Local News

  • Salvation Army kettle donations up

    Salvation Army kettle collections are higher than usual for this time of the month as collections continue through Christmas Eve. The agency’s goal is to raise $80,000.

    Money from kettles reached $58,000, about 73 percent of the goal, by Monday, said Capt. Joseph May, Salvation Army service director for Hardin County.

    “We’re doing really well,” he said.

    The increase might have come because of a somewhat controversial practice the local organization is using for the first time, May said.

  • Radcliff swears in city council

    Surrounded by family members and rows of sparkling Christmas trees, Radcliff City Council spoke of renewal, hope and future prosperity.

    The council was sworn in for another two-year term Tuesday night following a Christmas-themed voting meeting at Colvin Community Center. The lone change from last year’s lineup was Jacob Pearman, a local pastor and former lawmaker who returned to the council after several years away. He previously served 11 years.

  • Bomb threat forces evacuation of Meade school

    A bomb threat forced an evacuation Tuesday of Meade County High School.

    Officials from the Meade County Sheriff’s Office responded to search the building while students were taken to the football field, according to WAVE-TV in Louisville. Phone calls to the Meade County Sheriff’s office were not returned Tuesday afternoon seeking additional comment.

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 troopers and officers from Louisville Metro Police Department also responded with dogs, said Norman Chaffins, spokesman for the Elizabethtown state police post.

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  • Police offer tips to prevent burglaries during holidays

    The holiday season is a peak time of year for theft, and police warn area residents to take precautions to reduce the likelihood of burglaries in their homes.

    Virgil Willoughby, spokesman for Elizabethtown Police Department, said social media users should minimize what they are posting on the Internet, especially any photos or information that indicates they are away from home.

    “Nothing’s a secret these days,” Willoughby said.

  • Central Hardin students cited for bomb threats

    Two Central Hardin High School students have been identified as suspects who allegedly made multiple bomb threats to the school this year.

    The juveniles, one male and one female, are charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, said Virgil Willoughby, spokesman for Elizabethtown Police Department. The students were identified through a witness, police said.

    Four threats were made on the school building this year, causing multiple building evacuations. No threat to student and staff safety was found, police said.

  • New traffic signal on Ring Road going active today

    The state plans to activate a new traffic signal at the intersection of Ring Road and West Park Road today.

    Chris Jessie, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 4 office in Elizabethtown, said the signal has been flashing at caution but will be fully functional as of today. Jessie said the state has had message boards up for the past two weeks alerting motorists to the start date.

    The cabinet will keep the message boards up for a few more weeks as a safety precaution, Jessie said.

  • Independent audit checks out clean

    Elizabethtown’s independent financial audit came back clean for another year.

    Brian Woosley, a certified public accountant with Stiles, Carter & Associates, told Elizabethtown City Council the city is on solid financial footing and all financial statements the firm reviewed represent a fair assessment of the city’s finances during the council’s voting meeting Monday.

    Financial highlights of the audit showed an ending cash and investment balance of $37.5 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, an increase of $5.4 million.

  • New Year's fireworks show moves venues

    Elizabethtown has moved its New Year’s fireworks celebration from the Elizabethtown Police Department to the Hardin County Justice Center.

    Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn said the move was made as a safety precaution for the fireworks company because it requested more space. Vaughn said the new venue also will provide a better vantage point to see the show in downtown.

  • Arrests made after blaze

    Two Elizabethtown residents face felony drug charges after a mobile home fire Monday morning investigators said could be linked to manufacturing methamphetamine.

    Christopher L. Humphrey, 30, and Jennifer Hazelwood, 24, were arrested Monday following interviews with investigators. They each face a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine.

    Elizabethtown Fire Department responded at 10:20 a.m. to a structure fire at 1242 Woodland Drive, Lot 8. Upon firefighters’ arrival, flames were showing, fire investigator Rusty Todd said.