Local News

  • E'town considering changes to employee health plan

    Elizabethtown City Council is reviewing a plan that would increase deductibles, co-payments and out-of-pocket health expenses for employees in an effort to stem the tide of health care inflation.

    Tim Davis, chairman of Employee Benefits Administrators, told the council Monday it has been gracious toward the city’s workforce but must modify its health plan and mandate its wellness program to lower the costs of the plan. The city is self-insured but EBA helps manage the plan, said Mayor Tim Walker.

  • Radcliff man found dead in Grayson County

    Marshall E. Wages of Radcliff was found dead after a single-vehicle wreck in Grayson County.

    Wages’ vehicle left the road and overturned Saturday, coming to rest on its top on the south side of Bear Creek Road, according to a report from Grayson County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Hammons. When Hammons arrived at the scene, Wages didn’t have a pulse and was trapped in the truck.

  • Partial evacuation, road closure ordered during derailment cleanup

    A partial evacuation of West Point and shutdown of part of 31W near the city was scheduled to take place this morning.

    City employees knocked on doors Monday to let residents on 2nd, 3rd and 4th streets know those streets are being evacuated while hydrogen fluoride and butadiene is moved from derailed cars to new cars.

  • Brandenburg man in stable condition after collision

    A Brandenburg man is listed in stable condition at University Hospital in Louisville following a wreck on Brandenburg Bypass in Meade County.

    According to a news release, Herbert Haynes, 56, sustained serious head injuries Wednesday following a rear-end collision.

    Kentucky State Police said Haynes was northbound on a Moped on the bypass when his car was struck in the rear by a red Chevrolet, driven by Sharon D. Arroyo, 28, of Brandenburg.

  • Cecilia man faces drug trafficking charge

    A Cecilia man is charged with trafficking after state police found more than $2,500 cash and 13 grams of methamphetamine in his vehicle during a traffic stop.

    Joseph A. Mitchell Jr., 29, is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance — second or subsequent offense, first-degree possession of a controlled substance — third or greater offense, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, operating on a suspended operator’s license, failure to produce insurance card and failure to give signal.

  • Board of Adjustments marks milestone

    The Hardin County Board of Adjustment’s meeting Oct. 18 marked a milestone. It was the organization’s 300th meeting.

    Established by Hardin County Planning Commission in 1995 and appointed by the Hardin Fiscal Court to four-year terms, the Board of Adjustment has provided assistance to residents of Hardin County for the last 17 years. Its first meeting was held Aug. 17, 1995.

  • CKCAC offering heating assistance

    Residents looking to get a jump on rising heating bills can take advantage of a seasonable assistance program offered locally.

    Central Kentucky Community Action Council has mobilized its annual Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program, which offers a one-time subsidy toward heating bills for qualified applicants. The subsidy is determined based on income level and size of household, she said.

    Faith Miller, local coordinator for the council, said the program already has attracted more than 100 applicants since its launch on Nov. 5.

  • Mailbox expresses owners' individuality

    Jon and Katrina Harris tell visitors to follow Ky. 222 until they reach the manatee when they give directions to their Glendale home.

    Katrina fell in love with manatees when Jon took her and her three sons to Sea World.

    “They’re beautiful creatures if you watch them,” she said. “They’re called sea cows and they’re so huge, but they’re so graceful.”

    After that, the couple saw a mailbox shaped like a manatee holding a letter box as they were driving through Florida, where Jon used to live.

  • Tribute honors veterans

    A thick crowd stood silent, gazing up as each flag was raised, each creed was spoken and each statue was unveiled Sunday during the Hardin County Veterans Tribute dedication at the Elizabethtown Nature Park.

    The bronze statues, sculpted by Elizabethtown artist Rich Griendling, represented each branch of the military with a flag from each branch flying overhead.

    Griendling said it was an honor to be asked to be involved in the project, which took a lot of research and four years to complete.

  • Local test scores among highest in state

    The first year of rankings for the Unbridled Learning accountability model, the newest form of statewide school assessment, places three local school districts in the top 25 out of 174 districts tested.

    West Point Independent School was tied with Meade County at the 16th spot with a composite score of 63.5 while LaRue County Schools finished 20th at 63.1. Elizabethtown Independent Schools was ranked 23rd with an overall score of 61.8.