Local News

  • Hardin County a 'bright spot' in economic report

    A statewide report illustrates how well Hardin County weathered the economic crisis compared to other areas of the commonwealth.

    As 2013 comes to a close, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce released a report this week on state economic conditions, comparing current statistics to 2007, which was the peak of the last national expansion.

    Elizabethtown and Hardin County consistently have been a “bright spot” in the state amid the recession, according to Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson.

  • Veterans swap war stories at luncheon

    Charles Owen’s and Jay Norris’ friendship dates back to 1943 and their days serving on the USS New Jersey in the South Pacific during World War II.

    The friendship has withstood the test of time and the two reunited Thursday at a luncheon for WWII and Korean War veterans at American Legion Hardin Post 113.

    Owen, of Elizabethtown, has collected a vast amount of information about the U.S. Navy ship, which bombarded islands and was involved in 11 major battles, including Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

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  • Judge known for ‘great knowledge’ dies at 84

    James “Jim” Bondurant was widely recognized for his expertise in the law.

    He will return to the courtroom for the final time Saturday. Bondurant, who served as district judge for Hart and LaRue counties and later was the first senior judge appointed in Kentucky, died Thursday in Tennessee. He was 84.

    His body returns to LaRue County, where he had a law practice, served two terms as state representative and was a long-time judge. His funeral will be conducted in the upstairs courtroom of the LaRue County Courthouse.

  • Long-time judge, state representative dies

    The funeral will be Saturday in the LaRue County Courthouse for noted local judge and former state representative,  Jim Bondurant.

    Bondurant, who grew up in Meade County and spent most of his professional life in LaRue County, died Thursday in Union County, Tenn., where he lived since retirement. He was 84.

  • Lost dog sought

    One Elizabethtown family is feeling incomplete this holiday season as they continue to search for a missing member.

    Ashley and Mike Burns’ 4-year-old golden retriever, Bella, went missing Nov. 26, along with Marley, their blue-tick hound. Marley since has returned home, but the family continues efforts to find Bella.

  • Christmas: No rest for the truckers

    While many celebrate with family and friends on Christmas Day while off work, others spend the holiday away from loved ones shipping merchandise from factory to retail stores.

    Several truck drivers, many of whom were traveling Wednesday to make drops at retailers beginning today, took a break at Petro Stopping Center in Glendale to do laundry, fuel up or grab a bite to eat at the Iron Skillet, a restaurant at the center.

  • Sales season starts fresh

    Over the past 38 years in the retail industry, the significance of the day after Christmas has changed for George Ramsden.

    The general manager of J.C. Penney in Elizabethtown said trends now indicate the day after Christmas is no longer for returns.

    “The day after Christmas is not as big of a day for returns,” he said. “It’s more of a shopping day.”

  • Giving the gift of a meal

    Residents who turned out for the community Christmas dinner at the National Guard Armory in Elizabethtown on Wednesday had the same praise for the food: It was good.

    Prepared by Barbara and Bennie Grissom, their family and volunteers, the meal was made to feed up to 200.

    Barbara said this year the event, now in its sixth year, brought in several new faces and all the tables were full at the start.

  • United Way campaign surpasses $600,000

    United Way of Central Kentucky is on pace to set another record in 2014, said Executive Director Christopher Wilborn.

    The agency has collected more than $600,000 as part of its latest fundraising effort with roughly two months left in the campaign, which ends in late February.

    Wilborn said he is confident the agency can surpass its record-setting $1.17 million campaign from last year based on early results.