Local News

  • It's fair time in Hardin County

    Every year, tens of thousands of people gather at the fairgrounds for entertainment, competition and socialization at the Hardin County Community Fair and Horse Show.

    And despite recent record high temperatures, this year is expected to be no different.

    “The weather’s all our biggest hope,” said T.R. Smallwood, vice president of the county fair. “I think the fair kind of takes care of itself. They show up anyway.”

    President Larry Jaggers expects between 18,000 and 20,000 visitors, matching its regular attendance numbers.

  • Fort Knox training adapts to dry spell

    Landmark News Service

    All across the United States, hot and dry conditions have forced many to adjust outdoor activity, especially when dealing with firearms and other combustibles.

    Training on the ranges at Fort Knox is no exception.

    Many federal entities from around the nation along with units from Fort Knox frequently use the installation’s ranges throughout the year for instruction, but weather conditions occasionally alter mission objectives.

  • A fair-goer's guide to the week's events

    As the county fair approaches and area residents make plans to attend, one glance at the schedule of events shows there is a lot from which to choose. So if you’re wanting to mark your calendars with the best events for you, here’s a guide to some highlights you may not want to miss.


    As the fair is a family- oriented event, just about everything there is kid-friendly, but there are some events and features that are specifically geared toward the little ones.

  • No wilting in White Mills

    Despite temperatures that reached beyond 100 degrees, residents of White Mills still came out to support their community Friday and Saturday during White Mills Days.

    This year’s festival was rearranged to adapt to the heat, with crafts, games and food set up under large, shady trees on the grounds of White Mills Christian Camp.

    The tents usually are more spread out, said Tim Dennis, president of White Mills Civic League. However, they wanted to make people as comfortable as possible.

    “It’s just oppressively hot,” he said.

  • New Goodwill store up and running

    Goodwill Industries of Kentucky opened its second donation and retail center June 29 at 3032 Ring Road in Elizabethtown.

    The 10,000-square foot facility created nine new jobs for workers with disabilities or other disadvantages, in accordance with Goodwill’s mission to help people who face barriers to employment to obtain and maintain a job.

  • Vine Grove passes 'no frills' budget

    Vine Grove City Council members passed a city budget Thursday night for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

    The vote took place at a special meeting so the budget could be adopted as soon as possible.

    The fiscal year began last Sunday and ends June 30, 2013.

    The vote followed a public meeting that allowed interested residents to speak about the budget. None attended.

    The estimated revenue of the budget is $7.6 million and spending is $6.7 million. The difference of about $900,000 is planned to go into rainy day savings.

  • N-E ad, graphics teams honored in statewide competition

    The advertising and graphic arts departments at The News-Enterprise took home 46 awards at the recent

    Kentucky Press Association Advertising Excellence contest.

    N-E staffers captured 15 of the 23 categories in which ads were entered. The N-E also took home 11 second-place awards, 12 thirds and eight honorable mentions.

    In four categories — automotive, real estate, multiple advertiser/sig page and creative use of the newspaper/newspaper promotion — the newspaper swept the awards.

  • John Hardin FFA receives state recognition

    All that glitters is indeed gold for the Future Farmers of America at John Hardin High School.

    The FFA chapter at John Hardin received a Gold Emblem rating from the state FFA Association and was named a National FFA Chapter Award Finalist at the recent state convention.

  • Scenes from Hardin County Farmers Market

    The Hardin County Farmers Market was in full swing Saturday morning as customers came looking for fresh, local produce. The market officially opens at 7 a.m. and shoppers were arriving at 6:30 waiting for vendors to set up. A large array of products were available despite the heat and dry weather affecting the region.

  • KSP searches for bank robbery suspect

    A man wearing a camouflage mask and armed with a handgun robbed a LaRue County bank during lunch hour Friday.

    KSP Post 4 spokesman Norman Chaffins said the robbery at Bank of Buffalo on Ky. 61 was captured on video surveillance. The armed suspect can be seen entering and leaving the bank in less than a minute, exiting through a rear door, he said.

    KSP in Elizabethtown received a call at 12:51 p.m. from LaRue County Dispatch about a robbery at the bank. According to police, the suspect left with “an undetermined amount of cash.”