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News for August 20th

Sen. Mitch McConnell stops in Radcliff to announce transportation grant, emphasize CARES Act

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell made a stop in Radcliff Wednesday afternoon.

The Senate Majority Leader appeared at Boundary Oak Distillery with officials from Hardin County Government, the City of Radcliff, Fort Knox Regional Development, as well as transportation officials. McConnell praised Boundary Oak owner Brent Goodin for his production of hand sanitizer during the early stages of the pandemic.

McConnell also helped to announce a grant of over $2 million for the Transit Authority of Central Kentucky, or TACK. The federal grant was awarded after a competitive application process. TACK Executive Director Glen Arney says that the grant, which was awarded to 96 out of over 200 applicants, will help keep the transportation service updated.

“That will buy us vehicles to keep moving, and we should have those vehicles on the road by spring of 2021,” Arney said in his remarks.

Earlier in the day, McConnell stopped in Hardinsburg at Breckinridge Memorial Hospital, where he met with frontline healthcare workers. McConnell last made an appearance in Hardin County back in May at Hardin Memorial Hospital. 

Hardin Memorial Hospital showing signs of looming change

Hospital officials didn’t wait too long after Tuesday’s last HMH Board of Trustee’s meeting to start the transition to the new Baptist Health Hardin.

Crews were on scene at Hardin Memorial Hospital Wednesday removing signage from the main building, including the iconic “HMH” letters on the corner of the main building.

Officials say signs should be updated to reflect the new ownership by the merger date of September 1st. Hardin Memorial and Baptist Health sped up the merger date back in May.

HCS unveils additional online resources for parents

With just days until the school year starts, Hardin County Schools has released new website resources for parents. The district added health guidelines from the local health department, as well as expectations for the various forms of instruction this year. Officials with the district say the website holds important information for the upcoming year, and that parents should seek out answers to any questions they have.

District Spokesperson John Wright

Hardin County students who had previously opted to will return to in-person on Monday.

Local health department now able to issue citations for mask mandate

Local health departments across the Commonwealth can now issue citations to businesses not enforcing mask mandates. The Lincoln Trail District Health Department says the purpose of the citations are to educate and correct businesses they permit. 

LTDHD Spokesperson Terrie Burgan

Burgan says that while the first offense is a warning, additional citations bring with them fines, ranging from $50 for the second offense, up to $100 for the fourth and subsequent violations.

The health department received their citations last Friday.

State adds over 600 cases Wednesday

Kentucky continues to see the same level of COVID-19 cases it has for the majority of the last few weeks.

Last night, it was announced that 655 new cases of the virus were present in the Commonwealth, with 40,926 cases total for the state thus far. It is believed that at least 9,331 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus, however there were 12 new deaths last night, bringing the state’s total to 842 Kentuckians lost.

Locally, totals are as follows:

  • Hardin: 12 cases
  • Marion: 7 cases
  • Nelson: 6 cases
  • LaRue: 4 cases
  • Washington: 2 cases
  • Meade: 1 case

New information about human remains in Nelson Co.

New information about the possible human remains found in Nelson County was released yesterday.

Officials with the Louisville FBI field office say the remains are estimated to be that of a female, though they cannot completely rule out the possibility of a male. The subject is likely between the ages of 24 and 82, and height is estimated to be somewhere between 62.6 and 70.9 inches. The FBI says their lab is continuing analysis, now attempting DNA extraction.

The remains were found near a creek on the Nelson/Washington county lines last month.

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