Local News

  • County slams brakes on unified local government

    Gloria Alexander compared the unification movement to corralling of animals into a confined area Tuesday during Hardin Fiscal Court’s voting meeting.

    “It kind of reminds me of how you herd a pig by putting up one fence post at a time until you’ve got them; they’re in there,” said Alexander, who is active in the Central Kentucky Tea Party Patriots with her husband and the group’s chairman, Bobby Alexander.

  • Delabar makes MLB history

    Hardin County's own Steve Delabar put his name in the vast history book of Major League Baseball Monday night in Toronto's 3-2 extra-inning win over the Chicago White Sox.

    The hard-throwing Toronto right-hander became the first pitcher to record four strikeouts in one frame during extra innings. Along with that, he also became the first pitcher in franchise history to strike out four batters in one inning.

  • Property tax proposal would keep rates steady

    When it comes to property taxes, Elizabethtown’s rate structure is a pillar of consistency.

    Elizabethtown Finance Director Steve Park proposed the city hold taxes stable at the compensating rate of 11.6 cents per $100 of assessed value for real and personal property. The rate has remained unchanged for the past several years.

  • Interviews with Vine Grove police chief hopefuls begin

    The hunt is on for a new police chief in Vine Grove.

    Mayor Blake Proffitt said Monday the city received eight applications for the position, which was advertised online and in The News-Enterprise.

    Of those eight applicants, some are local while others are out-of-state, Proffitt said.

    The field already has been narrowed to an unspecified number, he said, and the next step is to begin phone interviews. From there, the process will proceed to in-person interviews in front of the six-person selection committee, which includes Proffitt.

  • E’town committee tweaks rental income tax exemption


    The News-Enterprise

    A group of city officials and rental property owners have crafted a plan they believe will strip ambiguity from Elizabethtown’s occupational tax code and offer a fair plan for all.

    A committee tasked with refining a tax exemption on rental property presented a recommendation Monday that would exempt individuals and single-member LLCs from paying occupational taxes on property if they own four or fewer residential housing units within city limits.

  • Daughter’s one-woman show celebrates comic Don Knotts

    The Historic State Theater is welcoming the daughter of one of Mayberry’s most famous residents.

    Karen Knotts, daughter of Don Knotts, will perform a one-woman show, “Tied Up in Knotts,” about her father at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Historic State Theater.

  • Photo: Big dog on the street
  • Water District No. 1 festival to celebrate 60 years

    The heat of summer is to be broken Saturday by water attractions and games aimed at promoting the service that has been part of the mission for Hardin County Water District No. 1 for the past 60 years.

    The district’s Water Festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 1400 Rogersville Road in Vine Grove to celebrate its 60th anniversary and educate customers about the service provided to them.

  • Three men charged with sex offenses, 19 face drug charges

    A Hardin County grand jury returned more than 40 indictments in July with 37 of those relating to drugs or theft.

    The grand jury returned 18 theft-related indictments and 19 involving drug allegations. Of those relating to drug offense, 13 involved methamphetamine.

    Three indictments were returned against men accused of sex offenses, and two of those involve rape charges.

    Vincent Edward Mason, 47, faces charges of second- and third-degree rape relating to alleged incidents occurring between November 2010 and May 2012.

  • Election filing deadline today

    Time is running out for candidates wishing to file for the Nov. 6 general election.

    Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb said the deadline to be placed on the November ballot is 4 p.m. today.

    “If they’re not here and they come after, I can’t accept it,” Tabb said of the deadline, which is set by state law.

    Several local offices only had one candidate while some had none as of Monday afternoon, according to the Hardin County Clerk website.