Local News

  • E'town to approve tennis court proposal

    Elizabethtown City Council on Monday is expected to choose a proposal that will further its promise to place new tennis courts at Freeman Lake Park.

    Mayor Tim Walker on Thursday said the proposal expected to be approved will set a cap on the project not to exceed $1.3 million for design and construction of the courts. The company chosen will put together a team to complete the design and build the facilities, Walker said, an approach unusual for the city as it usually bids out design and construction as separate projects.

  • More than $20,000 worth of gear stolen from Rineyville Fire Department

    The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of more than $20,000 worth of gear from Rineyville Fire Department Station 1, RFD Chief Shane Crutcher said.

    Officials noticed the gear was missing Wednesday. Crutcher said the missing items include a set of turnout gear, a hand-held radio, a thermal imaging camera and a laptop computer.

    “They took basically everything you need to be a well-equipped (firefighter),” Crutcher said.

  • Buggeland pleads guilty to killing parents

    Before entering a guilty but mentally ill plea Thursday, Erik Buggeland asked his attorney where his parents are buried.

    On Sept. 20, 2010, after an argument with his father, the 36-year-old repeatedly struck his parents, Terje and Margaret Buggeland, with a dumbbell at their Shepherdsville Road home in Elizabethtown, Detective Jonathon Vaughn of Kentucky State Police said.

    Terje Buggeland also was stabbed, Vaughn said.

    When Circuit Judge Ken Howard asked if Vaughn’s summary of his actions was accurate, Buggeland agreed it was.

  • Buggeland pleads guilty to double murder

    Erik Buggeland, charged in the killings of his parents at their Shepherdsville Road home on Sept. 20, 2010, pleaded guilty Thursday morning to the charges, claiming he is mentally ill.

    Buggeland will be sentenced Jan. 24. The Commonwealth has offered a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for 20 years to the defense. Circuit Judge Ken Howard could reject the plea agreement before sentencing, but the judge said that happens "infrequently."

  • Teen survived nearly fatal medical condition

    At a time when North Hardin High School student Brittany Page should have been looking forward to her junior year, she was struggling for her life.

    The Radcliff student was 17 last year when she experienced a brain aneurysm.

    Terrie, Brittany’s mother, recalled the bleak prognosis from physicians.

    “They weren’t too encouraging,” Terrie said.

    The date the family will remember is Sept. 25, 2010.

  • Community event to embrace homeless

    An Elizabethtown resident is drawing on her faith and experience to stage a community event for all area residents, especially those who don’t have a home to go to during Christmas.

    Lisa Weaver and her husband began having gatherings with family, friends and music three years ago in their Stephensburg home.

    Weaver said the couple wanted to host a similar event when they downsized and moved to Elizabethtown.

    “Before I knew it, it started to get bigger,” she said.

  • Another stone in the wall
  • Chamber gets festive

    The Hardin County Chamber of Commerce raided Santa’s reserves at the North Pole this week.

    Celebrating the holiday season at its December luncheon, the chamber handed out dozens of gifts to visitors and offered a smorgasbord of food from local businesses and organizations, the proceeds of which will help needy families have a special Christmas of their own.

  • Rineyville residents could see lower insurance rates

    Residents in Rineyville may experience a drop in their insurance rates after its fire department successfully lowered its ISO rating.

    An ISO rating is a measure of the quality of service a fire department provides to its area and plays a role in insurance companies’ decision-making processes when setting rates. The lower the rating, the better, said Byron Smith, assistant chief at the Rineyville Fire Department.

    The volunteer department lowered its rating from 7/9 to 5/8b, which Chief Shane Crutcher called a “substantial” drop.

  • Salvation Army bell ringers need late push to meet goal

    For the Salvation Army Bell Ringer program to meet its goal of $58,000, it will take more volunteers and more donations before the campaign ends Dec. 24.

    “We are still taking volunteers,’’ said local director Marie Inmon. “We are only about halfway to our goal and we only have about a week and a half left.’’

    After $57,000 was donated in the Salvation Army’s red kettles last year, the agency pushed the goal to $58,000 this year. It will take a late rush to reach the goal now, Inmon said.