Local News

  • Area students headed to Gatton Academy next year

    Several students from Hardin County and the surrounding area will attend the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky on the campus of Western Kentucky University.
    Students will complete their junior and senior years of high school living on campus and taking courses at WKU. At the end of their two years, they will graduate from high school and have earned at least 60 college credit hours.

  • Ag commissioner, local GOP candidates will speak at dinner

    The Hardin County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner plans to feature Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, a likely candidate for governor in 2015, and Matt Bevin, who has staged an aggressive campaign for the U.S. Senate seat on this year’s ballot.

    As an aid for local GOP candidates, the program Saturday night will feature a rapid-fire series of introductions open to all Republicans on Hardin County ballots in the May primary.

  • Blocker makes court appearance, pleads not guilty to Kroger crash

    A woman accused of crashing a car into the front of Kroger on Dolphin Drive in February appeared Tuesday morning in Hardin Circuit Court.

    June Blocker, 52, who faces nine charges including attempted murder, appeared with her attorney, Robert McIntosh, in court.

    Judge Ken Howard set an April 22 pre-trial conference date for Blocker during her brief appearance in court. She remains lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $100,000 cash bond.

  • ECTC to host 'active shooter drill' today

    Kentucky State Police and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will conduct an active shooter drill on campus today.

    The drill will include classroom and drill scenarios. Drill officials wanted to alert the public that they may hear several emergency vehicle sirens this morning and didn’t want the public to panic if they hear of a “shooting” or emergency vehicles on campus.

  • Board to tour new cancer care center

    The Board of Trustees will get a first look this week at Hardin Memorial Health’s new cancer care center location at 521 Robinbrooke Blvd. in Elizabethtown.

    The board and focus group members will be part of a facility tour from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday. HMH intends to move its oncology services from the main campus on North Dixie Avenue to the new location on April 7. The tour is not open to the public.

  • Two former officers indicted

    Two former law-enforcement officers are out on bond after they were indicted and arraigned Monday in Meade Circuit Court in a sex case involving a 15-year-old girl.

    A special grand jury returned indictments on former Brandenburg police officer Todd Matti and former Kentucky State Police Trooper Stratford Young in Judge Bruce Butler’s courtroom.

  • Exporting agriculture: Church adopts two communities in Nicaragua

    There is a Chinese proverb that says, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

    A local church group has applied this approach to their missionary work, but with a different spin.

    The missionary team of Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown has been working with villagers in two Nicaraguan communities to build water wells, purchase land, build a church pavilion and, most recently, teach them to grow new crops.

  • E'town finance director prepares for retirement

    Steve Park was plucked “off the streets” at age 32, hand-selected in 1982 by former Mayor Mike Carroll for the role of finance director. He had no experience in the government sector and no history of dealing with government accounting.

    Park started the job on April Fools’ Day, but the hire was no joke.

    The chance Carroll took on Park has paid off as he still holds the role 32 years later, gaining the respect of City Hall in the process.

  • Commodity food distribution at new location Wednesday

    The monthly government food distribution for southern Hardin County has a new, temporary location.
    From 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, the distribution will be staged at First Christian Church, 1811 N. Miles St. in Elizabethtown will be the distribution site.
    Helping Hand of Hope executive director David Dozer said as part of the agency’s transition to a new site on South Wilson Road, the commodity distribution is at First Christian Church this month.
    Dozer said each month the USDA commodity program provides food for about 400 families.

  • Hall of fame passes $500K mark

    In addition to an announcement today of its next 16 inductees, the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame will celebrate its fundraising progress.

    The effort recently surpassed the half-million mark thanks in part to two local businesses, according to Mike Pollio, a former basketball coach whose company was selected to direct fundraising.

    While he did not reveal specific dollar amounts, Pollio said significant commitments from The Cecilian Bank and the Swope Family of Dealerships propelled the fund to nearly $550,000 as of Monday.