Local News

  • E'town budget sails through first reading

    Elizabethtown’s proposed budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year cleared its first reading Monday without changes dur­ing a special voting meeting.

    Mayor Edna Berger last week proposed a $59.8 million spending plan to cover general government and debt service expenditures and fund water, sewer and gas utilities and the Tourism & Convention Bureau. The operating budget was trimmed down from $60.1 million last year.

  • Continuance sought in 2012 murder trial

    Abdullah White has been sitting in LaRue County De­tention Center since January 2012 and may have to wait longer for his capital murder trial to begin.

    Attorneys for White filed a motion to postpone the trial, which is set to begin July 28, asking for at least another 120 days while his counsel prepares its defense.

  • Weekend filled with nearly 20 drug arrests

    More than a third of the 54 people booked over the weekend into Hardin County Detention Center were arrested on drug-related charges, including four concerning LSD.

    Police on Friday arrested Herman Hodge, 34, of Leitchfield; Jonathan Lee, 37, of Leitchfield; Joshua Mc­Ken­­zie, 32, of Elizabethtown; and Ami Pea­vy, 34, of Eliza­bethtown after an undercover investigation led to the 1000 block of David Court in Elizabethtown and a stockpile of the hallucinogen. According to an arrest citation, McKenzie and Peavy lived in an apartment on David Court.

  • Cecilia woodworker makes functional art

    While blasting classic rock in his back yard shed, Jim Waugh spends hours imagining and creating functional masterpieces.

    Waugh, a recognized Ken­tucky Crafted Artist, is a renowned woodworker. He has practiced the craft for more than 50 years and shows no signs of stopping soon.

    Woodworking made an impromptu appearance in Waugh’s life. He began woodworking as a way to pay bills.

    “I was drawing unemployment and the government ran a cabinet-making program,” Waugh said. “That’s where it got started.”

  • Local festivals promote community pride

    Summer is a season for Hardin County to flourish, with multiple community events from West Point to Upton and seemingly all points in between.

    When the weather gets warmer, festivals and carnivals pack local calendars, encouraging residents to get out and partake in food, fun and music.

    The events span the gauntlet of themes from May­berry Days in Vine Grove to a bridge lighting in White Mills. Communities gather to embrace what makes their areas unique and to have get-togethers.

  • E’town dentist takes staff on mission to Honduras

    When Dr. Ann Carnes decided to take her staff to Honduras for a few days to provide dental care to residents, those going were apprehensive about the trip because they didn’t know what to expect.

    That apprehension subsided when they arrived and saw how much the people needed medical attention.

    “The minute we stepped off the bus, we knew we were where we were supposed to be,” Carnes said.

  • Infant left alone in vehicle for more than 30 minutes

    A Fort Knox woman was arrested Friday evening on a wanton endangerment charge involving a child.

    Francisca A. Driscoll, 24, of Beard Avenue on Fort Knox, was booked in the Hardin County Detention Center that evening for first degree wanton endangerment. She was released Saturday evening on bond.

    According to an Eliza­bethtown Police Department arrest citation, Driscoll left a nearly 6-month-old child in a vehicle while she went into CVS.

  • Library offers children chance at $1,000 for college

    Parents, grandparents and guardians of children participating in the Hardin County Public Library Summer Rea­ding Program are invited to enter to win money for their child’s college fund.

  • Local fire departments take part in Crusade for Children

    Fourteen local fire departments raised $170,883.55, as of Sunday, this year for the WHAS Crusade for Children campaign.

  • Restaurant, hotel taxes exceed $3 million

    Elizabethtown’s hotel and restaurant taxes have combined to generate more than $3 million in the 2013-14 fiscal year, and that trend likely will not recede, according to city and tourism officials.

    Elizabethtown’s proposed budget estimates the restaurant and hotel taxes together will bring in roughly $3,120,000 for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Of that figure, $2.6 million is made up of restaurant tax money.