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October 4, 2019

A Leitchfield staple will close its doors next year. According to WHAS, MTD Products will cease operations, and plans to shut the facility down by June of 2020. A job at MTD has come to be a family tradition to some living in the town with a population of only 7000. MTD is offering severance benefits, outplacement services, and potential jobs at other locations within the company. No other information is available at this time.

This Sunday marks the beginning of Fire Prevention Week, and some officials are making the rounds to local schools to teach the basics of fire safety. Radcliff Deputy Fire Marshal Tommy Crane says the Radcliff FD will be going to schools and talking to the kids, letting them see firefighters in their equipment and take a look at the fire trucks. The theme of this year’s week revolves around plotting escape plans in the case of a home fire. Crane reminds residents to make sure all escape routes are unobstructed and as easy to open as possible.

The Breckinridge County Sheriff is facing new charges stemming from a 2019 DUI crash. According to WDRB, Todd Pate is now charged with operating under the influence, wanton endangerment, and leaving the scene of an accident, as well as assault and criminal mischief, which are new charges. Pate is scheduled for arraignment on November 15th in Hardinsburg. Pate remains on the job as Sheriff of Breckenridge County, a position which he has held since 2003, but bond restrictions do not allow him to drive or carry a firearm. There is a petition from residents of Breckinridge County calling for Pate to resign.

Continuing the trend of banning open burning in the drought conditions, Larue County has issued a burn ban of its own. The announcement was made by Judge Executive Tommy Turner yesterday afternoon. The ban is in effect until further notice, and encompasses all forms of recreational burning.

The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming November elections is Monday the 7th at 4 PM, and the Hardin County Clerk’s Office is reminding citizens of how to register. Hardin County Clerk Debbie Donnelly advises to go online to govoteky.com in order to register. Those interested in absentee voting should inquire to the Hardin County Clerk’s office. Voting locations can be found at hccoky.org.