just feel like he’s drawing me to him,” she said. “I don’t know why.”

  • Cooperation leads to drug arrests

    An arrest in Utah set off a series of events that led to a drug bust and two more arrests in Elizabethtown.

    It started when Detective Rob Green with the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force received a call from Utah Highway Patrol. An officer had picked up Cordero Torres, whose address identified him as living on North Mantle Avenue in Elizabethtown. A woman was with him.

    Torres was arrested July 13 in Utah for drug-related offenses.