Local News

  • Vine Grove police officer files to run for mayor

    Although he’s never run for public office, Joe Walker says he’s been a public servant all his adult life.

    The 54-year-old U.S. Army combat veteran plans to retire from the Vine Grove Police Department at the end of this year and has decided to run for mayor.

  • John Hardin FFA to plant garden at Magnolia Farms

    The John Hardin High School FFA chapter is adding some greenery to Hardin County’s first “green” neighborhood.

    The FFA chapter is planting and tending an organic garden at the Magnolia Farms Land Development, a new subdivision in Elizabethtown near Severns Valley Baptist Church. The subdivision is planned to be an eco-friendly neighborhood, and developer Will Harris wanted an organic garden to be one of the amenities of the location.

  • Rineyville man sentenced to 10 years for sexual abuse

    A Rineyville man who accepted a plea deal in November on a sexual abuse charge was formally sentenced Tuesday afternoon in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Loren K. Diehlman, 44, pled guilty to first-degree sexual abuse as well as persistent felony offense. He was sentenced to 10 years and could be eligible for parole in two years if a sex offender treatment program is completed. He also will be monitored for five years and have to enter the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry for 20 years following his release.

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  • Court appearance rescheduled for mother charged with selling baby


    Leeanna Brown, who is facing a charge of selling or purchasing a child for adoption, appeared Tuesday afternoon in Hardin Circuit Court on a revocation hearing for probation.

    The hearing, set for Feb. 11, is to determine whether Brown violated her probation when she was charged with attempting to sell her days-old baby, which is a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison if found guilty.

    A pretrial conference for Brown in the case also was rescheduled to Feb. 11.

    Brown, 24, was indicted Dec. 5.

  • Hardin County: 5 years removed from frozen

    Do you remember what life was like around Hardin County five years ago this week?

    It started with a weather forecast calling for a wintry blast of up to five inches of snow, but turned into a paralyzing storm that dropped about three inches of ice onto anything in its path. In its wake, the storm blanketed roads in sheets of ice, dragged down power lines and snapped once-sturdy tree branches from Sonora to Vine Grove.

  • Utilities, responders adapted in storm's aftermath

    Five years after an ice storm snapped power lines in two and left thousands without electricity or water, Hardin County is still learning and adapting, readying itself for the possibility of another disaster.

  • E'town to take up water rate ordinance

    Elizabethtown City Council is expected to hear first reading of an ordinance next week that would divide rate increases for its customers across several years once the system is assumed by Hardin County Water District No. 2.

    A majority of the council backed a plan to stagger the increases, although Councilman Bill Bennett asked the city to consider negotiating with the district to lower its rates considering it is gaining thousands of new customers through the merger.

  • DuPlessis to challenge veteran Democrat for 25th District seat

    With a message of change and an emphasis on jobs, Jim DuPlessis hopes to unseat a senior member of the state House of Representatives this fall.

    DuPlessis, who was a student at the University of Kentucky when Jimmie Lee first won the 25th District House seat in 1992, filed as a Republican candidate Monday in Frankfort. He hopes to be part of a GOP movement to “flip the House,” meaning Republicans would capture a majority of the seats.

  • State unveils WorkSmart initiative

    State government officials are hoping that easing the process of learning about Kentucky’s workforce will attract new business to the commonwealth.

    A new initiative called WorkSmart Kentucky was introduced Monday at a news conference in Frankfort by Gov. Steve Beshear and leaders of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and the cabinets for Economic Development, Education and Workforce Development and Labor.