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News for March 3

Pet Food Pantry being organized to help local pet owners

The pandemic has put an emphasis food needs for residents, even four-legged ones. As a result, local animal advocates have come together to create a pet food pantry to help owners who find themselves unable to purchase pet food. 

PAWS Shelter Foundation spokesperson Diane Shoffner says Helping Hand of Hope will be the distribution center for the pet pantry. Members of the community can drop off food at the following locations:

  • Feeders Supply, Elizabethtown
  • Sam Russell’s Pet Provisions, Elizabethtown
  • Lost Pounds Pet Center, Radcliff
  • Family Dollar, Vine Grove

E’town man sentenced to 25 years for child pornography charges

An Elizabethtown man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison on child pornography charges. Officials with the U.S Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky made the announcement that Mathew Lyons had been sentenced in federal court on the charges Monday. According to court documents, Radcliff Police were notified in April of last year that a minor had posted on social media about engaging in sexual activity with an adult for money. Police seized the devices of 2 minors, and were granted consent to search them. Police eventually discovered that the adult they had communicated with and met was Lyons. A search of Lyons’ devices revealed explicit images of minors, as well as other conversations between him and another man, Robert Alan Thompson, who was sentenced in February on child pornography charges. Lyons will serve a life sentence of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

Baptist Health Hardin begins sign ups for part of Phase 1C

Baptist Health Hardin officials have signaled the move to part of phase 1C. The healthcare provider announced Monday that those 60 and older would now be able to sign up for a Covid-19 vaccine through Baptist Health. Officials say they will be scheduling vaccinations by phone Tuesday through Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Vaccines are still appointment only at this point, and are still taking place at Towne Mall, providing a centralized vaccination site. Baptist Health Hardin says they have administered over 95 hundred doses so far.

LTDHD: differences in Johnson & Johnson vaccine

There are now 3 authorized Covid-19 vaccines for the general public. Health officials say there are some notable differences in the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine opposed to those offered by Moderna and Pfizer. 

Lincoln Trail District Health spokesperson Terrie Burgan
Lincoln Trail District Health spokesperson Terrie Burgan

Medical officials say the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is over 75% effective at preventing moderate to severe Covid-19 reactions, and 100% effective in preventing death and hospitalization. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single shot.

Nolin RECC opens up signups for Operation Round Up grants

The grant process for Nolin RECC’s annual Operation Roundup is now open. The program, started back in 2006, rounds up the utility bills of participating members, with the change going towards the program. 

Board Chair Price Smith

Applications for the grant can be found by going to Nolin RECC’s website.

Beshear: 1,080 new cases on Tuesday

Tuesday’s Covid-19 update saw more low case numbers for the state of Kentucky. Governor Andy Beshear announced 1,080 new cases of the virus for Tuesday. The state also announced 19 new virus-related deaths Tuesday, with the positivity rate down to 4.97%. Locally, Hardin county was announced to have 36 new cases of covid-19, with LaRue and Meade counties both having 6.

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