Local News

  • E’town lobs tennis court contract to local builder

    Barring delays, area tennis players should have new courts on which to test their skills by August.

    Elizabethtown City Council on Wednesday approved a contract with Jenkins-Essex Construction not to exceed $1.3 million to design and construct a tennis court complex on property at Freeman Lake Park.

  • Need for blood donations up during holidays

    The holiday season is the time for giving. For some area residents, that means giving blood.

    The holiday season requires an increase in blood donation to meet the need, and having more blood drives than usual during this time of year can mean a different population of donors.

    The American Red Cross office in Elizabethtown sets up more blood drives during each Christmas season than is typical during the rest of the year.

    Part of the reason for the increase is that the holidays remind people to be generous, Director Sharon Thompson said.

  • Home for Christmas: 301 of 3/1 return

    As a black and white curtain slowly lifted Wednesday afternoon at Natcher Physical Fitness Center at Fort Knox, the screaming and crying of anxious families drowned out Toby Keith’s “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” playing through loudspeakers.

    Behind that curtain stood 301 soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division returning home from a year-long deployment in Afghanistan, just in time to spend the remainder of the holiday season with their families.

  • Woman in stolen rental car leads police on I-65 pursuit

    An out-of-state woman in a stolen rental vehicle led police in a pursuit Wednesday morning on Interstate 65 that began near the LaRue-Hart County border and ended in Clark County, Ind.

    Carolyn S. Jones, 26, of Killeen, Texas, was driving a white 2010 Chevrolet G3 van when she sped past an unmarked Kentucky State Police unit at 8:57 a.m. near the 75-mile marker on I-65, according to a KSP news release. The van that Jones was operating had been reported stolen by Hertz Rental Cars.

  • Figurines stolen from Christmas in the Park display

    Two figurines recently were stolen from the Duke’s Sporting Goods display at  Christmas in the Park in Elizabethtown.

    Virgil Willoughby, Elizabethtown Police Department’s public information officer, said the display featured seven wooden, hand-painted elf figurines wearing letter jackets from area high schools.

    The Central Hardin High School and Elizabethtown High School elves were the only two reported stolen, he said. Each elf costs $200.

    Anyone with information about this crime can call EPD at 765-4125.

  • Assistant fire chief receives community spirit award

    Assistant Radcliff Fire Chief Larry Calvert on Tuesday received Mayor J.J. Duvall’s inaugural community spirit award.

    The annual award was created by Duvall to honor local impact on the community through the service of city residents.

    Duvall said Calvert’s 32 years of service and volunteering with the city exemplified the type of exploits befitting the award.

    The city played a short video in honor of Calvert — a lighthearted look at his time with the fire department over the years set to a ZZ Top song.

  • Feeding America names new director

    Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland will have a new leader come January.

    The food bank, which serves 42 counties in Kentucky, announced Tuesday that Elizabethtown resident Don Fulford will take over Jan. 1 as executive director, taking the place of longstanding director Gary Miles, who is retiring Dec. 31. Miles is expected to remain with the organization temporarily in a part-time role to assist with the transition and partake in food procurement and staff consultation needs.

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  • The Road to War: 3rd ESC celebrates the holiday season

    Members of the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command had some face time with Santa Claus this month before the majority of the soldiers went on holiday leave.

    The 3rd ESC’s Family Readiness Group earlier this month hosted a Christmas party for the command and its families — one of many outreach efforts employed by the FRG to build a network for families who will be left behind while their loved ones are overseas in Afghanistan.

  • Bardstown man charged with 88 deer-related violations

    A Nelson County man is facing multiple wildlife violations in an ongoing investigation by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

    Kevin Barnette, 43, of Bardstown, is facing 88 counts of illegally taking or possessing deer or their antlers. Eighty-five of the charges are related to possessing illegal antlers. He also is charged with one count of killing over the limit of antlered deer during the current deer season.