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News for February 25

Ft. Knox officials warn of “louder than normal” noise over next week

If you’re anywhere near Fort Knox, prepare for some louder than usual noises over the next week. Colonel CJ King says visiting units will use some of Fort Knox’s range for training exercises.

Officials say the exercises help units maintain readiness and critical capabilities.

Hodgenville PD sets up DUI display on square

After having 2 DUI related wrecks on the square in just over 2 months, Hodgenville Police are trying to raise awareness about impaired driving, and it certainly has people talking. Police setup a wrecked vehicle on the square, aimed at raising awareness and starting a conversation about impaired driving.

Police chief James Richardson says that the post had reached over 6,600 people after a couple of hours on Facebook. The display is not a permanent fixture.

Community to have chance to say goodbye to HCCC President

While he’s still got over a month left on the job, Hardin County Chamber President and CEO Brad Richardson will be retiring at the end of March. As a result, chamber leadership is making sure the community has a chance to thank Richardson before he leaves.

Chamber Vice President Kendra Stewart Scott

Richardson’s retirement will be celebrated at the chamber’s March meeting. Community surveys on possible replacements can be found on the chamber’s website.

Radcliff man arrested after allegedly breaking into home

A Radcliff man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly breaking into a residence. Police were dispatched to a residence off of Woodcreek Drive after a woman claimed that a man had kicked in her door. The man, Ben Certain, was standing outside when officers arrived. The victim alleged that she received texts and calls from Certain saying he was in the home, with Certain placing some of his items in the house. The victim said she had asked Certain several times to leave before calling 9-1-1, though he refused. Certain was arrested and charged with burglary 2nd degree. He was lodged in the Hardin county Detention Center.

Wednesday Covid-19 case information

The commonwealth’s positivity rate is now below 6%. The state announced yesterday 1,306 new cases of the virus, another instance of case numbers continuing to decrease. The state also announced that the positivity rate is now below 6% at 5.9%. Locally, Hardin county reported 23 new cases yesterday, Meade county reported 10, and LaRue county reported 1.

State Theater hosting ‘Brides night Out’ this evening

Tonight at the State Theater, it’s all about brides and their friends and families. The first ever Brides Night Out will take place, serving as a way to celebrate and plan for the big day.

City Events Program Manager Sarah Vaughn

The event is free with no RSVP required. Capacity will be monitored pursuant to Covid-19 guidelines and masks will be required.

News for February 24

2 Airlifted after E’town crash

3 people injured after a crash in Elizabethtown Tuesday afternoon. Police say they were called to the intersection of Leitchfield Road and Ring Road shortly before 12:30 yesterday.

Officer Chris Denham says all three individuals sustained serious injuries, but are not thought to be life threatening.

Recipients announced ahead of Friday’s Beacons of Light event

The 3rd annual Beacons of Light celebration for Elizabethtown Community and Technical College takes place later this week. Organizers say the event, which will honor several inductees this year, highlights local black excellence in the community.

College Director of Cultural Diversity Jerisia Lamons says plans are in place to also honor individuals who passed away in the past year, including Bro. Jimmy Curl and former Radcliff councilwoman Tanya Seabrooks. The event premieres Friday at 7 pm on the college’s YouTube and Facebook page.

Hardin Co. man arrested after allegedly assaulting woman over 5 day period

A Hardin county man has been arrested after allegedly assaulting a woman over a 5 day period. According to an arrest warrant, the victim had been unable to leave her residence by the suspect, Donald Lewis, beginning on February 16th. Lewis allegedly took the victim’s phone, not allowing her to contact police, and would not let her get onto work from home. The victim says she was assaulted from February 16th through February 21st, when she was able to flee. When police encountered her, the officer noted both eyes being black and blue, as well as blood in her eyes, in addition to swelling on her face and the victim complaining of a possible broken rib. She was transported to Baptist Health Hardin for further evaluation. Lewis was arrested and charged with unlawful imprisonment and assault 2nd degree. He was lodged in the Hardin county Detention Center.

St. Baldrick’s Elizabethtown just over 2 weeks away

It’s just over 2 weeks away: the annual St. Baldricks event in Elizabethtown. With the event going virtual due to Covid-19, organizers have adopted a different method of fundraising, encouraging participants to do anything, as long as it raises money for childhood cancer research.

Volunteer Heather Jones

Since the events start in 2011, the local chapter has raised over $200,000 for childhood cancer research.

Beshear: All districts to offer some sort of in-person instruction March 1st

All students across the commonwealth might be returning to in-person instruction in some capacity to start next month. Governor Andy Beshear announced a new executive order concerning in-person instruction during his update yesterday afternoon.

Beshear did note that all but six districts in the state are offering some sort of in-person instruction for students. In other news, the state reported 1,497 new cases of the virus, with a positivity rate of 6.3% for the state.

News for February 23

Girl Scout cookie sales facing much different road in face of Covid

It’s that time of year where Girl Scout cookies seemingly appear on every corner. But this year, with pandemic restrictions, organizers and leaders of troops are having to adjust their plans for cookie sale.

South Hardin cookie distribution chair Teisha Rivera says sales for the South Hardin region have dropped by more than 50%. That’s around 30,000 boxes of cookies.

EPD partners with Speedway for food drive

The Elizabethtown Police Department is teaming up with Speedway for a food drive this coming weekend.

Officer Chris Denham

Those wishing to donate but unable to make it to Saturday’s event can contact Helping Hand of Hope directly.

West 84 VFD receives federal grant for PPE

An area volunteer fire department has received a federal grant for better protection against Covid-19. It was announced last week that the West 84 volunteer fire department in Big Clifty would receive over $4,000 to purchase new personal protective equipment. The FEMA grant will allow the department to purchase equipment to reduce the risk of Covid-19 exposure during medical runs. The grant announcement was made by Representative Brett Guthrie last week.

Phase 1C to begin March 1st

Those in vaccine group 1C will soon be able to receive their vaccines. Governor Andy Beshear announced Monday that the state plans to begin vaccination of phase 1C on March 1st.

Also announced yesterday was the 6th straight week of declining cases numbers for the commonwealth. 530 new cases were reported for the state yesterday.

Woman arrested after police find her by following a trail of blood

An Elizabethtown woman was arrested for an alleged assault after police tracked her down by following a trail of blood. According to arrest records, police responded to Woodcreek Drive in Radcliff following a physical altercation, tracking down the victim near Elmwood Drive, where they observed severe cuts and lacerations to her left arm, thumb, and neck. The victim informed officers she knew where the incident took place but wasn’t familiar with the suspect. Police followed a trail of blood and located the suspect, Carissa Nelson. Nelson stated she had been in a physical altercation, suggesting that jewelry had caused the deep injuries to the victim, not a weapon. Nelson was arrested and charged with assault 2nd degree. She was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

News for February 22

E’town shooting leaves once person dead

Officials with the Elizabethtown Police Department say the incident happened just before 10:30 p.m. Saturday night in the 500 block of Village Drive. Officials say a man, 29-year old Irving White, arrived at the residence with 2 males already inside the home. An altercation ensued, with White returning to his vehicle only to fire shots into the house. Shots were returned, with White being struck. White drove a short distance before succumbing to his wounds. White was pronounced deceased at the scene. EPD says the incident remains under investigation.

HCS adds second day of NTI for students following staff vaccinations

Slight changes to the vaccine plan for Hardin County Schools. The district announced Friday that an additional day has been added following staff vaccination for the possibility of lingering side effects from staff members. Officials acknowledged that while the chance of side effects among staff are low, the district cannot supply substitute teachers as they will also be receiving the vaccine. An updated list of when school personnel will receive their 2nd Moderna vaccine can be found on the Hardin County Schools website.

Golf scramble being organized for Ward family

A golf scramble to benefit the Ward family is taking shape. Organizers with Give 270 announced plans for the Ward Warriors Golf Scramble recently, aimed at supporting the Ward family whose daughters Adley and Tenley have both been affected by leukemia. The scramble will take place April 30th at the Elizabethtown Country Club, with a silent auction and additional contests taking place throughout the day. Registration for the scramble can be found by going to the Give 270 website.

Hodgenville square damaged for second time

For the second time in just over 2 months, a DUI has resulted in damage to the square in Hodgenville. Early Saturday morning, police were called to Lincoln square in reference to a one vehicle wreck. An investigation revealed that the vehicle had failed to negotiate the traffic circle, driving into several decorations and lights, including an antique truck.

Hodgenville Police Corporal Jordan Whitlow says a passenger of the vehicle was transported for medical treatment. The square was first damaged back on December 5th in another DUI incident.

Man arrested after Hardin Co. scam

Just days after warning Hardin county residents of a scam, a New Mexico man has been arrested after taking over $10,000 from an elderly couple. According to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, a man claiming to be the grandson of a couple called asking for $10,500, saying he had been arrested and needed cash for bail. The man, and someone posing as a lawyer, stated that the money could be given to someone who would come to the residence. Several days later, authorities arrested Robert Sanchez of New Mexico at Louisville International Airport on charges of theft over $10,000 The investigation is ongoing, with officials saying they expect more arrests.

Stormwater officials see possible flow increase, but no flooding, as snow begins to melt

Now that the temperature is warming back up, the snow that blanketed the region isn’t likely to last much longer. Stormwater officials say the melting snow, mixed with some rain, might lead to increased flow in some creeks and streams, but no major cause for concern.

Elizabethtown Stormwater Director Rita Davis says city crews hauled some snow to various locations to melt, including the Elizabethtown Nature Park, where she says they can control downstream water levels as the snow melts.