Local News

  • Warm weather could mean early corn planting

    Area farmers might take advantage of unseasonably warm weather to plant corn early this spring, depending on potential rainfall over the next several days.

    Matt Adams, a Hardin County extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, said farmers in the county could begin planting corn this week or by the second week of April if rain predicted for today and later this week does not make soil too wet and temperatures do not dip too low next month. The traditional earliest time for planting is between April 10 and April 15.

  • Area ag groups donate to farms hurt by tornado

    Hardin County agriculturalists want to help their tornado-stricken brethren in West Liberty.

    Several local agricultural groups and farmers have donated money and supplies to help farmers in Morgan County rebuild fences.

    West Liberty, a largely rural area, had many farmers affected by a March 2 tornado, said Matt Adams, a Hardin County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources.

    “A lot of farmers in that area lost everything they had, fences and buildings and everything in just a matter of seconds,” he said.

  • E'town reveals more than $11 million in anticipated sewer work

    Elizabethtown officials divulged plans Monday to invest roughly $11 million in new sewer work in the city where sanitary sewer overflows are prevalent.

    The plan devised by HDR Engineers targets the Poplar Drive, Valley Drive, Hawkins Drive and Harvard Drive areas and offers projects officials believe will ease overflows and upgrade a system that has eroded.

    In making the improvements, the city must create solutions rather than clear one problem upstream and push the problem downstream, said City Engineer Scott Reynolds.

  • 17 members of 223rd return to Fort Knox

    A welcome home ceremony Sunday afternoon at Fort Knox honored 17 members of the 233rd Transportation Company. The soldiers completed an eight-month deployment in support of operations to move and stage U.S. equipment out of Iraq and throughout Afghanistan.

    Most of this group are food service specialists who are coming home sooner than the expected 12-month deployment because the food service capability to support the company’s motor transport operators in Afghanistan is greater than required, according to the Fort Knox Public Affairs Office.

  • Cities-county consolidation bill passes Senate

    A bill designed to revise state laws regarding merger of municipal and county governments unanimously passed the state Senate on Monday.

    House Bill 189 previously passed the state House, 93-0, but must return there so a Senate amendment can be affirmed.

    Hardin County United, a volunteer organization that championed discussion of consolidated government locally, encouraged development of the bill to clarify how vote totals would be considered.

  • Job fair today aims to provide assistance to veterans

    A job fair specifically aimed to place veterans in front of prospective employers makes its way to Elizabethtown this week.

    The second Hire a Patriot job fair is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at American Legion Post 113 on Ring Road. The event is hosted by the Office of Employment and Training in conjunction with the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

  • Homemakers' Spring Bazaar on Saturday

    Decoraters ready to brighten their homes for spring can find designs with a handmade touch Saturday at the Hardin County Homemakers’ annual Spring Bazaar.

    The Homemakers hosts its second Spring Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Hardin County Cooperative Extension Service. Club members began hosting a spring bazaar after the success of a similar event during the holidays, which has been established for several years.

  • E'town police searching for missing girls

    Elizabethtown police are looking for two teenage girls reported missing Sunday by their parents.

    Brianna T. Ray, 16, and Danielle M. Bouvier, 15, are friends. Police believe the girls could be together, said Virgil Willoughby, EPD public information officer.

    The two teens disappeared from their Elizabethtown homes and parents noted their absence between 10 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, he said. The teens still were missing as of Monday afternoon.

    Ray is about 5-foot-5 and 115 pounds, according to EPD. She is a black female with black hair and brown eyes.

  • Horse Cave man charged with murder

    A 41-year-old Horse Cave man was arrested and charged with murder late Saturday by Kentucky State Police.

    Douglas W. Miller is charged with the stabbing death of Patrick L. Dunlap, 52, of Smithville, Tenn., who police found dead in Miller’s home on Hatcher Valley Road.

    Deborah Thistlewaite, 50, of Bloomfield also was at the residence when police arrived Saturday evening. She was arrested by the Hart County Sheriff’s Office on unrelated warrants. She is not charged related to the stabbing.

    Both were lodged in the Hart County Jail.

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