Local News

  • West Park Road extension to open soon

    With an extension of West Park Road complete and safety concerns leveling off, Elizabethtown soon plans to open the road to the public.

    Mayor Tim Walker said the city is mulling a specific date to open the road to traffic, but plans to do so before Hardin County Schools reconvene classes Aug. 3.

    Major work on the roadway concluded in June, said City Engineer Scott Reynolds, but the city delayed opening the road for safety reasons because contractors at the Elizabethtown Sports Park were using large trucks on the road and transporting heavy machinery.

  • Morrison takes home championship prize in barbecue, chili cook-off

    Brian Morrison of Big B-S BBQ in Tennessee was named grand champion of the Olde Time Glendale BBQ and Chili Cook-off held July 16.

    The reserve grand champion was Josh Lovelady’s Big Bama BBQ. Lovelady is from Elizabethtown.

    Each category — ribs, chili, pork shoulder and brisket — had a respective first place as well.

  • Girl talk: Republican Women hear from female speakers

    David Williams,  Republican nominee for governor, is not seeking power. Just ask his wife.

    “He didn’t make this race because he wanted to be something, he made this race because he wants to do something,” Robyn Williams told the Hardin County Republican Women’s Club. “And that’s a big difference. Because Kentuckians deserve better than a governor who’s every move is calculated on how it will benefit his re-election instead of how it will benefit the next generation.”

  • HCS new student registration is today and Friday

    New student registration for Hardin County Schools is today and Friday.

    Parents should go to the school their child will attend to enroll him or her. Parents can go during the school’s regular operating hours, which can be found at www.hardin.k12.ky.us.

    The one exception is Radcliff Elementary School. Parents of new students at that school should travel to North Park Elementary School on South Logsdon Parkway to complete paperwork. Radcliff Elementary is under construction and is not easily accessible at this time.

  • Hodgenville man struck by lightning

    A Hodgenville man was struck by lightning Tuesday night near the 700 block of South Lincoln Boulevard.

    Hodgenville Police Chief Steve Johnson said dispatch received a call at 10:43 p.m. According to the responding officer, despite the lightning strike, Steven Druen got up and climbed into the ambulance.

    Druen was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital and arrived at 11:05 p.m.

  • Second-hand sales regulated in Vine Grove

    The sale of second-hand items is being more closely regulated in Vine Grove.
    City Council members passed an ordinance Monday aimed at deterring the sale of stolen items. It requires junk, secondhand and scrap metal dealers to input items they buy into the national database designed to cross-reference items against possessions reported stolen. Photographs and descriptions of the items would be input into the database.

  • 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.