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News for August 19th

Hardin Memorial holds final Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday

Tuesday morning marked one of the final chapters in Hardin Memorial Health’s history.

The Board of Trustees met for the final time before the hospital’s sale to Baptist Health in September is finalized. President and CEO Dennis Johnson acknowledged the milestone, but said that a bright future is still ahead for the healthcare provider.

The community hospital was originally founded in 1954.

On second day of semester, ECTC announces positive COVID-19 case

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College announced their first positive COVID-19 case Tuesday afternoon. The college’s Healthy at Work Officer Whitney Taylor says that the college is being transparent about the issue, notifying students, staff and the public about the case.

Taylor says the college has done extra sanitizing and cleaning of affected areas, going on the say that the college is working with the Lincoln Trail District Health Department in order to complete contact tracing.

State announces over 600 COVID cases Tuesday

627 new cases of covid-19 were announced for the state of Kentucky yesterday. Governor Andy Beshear also announced 12 new deaths, bring that total to 830. Locally, the Lincoln Trail District Health Department confirmed 32 new cases in their service area.

  • Hardin: 15 cases
  • Nelson: 9 cases
  • LaRue: 4 cases
  • Marion: 2 cases
  • Washington and Meade: 1 case

Organization still on for annual Chicken BBQ

The annual Lions Club BBQ Chicken Dinner is still scheduled to take place this year, but service will be different this year. While there are usually several different options to choose from, the club is following state health guidelines and moving it to a drive-thru only event.

President Brian Dennis says that with the onset of COVID-19, the dinner is the first major fundraising event for the Lions Club. The annual event is set for August 29th in the back of Elizabethtown High School. 

Hardin County Detention reports savings on operating expenses

The Hardin County Detention Center has once again reported less operating expenses. Hardin County announced Tuesday that the jail had made around $600,000 in cuts for Fiscal year 2020, which ended in June. 

Jailer Josh Lindblom says the jail renegotiated many key contracts, including food services. Lindblom previously reported cuts of roughly $400,000 in his first six months in office.

E’town man arrested after alleged assault

An Elizabethtown man was arrested earlier this week after he allegedly assaulted two different people. Officer Chris Denham said EPD officers arrested Justin Joiner on Monday after receiving a previous complaint warrant.

Reportedly, the pipe had hair on it from the strike to the male victim’s face, and the female family member had visible marks on her right cheek from the altercation. Joiner was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

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