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News for March 1

Road closures for 31W project expected tonight

Road closures are always a headache, so get ready for them for the next year and a half through Elizabethtown. Road closures will now be taking place on 31-W tonight in Elizabethtown from the area of Ring Road of South Wilson Road as crews begin the opening phases of the massive Dixie Highway Rehabilitation project. 

District 4 Transportation spokesperson Chris Jessie

The closures, previously planned for February 28th, were pushed back due to inclement weather. The project is expected to improve safety at intersections, as well as ripping up and laying new pavement. Phase 1 is expected to continue through this fall.

Phase 1C individuals now eligible for vaccine

Today, a new tier of individuals are eligible for Covid-19 vaccines. Those listed under phase 1C can now sign up for a vaccine through the state of Kentucky. The announcement to move ahead with vaccine groups was announced last week by Governor Beshear, who yesterday announced the state has now seen 7 consecutive weeks of declining case numbers.

Phase 1C covers those 60 and older, as well as essential workers. A full list of eligible groups can be found on the state’s Covid-19 website.

Greater Hardin Co. Task Force awarded grant

A local task force is one of 13 agencies to receive grants aimed at assisting law enforcement efforts. Last week, the state announced over $183,000 for the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force in an effort to fund several leadership positions. According to the release, the funding will allow for the group to work over 1,000 narcotic cases a year. The task force is responsible for the overseeing 5 counties: Hardin, Hart, Nelson Grayson, and LaRue. The total of the 13 grants amounted to over $1.4 million.

Grayson Co. VA clinic first to host rural vaccine distribution

Veterans in more rural communities were able to receive their vaccines closer to home thanks to a pilot program through the V-A. Robley Rex V-A Medical Center launched a pilot program at their Grayson County Clinic last Friday, with the goal of making vaccines more accessible for veterans in rural communities. 

Clinic Manager Ron Crump says the VA hopes to expand the rural vaccine program to other community-based clinics across the Robley Rex service area.

Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland unveils new Diversity Initiative

Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland has announced a new initiative, aimed at helping and better serving minority and rural communities. The organization’s new Diversity Initiative includes several phases to combat the problems they say are present in the 42 counties they serve. 

Director of Communications and Marketing Jaime Thomas says more mobile food pantries and freezer pods will help bring more food to underserved communities. Thomas says the most important phase, however, is creating sustainable change in communities.

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