Local News

  • Losing a landmark: Spencer’s to close later this month

    After 34 years operating in Stephensburg, Spencer’s Valu-Mart will close its doors by month’s end.

    It is a family business and, along with Laker Drive-In, a recognizable part of the community along U.S. 62.

    Owner Tommy Spencer began in the grocery business in 1977, just a few doors down from its current location. In 1984, he bought the current building to expand.

  • Comer promotes new ag initiative in Hardin County

    Agriculture Commissioner James Comer this week said he is actively working to repair bridges and reopen lines of communication to agriculture groups across the state.

  • County approves agreement to purchase LiDAR system

    Hardin Fiscal Court approved a memorandum of understanding Tuesday with the Kentucky Division of Geographic Information to purchase a light detection and ranging system at $31,545.

    The LiDAR system, which will be used for projects such as mapping, is similar to radar but uses light pulses rather than radio waves. LiDar is usually gathered by planes and collects elevation data with high resolutions and centimeter accuracies, according to county documents. The system also can cut through forest terrain. 

  • Suspect steals gloves from local gas stations

    The Elizabethtown Police Department is seeking help identifying a suspect wanted in relation to local gas station thefts.

    EPD responded Tuesday morning to the Five Star at 1046 N. Mulberry St. in reference to a theft that occurred March 2.

    According to police, the store manager reported a white man in a hoodie, appearing to be in his 40s, entered the store and proceeded down the outer aisle where he took multiple pairs of University of Louisville and University of Kentucky gloves.

  • Former public defender testifies in Sullivan hearing

    More than a month after the defense called its witnesses, former public defender Nancy Bowman-Denton testified at the continued evidentiary hearing of Russell “Rusty” Sullivan, a man convicted six years ago of murdering Ryan Arnold, his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son.

    Sullivan, 33, is claiming ineffective assistance of counsel and ultimately is seeking a new trial. During the current proceedings, the White Mills resident is represented by local attorneys Shane Young, Teresa Young and Dwight Preston.

  • Judge: Stabbing suspect competent to stand trial

    Steven Dewayne Wilson has been ruled competent to stand trial in regard to the stabbing of a Summit man.

    Judge Ken Howard Howard said Tuesday that Wilson, of Leitchfield, appears to have a better-than-average grasp of the legal system and an understanding of the nature and potential consequences of the charges and trial he faces.

    He found Wilson competent to stand trial based on the testimony of Dr. Amy Trivette, a staff psychiatrist at Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in LaGrange.

  • Hall of Fame celebrates relationship with Elizabethtown

    LEXINGTON — During their playing days, the three famous basketball players on hand Tuesday rarely sat the bench. Likewise, the two legendary coaches who accompanied them restlessly prowled the sidelines in high school gyms across Kentucky.

    But all five members of the inaugural class of the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame sat quietly during a Lexington news conference. The spotlight rested on the virtues of Elizabethtown and values of the sport.

  • Local mom weaves tale through eyes of her dog

    Naomi Coogle has bottled a portion of her family’s story through the playful voice of her dog.

    Coogle, a Hardin County resident, has penned a book titled “One Lucky Little Girl,” a brief but energetic tale told from the perspective of Katie Sue, a 4-year-old maltese/pomeranian mix. The book started as a joke for the family, but it has blossomed into a fundraising tool for Coogle’s oldest daughter, Carrie, who has severe cerebral palsy.

  • Sonora Veterans Park completion planned for May

    Sonora Veterans Park has taken shape faster than Carol Rogers ever thought it would.

    The project is nearing completion, with expectations of it being finished by the end of May.

    A grassy median across from The Cecilian Bank on East Western Avenue has been transformed since Rogers and other volunteers decided last summer to turn the donated patch into a memorial honoring veterans from the Sonora, Glendale and Upton areas who have died.

  • Beer sales total more than $300,000 in first two weeks

    The first two weeks of beer sales in Elizabethtown were massive.

    Alcoholic Beverage Control Administrator Tom Reynolds told city council members that 27 outlets armed with beer licenses sold $313,941 worth of malt beverages between Dec. 14 and Dec. 31.

    The number, which was outlined in Reynolds’ annual report, floored the Elizabethtown City Council and garnered some laughs.

    “It was party town E’town, wasn’t it?” Councilman Marty Fulkerson said.