Local News

  • Former soldier returns to promote suicide prevention

    Former U.S. Army Capt. Brian Kinsella ended the week on familiar soil.

    Kinsella told Col. Bruce Jenkins, Fort Knox garrison commander, that his grassroots organization, Stop Soldier Suicide, wants to build a network between soldiers and mental health providers willing to provide pro bono care for those with suicidal tendencies.

    After traveling 3,700 miles of a more than 5,000-mile cross-country motorcycle ride, Kinsella arrived Friday afternoon at Fort Knox to share the message to struggling soldiers and veterans around the country.

  • Voter registration deadline is Tuesday

    Time is running out for those who still have not registered to vote in next month’s general election.

    The registration deadline is Tuesday.

    Registration can be done by visiting the county clerk’s office at 14 Public Square.

    Those eligible to vote must be 18 before the election, a U.S. citizen and live in Hardin County to vote in local races. A photo ID is needed.

    Among the races on the ballot this year are for president of the United States, school board and city councils.

  • Battle of Elizabethtown monument set to be dedicated Saturday

    The Battle of Elizabethtown will be immortalized on Public Square this week.

    The dedication of the Civil War monument is at 10 a.m. Saturday on the square in front of Town & Country, Hardin County History Museum President Susan McCrobie said.

    Designed by Keith Monument Co., the memorial marker was purchased through donations from The Cecilian Bank and Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau, according to a news release.

  • Shooting investigation still open

    The investigation into a Meade County accidental shooting that resulted in the death of a Vine Grove teen has not been completed as investigators wait to conduct a final interview, according to the Meade County Sheriff’s Office.

    Sheriff Butch Kerrick said Friday deputies wanted to complete a final oral interview with Louis Dercqu, 18, of Radcliff.

    According to law enforcement, Dercqu accidentally shot Shelby Langley, 19, while the two were cleaning guns Aug. 30 at a Meade County residence.

  • Farm safety devices lead to decrease in agriculture fatalities statewide

    Hardin County Extension Agent Matt Adams said Kentucky has seen a decline in agriculture and farm-related fatalities with the expansion of seat belts and rollover safety devices on farm equipment.

    According to data Adams obtained from the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, the state recorded 12 agriculture-related fatalities in 2010 and nine in 2009. Statistics for 2011 were not available, he said.

  • Vets come together to place bricks, pavers

    Leon Chambers stared at a row of pavers in front of him on a sun-kissed Thursday morning.

    Visibly shaken, he rubbed his hand over one of the blocks, which happened to hold his name and a small description of his military service. Tears began to well as the weight of the surprise hit him.

    “I didn’t know this was going to be here,” he said.

    Rik Hawkins, a member of the Hardin County Veterans Tribute committee, smiled when informed of Chambers’ reaction and said he is humbled to be part of such a moving memorial.

  • Hendren headed to D.C. on Honor Flight

    Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives served by East Kentucky Power Cooperative have joined the Bluegrass Chapter of the Honor Flight Network to sponsor an Honor Flight for World War II veterans on Saturday.

    This marks the second year Nolin and Touchstone Energy have sponsored an honor flight.

  • Farm community mourns loss of Pat Owsley

    Rocked by the death Wednesday of one of its members, the Hardin County farming community has rallied around a Cecilia family.

    Those who worked and lived alongside Pat Owsley described him as a selfless and devoted family man who loved God, University of Kentucky athletics and farm life.

    Kevin Mobley, Owsley’s cousin, farmed with him and characterized him as an eternal optimist.

  • Trooper injured during DUI arrest

    A Kentucky State Police Post 4 trooper was injured Wednesday night while attempting to arrest a Bardstown man for driving under the influence.

    Trooper Jonathan Downs pulled over Jason E. Aaron, 26, around 7:30 p.m. near the 18-mile marker of Blue Grass Parkway after the driver passed him, police said.

    Police said Aaron was going 106 mph in a 70 mph speed zone, according to a Post 4 news release.

    Upon stopping the vehicle, Downs suspected Aaron was under the influence of alcohol, according to the release.

  • Johnston nominated for leadership award

    Hardin County Schools Superintendent Nannette Johnston recently received national recognition for district leadership.

    Johnston is one of 25 nominees in the United States for the 2013 American Association of School Administrators Women in School Leadership Award. Johnston was nominated for the award by representatives of the Green River Regional Education Cooperative.