Local News

  • New police chief has a diverse background

    A pile of boxes sit in the middle of Chief Ruben Gardner’s office. The white walls and dark bookshelves are largely empty. Little evidence is left behind by the man who occupied the office of police chief for more than 20 years.

    “Come Friday, I’m going to have this office cleaned out,” he said.

    Gardner, 65, is retiring Friday after a 41-year career with the Elizabethtown Police Department, but the office won’t be empty for long.

  • County finishes fiscal year with $1.2 million surplus

    Despite continuing revenue struggles at Pearl Hollow Landfill and the Hardin County Detention Center, Hardin County government closed the 2010-11 fiscal year roughly $1.2 million ahead.

    Judge-Executive Harry Berry rolled out a review of the budget Tuesday, saying Hardin County is committed to balancing its books.

    “If we could teach people this in Washington, we might be better off on the national scene,” Berry said.

  • HMH, EMS partner with schools for athlete safety

    Plans have been created to assist emergency responders in getting to injured student-athletes more quickly.

    Hardin Memorial Hospital and Hardin County Emergency Management Services are partnering with Hardin County Schools and Elizabethtown Independent Schools to disseminate plans for emergency responders to efficiently navigate school campuses and assist injured athletes or others attending sporting events.

  • Area forester heads to fight North Carolina fires

    Adam Michaels of the local Kentucky Division of Forestry office is part of a state contingent trying to get the widespread fires in North Carolina under control.

    Michaels left Saturday for the Wilmington, N.C., area, said Chief Forester Robert Bean of the office in Elizabethtown.

  • Smoothing out the bumps
  • White Mills post office could close

    The future of the post office in White Mills is in question.

    The United States Postal Service announced Tuesday that it will conduct studies of about 3,700 retail offices, including the one in White Mills, to determine customer needs.

    Needs have changed in recent years, with many post office transactions being conducted online and within retail stores, according to a news release from the postal service.

  • No charges in North Dixie accident

    Elizabethtown Police Department released the names of the commuters involved in the three-vehicle wreck Monday on North Dixie Avenue.

    Theresa D. Cundiff, 51, of Elizabethtown, was the driver of a white Acura that struck two motorcycles stopped at a traffic light near the 1100 block of Dixie.

    David H. Bundy, 58, and Joel L. Templeton, 44, of Indianapolis, were the riders.

  • Council reviews 31W recommendations

    Feasability studies still required before project can emerge

    Councilman Larry Ashlock’s plans for interconnections between shopping centers along U.S. 31W were reviewed by Elizabethtown City Council on Monday, and some of the ideas captured interest.
    But City Engineer Scott Reynolds said there would need to be feasibility studies conducted and public input gathered before the proposals could be turned into projects.

  • Brushy Fork Debate boasts handful of political hopefuls

    State politicians again will stand on the bank of the Brushy Fork Creek for old-fashioned debate in front of a feisty crowd during Autumn Daze in Vine Grove.

    So far, gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith, his running mate Dea Riley, state auditor candidate John T. Kemper III and Commissioner of Agriculture candidate Robert Farmer are scheduled to appear at the second Brushy Fork Debate at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at Optimist Park.

    Galbraith has gained attention for his stance supporting the legalization of marijuana and openness about his own use of the substance.

  • Martinez arraigned Monday

    An illegal immigrant charged with murder and driving under the influence was arraigned Monday in Hardin District Court.

    Arturo Rodriguez Martinez, 22, was arrested Friday night following a single-car wreck on Interstate 65 near the 86-mile marker that resulted in the death of his 2-year-old daughter, Sidolena Martinez. He pleaded not guilty.

    Martinez speaks very little English, said Maj. John Timbers of the Hardin County Detention Center. The jail is searching for an interpreter but in the meantime is using inmates who speak Spanish to translate.