Local News

  • 233rd headed to Georgia

    After 16 years at Fort Knox, the 233rd Transportation Company is headed south.

    The heavy truck company cased its colors Monday during a ceremony at Natcher Physical Fitness Center on post and is transitioning to Fort Stewart, Ga., to better accommodate training needs of the unit and transportation needs of the three heavy brigade combat teams there. The relocation will be complete by Oct. 16.

    The move also brings the platoons together as a more complete company, said Capt. Robin Wharton, company commander.

  • Judge lowers bond for former West Point man

    A Hardin County judge lowered the bond status Monday of a former West Point man facing 19 sex-related charges involving minors.

    Jimmie Sturgill, 65, of Catlettsburg originally was indicted in June on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and 16 counts of unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities.

    Sturgill initially was arrested last June on one count of first-degree sexual abuse, and until Thursday, he was released on a partially secured bond.

  • BBB to educate public about scams

    The Lincoln Trail Area Better Business Bureau hosts its first Accredited Business Fall Expo on Friday.

    The event marks the bureau’s 100th anniversary and is aimed at educating area residents about scams and identity theft.

    The bureau’s mission is to help consumers find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. The local office is one of 115 independent bureau organizations across the United States and Canada.

    About 100 local accredited businesses are expected to show their products and services at the open-door expo.

  • E'town purchases right-of-way property from Towne Mall

    Elizabethtown officials on Monday approved a land purchase freeing up extension of Towne Drive after a dispute with Towne Mall delayed the project.

    Elizabethtown plans to purchase a sliver of land from Towne Mall LLC for right-of-way of Towne Drive for $4,320.

  • Kuwait to Radcliff connection

    During a recent trip to Kuwait, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes met a U.S. Army sergeant from Radcliff and agreed to make a delivery to his wife.

    To fulfill that commitment, she detoured from a visit Monday at Fort Knox to see Veronica Oden at the barber shop she operates in Radcliff.

  • Suspect in fatal crash has long criminal record

    A Vine Grove man accused of leading a Hodgenville police officer on a pursuit that left him fatally injured has a criminal history in Hardin County dating back to 2001.

    Jason L. Avis, 29, is charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police and first-degree wanton endangerment after allegedly leading Hodgenville Officer Mark A. Taulbee, 43, on a pursuit Sunday morning on Ky. 210. During the chase, Taulbee lost control of his vehicle and later died from his injuries.

  • North, Central bands win titles

    North Hardin and Central Hardin brought home first-place honors from weekend marching band competitions.

    North Hardin was named grand champion and first place in Class AAAAA at the South Central Kentucky Marching Band Classic at Glasgow High School. The Trojan band also received awards for best guard, outstanding music and outstanding visual performance.

    John Hardin High School finished fourth in the Glasgow contest while Elizabethtown High’s band was second place in Class AAA and received top honors as best guard in AAA.

  • Bluegrass festival to bring families together

    Organizers of the Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival are planning on 13 being a lucky number.

    The 13th annual festival begins at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at Optimist Park on Knox Avenue. It continues at 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday and ends at about 10:30 p.m. each night.

    One of the organizers, Ann Ewart, said there are more bands than ever at this year’s festival.

    Camp space reservations mirror typical years so far, she said, which indicates a strong turnout.

    “It’s a lucky 13,” she said. “We believe in 13.”

  • Flaherty native meets former president

    Some members of the military don’t get to meet a United States president until they’re honored for a prestigious distinction.

    Scott Sanders, who grew up in Flaherty, encountered President George W. Bush by accident Friday.

    Sanders was one of a couple of people sent on Tuesday to the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., from Fort Benning, Ga., the post where he has a civil service job repairing artillery or the U.S. Department of Defense.

  • A lesson in service

    Until Saturday morning, Aaliyah McCray, a senior at John Hardin High School, never had set foot inside the Goodwill on North Dixie Avenue in Elizabethtown.

    As she sorted through clothes checking for stains or odors, McCray said she never realized how much hard work goes into the donation center.

    “I wanted to see how it works,” she said about her decision to volunteer at the nonprofit agency. “I didn’t it know it takes this much work.”