Local News

  • Venue change sought in case against former teacher

    After hearing testimony Monday from three witnesses for the defense, Judge Kelly Mark Easton said he would take a motion for change of venue in the Steven Gray case under submission but would not make a decision until an effort was made to seat a jury.

    Gray, a former Central Hardin High School social studies teacher, was fired last November after Hardin County Schools received an anonymous phone call alleging the teacher engaged in sexual contact with multiple female students.

  • Cold November rain: 2011 among record years for precipitation

    This year is among the wettest on record throughout the state, especially in Hardin County.

    More rain is expected, with Hardin and Nelson counties being placed under a flood warning Monday.

    The National Weather Service in Louisville reported early Monday afternoon the year’s precipitation at 61.5 inches in Louisville, ranking the year as the third wettest on record.

    The two wettest years in Louisville were recorded at 64.6 inches in 2004 and at 63.76 inches in 1996.

  • Holidays are a season for scams, too

    With the amount of shopping and purchasing Americans do from Black Friday through December, the holiday season makes for a natural time for a variety of scams to surface.

    The Better Business Bureau warns of a number of scams that can have a bigger impact during the consumer-driven winter months.

    Internet scams in the form of fake websites offering deals on merchandise are popular, said Reanna Smith-Hamblin, the vice president of communications for the Louisville-area Better Business Bureau.

  • E'town debates economic hardship

    The debate over classification may be an everlasting talking point for Elizabethtown.

    The topic reared its head again Monday night as members of Elizabethtown City Council engaged in a heated discussion over authorization of an economic hardship in the city that would lower the requirement of 70 percent food sales for restaurants to 50 percent. If the economic hardship is approved, restaurants still would need adequate room to seat 100 patrons.

  • Radcliff hears first reading of alcohol ordinance

    As Radcliff City Council worked Monday through first reading of a new ordinance regulating alcohol sales, it was reminded of the destruction drunken driving can cause.

    Radcliff resident Dan Shaw after a special called meeting urged the council to take whatever measures it could by law to limit drunken driving in the city and spare families from another disaster on the scale of the 1988 Carrollton bus crash.

  • White Mills lights its bridge despite weather, vandalism

    In cold rain Sunday night, a small crowd sang Christmas carols in front of the White Mills bridge, patiently waiting for the countdown to the annual lighting ceremony to begin.

    The 20-year tradition persisted not only in spite of the bad weather but also in spite of the bridge’s closure and last year’s act of vandalism that resulted in several thousand dollars worth of electrical damage to the historic bridge, said Tim Dennis, minister at White Mills Christian Church.

  • Salvation Army bells ring for those in need

    Bells will be ringing over the next few weeks as shoppers hit area stores and the annual Salvation Army Bell Ringer program kicks into full swing.

    Last year, $57,000 was raised through donations. Local Salvation Army Director Marie Inmon said the money raised carried the agency’s social services program into the end of September, something she was proud of.

    She said about 400 individuals received utility assistance, for instance, and the amount of aid grew as well.

  • United Way hits halfway point in campaign

    United Way of Central Kentucky has just cracked the halfway mark of its admittedly lofty goal to reach $1,025,000 in donations during its 2011 campaign.

    Christopher Wilborn, executive director of United Way of Central Kentucky, said Wednesday the agency has collected $513,158 with many of its “perennial powerhouses” still working on their company campaigns. The organization serves Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, LaRue and Meade counties.

  • Central Ky. Rods & Machines hosts annual winter car show

    As overhead lights at Pritchard Community Center bounced off Bob Merchant’s bright red ’58 Chevrolet pickup truck, the owner looked around the room Sunday at Central Kentucky Rods & Machines’ annual Christmas for Kids Car Show.

    The Elizabethtown-based organization has hosted the event for the last 30 years. With 35 vehicles on display, Merchant said he was happy with the turnout of cars but less pleased with the number of spectators.

    “We’re lucky if we get 200,” he said.

  • Senior Life: Adjust holiday traditions to fit changing families

    With the holiday season officially under way, family and friends will be gathering to share good food, stories and fellowship until the New Year’s ball falls. Rituals and traditions of the holiday season help establish the identity of a family and create connections between members.