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News for August 13th

Hardin County Schools to go forward with in-person instruction, online academy

Some students within Hardin County Schools will return to in-person instruction this month.

The district’s Board of Education made the decision last night at a special called meeting. Board Chairman Charlie Wise said that the decision to return on August 24th, as previously announced, was a chance to set an positive example for the state.

Superintendent Teresa Morgan, during her remarks, presented the board members with data to aid in their decision making. In the documents, Morgan detailed that one of the most pressing challenges is that the district might run into a staffing problem, noting that 23 teaching positions are currently open. Additionally, 7 out of the district’s 19 schools expressed that they didn’t feel confident returning to in-person classes at this time.

The vote was 4-1 in favor, with Kay Sharon being the only dissenting vote on the board. Students who signed up for the online learning academy will still receive their instruction in that setting.

Surrounding school districts plan to once again change their return plans

While Hardin County Schools will push ahead with their in-person plan, some surrounding districts are making a change to their calendar once again. Zach Epperson talked with the Superintendents of LaRue, Breckinridge, and Elizabethtown Independent Schools about what their districts are planning to do in regards to Governor Beshear’s recommendation on Monday.

Breckinridge County Superintendent Nick Carter
LaRue County Superintendent David Raleigh
Elizabethtown Independent Superintendent Kelli Bush

Governor Beshear recommended that schools postpone in-person instruction until September 28th.

Kentucky reports highest number of COVID cases in a day

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has set a new record for covid-19 cases. Wednesday saw the highest number of cases reported in a single day, with 1,163 new cases being confirmed. However, the new number comes with a catch, as part of it is made up of numbers delayed from earlier this week, when a glitch in the reporting system gave an unusually low number.

Locally, 20 news cases of the virus were announced in the Lincoln Trail District Health Department’s service area: 8 in Hardin, 5 in Nelson, 4 in Marion, 2 in Meade, and 1 in Washington County. 282 patients are in home isolation and 19 are hospitalized.

KSP: Hardin County man arrested after alleged sodomy

A Hardin County man was arrested Tuesday allegedly sexually abusing two minors.

During a forensic interview, Kentucky State Police say the two victims, both of which are juveniles, disclosed that the subject, Christopher Rogers, had sexually abused and sodomized them. The two stated that the incident happened at Rogers’ house, but could not tell officers exactly when it occurred. Rogers was brought to Post 4 to be interviewed, where he advised Troopers that they would need to speak to a lawyer.

Rogers was arrested and charged with Sodomy 1st degree, a Class B felony if convicted. He was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center. 

Churchill Downs announces Derby health protocol

Officials with the Kentucky Derby have released their health and safety protocols for this year’s event. September 5th’s Run for the Roses will call for a 40% maximum occupancy. That’s 14% of the record attendance in 2015. Fans will be limited to reserved seating, meaning tickets for the infield and standing room only will not be allowed. Masks, temperature check, and social distancing will be enforced. The Derby is the country’s longest-running sporting event.

AG Daniel Cameron meets with family, friends of Brionna Taylor

While the investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor continues, Attorney General Daniel Cameron, for the first time, sat down with Taylor’s friends and family on Wednesday. The meeting, which was announced through Cameron’s office, was a chance for him to express his personal condolences to Taylor’s family and friends. Cameron has previously stated that his office is awaiting the results of a ballistics test from the FBI.

The FBI Field office in Louisville is conducting a separate death investigation.

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