Local News

  • Suspect in fatal crash has long criminal record

    A Vine Grove man accused of leading a Hodgenville police officer on a pursuit that left him fatally injured has a criminal history in Hardin County dating back to 2001.

    Jason L. Avis, 29, is charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police and first-degree wanton endangerment after allegedly leading Hodgenville Officer Mark A. Taulbee, 43, on a pursuit Sunday morning on Ky. 210. During the chase, Taulbee lost control of his vehicle and later died from his injuries.

  • North, Central bands win titles

    North Hardin and Central Hardin brought home first-place honors from weekend marching band competitions.

    North Hardin was named grand champion and first place in Class AAAAA at the South Central Kentucky Marching Band Classic at Glasgow High School. The Trojan band also received awards for best guard, outstanding music and outstanding visual performance.

    John Hardin High School finished fourth in the Glasgow contest while Elizabethtown High’s band was second place in Class AAA and received top honors as best guard in AAA.

  • Bluegrass festival to bring families together

    Organizers of the Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival are planning on 13 being a lucky number.

    The 13th annual festival begins at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at Optimist Park on Knox Avenue. It continues at 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday and ends at about 10:30 p.m. each night.

    One of the organizers, Ann Ewart, said there are more bands than ever at this year’s festival.

    Camp space reservations mirror typical years so far, she said, which indicates a strong turnout.

    “It’s a lucky 13,” she said. “We believe in 13.”

  • Flaherty native meets former president

    Some members of the military don’t get to meet a United States president until they’re honored for a prestigious distinction.

    Scott Sanders, who grew up in Flaherty, encountered President George W. Bush by accident Friday.

    Sanders was one of a couple of people sent on Tuesday to the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., from Fort Benning, Ga., the post where he has a civil service job repairing artillery or the U.S. Department of Defense.

  • A lesson in service

    Until Saturday morning, Aaliyah McCray, a senior at John Hardin High School, never had set foot inside the Goodwill on North Dixie Avenue in Elizabethtown.

    As she sorted through clothes checking for stains or odors, McCray said she never realized how much hard work goes into the donation center.

    “I wanted to see how it works,” she said about her decision to volunteer at the nonprofit agency. “I didn’t it know it takes this much work.”

  • Western Hardin County Days provides music, fun
  • Officer dies after chase, crash

    A Hodgenville police officer is dead after he lost control of his cruiser Sunday morning while pursuing a suspect.

    Mark A. Taulbee, 43, of Elizabethtown, died at approximately 6:30 a.m. Sunday at University Hospital in Louisville, said Norman Chaffins, spokesman for Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown.

    Taulbee is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and children, Audra, 20, and Austin, 17, according to a news release from KSP.

  • New chief, new plans in Vine Grove

    Twenty-four years ago, Kenny Mattingly started his police career as a part-time officer at Vine Grove Police Department.

    He spent 23 years rising in the ranks at Radcliff Police Department before retiring in 2011. On Monday, Vine Grove Mayor Blake Proffitt swore him in as chief of the police department where his career began in 1988.

  • Former West Point man charged with sodomy

    A former West Point man indicted in June on 18 sex-related charges involving minors was arrested Thursday in Boyd County on a new felony charge.

    Jimmie Sturgill, 65, of Catlettsburg, is charged with first-degree sodomy for an offense that allegedly occurred in May 2010.

    Greg Lowe, spokesman for Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, said Sturgill was arrested Thursday night on an arrest warrant and transported Friday to Hardin County Detention Center.

  • Glendale man indicted on six counts of statutory rape

    A Hardin County grand jury in August indicted a Glendale man facing six counts of statutory rape.

    Kevin D. Floyd, 23, is charged with six counts of third-degree rape, two counts of third-degree sodomy and second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

    In total, he faces 10 Class D felony charges.

    Kentucky State Police arrested Floyd in July on allegations he engaged in sexual activity with a girl younger than 16, according to an arrest warrant. Norman Chaffins, KSP Post 4 spokesman, said the incidents were reported by the girl’s stepmother.