Local News

  • Organizations extend gratitude to Rep. Jimmie Lee

    While Pritchard Community Center was full of people ready to express their gratitude to state Rep. Jimmie Lee, Hardin County Sheriff Charlie Williams thought the attention should be shifted to Lee’s wife, JoNell.

    Williams listed the countless fish frys and pancake breakfasts JoNell has attended as a legislator’s wife, along with political campaigns that pop up every two years.

    “Jimmie, you have a saint who’s been with you every step of the way,” Williams said, which drew an “amen” from Lee.

  • Al Rider steps away from foundation leadership

    A change in leadership in the Central Kentucky Community Foundation takes place at the beginning of the next year.

    CKCF President and CEO Al Rider announced Friday his retirement from the leadership position. Davette Swiney, vice president, steps in upon Rider’s departure.

    Rider, speaking to community members assembled at Nolin RECC, said a love of the job one does can make it “difficult to see clearly when it is time to quit.” But he knows this a good step for the organization, he said.

  • Traditional Music Festival

    For many attendees, the annual Traditional Music Festival is not just a chance to improve one’s skills, but it serves as a yearly reunion as well, Martha Richard said.

    “It’s kind of like inviting people to a party,” said Richard, a member of the Heartland Dulcimer Club.

    The club hosted its annual festival this weekend, offering instruction and vendors selling instruments and other items. Classes were offered on a variety of instruments, including harps, irish drums and ukeleles.

  • Person shot, killed in Radcliff


    A person was killed Saturday morning in a shooting in Radcliff. Two others were wounded in the incident.

    Hardin Memorial Hospital later treated a fourth shooting victim, and it’s unknown whether the person’s injuries stemmed from the same incident, Radcliff Police Department spokesman Bryce Shumate said.

    RPD responded to a call at about 3 a.m., Shumate said. Officers found one person dead and two wounded at 355 Shelby Ave., which is a private club with no alcohol license, he said.

  • Reward offered in robbery

    A $1,000 reward is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction after a burglary at Future Designs, a Leitchfield building supply company.

    Leitchfield Police Department is investigating a burglary that occurred Oct. 22 when a storage area at Future Designs was entered and several items were stolen. Supplies included roofing shingles, vinyl siding, insulation and other building materials.

  • Man pleads guilty to filming teen girl

    An Adair County man pleaded guilty last week to multiple counts of voyeurism and promoting a minor in a sexual performance.

    James Orley Absher, 50, admitted to videotaping an underage girl at his LaRue County home in 2011.

    According to court records, Absher moved to Elizabethtown from Hodgenville in December 2011.

  • E'town man charged with theft of mower

    An Elizabethtown man was charged Oct. 25 with theft by unlawful taking, under $10,000.

    Jason Francis Simon, 35, is accused of taking a 2008 Husqvarna riding lawnmower from a home in the Tanner community in LaRue County. According to Kentucky State Police, the mower was taken Sept. 29 from the Muir residence.

    John Andrew Muir Jr., 56, and Chong Muir, 71, died Sept. 3 when a car they were working on fell on them. They were found by their son, Danny Allen Muir.

  • FOP 39 expects to make Christmas brighter for dozens of kids

    When it comes to Christmas, Jim Kirk and members of the William R. Burns Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 39 in Radcliff have a simple mission: make Christmas brighter for more kids.

    FOP 39 is targeting between 40 and 100 children in middle school and high school this year to help at the holidays and that will take plenty of donations for the annual Shop with a Cop program.

  • Campbellsville man indicted for Cecilian Bank robbery


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    The Campbellsville man accused of a bank robbery in Sonora has been indicted this week.

    Joshua Riley Spangler, 27, was indicted in Hardin Circuit Court on one count of robbery in the second degree, and a charge of persistent felony offender in the first degree.

  • Hardin Countians netted in statewide drug sweep

    Nine Hardin County residents were expected to be arrested beginning Friday as part of a statewide sweep by the Kentucky State Police and other agencies.