Local News

  • Officials' trouble started with 2012 complaint

    An investigation that eventually led to numerous felony charges levied in December against Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse and City Clerk MaDonna Hornback stemmed from a complaint filed by a city council member, according to an affidavit for a search warrant in the case.

  • Filing deadline brings late surge of candidates

    Michael Radford made it into the Radcliff City Council race by mere minutes.

    Radford, 58, a North Hardin High School teacher and first-time candidate for public office, still was in line processing his paperwork when Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb called the 4 p.m. deadline to enter the May 20 primary.

    Tabb noted how close it was on a day that yielded 13 last-minute filers.

    “He was one minute under the wire,” Tabb said.

  • Pool design put on hold

    The search for a pool designer to develop a new aquatic facility in Elizabethtown has been put on hold.

    Elizabethtown City Council this week reached a consensus to ease back on the project as it explores its options, with several council members saying they want a briefing from a committee tasked with bringing a YMCA to the county.

    Councilman Ron Thomas said there is no rush to finish the design on the facility and the city should ask questions and do more research.

  • Celebrating a century

    Lelia Hagan has seen plenty of historical milestones in her life. She turns 100 today.

    Born Jan. 29, 1914, in the Laurel Ridge area of western Hardin County to William and Appie Duvall, Mary Lelia Burkhead was the middle of three children — two girls and a boy. Her sister, the oldest, is deceased and her brother was killed in Belgium in November 1944.

    Hagan now lives in a house on a small farm east of Glendale.

  • 19 file for six Radcliff City Council seats

    In a rush to beat Tuesday’s filing deadline, Radcliff’s city council race went from nine candidates Friday to 19, forcing a May primary election.

    Four incumbents, two former council members and 13 others are running. In the primary election May 20, the list will be narrowed to 12. The final six will be determined in November’s general election.

  • Vine Grove police officer files to run for mayor

    Although he’s never run for public office, Joe Walker says he’s been a public servant all his adult life.

    The 54-year-old U.S. Army combat veteran plans to retire from the Vine Grove Police Department at the end of this year and has decided to run for mayor.

  • John Hardin FFA to plant garden at Magnolia Farms

    The John Hardin High School FFA chapter is adding some greenery to Hardin County’s first “green” neighborhood.

    The FFA chapter is planting and tending an organic garden at the Magnolia Farms Land Development, a new subdivision in Elizabethtown near Severns Valley Baptist Church. The subdivision is planned to be an eco-friendly neighborhood, and developer Will Harris wanted an organic garden to be one of the amenities of the location.

  • Rineyville man sentenced to 10 years for sexual abuse

    A Rineyville man who accepted a plea deal in November on a sexual abuse charge was formally sentenced Tuesday afternoon in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Loren K. Diehlman, 44, pled guilty to first-degree sexual abuse as well as persistent felony offense. He was sentenced to 10 years and could be eligible for parole in two years if a sex offender treatment program is completed. He also will be monitored for five years and have to enter the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry for 20 years following his release.

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  • Court appearance rescheduled for mother charged with selling baby


    Leeanna Brown, who is facing a charge of selling or purchasing a child for adoption, appeared Tuesday afternoon in Hardin Circuit Court on a revocation hearing for probation.

    The hearing, set for Feb. 11, is to determine whether Brown violated her probation when she was charged with attempting to sell her days-old baby, which is a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison if found guilty.

    A pretrial conference for Brown in the case also was rescheduled to Feb. 11.

    Brown, 24, was indicted Dec. 5.