Local News

  • Working on the pipe line
  • Area building projects taking shape

    A recognizable nonprofit will branch out its reach in Hardin County this year by adding another donation center while a well-known steakhouse chain will fill the void in front of Towne Mall left by Blockbuster Video.

    Goodwill Industries of Kentucky and LongHorn Steakhouse are expected to open new facilities in Elizabethtown by early summer. 

    John Wade, vice president of the Western Division of Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, said weather has been favorable in recent months and the new Ring Road location could be open by June barring setbacks.

  • Convicted killer seeks new trial

    Clad in a bright orange Hardin County Detention Center suit, Russell “Rusty” Sullivan leaned back comfortably in his chair Tuesday. He turned and smiled at family members sitting behind him. He exchanged words with his attorneys and when his uncle gave testimony about the death of Sullivan’s adoptive father, the 33-year-old convicted murderer sobbed.

    It’s been nearly six years since a Hardin County jury handed Sullivan a life sentence for the death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son, Ryan Arnold. Sullivan continues to fight the verdict.

  • T.K. Stone to auction old basketball floor

    Mark Haynes admits he has auctioned a number of unique items, but a basketball floor is not one of them. That will change Friday night.

    Between the Elizabethtown girls’ and boys’ games against Fort Knox, parts of the old floor in T.K. Stone Middle School will be auctioned off, including the big “E,” which was at halfcourt. Elizabethtown High School played on the floor from 1956 to 1971 before moving to its current location.

  • HealthSouth bans tobacco on campus

    HealthSouth Lakeview Rehabilitation Hospital in Elizabethtown has become tobacco-free.

    The new policy began Wednesday with all designated on-campus smoking areas being eliminated.

    Officials said in a statement that they understand the total ban might be a hardship for some people, but they made the change out of concern for the health and safety of patients, visitors and employees.

    It is important for the hospital to take that step because of all the negative effects known about tobacco, officials said.

  • Toddler killed in one-car crash

    A toddler was killed Wednesday morning in a car crash on Ky. 434.

    Taylor B. French, 21 months, was pronounced dead at Hardin Memorial Hospital after the car she was in struck a tree, according to a Kentucky State Police news release.

    Amy French, 29, of Elizabethtown, was traveling on Ky. 434 when her 1994 Toyota pickup dropped off the side of the road, according to the news release. French overcorrected and lost control of the truck. She entered the other lane, crossed the left side of the road and hit a tree, police said.

  • Cheddar's forced to delay opening

    Cheddar’s Casual Café opened a little later than usual Wednesday.

    The Elizabethtown Fire Department was called to the restaurant, located on North Dixie Avenue next to Kohl's, on a fire alarm Wednesday morning, but Elizabethtown Fire investigator Rusty Todd said firefighters found the kitchen hood suppression system had been inadvertently activated, which required a technician to reset it before the restaurant could open for business.

    “It’s a safety feature in all commercial kitchens,” Todd said.

  • St. Clair again sentenced to death in Hardin County

    Special Judge Thomas O. Castlen sentenced convicted murderer Michael Dale St. Clair to death on capital kidnapping charges Wednesday afternoon in Hardin Circuit Court just minutes after St. Clair proclaimed his latest trial unjust.

    The death sentence was in response to a Hardin County jury finding St. Clair guilty in late January of charges related to the 1991 kidnap and execution style killing of Francis "Frank" Brady, a Bardstown distillery worker who was abducted from a Sonora truck stop.

  • Friends and family hold vigil for Kori Skaggs
  • Preliminary hearing waived

    A babysitter accused of murdering 2-year-old Layla M. Johnson waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Hardin District Court, and Judge Kimberly Shumate approved the prosecutor’s motion to dismiss a charge of first-degree criminal abuse.

    Ashley N. Chapman, 28, of Vine Grove, continues to be lodged at the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $500,000 cash bond. She was represented Wednesday by Melanie Foote of the Department for Public Advocacy.