Local News

  • A Christmas concert for Chuck

    Charles “Chuck” Campbell was not leading the Heartland Winds’ annual winter concert Sunday afternoon at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown, but he was clapping away in heaven, his wife said.

    The Heartland Winds dedicated  its “Winter Reflections” concert to the memory of the founder and former leader, who succumbed to cancer in July.

    Campbell also served 31 years as a public school band director, directing bands at East and North Hardin High Schools as well as George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester.

  • Hodgenville man seriously injured in single-vehicle crash

    A Hodgenville man was airlifted to Louisville and another was treated at the scene Sunday after an early morning crash in LaRue County.

  • Shaw will not seek re-election as commonwealth's attorney

    Once he completes his second term Dec. 31, 2012, Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Shaw will step out of the office and a new lead prosecutor will take his place.

    In a letter, Shaw announced he will not seek re-election in November. He is in his second six-year term as commonwealth’s attorney.

    First taking office in 2001, Shaw earned his second term after defeating local attorney Bob Bishop in the 2006 election.

  • Local choir captures national honor

    The North Hardin High School choir has a few extra dollars at its disposal after capturing a national honor.

    The local choir was one of 60 school musical programs around the nation to earn the second place prize of $10,000 in the “Glee Give a Note Campaign” sponsored by the National Association for Music Education.

    The North Hardin choir earned the prize by creating a video to argue why the program could use the grant as members of the choir emphasized their belief in music.

  • HCS tables drug policy decision

    The Hardin County Schools board decided to table their decision on a change to a student drug and alcohol policy until June, when the board regularly reviews policies.

    The policy change was in regards to the length of suspension students received for a first violation of the policy, which deals with students using or possessing drugs or alcohol at school or a school-related event. Currently, those students receive a 10-day suspension or five days if they receive drug counseling.

  • HCS finalizes 2012-13 calendar

    Hardin County Schools’ winter break will be similar to this year’s despite objections from the district’s education association.

    The Hardin County Schools board approved the 2012-13 school calendar at a board meeting Thursday night. Disagreements arose over the structure of the winter break, but the board decided to schedule it very similar to this year’s upcoming break.

  • More Coca-Cola museum auction dates set

    The next set of auction dates have been set at the Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia and will feature some of the museum’s largest items up for public bid. The auctions are March 24 and 25 at the Elizabethtown museum and follow up on the first set of auctions that collected more than $3 million for around 650 Coke-related items.

    Some items were sold for more than $100,000, according to Museum President Larry Schmidt.

  • Beer here: Stores begin sales

    Residents won’t have to wait until the New Year to purchase beer in Hardin County.

    The Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control issued more than two dozen retail beer licenses last week to local vendors. Several more beer licenses are pending.

    Sales started as applicants secured licenses and contacted distributors to bring shipments.

    Laura Blair, spokeswoman for Bardstown-based Newcomb Oil Co., said the seven Five Star Food Marts in Elizabethtown now are licensed to sell beer, four of which have started sales.

  • Police cracking down on impaired holiday driving

    As Hardin Countians prepare to celebrate the holiday season with friends and family, area law enforcement are reminding the community of the dangers of impaired driving.

    During December 2009, 753 people were killed in wrecks that involved impaired drivers or cyclists, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Over the next couple weeks, area law enforcement will be cracking down on drugged and drunken driving to ensure the Hardin County community has a safe holiday season.

  • KSP Post 4 collects more than 3,500 pounds of food

    In the cold Friday morning, students at North Hardin Christian School lugged cardboard boxes and green tubs stacked high with cans and boxes of donated food and stuffed them inside Kentucky State Police vehicles.

    With the help of the students and community members, KSP Post 4 in Elizabethtown collected more than 3,500 pounds of donated food items for its second annual Cram the Cruiser, according to a KSP news release. Last year, Post 4 collected 415 pounds.