Local News

  • FACES of Coal appeals to Kentucky's economic future

    Rising energy prices, job creation and boosting the economy: An organization known as FACES of Coal insists that all three hot button topics can be improved by allowing the nation, especially the state of Kentucky, to continue to produce affordable coal.

    In a news conference Friday at Nolin RECC, the Federation for American Coal, Energy and Security of Coal came to spread its message of economic stability.

  • Red Cross seeking donors to avoid blood shortage

    The American Red Cross is reaching out to local residents this month to ensure it maintains a steady blood supply.

    During the summer, particularly around Independence Day, the Red Cross sees a drop in donor activity. But the organization hopes to head off shortages, said Katy Maloy, program manager of communications for the Red Cross’ River Valley Blood Services Region.

    “We want to remind residents those needs are constant,” she said.

  • Learning swim skills

    With summer’s hot weather settling in, many residents are taking refuge from the heat in pools. Before they do, some are taking time to expose their children to swim lessons.

    Three Hardin County organizations that teach swimming vary in their methodology. Coach Mavi Sampaio of the Dolphin swim team says one is not better than the other; it’s all a matter of what a parent wants.

  • Have a 'blast' in Radcliff

    Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall is bringing a campaign promise to fruition, expanding a summer gathering into a full-bore festival.

    The city welcomes its first Summer Blast this weekend, beginning tonight and continuing as an all-day event Saturday complete with games, rides, music and fireworks.

    “Basically, during the election, I had run on the fact I believed in community spirit,” Duvall said Thursday.

  • Lincoln exhibit opens in E'town Tourism office

    A free exhibit regarding the impact of slavery on Abraham Lincoln's personal life opened Thursday at the Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau's office.

    "A House Divided" features a series of panels that explore how his wife's family, who were slaveholders from Kentucky, affected the Lincoln White House during the Civil War.

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  • Feds: E’town doctor, wife ‘harbored’ illegal immigrant

    A federal indictment claims an Elizabethtown doctor and his former wife kept a Bolivian national as a servant in their homes for nearly 15 years and never paid her.

    Javier Arce, 58, and Christina Mier Arce, 55, were charged Thursday with conspiracy and harboring an illegal immigrant for financial gain, based on an FBI probe.

    The Arces used a Bolivian woman as a live-in domestic worker between June 1994 and January 2006 at their residence on Freeman Lake Road in Elizabethtown, according to the grand jury indictment.

  • Church changes VBS format to draw more kids

    Throughout the area, many local churches are sponsoring a vacation Bible school at one point in the summer. But one Elizabethtown church decided to change gears and try a sports format.

    First Christian Church of Elizabethtown adopted Sports Camp to replace VBS. Melanie Presta, children’s minister, said the change was made because enrollment had been down in VBS and she had first-hand experience with similar sports camps at other churches that were successful.

  • Hodgenville man charged with sexual abuse of a minor

    A 67-year-old Hodgenville man was arrested Thursday on indictments by a LaRue County grand jury.

    The four-count indictment alleges James Jeffries sexually abused a juvenile younger than 12, according to a Kentucky State Police news release.

    Jeffries is lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center. The case is being investigated by Kentucky State Police.

  • Additional charges filed against Meadows

    A new victim has come forward during the investigation of a Flaherty man who briefly worked as a Hardin County Schools teacher.

    Chad Meadows, 36, was arrested June 6 and charged with computer solicitation of a minor after a 13-year-old girl told her parents Meadows made sexual advances toward her via Facebook chat.

    Additional charges were filed Wednesday after another 13-year-old girl came forward, according to Kentucky State Police.