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Today's News

  • USDA program helps with job creation

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for grants to help rural businesses create jobs through cooperative development centers.

    The Rural Cooperative Development Grant program will award grants of as much as $225,000 to colleges, universities and nonprofit groups.

    The money must be used to create and operate centers that help individuals or groups establish, expand or operate rural businesses, especially cooperatives.

  • Wreck on Leitchfield Road injures two

    Two drivers were injured in an wreck on Leitchfield Road near the Hardin County-Grayson County line Tuesday morning.

    James Brewer of Big Clifty was traveling west when he began to fall asleep, according to a Kentucky State Police news release. His 2002 Kia drifted off the right shoulder.

    Brewer overcorrected and lost control, skidding sideways into the eastbound lane where a Ford Ranger, operated by Melissa Decker of Leitchfield, collided with his vehicle, police said.

  • Buggeland competency hearing postponed

    The News-Enterprise

    Erik Buggeland's competency hearing was postponed Tuesday.
    Buggeland is accused of killing his parents, Terje and Margaret Buggeland, last September in their home. He was found eight days later in Tennessee.

    Buggeland's competency hearing has been rescheduled for June 21.

  • Vine Grove might pass sex business ordinance

    Vine Grove officials are considering an ordinance regulating practices and alcohol sales for any sexually oriented businesses that might look to locate in the town.

    The city council listened Monday to the first reading of an ordinance that would, among other things, prohibit public nudity. It also would prohibit the sale of alcohol in sexually oriented businesses.

    The city’s current ordinance says only that the city reserves the right to pass ordinances related to such businesses.

  • Jessie pleads guilty, faces up to 35 years

    Though the Circuit Courtroom 1 at Hardin County Justice Center was bustling with people Tuesday morning, it was silent and largely empty that afternoon  when Brandon Lee Jessie pleaded guilty to murder.

    \On June 6, 2010, Jessie was driving a stolen Mitsubishi Outlander as he fled police and ran a red light at the Ky. 313 and U.S. 31W intersection. Jessie’s vehicle crashed into another car — killing its driver, James Fentress of Elizabethtown. In the course of the crash, a third vehicle was struck. Its passengers were injured, but survived.

  • Lunch program busy during early stages

    Schools may be closed but the cafeterias are still running in some Hardin County schools.

    The HCS summer lunch program began Monday, and are serving free lunches to children younger than 18 through July 29. Lunches are served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central Hardin, North Hardin and John Hardin high schools and North Park Elementary School. Adult lunches are $3.50.

    The lunches are picked up and served by a number of summer camps and other organizations.

  • ETCB to give $100,000 to Veterans Tribute

    Nearly two months after organizers of the Hardin County Veterans Tribute asked the Elizabethtown Tourism Commission for a $100,000 donation, tourism officials have agreed to support the venture.

    The Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau included $25,000 toward the Veterans Tribute in its 2011-12 fiscal year budget. The $2.9 million budget was approved last week and must receive final approval from Elizabethtown City Council before the donation can be finalized.

  • PREP SOFTBALL: Central Hardin hopes to end its first-game funk at State (06/08)

    For a team as experienced as they are, the Central Hardin Lady Bruins still get nervous – a fact not lost on team members or their interim coach, Jamie Goodman.

    Coming off a shocking extra-inning road upset of powerhouse Owensboro Catholic three days before, the Lady Bruins stumbled through a 6-4 win against Bullitt Central in their TSOA Tournament opener at Meade-Olin Park.

  • GOLF: Three in contention to make cut at State Am (06/08)

    Following the first round of the Appalachian Wireless Kentucky State Amateur, former Elizabethtown standout golfer Garrett Hinton is within striking distance of achieving his goal of finishing in the top 20 in the state’s top amateur tournament.

    Hinton, an Eastern Kentucky University sophomore-to-be, fired a 73 at the Kearney Hill Golf Links in Lexington on Tuesday. Hinton is in a 17-way tie for 27th, five shots behind co-leaders Bruce Walters and Patrick Newcomb. Walters, of Pikeville, and Newcomb, of Benton, each carded a 68.

  • Barnes, Pierce receive five years probation for role in shootout

    Two men involved of in a drug deal turned shootout in Elizabethtown last May were sentenced to five years probation each Tuesday.

    Courtney Pierce and Phillip Jharrell Barnes, both of Louisville, each received 10 years for attempted robbery among other charges. Both received five years probation in Hardin County.

    As part of their probation, Pierce and Barnes cannot leave Hardin County without approval from their probation officers. They must be employed within 60 days and undergo substance-abuse treatment.