Today's News

  • Vinal's their name; don't wear it out (or maybe do)

    Vinyl records were the inspiration for the name of Elizabethtown rock group Vinal (pronounced the same as its namesake), but the group has not lasted 12 years on their name alone.

    “I believe to succeed as a band, in any genre, the members have to have great chemistry, and as with any relationship, communication is key,” Nick Glass, vocalist and guitarist, said.

    Glass moved to Elizabethtown in 1996 and had joined The Heartland Song Writer’s Association, playing music at the now defunct Piccassos.

  • Playing hooky from vacation

    Vacation typically means different things to different people.

    At least once a year to my girlfriend, Rebecca Ricks, and me, it means a couple of days and nights camping and fishing at Land-Between-the-Lakes. This year was no exception.

    That’s what we had in mind, anyway.

    But this year Mother Nature decided to be particularly disagreeable.
    Yep. My vacation fell during last week’s bout of severe weather.

  • Favorite dishes for Derby Day celebrations

    Saturday is the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby, which many sports enthusiasts refer to it as “the greatest two minutes in sports.” The race that began in 1875 is 1.25 miles long and is for 3-year-olds. But for as much history and tradition there is about the horses and Churchill Downs, there is much tradition about the food and drinks served at the race track on the first Saturday of May.

  • United Way spends your contributions well

    Everyone is stretching dollars these days.

    Money and resources only go so far, whether being spent by a businesses, an agency or an individual. The United Way of Central Kentucky is no exception.

    Each year, the organization has the responsibility of putting campaign money raised where it can meet the greatest needs of the community in the most efficient and effective manner.

  • ECTC auto/diesel program recognized nationally

    The auto/diesel program of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College has been named one of four top programs in the country by Tomorrow’s Technician, a trade magazine for automotive programs at secondary and postsecondary schools.

    The program, along with South Seattle Community College in Seattle, Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colo., and Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, will learn which one will be tops sometime this month.

  • Tea Party urges members to push for change

    With less than two weeks until Kentucky’s primary election, the local Tea Party chairman issued an impassioned plea to vote for change.

    “I’m issuing you a challenge from my very heart,” Bobby Alexander said as Tuesday night’s monthly meeting of the Central Kentucky Tea Party Patriots came to a close at Nolin RECC.

    Alexander said the working group of volunteers who direct the local Tea Party are recommending a slate of candidates including Phil Moffett, the Republican gubernatorial candidate who spoke before the group.

  • Vine Grove water tower nearing completion

    Vine Grove residents soon will see a completed water tower.

    The company working on the water tower off Ky. 1500, Caldwell Tank of Louisville reported that its work is nearing completion, Mayor Blake Proffitt said.

    “They swear they’ll be done by May 13. I don’t know if they’ve seen the weather report yet,” he said, laughing.

    Proffitt thinks work will be done by the end of the month.

    So far the interior coating and hydrant installation are finished.

  • PREP BASEBALL/SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Panthers roll past Knox, LaRue beats Hart (05/05)

    Sophomore Zach Ditto had two doubles and three RBIs and senior Cory Farrow had two singles, a triple and three RBIs to lead the visiting Elizabethtown Panthers to a 15-0 win over Fort Knox in five innings in a 17th District game Wednesday.

    Senior Will Sidebottom added a double and two RBIs, while sophomore Garrett Morgan singled twice and drove in a run.

    Eighth-grader Austin Freyberger (1-1), junior Ryne Kauffeld and Farrow combined on a one-hitter. Freyberger struck out two and gave up a single to Fort Knox junior Matt Hubner in two innings.

  • PREP TENNIS ROUNDUP: Wednesday's Results (05/05)





    Results from Wednesday’s match at North Hardin:


    Chrys Castro (NH) def. Tyler Edlin (JH), 6-0, 6-0

    Cesar Castro (NH) def. Blake McQuown (JH), 6-0, 6-1

    Sage Knock (JH) def. Jesse Dewe (NH), 8-6


  • PREP BASEBALL: Who calls the pitches? (5/5)

    The art of catchers calling their own game at the high school level has become a rarity. Instead, most high schools have gone to the wristband approach. The catcher, who is wearing a wristband, receives the sign from the bench, consults the band, and then relays the sign to the pitcher.

    Central Hardin, Elizabethtown, LaRue County and Meade County all use a similar approach, mainly working off a wristband to signal in pitches. North Hardin coaches signal in pitches as well. John Hardin is the only school which doesn’t have a coach signal in pitches.