Local News

  • U.S. 31W fully operational again at West Point

    An announcement at 3 a.m. today will brighten the lives of West Point residents and Fort Knox commuters.

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews reopened all lanes of U.S. 31W at the site of the train derailment near the Hardin-Jefferson County line north of West Point. Work requiring lane closures is now complete, Transportation Cabinet spokesman Chris Jessie said in a news release.

  • New Glendale Road reopened with traffic signal

    New Glendale Road was reopened today with restrictions after a tractor trailer pulling an oversized load struck the overpass Monday night at mile-marker 136 on the Western Kentucky Parkway.

    The crash knocked a chunk of concrete out of the overpass, which temporarily shutdown eastbound lanes of the parkway.

  • Breaking down, building up

    Rebecca Allen shook her head Friday, marveling at bustling people laughing and chatting in front of her as they took a lunch break from their checklist of chores inside the Community Health Clinic of Hardin & LaRue Counties.

    Allen, the clinic’s executive director, kept repeating the word “awesome” when describing her affection for the businesses involved, whose workers were gutting the interior of the clinic as part of a makeover.

  • Name dropping leads to arrest

    A Radcliff man is lodged in a Louisville jail after police say he purchased three diamond rings using bad checks.

    Allen T. Kinder, 36, is charged in Jefferson County with theft by deception including cold checks $10,000 or more, and theft by deception including cold checks less than $10,000.

    He also was served an arrest warrant from Hardin County for theft by deception including cold checks less than $10,000.

    Meade County Sheriff Butch Kerrick said his office had been “hunting” for Kinder when they arrested him Thursday in Muldraugh.

  • Sports park nabs state recreation award

    Open just a few months, the Elizabethtown Sports Park already has scooped up an award.

    The park received facility of the year in class 1 of the Kentucky Parks & Recreation Society Awards. Director Seth Breitner presented the award to Elizabethtown City Council Monday evening.

    Breitner said the awards are divided into two classes, class 1 and class 2, with class 1 representing larger facilities. The award is given to indoor or outdoor facilities enhancing quality of life and recreational opportunities in a community, Breitner said.

  • E'town tweaks employee health plan

    Elizabethtown City Council has followed through on a recommendation to tweak its employee health care plan.

    The council approved a motion Monday to increase deductibles, co-payments and out-of-pocket health expenses for employees in an effort to offset the high cost of claims. The changes are effective Jan. 1.

    Finance Director Steve Park said the city paid out $2.3 million in claims last year and placed $1.5 million more than budgeted into the plan during a two-and-half-year period.

  • State: Look for ‘smurfing’ signs

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced the launch of a privately funded statewide campaign Monday aimed at educating the public about “smurfing,” the illegal process of purchasing pseudoephedrine for manufacturers of methamphetamine.

    According to a news release, the governor joined members of the General Assembly, representatives of the Kentucky Retail Association, Kentucky Pharmacists Association and Consumer Healthcare Products Association to launch the campaign in Lexington.

  • Photo: Painting the bricks in the wall
  • Library entering trial period to recoup materials, fines

    Hardin County Public Library is beginning a trial period using a service that would try to recoup some of the large fines and long-overdue books.

    Library board members voted this month to use a 90-day trial with Unique Management Services. That trial is set to begin in January.

    Director Rene Hutcheson said Unique is a material recovery service, not a collection agency, and the library mostly wants materials returned so others can use them, rather than having to buy new books or media.

  • The running dead

    A startled shriek ripped across the otherwise still confines of Saunders Springs Nature Preserve in Radcliff on Saturday evening, followed by a terrified scream.

    The rustle of leaves and snap of branches noted hurried footfalls as a yammering code of groans, roars, gurgles and growls immersed the woods.

    Along one of the walking trails inside the preserve, a stooped woman in a bathrobe shambled down the track. She carried a curling iron in one hand and a fleshy appendage in another — her hair a shabby mess and her intentions less than honorable.