Today's News

  • Lightning strike reduces poplar tree to splinters

    Some residents on Chestnut Street in Elizabethtown were treated to the sights and sounds of thunder and lightning as it roused them from slumber early Wednesday morning, but they woke up with more than they bargained for.
    John and Tracie Craig greeted the morning with a shock as they found a roughly 60-feet-tall tulip poplar tree shattered in their backyard, a result of a powerful lightning strike earlier in the morning.

  • Lacy Thomas wrote the book on birdhouses

    An Elizabethtown craftsman is trying to expand the population served by the Hardin County Library system to include small birds, such as chickadees and house finches.

    Lacy Thomas, a regular patron of the library, donated a birdhouse to the library’s main branch on Jim Owen Drive, as a way to provide for the natural world and giving back to one of his favorite places in the community.

  • Killion waves probable cause hearing, released on reduced bail

    The case of a Radcliff man arrested on charges of providing minors with alcohol and committing an illegal sex act with a minor younger than 16 will go before a grand jury.

    Jake Alan Killion, 20, waived his probable cause hearing when he appeared Wednesday in Hardin District Court.
    Killion, who has pleaded not guilty, was arrested July 7 and charged with one count of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and two counts of third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

  • Emergency Management opens cooling center in Elizabethtown

    HARDIN COUNTY — Hardin County Emergency Management has opened a cooling center at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown as the county continues to battle oppressive heat.
    Doug Finlay, deputy emergency management director, said the center is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Saturday, though Emergency Management will re-evaluate the center’s availability Friday.
    The center offers water, lemonade and other cold drinks and a small assortment of snacks for those seeking shelter from the heat.

  • Hardin Countians accept roles in state GOP staff

    Kyle Pence and Iris Wilbur, both natives of Hardin County, recently have been named to the Victory staff at the Republican Party of Kentucky.

    Pence and Wilbur will assist in the party’s grassroots and turnout efforts toward the election of all Republican candidates appearing on the ballot this fall.

    Pence, who also will assist the party with legal issues that might arise, will work primarily out of the Republican Party’s Lexington office. Wilbur is stationed in the party’s Louisville office.

  • Markham: Radcliff Village will change city’s dynamic

    Joe Markham’s vision to revamp the Radcliff Square Shopping Center at the intersection of Lincoln Trail and Dixie boulevards is not simply a business deal designed to bottle the successes of Fort Knox’s transformation. It also could be described as a labor of love to give Radcliff a competitive edge in the region.

    Markham, a Utah-based real estate developer and North Hardin High School graduate, shared this vision Tuesday night with Radcliff City Council and a chamber full of interested residents eager to hear the details of the plan at Radcliff City Hall.

  • Bringing history to life on the sidewalks

    Local pioneer Samuel Haycraft Jr., Gen. George Armstrong Custer, President James Buchanan and other historic figures walk the streets of Elizabethtown each Thursday night.

    Haycraft led the way last week for about 40 guests touring Elizabethtown history during one of the summer’s Downtown Charlie Logsdon Walking Tours that have taken place for the past 24 years.

  • Vine Grove places restrictions on sexually oriented businesses

    Vine Grove City Council replaced the city’s ordinance regarding sexually oriented businesses such as strip clubs and adult bookstores during its meeting Monday.

    Although alcohol sales are not legal in the city and it has no sexually oriented shops, the new ordinance prohibits the sale of alcohol at sexually oriented businesses.

  • Life or Something Like It: Summer foods

    One of the best things about summer is eating.

    At farmers markets, in grocery stores and in our own gardens, there are piles of big-leafed Swiss chard, juicy blueberries, crunchy cucumbers and lots and lots of zucchini.

    And summer will really start, of course, when we pick the first ripe tomato from the garden or the pots on the porch (and if you’ve already done that, I’m envious).

  • Hardin's reapportionment goes quickly, smoothly

    The issue: Legislative districts
    Our view: Hardin County got it right

    Legislative boundaries are redrawn every 10 years to reflect population shifts detected by the latest U.S. Census. The constitutional requirement assures balanced representation.

    It also creates periodic political infighting because some districts are enlarged and others shrink to obtain a balanced number of constituents. It should be noted, however, that Hardin County completed the process in record time without any public bickering.