Local News

  • LongHorn set for June 25 opening

    The LongHorn Steakhouse adjacent to Towne Mall in Elizabethtown is nearing completion, and area patrons will have a chance to sample its flavors this summer.

    Restaurant spokeswoman Tara Gray said the steakhouse is slated for a June 25 opening and the company will start taking online applications by May 10.

    The restaurant is looking to hire around 80 workers in the area to round out its servers, service assistants, bar and kitchen staff, she said.

  • Animal shelter kicks off fundraising for 2012

    Fundraising efforts to build a new Hardin County Animal Shelter have began.

    Members of the nonprofit organization PAWS Shelter Foundation Inc. are kicking off activities aimed at drawing the remaining $1 million needed in donations to outfit a building purchased to replace the county’s current animal shelter on Nicholas Street in Elizabethtown.

    The first event is the Mutts, Moms and Music festival from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 12 at the administration building of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

  • Former ‘Idol’ contestant Casey James to perform at Historic State Theater

    A top-three contestant on “American Idol” performs for a local audience this summer.

    Casey James performs at 7:30 p.m. June 22 at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown. James came in third in the ninth season of the Fox show in 2010 and released a self-titled debut album in March.

    Tickets are on sale now. Balcony seats are $15, general admission is $20 and preferred seating is $25. They can be purchased by calling the theater at (270) 234-8258.

  • Shooting involving soldier remains under investigation

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 continues to investigate a domestic violence situation that turned into a shooting Friday in Guston. A Fort Knox soldier who allegedly fired the weapon has not been charged in the death of a 29-year-old Guston man.

    Police said Joshua W. Wemes died Friday of a single gunshot wound sustained after he broke into the home of Cpl. Quinton T. Phillips, 22, of Amarillo, Texas.

  • United Way allocates funding to 18 agencies

    fter a record-breaking campaign, United Way of Central Kentucky has allocated more than $761,000 to local agencies in need within its five-county region.

    Executive Director Christopher Wilborn said 18 agencies have received funding this year, which is an increase from 14 agencies last year. Four of the 18 agencies — the American Red Cross, Grayson County Alliance, Good Samaritan Center and SpringHaven Inc. — received all of the funding requested, Wilborn added.

  • Museum reopening meant to honor public

    Bill Swope long has considered the free museum that has grown out of his personal car collection to be a gift back to the people who have supported the Swope Family of Dealerships for 60 years.

    “The cars in a sense, in a very real sense, belong to the community,” he said.

    Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum will host a grand reopening at 5:45 p.m. May 10 with a ribbon-cutting.

  • Beshear signs bill into law at Central Hardin

    Dennis Parrett’s vision to give his daughter a high school diploma came true Monday, as the bill he created to do so became law.

    Special needs students taking an alternative curriculum in high school now can receive diplomas for their efforts, thanks to a Kentucky law signed by Gov. Steve Beshear. Residents gathered at Central Hardin High School to watch Beshear sign the law and students in the high school’s special education department looked on as a bill that could change the outcome of their high school careers was signed.

  • Police identify 15-month-old Radcliff shooting victim

    Police in Radcliff are trying to piece together the events that led to a 15-month-old toddler being accidentally shot by her brother Sunday afternoon.

    On Monday, Bryce Shumate, public information officer for Radcliff Police Department, identified the victim as Bella San Martin.

    Bella was the daughter of Angelica and Christopher San Martin, who is stationed at Fort Knox, Shumate said.

    Services for Bella will be in California, Shumate said.

  • National Day of Prayer to be observed locally

    Area believers are encouraged to pray together Thursday for their communities.

    Prayer gatherings in Elizabethtown and Radcliff have been organized to honor the National Day of Prayer, which is observed nationally on the first Thursday of May each year. The day is annually proclaimed by Congress and the president as being acknowledged as a day during which citizens are encouraged to join their prayers for their communities and nation.

  • Police target traffic enforcement

    The Elizabethtown Police Department is aggressively working traffic enforcement in an effort to reduce injuries and traffic collisions in the city.

    Throughout the week, the department will target high traffic areas such as U.S. 31W during times traffic volume is increased and the risk for collisions is greater, according to a news release.

    Police say the goal is to concentrate on speeding, failure to stop at traffic control devices, aggressive driving and seat belt usage.