Local News

  • Vietnam Memorial display dedicated at Nature Park

    Marshall Crutcher and his wife, Sandra, grew emotional as their hands brushed across the black monolith at the Elizabethtown Nature Park — the V-shaped slab laced with the names of more than 58,000 Americans who gave their lives during the Vietnam War.

    The Flaherty couple lost four friends from the Vine Grove area in the conflict, which spanned from the 1950s into the 1970s with most direct U.S. involvement falling in the 1960s and ’70s.

  • Motion filed to dismiss sex case against former KSP trooper

    BRANDENBURG — A motion for dismissal of an indictment has been filed in a sex case against a former state police trooper.

    Kenton Smith, attorney for former Kentucky State Police trooper Stratford Young, filed the motion Thursday in Meade Circuit Court in Brandenburg.

    Young is charged with two counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree rape.

    According to Young’s indictment, the offenses with a then-15-year-old girl occurred “on or about May 22, 2013, through July 31, 2013.”

  • Memorial Day ceremony still on, but parade is gone

    The annual Memorial Day ceremonies in Elizabethtown will be missing a staple of the event this year: the parade.

    Chairman George Larsen with American Legion Post 113 said poor attendance along the parade route and diminishing participation in the parade forced the hand of the organization to end it.

    “We regret that it happened because we have had it for so many years,” he said. “It was just a lot more work than the results. Our crowd has been down for the last several years.”

  • Radcliff Plaza hard hit by storm

    An early morning storm brought heavy rains and high winds shortly before dawn today and left behind scattered damage across Hardin County.

    One of the hardest hit areas was the Radcliff Plaza shopping center off North Dixie Boulevard immediately north of the Wilson Road overpass. Businesses on the north end of the shopping center suffered serious damage although the movie theater, Dollar General and other nearby retailers were mostly spared.

  • Police chase leads to drug arrest

    In trying to solve a rash of burglaries and vehicle break-ins, Elizabeth­town police ended up Wednesday morning with a drug arrest.

    An EPD officer was on patrol near North Miles Street and St. James Catholic Church after recent reports of burglaries and vehicle break-ins. When police saw Kyle Schwanz, 20, of the 300 block of Churchill Court walking on North Miles, emergency lights were turned on to make contact with Schwanz, who fled on foot.

  • E'town man receives fourth DUI in less than 4 years

    An Elizabethtown man was arrested early Tuesday morning for driving under the influence on South Dixie Boulevard — his fourth DUI arrest since October 2010.

    Jerry T. Williams, 54, of the 400 block of Kentucky Drive, was arrested at 12:57 a.m. He had a 5-year-old girl in the backseat, who was not in a child restraint or booster seat, police said.

    A fourth DUI is a Class D felony offense, punishable by up to five years in prison, if convicted.

    This is the second arrest in less than two weeks of a Hardin County resident receiving a fourth DUI.

  • Pedestrian struck while crossing U.S. 31W in Radcliff

    A man attempting to cross U.S. 31W in Radcliff was injured late Friday night when he was struck by a vehicle operated by a man under the influence of alcohol.

    Michael Stewart, 35, of Rad­cliff, was flown to University Hospital in Louisville after sustaining severe, “multiple whole-body injuries,” according to a police report. He is listed in stable condition at the hospital.

  • BBQ, Blues & Bikes thundering back to E'town

    The BBQ, Blues & Bikes Festival returns to downtown Elizabethtown for the second time Saturday, bringing hogs of different shades and shapes.

    The sprawling event will feature a multitude of motorcycles taking over the historic area as nine blues acts will filter onto two stages throughout the day. The event is slated from noon to 10 p.m. Admission is free.

  • 3/1 Brigade inactivated at colors casing ceremony

    Standing at attention on Brooks Field on Fort Knox, 1,200 soldiers let their flags fly one last time as they were consigned to history Wednesday morning.

    The colors casing ceremony, which signified the third inactivation and change of command for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, was an emotional one for members of the unit. The ceremony marked the final time they would formally stand with fellow members of their battalion elements, who toured alongside them for up to nine months overseas.

  • HMH restructuring impacts some jobs

    Hardin Memorial Health President and CEO Dennis Johnson said the hospital is undergoing a restructuring, leading to cuts to some employees’ hours and the elimination of specific positions.

    He said the health system has no intentions of concentrated layoffs similar to what has occurred at KentuckyOne Health.

    Directly responding to an open records request filed by The News-Enterprise, Johnson told the HMH Board of Trustees on Wednesday that layoffs are not occurring in the health system and there are no intentions to issue a layoff in the future.