Local News

  • Former teacher pleads not guilty in sexting case

    A former J.T. Alton Middle School teacher facing 30 felony charges remains behind bars in lieu of a $100,000 cash after a Hardin Circuit Court judge denied a motion to reduce bond.

    Anthony D. Durrant, 46, of Rineyville, pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon to allegations he exchanged sexually explicit text messages and photographs with a female student who is younger than 16 years old.

  • Overturned truck blocks highway, injures driver, spills milk

    An overturned semi truck shut down eastbound lanes for several hours Tuesday afternoon on Western Kentucky Parkway near Elizabethtown and dumped half-and-half cream into a creek.

    The semi was traveling east on the parkway near mile-marker 134 and approaching a bridge over Valley Creek when it struck a guard rail in the left lane, said Chris Jessie, spokesman for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 4 in Elizabethtown.

    The truck then swung into the right lane and struck the opposite guard rail before coming to a rest on its side across the bridge, he said.

  • Truck overturns, blocking WK Parkway

    Eastbound traffic on the Western Kentucky Parkway is blocked today because of an overturned tractor trailer.

    The female driver was injured and needed assistance to get out of the vehicle, which is owned by Summitt Trucking. She was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital by Hardin County EMS.

    The single-vehicle crash occurred just before 1 p.m. on an overpass above Valley Creek on the west side of Elizabethtown near mile marker 134.

  • E'town reviews mutual aid agreement

    Elizabethtown officials reviewed a mutual aid agreement with local police departments in Radcliff, Vine Grove and West Point; Hardin County Sheriff’s Office; and Kentucky State Police earlier this week.

    Police Chief Tracy Schiller said the agreement formalizes a process the departments have adhered to in a more informal manner for years, ensuring the agencies are available to one another when and if an emergency strikes or a situation arises endangering the public's welfare and safety.

  • Hardin Water District No. 2 will tap Louisville for supplemental supply

    In the shadow of a million-gallon water tank under construction off Springfield Road, Hardin County Water District No. 2 entered a partnership Tuesday afternoon with Louisville Water.

    The water-purchase agreement is essential for the district to satisfy a growing community, Water District Chairman Mike Bell said at the ceremonial signing.

    “Teaming with you, we’re going to meet those needs and those demands,” he said.

  • David Lee Murphy to perform at Summer Blast

    Country music is dominating Hardin County this summer.

    Radcliff has landed country musician David Lee Murphy to headline its Summer Blast concert on June 29. Murphy announced the stop as part of his summer tour on his official website.

    Known for hits like “Dust on the Bottle” and “Party Crowd,” Murphy’s performance will follow an appearance by Trace Adkins at Fort Knox. Tracy Lawrence also has been scheduled to headline Elizabethtown’s Heartland Festival in late August.

  • Effort could form friends of library group

    Jim Weise is trying to help a friend in need: the Hardin County Public Library.

    “If we’re not friends of the library, our libraries are going to suffer,” he said.

    Weise, a retired lawyer and member of the Elizabethtown Lions Club, is among a group contacted by library director Rene Hutcheson to look for input on ways to improve the library system.

    Weise remembered being part of a friends of the library group years ago.

  • Police: Man accelerated through KSP roadblock

    A Radcliff man was arrested Monday morning after state troopers say he sped through a traffic safety checkpoint on Ky. 313 without stopping and nearly struck several officers with his vehicle.

    Drew M. McCormick, 23, faces three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, second-degree criminal mischief, driving under the influence, license to be in possession, reckless driving, resisting arrest, no insurance and menacing.

  • Woodford Reserve finds a spot on post

    The Saber & Quill is introducing its Woodford Reserve Room with a grand opening celebration Wednesday.

    Post residents and the community at large are invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which begins at 4 p.m. Formerly the Tanker's Lounge, the room will be branded in honor of a superior Kentucky bourbon.

  • Rehabbing Newberry's

    Two downtown Elizabethtown properties that cost $85,000 to purchase will require more money to rehab.

    Heath Seymour, executive director of the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council, said he believes the investment would prove worthwhile because it will produce a product the city could lease, rent or sell at a competitive price.