Local News

  • Farm community mourns loss of Pat Owsley

    Rocked by the death Wednesday of one of its members, the Hardin County farming community has rallied around a Cecilia family.

    Those who worked and lived alongside Pat Owsley described him as a selfless and devoted family man who loved God, University of Kentucky athletics and farm life.

    Kevin Mobley, Owsley’s cousin, farmed with him and characterized him as an eternal optimist.

  • Trooper injured during DUI arrest

    A Kentucky State Police Post 4 trooper was injured Wednesday night while attempting to arrest a Bardstown man for driving under the influence.

    Trooper Jonathan Downs pulled over Jason E. Aaron, 26, around 7:30 p.m. near the 18-mile marker of Blue Grass Parkway after the driver passed him, police said.

    Police said Aaron was going 106 mph in a 70 mph speed zone, according to a Post 4 news release.

    Upon stopping the vehicle, Downs suspected Aaron was under the influence of alcohol, according to the release.

  • Johnston nominated for leadership award

    Hardin County Schools Superintendent Nannette Johnston recently received national recognition for district leadership.

    Johnston is one of 25 nominees in the United States for the 2013 American Association of School Administrators Women in School Leadership Award. Johnston was nominated for the award by representatives of the Green River Regional Education Cooperative.

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  • McConnell discusses drug designation

    U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell stopped Thursday afternoon in Elizabethtown to answer questions from local health care professionals and discuss the county’s recent designation as a high intensity drug trafficking area.

    The Senate minority leader played a “critical role” in Hardin County’s recent inclusion in the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, which was created in 1988 and covers 66 counties, said Tracy Schiller, chief of Elizabethtown Police Department.

  • Two charged with criminal abuse

    An Elizabethtown couple was arrested Wednesday night after state troopers found their home to be “detrimental” living conditions for their three children.

    Jennifer Hart, 33, and Christopher Hart, 37, face charges of first-degree criminal abuse. They were released around 1 p.m. Thursday from Hardin County Detention Center on partially secured $10,000 bonds.

  • Vine Grove man charged with forcible rape

    A Vine Grove man was arrested Thursday morning on an outstanding warrant for first-degree rape charges. The alleged assault took place more than a year ago.

    Jacob R. Borquez, 44, was stopped in the Diecks Drive area of Elizabethtown, according to a citation. He also was wanted for fourth-degree assault, failure to appear and non-payment of fines.

    According to an arrest warrant, a women claims Borquez physically assaulted her Sept. 17, 2011, at a Mount Olive Church Road residence.

  • Hodgenville’s Lincoln Days honors area heritage

    Hodgenville will celebrate the area’s most famous former resident this weekend.

    The annual Lincoln Days begin Friday.

    Opal Dail, who is helping organize the event, said the festival will offer similar attractions as it has since being incorporated in 1975.

    A notable issue this year has been the number of vendors seeking to set up booths. Organizers had to turn down some requests, Dail said.

    “There’s an awful lot of interest,” she said.

  • KSP launches text-tip line

    Kentucky State Police has implemented a text-tip line that allows the public to send confidential tips via cellphones.

    According to a news release, a cellphone user with texting capabilities can text 67283, type KSPTIP in the message field and leave a space before entering information about a crime.

    Norman Chaffins, spokesman for KSP Post 4 in Elizabethtown, said information in the text message goes through a third-party server where it’s encrypted and personal information removed.

  • Veterans nursing home groundbreaking in sight

    Ground should be broken in Radcliff by spring for the state’s fourth nursing home.

    Gilda Hill, director of the Office of Kentucky Veterans Centers, informed the Joint Executive Council of Veterans Organization that five buildings will comprise the 120-bed facility. Four building will hold private rooms for veterans. The fifth will be used as a community center with a multi-purpose room, chapel, benefits office, gift shop, storage area and administrative offices.