Local News

  • Straight-line winds pound Rineyville area

    Michelle Winchell and her family were watching the lightning storm on their back porch around 10 p.m. Wednesday when suddenly the wind picked up, trees bent nearly in half and rain began pouring in sheets.

    In a matter of seconds, the weather in Rineyville escalated from a light misting to a heavy storm, Winchell said, and the family rushed inside to seek shelter as the storm blew debris into their backyard.

    “It happened instantly,” Winchell said Thursday. “You always think you’re going to hear it before it happens, but we didn’t.”

  • EF2 tornado damages property near Hodgenville

    Sheets of distorted metal were strewn across green fields Thursday morning along Slack Road near Hodgenville. The wreckage of outbuildings rested in heaps on the ground. Road crews in bright yellow vests removed limbs from the pavement.

    “I was lucky,” said Hodgenville resident Lennie Frye Sr. as he stood in what once was his bedroom at 2057 Slack Road.

    Frye said, he went upstairs to his room after 10 p.m. Wednesday to retrieve his dog. He looked through his window and saw what appeared to be a tornado approaching.

  • Transit on the table

    Planning officials proposed a public transportation system for Hardin County that would cost nearly $600,000 a year to operate with built-in flexibility to lower costs.

    Alison Townsend, project manager for The Corradino Group, said the system’s premise consists of a fixed-route connector running down U.S. 31W connecting Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Fort Knox, and two 12-mile circulators in Elizabethtown and Radcliff.

  • Dive team searches pond near site where officer was killed

    Divers from Louisville Metro Police searched a pond Thursday near the spot on the Blue Grass Parkway where Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis was shot and killed last month.

    Just before 1:30 p.m., police officers following up on a lead used K9 units to search property in the area and the dogs led them to a pond, said Master Sgt. Norman Chaffins, a spokesman for Kentucky State Police Post 4.

    The Louisville Metro Dive Team offered to search the pond for evidence.

  • Body found near I-65 identified as Nashville resident

    A woman found dead in grass on the shoulder of Interstate 65 last month has been identified, and her husband has been charged with criminal homicide in her death.

    The body of Madiha E. Roshdy, 27, remained unidentified until this week. The Egyptian national was living in Nashville and was reported missing June 20 to Metro Nashville Police Department by a friend after her family in Egypt became concerned, according to a news release from Nashville police.

    A mowing crew discovered the body May 29 next to I-65 in northern Hardin County.

  • Three arrested on meth-related charges

    Two Elizabethtown residents and a Cecilia man were arrested Wednesday after narcotics investigators found two meth labs near a wood line at a Hawkins Drive trailer park.

    Rebeka D. Thomas, 37, and Joseph Sallee, 35, both of Elizabethtown, and Nicholas A. Powers, 25, each face charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Powers also is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

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  • Storm after dark leaves damage locally

    First light this morning gave local residents and authorities a better look at the impact of the Wednesday's bedtime severe storms.

    As the front passed through the area between 10:30 and 11 p.m., authorities received immediate reports of uprooted trees, blocked roads and damage along the Hardin-LaRue county line off Ky. 210. Damage occurred along Carter Brothers Road and National Weather Service officials are expected to inspect the area today.

  • NAACP considers Supreme Court decision

    Local NAACP leaders join national figures in voicing their opinions on part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 being struck down Tuesday by the U.S. Supreme Court.

    National NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous called the ruling an outrage and said the Justice Department has lost its most effective tool to prevent voter disenfranchisement. The high court’s 5-4 decision strikes down a formula used to determine, based on a history of discrimination, if states and localities need federal approval before changing voting laws.

  • E’town police offer new class for teens

    The 10-year-old Belgian malinois excitedly led his handler, Officer Chris Bland, counterclockwise around the room before standing on his hind legs to sniff a CD player. After the dog sat and barked, Bland opened the disc tray to remove the fabric casting the drug scent.