Local News

  • State installs rumble strips on highway shoulders

    Major roadways in Hardin and LaRue counties have been outfitted with new rumble strips as part of a regional effort in more than a dozen counties.

    In Hardin County, the rumble strips have been installed along stretches of shoulder on Interstate 65 and the Western Kentucky Parkway, said Andrea Clifford, an information officer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 office in Louisville, which handled the contract.

  • Couple remembers decades of state fair

    One of the oldest photos taken during Lois and Russell Hodge’s marriage of nearly 60 years is against a moon and stars backdrop at the Kentucky State Fair.

    Lois Hodge of Glendale was three months pregnant when the couple first attended the fair together.

    The experience was one that might have scared another couple away from returning.

  • UPDATE: E'town couple killed in Lincoln Parkway wreck

    An Elizabethtown couple were killed in a wreck Sunday at the intersection of Lincoln Parkway and Roundtop Road.

    Johnie Dennis, 75, and Luevenia Dennis, 71, were pronounced dead at the scene, said Kenneth Spangenberger, Hardin County's chief deputy coroner.

    Earl Richardson, 46, of Hodgenville is charged with murder in their deaths, according to Kentucky State Police.

    Richardson was traveling south on Lincoln Parkway when he collided with the passenger side of the Dennis' 2004 Nissan Sentra, according to a news release from Post 4. 

  • Winning Elizabethtown brand chosen

    The concept that “big things come in small packages” now applies to Elizabethtown’s brand strategy.

    Online voters have chosen a new logo and slogan for the city, which features a pentagon formed out of the letter E nestled above the city’s name. The winning tagline reads “Small city. Big surprises.”

    The brand came out on top in the final week of voting against a streamlined Elizabethtown logo with the tagline “The Best of E-thing.”

  • Barbecue supports local causes

    Peyton Blair, 2, bounced on her toes as she watched Elizabethtown Lions Club representatives pile her plate with barbecue chicken, coleslaw and baked beans.

    Her mother, Dawn, of Elizabethtown, smiled down.

    “You like chicken,” Dawn said.

    Dawn and Jeff Blair brought Peyton and their son, Nick, a third-grader at Morningside Elementary School, Saturday to enjoy the club’s annual barbecue chicken fundraiser.

  • Rodeo provides passion, high risks in bull riding

    Eddie Van Huss was 13 years old when he rode his first bull. The animal’s name was Honky Tonk.

    “I had a buddy start doing it,” Van Huss said. “I figured, ‘Well, I’ll try it’ and sort of got hooked on it.”

    Van Huss fondly recalls the surge of excitement at the Southern Extreme Bull Riding Association event in Loretto. His mother, Jennifer Englund, recalls different emotions.

    “I didn’t even watch. Let’s put it that way,” she said.

  • Local artists showcased in State Theater show

    Local art brightened the walls Saturday at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown during the facility’s first art show and auction.

    Elizabethtown artist Samuel Dunlap displayed an oil painting he created of a house in a snowy landscape. He also displayed a pastel of a pony lowering its head to a rabbit in grass. That one he created as a budding 6-year-old artist. It hung next to portraits and other works he has turned out as an adult.

    “I love expressing images that other people like to see,” he said.

  • I-65 delays expected

    Delays are possible on southbound Interstate 65 in Hardin County as contract crews begin repairs along concrete sections of the road beginning tonight.

    That work requires closure of two lanes, leaving one available for southbound travel from mile-marker 103 to mile-marker 100.

    Work is scheduled to take place during the next two weeks on Sunday night through Thursday morning.

    Long delays are possible during that time, especially in the middle and late in the day. Drivers are asked to watch for stopped and slow-moving traffic.

  • 'Mr. John Deere' takes final tractor ride

    The man affectionately known to his friends as “Mr. John Deere” was sent off after his funeral Saturday in a manner fitting the way he lived his life.

    Murrel “Hopper” Tharp, 75, was known around his hometown of Hodgenville as a man who would stop whatever he was doing to help someone. He was a lover of tractors and, in particular, John Deere equipment.

  • Burglaries hit Elizabethtown’s north side