Today's News

  • ATHLETICS: Toppers on Tour stops at Freeman Lake (06/15)

    A countdown on the home page of Western Kentucky University athletics tells fans the season-opening game with the University of Kentucky in Nashville, Tenn., is 79 days away.

    Hearing second-year coach Willie Taggart speak Tuesday during the school’s Toppers on Tour stop at Freeman Lake Park, one might think the game was mere days away.

    Taggart, a former Hilltopper standout who is only 1-of-4 players to have their jersey retired by the school, is amped for the game already.

  • Elementary teacher charged with solicitation

    A 36-year-old man who worked briefly as a Hardin County Schools teacher has been arrested for solicitation of a minor.

    Chad Meadows of Flaherty was arrested June 6 and charged with unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities.

    Meadows, who taught at Vine Grove Elementary School, allegedly propositioned a 13-year-old female to engage in a sexual activity during a Facebook chat.

  • Names released of women killed in Monday wreck

    Police identified the two women killed Monday when a black sedan ran into a tree along the Western Kentucky Parkway near Elizabethtown.

    Marion A. Petrie, 80, of Fairview in northern Kentucky and Yolanda Davis, 38, of Cincinnati were passengers in the black Chrysler 300 involved in the single-vehicle crash, Kentucky State Police said.

    The wreck occurred near mile marker 132 on the parkway about four miles from the U.S. 31W Bypass in Elizabethtown.

  • HCS launches social media efforts

    Hardin County Schools has entered the world of social media with an official Facebook page and Twitter stream. 

    “Our world communicates in so many different ways,” Superintendent Nannette Johnston said. “This is another way to keep in touch with our students, parents, faculty, staff and our community friends.”

    The district will post on facebook.com/hardincounty schoolsand twitter.com/ HardinCoSchools or search @HardinCoSchools.

  • State plan would limit entry to U.S. 31W on 10-mile stretch

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has drafted an access management plan for U.S. 31W that will restrict median access on a 10-mile stretch connecting Elizabethtown and Radcliff.

    State highway officials have patterned the estimated $6 million project after similar road plans across the country and believe the changes will reduce the number of crashes on the heavily trafficked corridor.

  • Adventures in babysitting

    When parents have to leave the care of their children in someone else’s hands, there can be concerns about the capability of the care provider.

    The American Red Cross is helping put those fears to rest by offering babysitting training courses to students ages 11 to 15.

    On Tuesday, the Hardin-LaRue County chapter began a two-day babysitting training course to help 14 students better understand the responsibilities of caring for a younger child.

  • E’town councilman: Use of reserves should be avoided

    Concerns about the use of reserve funds to balance Elizabethtown's $57.7 million budget proposal surfaced among the council members.

    Councilman Ron Thomas said he may be unable to support the budget because the city would pull $3.8 million from reserves for projects to avoid racking up additional debt, including roughly $2.7 million for stormwater repairs and upgrades.

  • Photos: Hopping on horses
  • Attorney enjoys extra role clowning around

    As an attorney practicing domestic and criminal law, Phyllis Lonneman sees many a case that is no laughing matter.

    As Choco-lotte the clown, laughing and smiles come with the territory.

    Lonneman, who graduated from clown college about three years ago, said clowning is her escape from the rigors of court, and it is a rewarding activity for her.

    So occasionally she dons makeup and becomes Choco-lotte the clown.

    “I’m a big chocolate fanatic,” Lonneman said.

  • 3GC — hotrods and music



    A taste of the Nashville music scene, hotrods and motorcycles are all a part of local band 3GC.

    Wade Perry and Jason Dowell, of Elizabethtown, rode their motorcycles to Nashville in the fall of 2009. They walked down the sidewalk on lower Broadway and heard a band that stood out from the others at Layla’s Bluegrass Inn.

    Dowell said they had to go in and listen. The band was Lane Kristian and the Jakehead Mob.