Local News

  • True meaning of Memorial Day hits home for Yates family

    Memorial Day has taken on an entirely different meaning in the Rineyville home of David and Kathy Yates since that near midnight knock on the door almost three years ago.

    “We knew it wasn’t good news,” Kathy said.

    It wasn’t.

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  • KSP: Officer’s death was planned

    The fatal shooting of a Bardstown Police officer early Saturday morning was premeditated murder, a spokesman for Kentucky State Police said Sunday at a news conference in Elizabethtown.

    Norman Chaffins, a spokesman for the Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown, said at a news conference Sunday afternoon the shooting of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis was planned. He described it as an ambush with a shotgun.

    “Someone planned this,” Chaffins said “Someone planned to shoot somebody … at that location at that time.”

  • Family aids tornado victims in Oklahoma

    One Elizabethtown family is celebrating this Memorial Day by driving 800 miles to Moore, Okla., to assist with tornado recovery efforts there.

    Katana Whitaker, an incoming junior at John Hardin High School, was watching footage after school last Monday of the devastation in what was her hometown from third to seventh grades. Her mother, Kimberly, watched the news coverage in another room.

  • Faces & Places - Pomp & Circumstance
  • BBQ, BLUES & BIKES: Thousands rumble, revel

    An organizer of BBQ, Blues & Bikes said the event was lightning in a bottle, but downtown Elizabethtown sounded more like thunder Saturday afternoon.

    Engines rumbled on motorcycles that lined the streets and wove slowly through the thick crowd.

    The sounds mingled with sultry and up-tempo tunes from a music tent and the smell of slow-cooked meat and other treats from  food vendors.

    Rik Hawkins, one of the organizers, said the event more than exceeded planners’ expectations.

  • Farmers hopeful despite last year's drought

    Hot and dry conditions last year left Hardin County farmers with stunted, shriveled ears of corn that made for the worst season most of them have experienced.

    For Bob Wade Jr., the difference water makes was visible.

    He pulled a plump ear of corn out of a bag during Farm-City Day in November to show visitors the difference the extra water made for the 15 percent of his crop that was irrigated last summer. He then produced an ear with small, dented kernels that made up some of the fields that did not have that advantage.

  • Local police to run for Special Olympics

    Rain or shine, local police will run across the county Tuesday as part of the annual Special Olympics’ Torch Run.

    Torch Runs have raised money for Kentucky’s Special Olympics for nearly 30 years. A run has been held locally for 22 years, said Darrell Brangers, dispatch supervisor at Elizabethtown Police Department and coordinator of the Hardin County Torch Run.

    As many as 25 officers have run in the past, he said, but Brangers remembers making EPD’s 8-mile run with as few as four.

  • Artifacts bring collectors together

    Don West, of Bumpus Mills, Tenn., found his first American Indian arrow head as an 11-year-old tilling his parents’ garden in Christian County.

    After that, the history of that culture fascinated him. That love grew throughout his life and contributed to the accumulation of an extensive collection of other arrow heads, bone needles and bone banners.

    Many of the collectors at the Green River Archaeological Society’s annual artifact show Saturday had similar stories.

  • Rineyville residents injured on I-65

    Police say an illegal U-turn began a chain of events Saturday that resulted in the injury of two Rineyville residents.

    Patsy Ochsenbein, 63, of Elizabethtown was southbound in the left lane on Interstate-65 in a 2010 Ford SUV at about 2:13 p.m. when she said she began to have chest pains. She was five miles south of Elizabethtown and decided to take an illegal U-turn to head back to Elizabethtown, according to Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement.