Local News

  • Lincoln birthplace generates $9M in visitor spending

    The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park continues to be an economic driver for LaRue County and its surrounding communities.

    A new National Park Service report shows the birthplace attracted more than 169,000 visitors in 2012 who spent more than $9 million in the area. This economic impact directly supported 137 local jobs, according to the report.

  • Rineyville man arrested on porn charges involving minors

    Authorities brought charges against a Rineyville resident after police said they found more than 1,000 images of child sexual exploitation connected to his Internet address.
    Jessie Speed III, who once lived on College Street Road in Elizabethtown, was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with 40 felony counts of distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor and possession/viewing matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.
    Both charges are Class D felonies punishable by up to five years in prison.

  • Converted shipping containers explored as housing in Habitat project

    The latest project for Hardin County Habitat Home Repair is a life-changing one for a local resident, but it could produce an innovative way to bring affordable housing to people across the state.
    The new home for Upton resident Joann Priddy is a pilot project by the state Habitat organization for the use of converted shipping containers as housing.
    Hardin County Habitat volunteers likely will begin laying the foundation for the house in April, while a container will be outfitted as a residence to place on the foundation.

  • Fort Knox welcomes first female commander

    Observers gathered Thursday morning in Waybur Theater at Fort Knox watched a slice of history unfold as the U.S. Army introduced the post’s first female commander in its nearly 100 years of operation.

    Brig. Gen. Peggy C. Combs, a 28-year Army veteran, took the reins of U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox from Maj. Gen. Jeff Smith during a change of command ceremony rich in symbolism and heritage but infused with a new twist.

  • Patriot Parkway nearing completion

    The long-awaited conclusion of Patriot Parkway’s construction between Elizabethtown and Radcliff should arrive by summer, although state officials hope to have most of the road open to motorists by spring.
    Chris Jessie, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 4 office in Elizabethtown, said the project is on pace to meet those expectations.

  • Farm Safety Symposium tonight at ECTC

    Safety on the road is everyone’s job, especially when a vehicle involved is a farm implement. That is the message tonight at the 21st annual Farm Safety Symposium and Louis Crosier Lecture at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    The event, themed “Share the Road: Saving Lives by Regarding Lights,” is at 7 p.m. at the Regional Post-Secondary Education Center Auditorium.

  • Special cat adoption event helps decrease population

    When the Hardin County Animal Shelter starts to overcrowd, officials try to get a handle on the problem before it gets out of hand.

    In order to help control overpopulation, the shelter is hosting a cat adoption event from noon to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the facility on Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown.

    “We’re getting full with cats and we’re trying to be proactive,” Animal Control Director Jerry Foley said. “We try to have regularly scheduled events with price breaks to adopt the animals.”

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  • E'town woman arrested for assault after stabbing

    An Elizabethtown woman wanted for writing cold checks in Meade County was arrested early Thursday morning after she was involved in an altercation with a man.

    Vanessa Lynn Shanks, 37, was involved in an argument with a man around 1 a.m. Thursday and the disagreement turned physical, according to an arrest citation. Shanks stabbed the man twice in his side with a pocket knife and bit the man on the left forearm, according to police.

    The citation also says Shanks, who lives in the 100 block of Rippling Creek Place, admitted to stabbing the man.