Local News

  • Four former officers awaiting case's outcome

    After allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old girl surfaced in September, four former area law enforcement officers still are awaiting the outcome of a special prosecutor’s investigation.

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 Troopers Jerry Clanton and Stratford Young were terminated from employment Sept. 13 and have been named as subjects of an investigation by special prosecutor Thomas Wine, Jefferson County commonwealth’s attorney. He confirmed his office is investigating two other officers, but would not release their names.

  • Sinkhole concerns rise

    After a sinkhole collapsed under the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, taking eight Corvettes underground with it, concerns surrounding Kentucky’s geologic landscape have surfaced. 

    Kentucky geography consists of karst, landscape developed on limestone or other types of rock that have sinkholes, sinking streams, caves and springs. According to the Kentucky Geological Society, the state is one of the “most famous karst areas in the world” with about 38 percent of it having some karst development recognizable on topographic maps.

  • Men to be sentenced for sex crimes

    Two men are expected to be formally sentenced today in Hardin Circuit Court for crimes against children younger than 12.

    Sherman L. Smith, 69, of Eastview, who fled to Texas after allegations were made against him in 2012, will be sentenced to 10 years in prison on two counts of sexual abuse against a child younger than 12.

    Smith received 10 years on each count and will serve the terms concurrently. A charge of first-degree rape was dismissed in the case.

  • Hardin County Schools to host diversity fair

    Hardin County Schools is inviting the community to celebrate diversity in the county.

    The community diversity council for HCS hosts a diversity fair from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at John Hardin High School. The fair features representations of diversity from more than two dozen students and local businesses and organizations.

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  • E'town man charged after pistol incident

    An Elizabethtown man was arrested Sunday afternoon on a felony count of first-degree wanton endangerment for an incident police say happened Feb. 7 in a parking lot.

    Benjamin R. Benz, 33, was charged after he unlawfully swung a pistol around in a careless manner, police said.

  • St. Baldrick's shows solidarity for children battling cancer

    For Elizabethtown’s Thad Jackson, all it took was a request of a fellow church member to get him to shave his head for a cause.

    The member was a neighbor of Addison Jo Blair, an Elizabethtown 3-year-old girl who lost her fight with cancer in May 2011, and encouraged Jackson to join him in a St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser. Jackson will shave his head to help the organization find a cure for children’s cancer.

  • Tocqueville Society adds new dimension for United Way

    A national society named after a 19th century French aristocrat is gaining a foothold in Hardin County on behalf of United Way of Central Kentucky.

    The local United Way chapter has started a branch of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society to encourage donations. 

    The society was named after Tocqueville, who studied the willingness of Americans to volunteer and give on behalf of a “common good.”

  • Stories from the Heartland: She's just like a kid

    A group of kindergarten students had lined up in the hallway outside New Highland Elementary School’s main office and when they noticed a special visitor, they lit up, too.

    A 9-day-old pygmy goat, belonging to a New Highland family, attracted a chorus of giggles and baby talk, especially when the animal, Ruth, displayed her affection for a child’s sparkly pink and white sneaker.

    “She likes your shoe. Watch her, she’ll eat anything,” a teacher advised the child.

  • Women veterans to be recognized

    March is recognized nationally as Women’s History Month.

    The Kentucky National Association for Black Veterans is taking that cue and will honor women veterans for a second year with an event called Shining the Light on Women Veterans.

    “(It) seems as though the female veterans get left out,” said Gail Lyons, Kentucky NABVets Auxiliary President.

    Last year, the organization held the event in Louisville;  but this year it is at Colvin Community Center in Radcliff.