Local News

  • Library board supports forming unified government commission

    A county board has expressed support for a proposal to develop a unified government in Hardin County.

    The Hardin County Public Library Board of Trustees approved a resolution calling for the establishment of the unification review commission to develop a plan for a unified government.

    If formed, the commission will develop a plan for a unified government to be presented to voters. November 2012 is the target date for a vote.

    The library board is the first community organization to openly support the moving to the next step of the process.

  • CrossWay celebrates 10th anniversary

    It took Maureen Wilcox a long time to move on after having an abortion at age 19.
    “I never thought about the baby as a baby, and the first time I thought of my baby as a baby, I thought of myself as a murderer,” she said.
    Wilcox, a Vine Grove resident, turned to alcohol to escape the feeling. She said that led to bad choices, including a failed marriage.
    “I wanted something to take away the pain,” she said. “It didn’t work.”

  • Site makes geneaology easier

    Genealogy researchers can find out where their ancestors lived, if they’re related to Revolutionary War soldiers and the answers to many other questions from their own homes.

    The Hardin County Public Library system introduced last month a new genealogical database that can be accessed remotely.

    Library employees offer HeritageQuest Online to make genealogical research easier and reduce patrons’ need to travel, said Kim Bland, adult services librarian for the branch in Elizabethtown.

  • Post office losing machines, possibly jobs

    Declining mail volume will bring changes for the U.S. Postal Service in Elizabethtown resulting in relocation of equipment and possible staff reductions.

    Two delivery bar code sorters are moving from Elizabethtown on Aug. 27. The machines sort mail into the order in which carriers deliver it.

    One of the outgoing sorters goes to Louisville, the other to Lexington. Each machine requires four operators.

  • Cecilia Days festival to take place this weekend

    Festival season has arrived.

    Cecilia Days is today and Saturday near Cecilia Baptist Church and the post office. The festival offers food, games and music for the community.

    Today’s events begin at 5:30 p.m. and include cornhole, child pageants and a fish dinner from 6 to 8 p.m.

    Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. Saturday in Cecilia Baptist Church, and the parade follows at 10 a.m. The day also offers a barbecue chicken dinner, tractor display, car show, live music and ends with fireworks.

  • HMH agrees to pay $3.1 million

    Hardin Memorial Hospital must pay more than $3.1 million to the federal government as part of an $8.9 million agreement involving claims of improper Medicare billing dating back to 2001.

    Stephanie Collins, public affairs officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Kentucky, said the settlement does not concern patient care or diagnoses. No criminal allegations were made and no court proceedings are pending.

    “This is a civil matter, so there is no criminal activity whatsoever,” she said.

  • Three injured in Rineyville Road crash

    Three people were injured Thursday in a crash on Rineyville Road.

    Erika Jackson, 25, of Brandenburg was traveling north on Rineyville Road when her 2008 Pontiac G6 crossed the center lane and struck a 2002 Toyota pickup truck hauling an 18-foot trailer driven by Daniel Ashton, 50, of Vine Grove, Kentucky State Police report. Jackson’s vehicle then struck a 2007 GMC Acadia driven by Amanda Brown, 29, of Vine Grove, according to a KSP news release.

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  • Carrollton crash survivor involved in documentary

    Harold “Bubba” Dennis was disoriented and afraid after a pickup truck driving the wrong direction on Interstate 71 in Carroll County crashed into the bus in which he was traveling on a Saturday night 23 years ago.

    He knew there had been a crash, but he didn’t know right away the bus was on fire or the driver of the pickup truck was intoxicated.

  • Fort Knox commended for energy program

    Secretary of the U.S. Army John McHugh on Thursday said Fort Knox’s energy advancement policies are “light years” ahead of many installations in the country, and the “lessons learned” from Fort Knox’s pioneering example could and should be explored throughout the rest of the Army.

    McHugh, the Army’s top civilian, visited the post to review its energy program and said the military is taking a serious look at curbing energy consumption to save taxpayer money and prove good environmental stewards.