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News for March 29

Crews restripe stretch of 31W, reduced to 3 lanes

Heads up, motorists. Crews began work this weekend in Elizabethtown, working towards a new lane configuration for Dixie Highway South of public square. Officials say the lane diet plan will see the section from public square to New Glendale Road reconfigured into 3 lanes, down from 4 lanes. 

Kentucky Transportation District Four spokesperson Chris Jessie says the project is the same as was done in 2012 from the public square to St. John Road.

“Welcome Home” event set for tonight at American Legion Post 113

Today is Vietnam Veterans Day, and the local chapter of the American Legion is hosting a welcome home event for those service members later today. 

Post 113 Adjunct Brian Knoch. The event replaces the traditional dinner that is held due to Covid-19. Knoch says those wishing to help can be at the post no later than 5 pm this evening.

NWS confirms tornados in LaRue, Grayson Counties

Last week’s storms did result in two tornado in the region, damaging buildings and property in their path. The National Weather Service sent crews from their Louisville field office to LaRue and Grayson counties to investigate the damage on Friday. From preliminary investigations, crews reported later that day that a suspected EF-1 tornado touched down in LaRue county, as well as an EF-0 tornado in Grayson County. A full, conclusive report is being compiled by officials.

FOHCAS makes donation to Pet Food Pantry

The newly formed Pet Food Pantry in Hardin County received a donation from a like minded organization recently. Friends of the Hardin County Animal Shelter announced a 2,500 dollar donation to the pantry from their own Pet Retention Fund. 

Spokesperson Sarah Fellows says the group’s fund was created during the pandemic with the same goal in mind: allowing owners the ability to feed their pets despite difficult financial situations. The Pet Food Pantry is run through Helping Hand of Hope.

EPD: Stolen vehicle leads to a high-speed pursuit on Interstate

A stolen vehicle led to a high-speed pursuit through Hardin county over the weekend. According to arrest citations, Elizabethtown Police received a call Friday night of a stolen Hummer from East Dixie. An officer traveling northbound on I-65 observed the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle fled, traveling at high speeds and weaving in and out of traffic. The vehicle exited the interstate onto Joe Prather highway, where it continued to flee, sometimes traveling in the opposite direction of travel. Kentucky State Police were able to deflate the vehicle tires, with the suspect exiting the vehicle an fleeing on foot. Police apprehended the suspect, Preston Cahill, after a short chase. Cahill was arrested and charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st, Fleeing or Evading police, as well as Criminal Mischief. He was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Officials prepare to reopen Visitor Center at Lincoln Birthplace

Visitors to the Lincoln Birthplace will soon be able to enter the visitor center again. The park announced recently that the visitor center would open for tourists on April 7th, after being closed for several months as crews worked to install fire suppression systems inside of the structure. The building, built in the late 1950’s, houses the park’s gift shop, as well as theater and museum components. The $349,000 project began on January 21st. The system was the first of its kind to be placed in the center.

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