Local News

  • JC Penney to reopen in October

    After being sidelined by fire, the JC Penney department store at Towne Mall in Elizabethtown soon will return to business.

    The store is projected to reopen the second week of October, said JC Penney spokeswoman Sarah Kelleher. She did not have an exact date for the reopening.

  • E'town approves tax rates

    Elizabethtown City Council voted Monday to hold property tax rates stable and approved a new limit on change orders for secondary lighting at the Elizabethtown Sports Park.

    Elizabethtown city officials approved tax rates for real and personal property at 11.6 cents per $100 of assessed value. That rate applies to motor vehicles and watercraft. The rate has remained unchanged for the last several years.

    Finance Director Steve Park has said income from the rate will be slightly below budget, but he believes the city can easily recoup the money through the year.

  • Elizabethtown man sentenced in wire fraud case

    An Elizabethtown man charged with 17 counts of wire fraud was sentenced to four years in prison Monday in U.S. District Court in Louisville.

    Ernest Cadick, 60, pleaded guilty to accusations that he fraudulently solicited more than $718,000 from 17 individuals between 1994 and 2008.

    He represented himself as owner and operator of Kingdom Oil as well as a traveling evangelist, meeting potential investors through church functions and contacts with churches, according to a news release.

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  • Bluegrass Festival to honor genre founder

    The Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival honors a legend of the genre this week.

    The 12th annual festival, which runs from Thursday through Saturday, takes place the week after the 100th birthday of Bill Monroe.

    Monroe is credited with creating the style of music that came to be known as bluegrass after the band he was part of, “Blue Grass Boys.” He hails from Ohio County.

  • Hardin County Chamber supports creation of unified review commission

    The Hardin County Chamber of Commerce has thrown its support behind Hardin County United’s charge to form a unification review commission.

    The chamber’s support is a positive for HCU after facing strong opposition from several public officials, with Radcliff City Council electing to formally withdraw from the unification process last week.

  • Ready for Brushy Fork round three?

    If Vine Grove city events coordinator Donna Broadway has her way, Vine Grove will see many more Brushy Fork Debates.

    “I certainly want to do it again,” she said. “I want to keep it going forever and ever.”

    Broadway said it’s hard to compare candidate turnout at Saturday’s debate with the first event last September. The 2010 event included local city and county candidates and the upcoming election features statewide races only.

  • Former deputy jailer waives hearing on bribery charges

    Over the course of less than three months, two Hardin County Detention Center deputy jailers found themselves facing the other side of the bars.

    Now they’re making their way through the Hardin County court system.

    Arrested Aug. 5 on a charge of bribery of a public servant, Shadrick Blackmon, 32, is accused of approaching a female visitor and offering to get her boyfriend out of jail in exchange for money, Jailer Danny Allen said last month.

  • Heartland Fillies seek new singers

    Visitors to Vine Grove’s Autumn Daze could hear the Heartland Fillies Ladies Barbershop Chorus long before they could see the group.

    Patrons wound around countless booths toward a slowly increasing feminine harmony resonating, “I’ve got a home in Gloryland that outshines the sun.”

    A right turn past the face-painting area brought the fuschia T-shirts marking the group of singers belting the smoothly melded tones as members of the Heartland Fillies.

  • Senior life: Protecting against scams

    By MONICA RUEHLING, Senior Life columnist

    A check for $2,500 arrives in the mail. The letter with it says you’ve won a contest and your prize winnings are being delivered in the form of this authentic-looking check. All you have to do to claim your prize is deposit the check into your checking account. You don’t remember entering a contest, but it’s a deal you can’t refuse.

    Or should you?

    Scam artists now have entered your home, as easy as a check received in the mail and deposited into your personal account.