Local News

  • Family finds hope in heartache

    A military family that lost the majority of its belongings in a roadside trailer fire said they are thankful today for the love poured on them by strangers as they transition to a new city.

    Daniel and Carollynne Moreno, newly transplanted in Elizabethtown, were en route to close on a house on Nicholas Ridge Drive last week when they received a call from the driver of the moving van. He informed them the trailer he was hauling burst into flames after a tire caught fire, destroying most of their belongings.

  • Tennis courts ready for play

    In just a little more than five months, a piece of land at Freeman Lake Park has turned into a tennis haven.

    On Tuesday night, lights were turned on and Bo O’Brien, the driving force behind a new tennis facility in Elizabethtown, was on the court to check it out.

    He was back Wednesday morning, playing for about two hours in a doubles match.

  • Jailer appointed to state corrections commission

    Hardin County Jailer Danny Allen has been tapped by the governor to serve on a commission to create strategic plans for state and community corrections programs.

    Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Allen, who has been jailer since January 2011, in June to serve on the Kentucky State Corrections Commission.

    According to Kentucky Revised Statutes, the commission consists of 23 members and is attached to the Office of Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. One member must be a jailer, who is appointed by the governor.

  • Lawsuit filed in train derailment

    A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of those who were displaced, hurt or lost business because of the Oct. 29 train derailment north of West Point.

    Filed in Hardin Circuit Court, the lawsuit was brought by Becky Brown, Susan E. Morgan, James Perry Jr. and Michael C. Smith. Brown, Smith and Morgan are residents of West Point while Perry lives in Meade County.

  • E’town reviewing proposed zone changes

    The Elizabethtown Planning Commission has recommended a series of changes to the city’s zoning ordinance the planning director said should ease burdens on property owners and provide the commission with more flexibility.

    Ed Poppe said the changes entail the creation of a transition overzone and would relax restrictions on downtown parking. Elizabethtown City Council heard the first reading for the proposed zone changes Monday with a second reading scheduled for early December.

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  • Shop safely this holiday season

    As holiday shopping season begins, officials warn consumers to stay alert and to not provide predators with an opportunity to scam, steal or pickpocket.

    Officials advise shoppers to travel in pairs and have a plan in place before leaving the house, especially Friday when traffic will be heavy.

    “Research where the sales are and make a list of your gift priorities to compare prices and plan your day of deals,” said Reanna Smith-Hamblin, vice president of communications for the Louisville-area Better Business Bureau.

  • Bardstown restaurant gives thanks to Wounded Warriors

    The Kentucky Standard

    Family-owned Circa Restaurant is sacrificing its family dinner and opening its doors on Thanksgiving to serve a four-course dinner to raise money for those who have sacrificed much more through the Wounded Warrior Project.

    The four-course meal includes pumpkin bisque, tossed green salad, a full traditional Thanksgiving plate including turkey, stuffing, potatoes, etc., and a choice of apple pie, pumpkin pie or bread pudding, Co-owner and Operator Donna Ellis said.

  • Semi-truck scrapes bridge underside

    Norman Chaffins, spokesman for Kentucky State Police Post 4, said the truck was eastbound on the parkway at 6:16 p.m. when it crashed into the bridge at the 136-mile marker.

    According to Chaffins, the truck’s load was too tall to pass under the overpass. No injuries were reported as a result of the crash, police said.

  • Light it up — again

    Elizabethtown’s premier Christmas destination has returned to Freeman Lake Park for its 22nd year, free to let loose after a city sewer project inside the park left some areas restricted last year.

    Christmas in the Park opens tonight and runs 6 to 11 p.m. daily through Jan. 1. There is no admission cost.

    Billy Pait, a member of the Christmas in the Park committee, said there are a series of new displays and fewer dark spaces this year.