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News for September 15

Just a day after the fifth anniversary of his death, former trooper honored with road name

As family and the community remember Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder five years after his death, the Elizabethtown City Council memorialized him in a lasting way last night.

The council paid tribute to the slain trooper Monday night, passing an municipal order that would name the roadway between the new East Hardin Middle School and KSP Post 4 after him. Many troopers were on hand for the presentation, including Ponder’s family.

KSP Post 4 spokesperson Scotty Sharp

Elizabethtown Mayor Jeff Gregory, who is a retired state trooper, knew Ponder and actually was involved in his screening process.

The city also voted to accept the roadway into city maintenance. The road was originally slated to be named excellence drive until a conversation between Gregory

Officials announce multi-year project for Dixie Highway in Elizabethtown

Residents and drivers through Elizabethtown can expect 2 years of roadwork on Dixie Highway. The transportation cabinet announced yesterday extensive repaving and roadwork in the near future, stretching from St. John Road to Hutcherson Lane.

Kentucky Transportation Spokesperson for District 4 Chris Jessie says the project will take place in 3 phases. Crews will also remove several traffic lights, installing r-turns in their place.

COVID Cases for state, local communities

Governor Andy Beshear announced 342 new cases last night. The Governor also announced last night that over one million tests had now been conducted in the state. Last night also saw five new deaths from the virus, bringing the total number of deaths to 1,065. Locally, Lincoln Trail officials announced 60 new cases, with 35 in Hardin, 5 in Meade and 1 in LaRue. Just over 300 patients are isolating at home and 14 are hospitalized.

Clarity Solutions claims success with this year’s Walk for Life

Clarity Solutions’ Walk for Life took place over the weekend, and Director Maegan Bennett says the event was a huge success.

Walkers were given staggered start times to ensure social distancing was in place, making the event safer. Bennett says that the money will go towards projects and programs with Clarity.

Cardboard Nation still set to take place this year

Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen’s annual Cardboard Nation Event, which sheds light on homelessness in the community, will still be held this year, though in a different format.

Executive Director Dawn Cash

More information regarding the event, as well as sponsorship and participation forms can be found on the Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen Facebook page.

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