Local News

  • What's next: Council must fill mayors office

    Elizabethtownofficials admitted they would struggle to function after the death of Mayor Tim Walker on Friday but said forging ahead is the best way to honor his memory.

    Elizabethtown City Council must appoint a new mayor to finish out Walker’s term through 2014 within 30 days, according to Kentucky state law. If the council fails to choose a replacement in the allotted amount of time, the governor will appoint a successor.

    According to Kentucky statute, any replacement must be at least 21 years of age, a registered voter and a resident of Elizabethtown.

  • County, state officials mourn E’town’s Walker

    Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker may have represented Elizabethtown, but his sudden death Friday from a massive heart attack left friends from around the county and state in a shaken state of mourning.

    Gov. Steve Beshear asked for a moment of silence Friday for Walker during the rededication of the General George Patton Museum of Leadership at Fort Knox and officials from all walks of government offered condolences, shed tears and remembered Walker as a catalyst for good.

  • Personable approach hallmark of Walker's leadership style

    Rick Games took over as chief of Elizabethtown Fire Department at the start of 1990. Tim Walker was one of his first hires.

    “He was conscientious then like he was today,” Games said of Walker, who died suddenly Friday morning.

    Games moved on to become president of the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Foundation while Walker served as city councilman and mayor of Elizabethtown. Upon Walker’s victory in the 2010 mayoral race, the two men again worked together to bring jobs to Elizabethtown, traveling to India to court industry.

  • Tributes to Tim Walker
  • Vine Grove budget work session scheduled


    A work session for the Vine Grove city budget has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall on West Main Street. City council members expect to discuss funding difficulties and pass a budget during their next regular meeting, which is 6:30 p.m. July 1.

  • Mayor Walker died of heart attack

    Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker died suddenly Friday morning from a heart attack brought on by a cardiovascular disease, said Chief Deputy Hardin County Coroner Kenneth Spangenberger.

    Spangenberger pronounced Walker dead at 5:33 a.m. Friday at Hardin Memorial Hospital. He was 54.

  • Officials remember, mourn the loss of Mayor Tim Walker

    City employees talked about their fondness for Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker during a news conference Friday morning and discussed what the city will need to do to move forward.

    Walker, 54, was pronounced dead at 5:33 a.m. Friday by Hardin County Deputy Coroner Kenneth Spangenberger at Hardin Memorial Hospital after he died at his home.

  • Batschelet takes command of USAREC

    After serving for years in Europe in a joint command with other military branches, Maj. Gen. Allen W. Batschelet said he is happy to be working in the U.S. again as he stood on Brooks Field at Fort Knox.

    “When you come back to an all-Army community, it’s like you’re coming back to family,” said Batschelet, who took charge of U.S. Army Recruiting Command from outgoing commander Maj. Gen. David L. Mann on Thursday during a change of command ceremony.

  • Meade child dies after being struck by vehicle

    A 2-year-old child died Wednesday night after falling out of a vehicle and then was struck by it.

    Kentucky State Police responded around 8:21 p.m. Tuesday to Stanley Allen Drive in the Meade County side of Vine Grove. According to a KSP news release, a 1998 Plymouth Voyager van was backing up to a residence to unload household items.

  • E'town MSA sees bump in real personal income

    The Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area continues to see gains in income growth, which one local official tied to the saturation of high-paying jobs in the area.

    A report released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis shows the Elizabethtown MSA recorded a 5.4 percent increase in real personal income growth from 2010 to 2011.

    The total real personal income growth in the MSA grew from $4.5 to $4.8 billion, according to the report. Last year, the MSA saw an increase in real personal income growth of 7.1 percent, the report said.