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Today's News

  • Phillips — Clark

    Jerry and Debbra Phillips of Flaherty announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Andraya Phillips of Flaherty, to Casey Clark of Vine Grove, son of Gail Clark of Vine Grove and Chris and Terry Clark of Lowville, N.Y.

    The bride to be is a graduate of Elizabethtown High School and Samford University. She is a pharmacist.

    The prospective groom is a graduate of North Hardin High School. He is a rural mail carrier.

  • Former LaRue County deputy sheriff arrested

    A six-year veteran deputy with the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Wednesday afternoon following a state police investigation regarding a stolen motorcycle.

    Former sheriff’s deputy Joshua Matthew Darst, 31, of Clarkson, was arrested just after 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on charges of first-degree official misconduct, theft by unlawful taking - automobile and tampering with physical evidence, according to a news release from Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown.

  • D.A.R.E. to make a difference

    Over the last several weeks, area fifth-grade students have graduated from local D.A.R.E. classes, a nation-wide anti-drug program that has educated students in Hardin County for more than 20 years.

    Virgil Willoughby, public information officer for Elizabethtown Police Department, has taught local D.A.R.E classes for about eight years. The program, which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, not only is to educate students about the harmful effects of drug use, he said, but also is about encouraging discussion, especially between students and their families.

  • Area ‘Angels’ offer business advice

    A crowd of about 50 people visited the Historic State Theater on  Wednesday to learn about local investors and the experiences they have gathered.

    Investing Angels of the Heartland featured several local business-minded men and women speaking about their successes and sharing tips with potential entrepreneurs and investors.

    The event was sponsored by the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, the Lincoln Trail Innovation Center and the Lincoln Trail Venture Group to promote the venture group and draw members.

  • E’town teen arrested in connection to area fires

    Elizabethtown police arrested an 18-year-old woman Wednesday morning suspected of starting eight fires since March 25 throughout downtown.

    Rachel Dembek of Elizabethtown was arrested early Wednesday and charged with one count each of second- and third-degree arson. The charges stem from fires set Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, police said.

  • Former LaRue County deputy arrested

    A former LaRue County deputy sheriff was arrested Wednesday by Kentucky State Police and was jailed on two felony charges as well as one count of official misconduct.

    Joshua Matthew Darst, 31, of Clarkson, a six-year veteran of the LaRue County Sheriff's Department, is accused of keeping a stolen motorcycle that he recovered while working as a deputy. The KSP official statement issued after midnight Thursday claims Darst altered the motorcycle's appearance "in an attempt to mask its identity" from the owner.

  • Judge lowers Kolley's bond

    A circuit judge approved a significant bond reduction Monday for Samantha J. Kolley, an Elizabethtown woman reportedly seen fleeing the scene of a burglary and homicide Dec. 30 in Buffalo.

    Kolley, 19, was indicted earlier this year for multiple Class C and  Class D felonies, including theft by unlawful taking — auto, second-degree burglary, receiving stolen property and first-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension.

  • 'Lockout' is no knockout

    March and April usually produce a steady stream of mediocre films before the big summer movie season starts in May.

    These aren’t necessarily bad films, just something you’d rather rent or catch on television than pay to see in a theater.

    “Lockout” is one of those movies. It’s not totally bad but it’s not great.

  • Making a bucket-free list

    A couple of weekends ago I found myself in Madisonville in western Kentucky.

    As unlikely as it might seem, I was there to audition for an independent film, a psychological thriller by an area production company.

    That is not the crux of the story.

  • Free tours offered at Mammoth Cave

    National Park Week is April 21 through 29 and Mammoth Cave National Park is offering free tours.

    Visitors can pick up the free tickets at the visitor center ticket office before tour times. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT Saturday and April 28, free self-guided Discovery tours are offered. The self-guided Discovery tour is a three-quarter mile tour lasting about 30 minutes.

    Sunday through Friday and April 29, the park offers free Mammoth Passage Tours at 9, 10 and 11:15 a.m. and 12:15, 1:15, 2:45 and 4:15 p.m. CDT.