Today's News

  • State struggles with federal education guidelines

    Only six of 29 local schools made Adequate Yearly Progress according to recently released No Child Left Behind data, but they’re in good company. About 90 percent of Kentucky schools didn’t make AYP, according to Mark Kopp, associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction services with Hardin County Schools.

  • New York freelance bassist has Hardin County roots

    Brian Vinson is a freelance jazz bassist in New York, but his roots are in Hardin County.

    Vinson lived in White Mills until he was about 7 and then moved closer to Elizabethtown.

    “My grandparents had farms in Upton, and I spent a lot of time there when I was young,” he said. “Then I moved to Louisville to go to college after graduating high school.”

    Music was a big part of his young life.

  • PAWS celebrates successful weekend

    Pet Palooza Weekend turned out to be a success for the PAWS Shelter Foundation Inc., a foundation created to raise money for a new Hardin County Animal Shelter location.

    In a news release, the foundation reports more than $20,000 was collected last weekend. All money will go toward remodeling a building at 220 Peterson Drive, which will become the animal shelter’s new site.

  • Gun fired during local restaurant robbery

    A gun was fired during a robbery early Sunday morning at Hardee’s on North Dixie Avenue.

    Employees told Elizabethtown police that a black male, about 5-foot-9 and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a bandana across his face, entered the restaurant with a handgun. After demanding money, the man forced employees into the freezer and left, according to an EPD news release.

    Although the man fired once, no witnesses were injured, police said.  He escaped with an undetermined amount of cash.

  • Former deputy jailer pleads guilty

    A former Hardin County Detention Center deputy jailer pleaded guilty to second-degree promoting of contraband Monday in Hardin District Court.

    Randell Lee Jackson, 25, was arrested in May following an investigation by the Hardin County Drug Task Force, Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and jail staff. Through an investigation, officials observed Jackson providing material to inmates on a video monitor.

    Jackson had been working at the detention center for less than a year at the time of his arrest.

  • Burden waives preliminary hearing

    An Indiana man charged with first-degree sexual abuse and burglary waived a preliminary hearing Monday in Hardin District Court.

    William Scott Burden, 49, is out on a $10,000 unsecured bond and appeared in court with a private attorney. His case moves on to a grand jury, which typically returns an indictment within 60 days.

  • Murder and Mardi Gras

    A night of murder, mystery and Mardi Gras is staged Saturday at the Brown-Pusey House.

    Costumed murder mystery “As the Beads Drop” will be the highlight of the evening as volunteer actors will portray the mystery and audience members submit guesses about which one is the killer.

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  • Place completes basic training

    PLACE. Cadet Harrison Joseph Place, son of Col. and Mrs. Ronald Place of Fort Stewart, Ga., recently completed Cadet Basic Training at the U.S. Military Academy.

    Place entered West Point on June 27 and has successfully completed six weeks of CBT.

    Place began classes Aug. 15. The West Point curriculum offers 45 majors balancing physical sciences and engineering with humanities and social sciences leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.

  • Pitt doesn’t get the ‘Moneyball’ rolling

    Brad Pitt (“Tree of Life”) has received high praise from many critics for his performance in “Moneyball,” but I found that it is the people around him with strong performances and that Pitt’s is lacking.

    The film is based on the true story of how the Oakland As Major League Baseball team, and its general manger, Billy Beane, played by Pitt, created a history-making season with a fourth of the operating budget of some of the big league teams. I’m sorry to tell you kids, a lot of it had to do with math.