Local News

  • KET attempting to capture essence of Elizabethtown

    Kentucky Educational Television director and producer Tom Bickel’s favorable impression of Elizabethtown grew Monday morning as he arrived to shoot film at the Elizabethtown City Cemetery.

    Anxious to record a piece of Elizabethtown’s Civil War history, Bickel was seeking out a cannon credited for the cannonball blast famous around the city.

    Bickel was met by a man who was mowing the cemetery. After learning of Bickel’s intentions, the man hurriedly grabbed his equipment and cleaned the area around the cannon.

  • Vine Grove discusses unification commission

    Vine Grove City Council members are concerned unification could take away some of the small-town identity and voice they value.

    Most still didn’t shut down Hardin County United representatives Ken Howard, Hardin circuit judge and HCU governance committee head, and Luke Schmidt, the consultant who conducted a unified government study.

    The men spoke Monday during a city council meeting about an initiative to form a commission that would determine how a unified county government would operate.

  • Candidates address voters at Democratic Women's Club meeting

    Three Democratic candidates and office holders addressed a crowd of Hardin County voters at Monday night’s Democratic Women’s Club meeting at Freeman Lake Park.

    Debbie Donnelly, the organization’s president, said the women have their September meeting at the park after a three-month summer break, and they always invite candidates to attend.

    The opportunity allows the candidates to deliver their message and for the women to show their support, Donnelly said.

  • Radcliff withdraws from unification process

    If a unification review commission is created locally, it will operate without the inclusion of Hardin County’s second-largest city.

    Radcliff City Council voted unanimously Monday to withdraw the city from further discussion about unification with the county and its five remaining cities.

    “The city of Radcliff respectfully declines at this time to enact any ordinance to initiate the formation of a unified local government commission,” the resolution stated. 

  • Two escapees caught in county

    Two escapees from the Bell County Forestry Camp were captured in southern Hardin County around midnight Sunday.

    Jonah Robey and Jordan Pannell allegedly had stolen a red Corvette from the Harlan post area and were believed to be in the Sonora area, according to a Kentucky State Police news release. A KSP trooper spotted the suspect vehicle driving without the headlights on and initiated a traffic stop. Upon activation of his blue lights, the suspects fled in the vehicle.

  • Radcliff plans to reduce property tax rate

    Radcliff City Council is planning to lower its real and personal property tax rates for 2011.

    The council verbally supported a plan Monday to hold real property tax rate at the compensating rate of 15.9 cents per $100 of assessed value, which is slightly lower than the rate of 16.0 cents per $100 approved last year.

    The revised rate is expected to produce $53,090 more in tax revenue than the previous year, according to Chief Financial Officer Chance Fox.

  • WULF-FM back on air


    WULF-FM is cranking out country tunes again after a transmission line burned out for no discernable reason last week.
    The station was partially back on air Friday and at full capacity Saturday after officials had the burned-out section of transmission wire replaced, owner Bill Evans said.
    He said officials haven’t had the opportunity to get someone to look at the top of the tower to figure out what cause the problem for 94.3 FM.

  • Hazardous waste disposal participation increases

    Household Hazardous Waste Day brought in about 400 vehicles of residents turning in waste products that harm the environment when poured down the drain or tossed in the garbage can on Saturday.

    That tops last year’s estimated 300 vehicles at Akebono Brake in Elizabethtown, Judge-Executive Harry Berry said.

    “That’s quite a jump, quite a lot of interest,” he said.

    Among collected materials were rodent killers, oil-based paint, drain cleaners and used motor oil.

  • Louisville teen enters guilty plea in Smyser killing

    Louisville teenager Ryan Wilt pleaded guilty Monday to charges of complicity to commit murder and complicty to tamper with physical evidence in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Wilt is one of three Louisville teens accused of killing 18-year-old Mackenzie Smyser last November.

    Police say Wilt, Jason Gowers and Conner Galenski drove Smyser to Patriot Lane near Ky. 313 under the pretense of committing a burglary and instead shot him.

  • Bus crash survivors come out against expanded alcohol

    A news conference is scheduled Tuesday morning at the Carrollton Bus Crash Memorial on South Logsdon Parkway in Radcliff to speak out in opposition against expanded alcohol sales.

    Quinton Higgins and Ciaran Madden, survivors of the May 14, 1988, crash will speak at the event.

    The news conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.

    A special election for expanded alcohol sales is planned Oct. 4 in separate elections in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove.