Local News

  • Fourth of July weekend prompts reminders of firework safety

    Sparklers, bottle rockets and other explosives are commonly associated with traditional Fourth of July weekend celebrations, but local fire departments want residents to know they should use them responsibly.

    “They are an explosive device, so if you’re dealing with a fire cracker or any type of popping firework, there is a danger of injury to skin and soft tissue,” said Elizabethtown Fire Department administrative chief Mark Malone.

  • Tourism bureau approves pair of proposals to promote area

    The Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau’s commission approved two proposals Wednesday morning it believes will garner more interest in Elizabethtown, thereby leading to more visitor traffic.

    The commission approved up to $15,000 to pave a portion of a Greenspace trail near Buffalo Lake between Executive Drive and Commerce Drive.

    Mary Sprague, one of Greenspace’s founders, said estimates received by the agency place the cost of the paving between $12,000 and $15,000 and would constitute between one-third of a mile and a half mile.

  • Police chase leads to numerous charges

    An Elizabethtown woman wanted for selling a ring for less than $200 without permission now faces 16 additional charges including five felony counts after a police chase Monday afternoon in Glendale.

    Speeds reached about 80 mph as Melissa L. Cecil, 40, tried to elude police after she was stopped for failing to wear a seatbelt.

  • Elizabethtown man named CFO for NBC networks

    Elizabethtown native Donald Clyde Storm II was appointed June 9 to the top financial spot at E! and Esquire Networks by NBCUniversal on June 9. At just, Storm, 32, is the youngest to ever hold the title of chief financial officer for the company.

    “I’m where I thought I would be, but just here a lot sooner than I thought I would be,” he said.

  • Johnson to produce evidence of confidential informant to grand jury

    After being served a criminal summons last week, Hodgenville Police Chief Steve Johnson has now been subpoenaed to present evidence of a confidential informant to a LaRue County grand jury.

    The subpoena, filed last week by the Commonwealth, orders Johnson to appear at 9 a.m. July 21 to produce 16 items regarding Andrew Hornback, an informant. Johnson testified in a removal hearing against former Hodgenville Mayor Ter­ry Cruse in May that Hornback, the son of former city clerk MaDonna Hornback, was authorized to use city gas cards as payment for information.

  • Bike4Alz team makes stop in Hardin County

    Robert Lucas said one of the highlights of his journey across America on a bicycle came along the heights of Wolf Creek Pass, which stands more than 10,000 feet at its summit.

    The imposing mountain pass sits in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado and was one of the most vaulted points along Lucas’ route from San Diego, California, to Washington, D.C. Lucas and his fraternity brothers from Western Kentucky University rode a kilometer or more up the pass, which challenged their physical faculties and thresholds as cyclists.

  • Former teacher's sex case continued to Tuesday

    A former Central Hardin High School Spanish teacher’s first court appearance since his indictment Thursday has been continued to Tuesday.

    Edwin Bonet, 54, of Radcliff will be arraigned at 10 a.m. July 8 for three counts of first-degree sexual abuse; three counts of unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities; tampering with physical evidence; and first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor. One of the charges dates back more than a decade.

  • Missouri church partners with local agency to host sports camp, VBS

    A Missouri church is traveling to Kentucky this week to assist a local agency reach children through a multi-day sports camp and vacation Bible school.

    First Baptist Church of Plattsburg, Missouri, has partnered with Mission Hope for Kids, a local agency that mentors and feeds children, to host the camp and VBS, starting Monday and extending through July 11.

  • Louisville man admits to 2012 Radcliff robbery

    A Louisville man pleaded guilty during a trial Tuesday to a string of armed robberies, including one in Radcliff from 2012.

    Troy Lamont Gaines Jr., 23, admitted his guilt to 11 armed robberies of convenient stores and fast-food restaurants, primarily in Louisville.

    Gaines said one of the armed robberies was of Circle P Shell Food Mart at 1500 North Dixie Highway in Radcliff on or about Dec. 19, 2012.

    The second day of testimony in the jury trial of Gaines ended with his admission of guilt to the armed robberies in December 2012 and January 2013.

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