Local News

  • Delays expected on Black Branch Road

    North Black Branch Road will fully reopen once construction wraps up on a manufacturing facility for Indian packaging manufacturer Flex Films (USA), but local officials still expect motorists to face occasional delays.

  • Emergency Management unveils public notification system

    Emergency and community information now will spread more quickly thanks to a new government system.

    Hardin County Emergency Management is implementing a public notification system to alert residents to a variety of issues, from road closures to post-disaster efforts such as shelter openings.

    Beginning today, Hardin Countians can sign up at hcky.org. They then can be alerted through calls, texts and emails. Landlines listed in the phone book already are in the system.

  • Judge finds probable cause in E'town rape case

    Hardin District Judge John David Simcoe found probable cause Monday in the case against an Elizabethtown man charged with multiple felony sex crimes, including rape and incest.

    George W. Beason, 31, is accused of engaging in sexual activities with a female family member younger than 16. He is charged with second-degree rape, six counts of incest, three counts of second-degree sodomy, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter to minors.

  • Harvest yields lower than average

    The heat and dryness of this past summer were hard on corn and soybeans in the area and in much of the nation.

    The fall harvest is about 80 percent complete. The corn and soybeans harvested mostly are of good quality, but the yield is less than average.

    Corn, which is between 15 and 20 bushels per acre less than during an average year, still is doing better than some farmers anticipated, said Matt Adams, a Hardin County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources.

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  • HMH’s Let Christmas Shine renews ‘touching’ tradition

    A well-entrenched tradition has returned to Hardin Memorial Hospital this holiday season.

    Let Christmas Shine, an annual fundraiser hosted by the HMH Auxiliary, is on display in the lobby of the hospital, giving local residents a chance to pay tribute to a loved one or friend during the time of year in which the joys of giving are amplified.

  • EPD arrests suspect in JC Penney arson investigation

    Elizabethtown police have arrested a JC Penney employee just three days after a fourth fire was ignited inside the Towne Mall department store.

    Janice M. Coolidge, 23, of Big Clifty faces four counts of first-degree arson and three counts of first-degree terroristic threatening.

    Virgil Willoughby, EPD’s public information officer, said police believe Coolidge is behind the four fires as well as last Friday’s bomb threat at Towne Mall and two bomb threats made in October at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

  • Portion of Nicholas Street to close for construction

    A portion of Nicholas Street will be closed to traffic starting this week and won’t reopen until late December.

    The road will be closed between 613 and 701 Nicholas Street beginning 6 a.m. Wednesday and is expected to reopen Dec. 23. City Engineer Scott Reynolds said the city will replace an aging culvert in the area.

    “It’s at a bad angle, too,” Reynolds said, adding the culvert’s placement will be realigned to maximize water flow.

    During construction, motorists are urged to use Leitchfield Road as an alternate route.

  • E’town residents complete KSP training

    The Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 60 new troopers at ceremonies Sunday in Frankfort, including two from Elizabethtown.

    Devan Cleaver of Elizabethtown was one of two recipients of the Commissioner’s Commitment to Excellence Award, presented to a cadet who demonstrates leadership, the desire to get the job done and determination to be the best every day. He was assigned to Post 14 in Ashland.

    Craig T. Hulsey, also of Elizabethtown, completed the training and was assigned to Post 9 in Pikeville.