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News for December 9

E’town mayor to receive increased salary — in 2 years

The next mayor of Elizabethtown will see a salary increase for the position. After years of talk, the city council held a first reading of an ordinance Monday to increase the mayor’s annual compensation. The amount now will be set to the maximum amount listed by the Kentucky Department of Local Government for fiscal year 2022. Councilman Marty Fulkerson says the change makes sense given what the role has evolved into.

Fulkerson and other councilmembers stressed that the change is not effective immediately, and would take effect after the next election in 2022, as KRS statutes don’t allow for compensation to be adjusted for a sitting official. The maximum amount of compensation set by the department for fiscal year 2020 is $77,624.

LTDHD: New quarantine guidance from CDC

Local health departments are making people aware of new quarantine guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. Lincoln Trail spokesperson Terrie Burgan says that individuals who are considered close contacts with no symptoms should quarantine for 10 days, but that time period drops if the person tests negative.

Burgan stresses that if you’re considered a close contact and are around at-risk individuals, the quarantine period should be the full 14 days.

With health and safety in mind, malls prepare for Santa meet and greet’s

Covid-19 has cancelled many things this year, but one thing it can’t take away is the annual meet and greet with the man in red. Towne mall will once again host Santa Claus this year, but health and safety measures will be taken. For starters, children will still be able to meet with the man himself, but through a contactless experience. That means no sitting on Santa’s lap. Parents are strongly encouraged to make reservations for a meet and greet by going online to Santa and his Elves will undergo daily health screenings and measures as directed by the CDC. But, most importantly, kids will still be able to share their wish lists with Santa.

New Vine Grove candidates sworn in

Though the new members are not officially seated until January, new Vine Grove City Council members were recently sworn in. New councilwoman Selena Hudson says she feels like she has a lot to offer the city.

Hudson also says that right now, she believes that the biggest problem in vine grove right now is the City Hall building, and working to explore options on what the city can to do improve the environment for city workers. New councilman Lonnie Dennis was sworn in earlier this week.

Traffic stops results in seizure of drugs, weapons

A traffic stop in West Point resulted in the seizure of several firearms and drug paraphernalia. On Monday night, West Point Police initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Tony Burgin Jr., after officers saw Burgin fail to signal, in addition to having a broken mirror. When asked if there were weapons in the vehicle, Burgin said there was one. Police were allowed to search the vehicle, which resulted in the seizure of suspected methamphetamine, a glass pipe, digital scales containing suspected meth residue, as well as two loaded handguns. Burgin was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possessing drug paraphernalia, as well as failure to register a vehicle. He was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

EHS Beta Club wraps up sock drive today

Today is the final day of the Elizabethtown High School Beta Club’s Socks for the Sole event. Beta parent sponsor Shawn Sizemore says the club is asking for donations of socks, which will be donated to Room in the Inn.

Sizemore says the goal of the drive is to receive 2,020 pairs of socks.

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