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News for October 21

LaRue Water District receives fund for expansion, improvements

LARUE COUNTY (KY) — The LaRue County Water District has received federal funds for a project. It was announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded the water district with a $1 million grant, as well as a $2.8 million loan. The funds are designated to assist with the construction of a new elevated water tank, a booster pump station, tank refurbishments and a new office and maintenance building. A ground breaking ceremony for construction took place this past Friday.

Christmas in the Park trolley to continue this year

ELIZABETHTOWN (KY) — While it’s not even Halloween yet, local officials are reminding that it’s never too early to prepare for Christmas. It was announced this week that tickets for the Christmas in the Park trolley would go on sale in the coming weeks. City events manager Sarah Vaughn says word is getting out early this year because of how popular the event has become.

Tickets for the event can be purchased starting November 6th on the Elizabethtown Events website. Vaughn says proper state and local health guidelines will be in place while individuals ride the trolley.

State continues to see increase in COVID-19 cases

FRANKFORT (KY) — In the highest Tuesday on record, Governor Andy Beshear announced 1,312 new cases of covid-19 in the Commonwealth. In addition, the Governor added 16 more deaths to the number of Kentuckians who have died from virus-related complications. The positivity rate for the state rose to 5.08% yesterday, and the Governor urges extra efforts to help slow the spread.

Lincoln Trail Health Officials announced 104 new cases yesterday afternoon: 42 came from Hardin, 3 from Meade, and 3 from LaRue. 19 individuals are hospitalized and 508 are isolated.

Man arrested in Nelson Co. with over 2 pounds of narcotics in vehicle

NELSON COUNTY (KY) — Nelson counties authorities arrested a man late last week after allegedly finding over two pounds of drugs in his vehicle.

Deputies with the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office office were called to the Dollar General on New Shepherdsville Road in reference to a suspicious vehicle that store personnel said had been running for two hours. Deputies found Evan Ratliff in the vehicle, who at first identified as Jordan Ratliff. A search of the vehicle resulted in the collection of 1.5 pounds of suspected crystal meth, as well as a pound of suspected heroin. A handgun and $2,000 in cash was also discovered. Ratliff was arrested on a litinay of drug related charges, including 2 counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, and 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was lodged in the Nelson County Jail.

Jurors granted permission to speak regarding Taylor case

LOUISVILLE (KY) — After a brief legal battle, one member of the grand jury from the Breonna Taylor case has come forward with new information about the process.

Through a press release yesterday, the individual, identified as Juror 1, explained that the grand jury was presented no other charges other than the 3 counts of wanton endangerment against former detective Brett Hankison. The juror said that when the grand jury asked about additional charges, they were told that there were none, as the the prosecutors felt they couldn’t “make them stick”. The juror said that the grand jury didn’t agree that certain actions were justified, nor that the indictment should have been the only charge in the case. The statement was in conjunction with Juror number 2, who also came forward.

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