Local News

  • Update: Fire near Rineyville kills two

    Fire officials were searching for clues to the cause of a Monday morning fire that claimed two lives in the Rineyville area.

    Hardin County Coroner Bill Lee said the bodies of Houston "Butch" Beswick, 44, and Carol Crain, 49, were found inside the single-story home. Autopsies performed Tuesday confirmed that smoke inhalation was the cause of death.

    The bodies were recovered from the rural residence in the 800 block of Long Hollow Road a few hours after fire crews arrived.

  • Unity Celebration: Let love lead

    The vision of Martin Luther King Jr. lived Monday at Pritchard Community Center through the eyes of students and the words of a Fort Knox soldier, who called on the audience to lean on the redemptive power of love and find forgiveness in the midst of pain.

  • Photo: Singing in the rain
  • Nelson library expansion on schedule for spring

    Two new library branches in Nelson County are on schedule to open this spring.

    The New Haven branch will open about six weeks before a location across the county in Bloomfield.

    “We are excited to report we are on time and on budget on both branches,” said Val Downs, president of the Nelson County Public Library Board of Trustees. “We have not encountered any setback financially or the time standpoint.”

  • Called behind bars

    The Rev. Larry Vance has been stabbed four times. A prison inmate put out a hit, offering a reward to have Vance killed.  Vance has looked square into the face of an inmate who promised to return to Elizabethtown and kill his children. He has a suitcase full of homemade weapons confiscated from jail and prison inmates.

    After 35 years of service with the Kentucky Ministry for Crime Prevention Inc., Vance, 66, is resigning as chaplain and executive director of the ministry.

  • Miniature animals fill man's retirement

    Doug Ray might not be in when potential customers stop by to view his livestock.

    His number is posted on the outside of Duke’s Tack Shop in Stephensburg in case he’s visiting friends at the gym, fishing or otherwise enjoying his retirement.

    “It’s a sad way to run a business, but it’s an old-man business,” he said.

    The 70-year-old began running the store about 10 years ago and raising geese, horses, donkeys and goats to fill his retirement hours.

  • Ice ... on the rocks
  • King celebration to inspire hope

    A local organization is preparing to celebrate the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    The 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Celebration and Lottie O. Robinson Scholarship Fundraiser Luncheon is hosted by the Hardin County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and aimed at honoring King’s life and legacy.

    It is especially focused on how King’s influence has impacted current students.

  • Winter weather causes many roadway crashes, most injury free

    Thursday’s winter weather caused several crashes around the county, most of which caused no injuries.

    Elizabethtown Police Department worked one of the worst wrecks Thursday evening, when 71-year-old Mila S. Whitler’s Chevrolet Blazer left the roadway near the 800 block of Ring Road and overturned several times, coming to rest in a ditch, said EPD spokesman Virgil Willoughby. The Hardinsburg resident’s vehicle hit a guard rail, which caused it to leave the road.

  • 'Dad' introduces latest in movie series

    Jamey Sampley plays the lead role in a series of "Dad the Hero" faith-based movies with his wife and children also featured prominently. It's an outreach of Family Brothers International Ministries, based in Elizabethtown, and produced by his family's Take 7 Films company.

    The latest offering, "Dad the Hero on Vacation," made its public debut Friday with a free showing at Grace Heartland Church in Elizabethtown, where Sampley is a member.