Local News

  • Trial date set for Brent Burke

    The military has set a Feb. 6 trial date for Sgt. Brent Burke, Fort Campbell officials announced today.

    Maj. Jenny Hamby, investigating officer in Burke's second Article 32 hearing, recommended Burke be referred to a general court martial, the highest of military courts.

    Burke is charged with murdering his estranged wife and her former mother-in-law in September 2007 in Rineyville.

    Please see Thursday's edition of The News-Enterprise for more details.

  • E'town residents arrested for incest

    Two Elizabethtown residents were arrested Friday and charged with incest.

    According to police citations, Misty D. Clark, 19, and Justin W. Preston, 23, are half siblings. Both were arraigned via video Monday in Hardin District Court.

    Elizabethtown Police Department declined to comment Tuesday on the arrests. The investigation is ongoing.

    Clark and Preston are lodged at the Hardin County Detention Center. They are scheduled to appear in court for preliminary hearings Nov. 23.

  • Church to open collection site for Operation Christmas Child

    Operation Christmas Child kicks off its National Collection Week today and volunteers at Valley Creek Baptist Church in Elizabethtown will be busy preparing shoeboxes for impoverished children.

    Nonprofit organization Samaritan’s Purse started Operation Christmas Child in 1993, according to a news release. Its goal is to fill empty shoeboxes with school supplies, toys, candy and necessity items. The boxes are hand-delivered to children in more than 100 countries.

  • Meade County’s Adam Edelen: Wired for politics

    Adam Edelen wrapped up his statewide campaign in familiar territory on Election Day.

    Edelen, the 36-year-old Democrat who replaces Crit Luallen as auditor after besting Republican challenger John Kemper in Tuesday’s race, returned to Meade County just six hours before the polls closed, surrounded by friends and family at Dairy Queen in Brandenburg.

  • Commission recommends alcohol zoning standards

    The Elizabethtown Planning Commission voted 5-0 Tuesday night to recommend the allowance of package liquor stores in four of the city’s five commercial zones as well as a planned neighborhood commercial zone with limited residential use.

    The recommendation for changes to the city’s zoning ordinance move to the Elizabethtown City Council as it works to iron out new alcohol regulations by early December.

  • Low voter turnout meets expectations

    Voter turnout in Hardin County on Tuesday was agreed by many to be low, but not as bad as it could have been.

    The county saw a 28.14 percent turnout, with 18,752 out of the 66,644 registered voters in the county going to the polls.

    Hardin County Clerk Kenny Tabb said the county’s turnout was a little higher than the 25 percent Kentucky’s secretary of state office had predicted but lower than the 35 percent the county rallied during a similar election four years ago.

  • Democrats embrace success, Republicans look to future

    There were many easy smiles and cheerful greetings among local Democrats who watched election returns Tuesday night at Las Margaritas in Radcliff.

    Democratic candidates were showing promise in the races statewide.

    Democrats led the way in Hardin County in the governor, secretary of state, attorney general and auditor of public accounts races.

    Former State Rep. Mike Weaver thought positive messages in Democratic campaigns played a large role in their success.
    He had no doubt of that success.

  • Gov. Beshear sweeps to re-election

    Gov. Steve Beshear's resounding re-election was reflected in the Hardin County returns but the top overall vote-getter locally was a Republican.

    Beshear and his new running mate, former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, led a Democratic ticket that dominated most of Tuesday's statewide results. In Hardin County, the governor received 10,722 votes to 6,885 for Senate President David Williams and 937 for Gatewood Galbraith.

    The governor's margin of victory in Hardin County was 57.8 percent - better than his 55 percent tally statewide.

  • Holiday Marketplace set for 30th event

    The Elizabethtown Junior Woman’s Club’s Holiday Marketplace has become so popular as it heads into its 30th year this weekend that there is a waiting list for vendors wanting a piece of the action.

    Organization treasurer Leanna Milby said about 75 vendors will fill Pritchard Community Center on Saturday and Sunday. Others are ready to move in should a vendor opt out.

    “We have a lot of the vendors who have been here and we have a few new ones,’’ Milby said. “All of Pritchard is full.’’

  • New American celebrates first trip to polls

    Born in Belize, Eleanor Guerrero vividly remembers the date she immigrated to the United States. It was June 6, 1968 — the same day was day presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Los Angeles.

    She established a new milestone date Tuesday. She will remember Nov. 8, 2011, as the day she cast her first vote.

    Guerrero, 72, was active in her community even as a child. Her mother served as mayor in her hometown and her father was a district representative.