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News for July 6th

Victim in Hardin County explosion ID’d

The name of the victim in last thursday’s explosion in Hardin county has been released. According to the Hardin County Coroner’s Office, 53-year old Kelly Zilisch was killed after an explosion in his home off of New Glendale Road late Wednesday night.

As previously reported, officials had responded to the residence after a call came in shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday night. In addition to the fatality, several others inside the residence were injured. While the incident is still under investigation, authorities say the cause of the explosion was due to homemade fireworks.

Driver road testing set to begin in some area counties

After written testing resumed last week, road skills tests for driver permits will begin once again today in several of our counties. According to Kentucky State Police, skills testing will take place once again in Hardin, Larue, and Breckinridge beginning today, as well as being administered all day in Larue and Breckinridge. KSP says that an online portal to schedule future skills testing will be operational sometime later this month. Drivers who had scheduled tests before the closure will be contacted by KSP to complete the testing.

City of Elizabethtown holds abbreviated Founders’ Day celebration on Saturday

While it was certainly a different version than in previous years, organizers of this year’s Founders’ Day in Elizabethtown are hailing it a success. City Events Program Manager Sarah Vaughn says that while the events location and agenda had to be shifted away from Freeman Lake due to COVID-19, the event itself went off with out a problem. Social distancing measures were in place, with crews marking out every other parking spaces at ECTC and the surrounding city lots. As a result, Vaughn says that as many as 700 to 900 spots were available for parking. Next year will be the event’s 10 year anniversary, something Vaughn says will be a factor in their planning of the event. The event, which is traditionally held a Freeman Lake Park, was moved to the EC3 Campus due to it’s elevation in the city.

Hardin, Meade County Schools release their guidance plans

Hardin County Schools has released their guidance document for a return to school this upcoming school year. The document, which was released to teachers and staff Thursday, was made available to the public Sunday morning. The document also covers the online learning academy that will be offered to students, and the difference between it and NTI Learning. The complete document can be found on the Hardin County Schools website.

The same goes for Meade county. Parents, teachers, and students alike now have an idea of how their return to school will look next month. The district released their return to school plan on Friday, and like many districts, it included plans for alternative online instruction academies. The online program, My Meade Online, will start on August 26th, 3 weeks after traditional in-person instruction begins. Those in-person will have to follow strict health guidelines, such as social distancing in the classroom and wearing masks while on Meade county campuses. Complete details can be found on the Meade County School’s website.

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