Local News

  • Fort Knox soldier killed in Afghanistan

     Gov. Steve Beshear June 22 recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Knox soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
    According to the Department of Defense, Sgt. James W. Harvey II, 23, of Toms River, N.J., died June 20 in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.  He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1stInfantry Division, Fort Knox, Ky.

  • Door-to-door scammers hit Upton area

    The Better Business Bureau has received reports of two men selling “Sylvan” books door-to-door in Hardin County. The men are wearing name tags to look like official representatives of Sylvan Learning Center of Elizabethtown and one even told a consumer he was “an exchange student from Florida,” trying to legitimize sales.

    The books are being sold for $130 with the promise of being hand-delivered in August. Sylvan is in no way affiliated with these men and doesn’t sell books door-to-door at any time.

  • Billy Howell, former funeral director, dies

    Billy Howell, 72, former director of Hodgenville’s Billy Howell Funeral Chapel, lost his battle with cancer June 21. He died about 10 a.m., according to friends.
    His Celebration of Life service is 6 p.m. Saturday, June 25, 2011, at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven Chapel, 4400 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY.  Visitation begins at noon Saturday at the funeral home.
    Howell, who started racing stock cars in 1962, was named to the Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2010.

  • Construction to begin on New Haven Library

    The Nelson County Public Library signed a contract with EH Construction of Bardstown June 15 for the construction of two new library branches in New Haven and Bloomfield at a cost of $1,933,369.

  • PHOTO: Vaughn named Detective of the Year

    Kentucky State Police Det. Jonathan L. Vaughn, center, a resident of Hodgenville, was named Detective of the Year for KSP Post 4 in Elizabethtown by Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown, right, and KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer, left, on May 24 in Frankfort. A 10-year KSP veteran, Vaughn is a 1997 graduate of LaRue County High School. He is the son of the late Jimmy Ray Vaughn of Magnolia and the late Janalyn Vaughn of Hodgenville.

  • Plaque marks site of fatal plane crash

    A marker now sits near the spot of a March 27, 1948, plane crash that killed five people.

    Four friends, Keith Riggs, Lee Newton, Mac McMullan and Joey Greenwell, decided it was time to pay tribute to those who lost their lives that day with a permanent marker on a knob that lies just behind the Blue Gap Knob, east of U.S. 31E between Culvertown and New Haven.

  • Three injured in Upton crash

    Three people were injured in a tractor trailer vs. pickup collision June 15 in Upton.

    Just before 6 p.m., a 1993 GMC pickup driven by Troy F. Alford, 52, of Glendale, was traveling west on Memory Lane and failed to stop at a stop sign and entered the path of a semi driven by Benford J. Williams, 52, of Lavergne, Tenn.

    Williams’ vehicle was southbound on U.S. 31W.

  • Flaget is part of health care systems merger

    By Erin McCoy, Landmark News Service

    The University of Louisville Hospital/James Graham Brown Cancer Center, Louisville-based Jewish Hospital and St. Mary's HealthCare, and the Saint Joseph Health System, which includes Flaget Memorial Hospital, announced an agreement to form a unified health care delivery system Tuesday. The network will include 91 hospitals, clinics, home health agencies, physician groups and satellite primary care centers.

  • Work at Sinking Spring complete

    Work was completed Tuesday on the steps leading to the historic Sinking Springs at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hodgenville.
    A crew from the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center in Frederick, Maryland, restored flagstones over a six-week period. Each stone was documented and mapped so it could be replaced in the same spot. The area was closed to the public during some of the construction.

  • Test wells drilled at old gas station

    A state contractor last week drilled a series of test wells at the site of a former gasoline station at the intersection of Greensburg Street and East Main Street.
    Junior Cox, a certified driller and environmental technician with J&M Monitoring, worked much of the week drilling holes and installing the PVC pipe that make up the test wells in the parking lots of the old filling station and adjoining city property. The seven monitoring wells are drilled to a depth of about 32-feet, hitting bedrock, Cox said.