Local News

  • Local cops serve as Santa's Helpers

    Children walked up and down the aisles Thursday morning of the toy section at Wal-Mart in Elizabethtown, searching for the perfect gift suitable for their budget. Local police officers walked close behind, gently offering suggestions.

    “Legos are cool,” said Elizabethtown Police Officer Andrea Haire to Na’Kiera Hughes, 6. “You can build stuff.”

  • Kickline to benefit Kosair

    Center Stage School of Dance in Elizabethtown will be kicking high for Kosair Children’s Hospital this weekend.

    The studio is performing the “Kicking It For Kids” Kickline at the end of its annual Christmas performance at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School. Admission is free.

  • Faulty equipment caused outage Sunday

    Faulty equipment was to blame for a power outage Sunday afternoon in Radcliff and Vine Grove.

    Liz Pratt, spokeswoman for Kentucky Utilities, said the outage was caused by an insulator that went out and about 5,400 residents lost electric service.

    After power was rerouted, about 4,200 had electric service restored within an hour. The remaining residents regained electric service just around 7 p.m. Sunday after the insulator was repaired, she said.

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  • The Bookstore closing for good

    After 37 1/2 years in business, The Bookstore in Radcliff is closing. This time for good.

    The store closed once in July 2011, but then reopened in December of the same year. Since it reopened as a used bookstore, business has been steady, but Jerry Brown, the store’s owner, said the time is right to finally move on. He will close the doors for the last time at the end of business Saturday.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters looks to make 12 matches

    Twelve children in the Hardin County area are hoping for something special this Christmas season — someone to give them some extra special care.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana has launched a “12 Littles of Christmas” program, hoping to match 12 children on their waiting list with a Big Brother or Big Sister.

    The Kentuckiana Agency has approximately 700 matches and the Hardin County office has approximately 60 matches with a waiting list of more than 100 children.

  • Easing stress with pets

    A new organization based in Elizabethtown will place shelter animals with loving homes needing a companion to combat stress.

    Animals Healing People-Therapeutic Inc. formed in May 2012 and is an accredited nonprofit organization with an all-volunteer staff. Founder and CEO Roger Biesel, a retired U.S. Army Reservist and Department of Defense civilian employee whose parallel careers span more than 40 years, said the organization hopes to place its first pet early next year.

  • Mother accepts plea agreement in child abuse case

    The case against an Elizabethtown couple charged with abuse of their malnourished infant son has come to an end with a guilty plea by the mother.

    Jessica A. Capponi, 20, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court to first-degree criminal abuse of her 3-month-old son. Capponi was indicted on the charge, a Class C felony, in March and was facing up to 10 years in prison.

  • Photos: Chamber holds holiday luncheon

    A crowd packed Pritchard Community Center on Wednesday for the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce’s holiday luncheon. It featured food from a variety of restaurants, businesses and community organizations and a variety of door prizes and remarks by comedian Tom Mabe.

  • Former St. James building to become assisted living facility

    The primary-grades building of St. James Regional Catholic School once was a home to some of Elizabethtown’s youngest residents, but after a few months of transformation, the building will house some of the city’s seniors.

    The building will become an assisted living facility run by Dona McCurry, owner of Tender Touch Senior Services, an in-home care service, and Care 4 Ever, a senior day care center.

    The facility will be named Tender Touch Senior Living Inc. and remodeling will begin soon, McCurry said.