Local News

  • County's animal shelter plans progress

    Plans for a larger and more modern animal shelter in Hardin County are progressing.

    PAWS Shelter Foundation Inc. is developing floor plans to renovate an existing building at 220 Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown.

    The vacant 17,000-square-foot building was purchased in October to offer a new facility in which Hardin County Animal Control can operate with animal health and adoptions more easily provided.

    Much of the inspiration for the plans comes from the Lexington Humane Society’s shelter.

  • Photo: By the dark of the moon
  • Man arrested on charge of receiving stolen property

    A Fairdale man was arrested by Kentucky State Police Wednesday afternoon in Grayson County on a Class D felony charge of receiving stolen property of less than $10,000.

    A commercial vehicle driven by Duston Z. Duvall, 26, was seen at 4:31 p.m. driving in the emergency lane at the 110-mile marker on Western Kentucky Parkway, according to the KSP post in Elizabethtown.

  • Church site of meth arrest

    A church parking lot was the latest location for a meth bust.

    Members of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department noticed a man standing outside his vehicle in the parking lot/yard of Caney Creek United Methodist Church around 7:50 p.m. Wednesday. There was no service at the church at the time, which aroused suspicion.

    Adam Whaley, 21, of Falls of Rough was arrested and charged when ingredients and materials used in the manufacture of methamphetamine were discovered.

  • Income tax deduction time limit draws near

    For some area residents, the end of the calendar year means making sure income tax deductions are in line.

    Otherwise, they won’t benefit fully from charitable contributions and other qualifying deductions until 2013.

    Krystal Williams, manager of Accounting and Tax Professionals in Elizabethtown, said business gets hectic in December with people trying to get in last-minute deductions.

    Many regular clients make such arrangements near the end of the calendar year, especially deductions for money given to charity, she said.

  • Photo: Getting in the last rounds of the year
  • United Way helps meet community’s basic needs

    Louisa Bonano of Elizabethtown looked into helping with the Senior Companion Program about three months ago as a way to bring in a little extra money.

    “When I found out what it was, the money wasn’t important any more,” she said.

    The program connects residents who have trouble leaving the house because of age, disability or other problems with helpers who can do light housework, cook occasional meals and spend time with them.

  • Indictments handed down for woman accused of setting JC Penney fires

    Janice Coolidge, the woman accused of setting fires that damaged JC Penney and calling in bomb threats, has been indicted by the grand jury.

    Coolidge was indicted on two counts of first-degree arson, two counts of criminal attempt to commit first-degree arson, two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and second-degree terroristic threatening.

  • Initial beer sales remain brisk

    Hardin County residents have popped more than a few tops since mid-December.

    Several local retailers who have acquired beer licenses reported brisk sales in recent weeks and expressed gratitude for the acquisition of a new product in time for the holiday season.

    John Lewis, who owns two John O’s convenience stores on Ring Road in Elizabethtown, said the patience of his customers paid off last week when the state issued beer licenses for his stores. He was selling the same day he obtained the licenses and worked an 18-hour day last week to keep up.

  • Charge against Smith upgraded to attempted murder

    A Hardin County grand jury upgraded the charge against Justin Michael Smith to attempted murder.

    Accused of beating a woman in an Elizabethtown apartment last month, Smith originally was charged by police with felony assault.

    The 31-year-old now faces a charge of attempt to commit murder along with being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

    George William Beason Jr., 31, was indicted on 15 counts that stemmed from accusations that he engaged in sex with a 14-year-old during a more than year-long period of time.