Today's News

  • Arrests on the rise in Hardin County

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown reported a 40 percent increase in arrests for driving under the influence in March, and according to area law enforcement, arrests in general have increased over the last few weeks.

    Jailer Danny Allen said the typical daily average population at Hardin County Detention Center is 600 to 610 inmates. In April, the average head count has risen to 630 and April 4, the inmate population was more than 700, he said.

    “In general, we’re having a lot of people brought in,” he said.

  • Some Ky. jails allow inmate baptism

    In its effort to conduct baptisms for willing jail inmates, Elizabethtown Church of Christ launched an ad this week with the word “why” printed over a stark red background. It lists 15 counties that reportedly allow inmate baptisms, including Daviess, Fulton, Oldham and neighboring Grayson.

    The message is the latest chapter in the church’s push to overturn a decade-old ban on baptisms at the Hardin County Detention Center that went public last month when church members approached Hardin Fiscal Court about the topic.

  • Hardin County man arrested for stabbing during party

    Authorities apprehended a Hardin County man Thursday who had been wanted since Sunday when a stabbing interrupted a birthday celebration.

    Raymond Kendall Wilson, 51, is charged with attempted murder.

    The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office believes Wilson attacked Gerald Tharpe, 55, around 5 p.m. Sunday at a residence on Roundtop Road south of Elizabethtown. The stabbing occurred during a neighborhood birthday party for the homeowner’s son. Both men live on Roundtop Road, authorities said.

  • Minister offers arguments in favor of jailhouse baptisms

     Christianity is the one true religion of the one true God. I make no apologies for that statement.

    Although God loves all mankind, he sent his son into the world so that the world through him might be saved. Jesus claimed, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me.”

  • Growers narrowly escape frost damage

    Area growers narrowly avoided more than marginal damage from a late frost Wednesday night.

    Jeremy and Joanna Hinton, owners of Hinton’s Orchard near Hodgenville, set to work that night placing row covers over strawberries to protect the fruit from the low temperature, which reached about 30 degrees.

    That was barely high enough to avoid damage to apple and peach trees in the orchard, Jeremy Hinton said.

    “We’re thankful that it didn’t get any colder than it did,” he said.

  • Making hay while the sun shines
  • North Hardin principal announces retirement

    After more than a decade in the top job and a part of North Hardin High School staff since 1986, Bill Dennison is retiring as principal.

    Superintendent Nannette Johnston said Dennison devoted his career to the Radcliff school, serving as a chemistry and biology teacher before becoming assistant principal in 1998 and principal three years later.

    Dennison announced his plans to the staff just before spring break after consultation with the superintendent.

  • 'Cuckoo' becomes relative with HCP production

    Mental health is relative in more ways than one when a real-life brother- and sister-in-law take lead roles in the Hardin County Playhouse production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

    Sarah Ryan, who plays Nurse Ratched, appears opposite her brother-in-law, Aaron Taylor, who plays Randle McMurphy.

    “They were just the right ones for the roles,” said Bo Cecil, HCP artistic director.

  • Ag commissioner honors Roy Rich

    Elizabethtown businessman Roy Rich was named honorary commissioner of agriculture Thursday in recognition of nearly a quarter-century of service on a state advisory board.

    Bestowed by Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, the honor came as Rich, who owns E-town Exterminating, resigned his position as chairman from the state’s Pest Control Advisory Board.

    The board reviews commercial structural pest control, conducts enforcement proceedings and makes written recommendations for the state Department of Agriculture.

  • Accomplishments that deserve recognition

     From time to time to ensure that special efforts receive their due, we stop to review accomplishments in the community and offer a few well-deserved kudos.

    PURPLE HEART EFFORTS. Irvin Lyons Jr. of Vine Grove came home from Vietnam with two Purple Heart medals but found a country critical of the war effort and taking it out on soldiers.

    When you’ve been putting your life at risk in service to your country, it’s hard to return to harsh criticism and being called baby killers.

    He has not forgotten the feeling.