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September 23, 2019

A new downtown building is in the process of being built where Newberry’s once stood. A beam signing for the new structure took place Friday afternoon. The new building will feature a restaurant, bar, and residential property.

The Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to a call of smoke at a business over the weekend. According to Deputy Fire Chief Everett Roberts, officials responded to El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant on Saturday after a call from a neighboring business regarding the smell of smoke before the business opened. Upon investigation, it was discovered that there was a pot of beans left cooking on the stove. The scene was cleared in about an hour after the stove was turned off.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals issued a unanimous decision that proper procedure was followed in the sale of Hardin Memorial Health assets to Baptist Health. The court ruled that Dr. Larry Hall, who made the appeal, lacked necessary standing and had “absolutely no evidence” that the process used was done in secret. Under the terms of the proposed partnership, Baptist Health would acquire all assets of HMH, and in return, would commit $235 million over a ten year period to HMH in operating and capital investments.

Bluegrass Cellular is accepting nominations for its revamped Battles in the Bluegrass program. The winner this year will receive a $5,000 prize with the “technology gift”. Nominations can be made by visiting, and are due by midnight on September 26th.

The Elizabethtown Police Department has responded to questions regarding fundraising phone calls and letters from the American Police Officers Alliance. Officer John Thomas says this organization is not charitable, and appears to be a political organization with no law enforcement affiliation. This serves as a reminder to be wary of unfamiliar organizations soliciting donations. Solicitations such as this tend to see an increase during the holiday season.

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