Local News

  • UPDATE: Burn bans enacted locally amid drought conditions

    With drought conditions worsening, the cities of Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove enacted burn bans Monday. Hardin County government issued a similar declaration Tuesday morning.

    The bans prohibit outdoor burning until the area sees more rainfall.

    “The moderate drought conditions that exist, with no rain in the immediate forecast, make any outdoor burning very hazardous due to the potential for rapid spread of flame in even short grass,” Elizabethtown Chief Fire Inspector Rusty Todd said in a statement issued on behalf of the three departments.

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  • HCS academic volunteers may dodge fee

    Hardin County Schools and some of its volunteers won’t have to pay a $10 fee for background checks.

    A volunteer that has filled out a state criminal records check and was approved for last school year or before July 1 for the upcoming school year is an approved volunteer from this point forward.

    Anyone else is considered a new volunteer and must fill out a state criminal records check form.

    Board members have agreed to pay the fee for new volunteers serving in academic activities.

  • Proposed grant program would assist downtown improvements

    Heath Seymour on Monday proposed a new business incentive grant program for downtown while updating Elizabethtown City Council about the status of city-owned properties in the downtown district.

    The Downtown Property Improvement Grant program would be open to business or property owners who have downtown properties and plan improvements.

  • Lincoln Village hit by budget issues

    Lincoln Village Youth Development Center will transfer residents receiving care next month when it takes on a new purpose.

    The decision was made because of budget constraints, said Stacy Floden, communications director for the Kentucky Juvenile Justice Department.

  • Tarafa involved in 2009 stabbing death

    Robert J. Tarafa, accused of shooting a man nine times in a fatal argument over a woman, was involved in a stabbing death in 2009.

    In addition to murder, the 26-year-old Elizabethtown man faces charges of tampering with physical evidence, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property relating to the June 8 shooting at Memorial Apartments in Elizabethtown.

    A grand jury will determine whether there is enough evidence to proceed to trial. Tarafa is accused of killing Frank Knapp, 32, who was visiting a woman both men had dated.

  • Open records ruling instructs local official to comply

    A request for public records, even if indirect and hidden in the body of letter, must be honored, the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office said in a ruling regarding the local county attorney.

  • Soldier adjusts to ‘different’ deployment

    Roughly three months into a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan with the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Maj. Josh Richey said this mission is unlike others as he has taken on a key assignment in a one-star command.

    Richey, whose family was featured in The Road to War series chronicling the 3rd ESC in its lead-up to deployment, said soldiers have settled into a groove since mobilizing overseas and soldiers are acclimating to the “personalities and egos” brought to the surface by the environment.

  • Rolling with the Speedwagon

    Brandi Bryant of Fort Knox and Debbie Reynolds of Springfield, Ark., met Saturday and realized within a few minutes they agreed on two things. Music from the ’70s and ’80s is much better than current popular hits, and the front row was the only place to be during the Blue Oyster Cult, Styx and REO Speedwagon concert that night.

    Reynolds laughed and said, “There’s nothing better than the front row. Second row isn’t good enough.”

    She won’t admit to how many Styx concerts she has seen, saying the number is shamefully high.

  • Congregation blesses beams for future home

    Members of First Christian Church migrated after Sunday service to the site of rock, dirt and building materials that is planned to become the congregation’s new home after a building is constructed there.

    They prayed and meandered around the property off North Miles Street in Elizabethtown with permanent markers to spiritually strengthen the physical steel and spread the message of their faith.