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News for July 10th

Beshear issues executive order; masks are required in public

As was expected with the rise in cases around the Commonwealth, Governor Andy Beshear announced yesterday a new executive order mandating that masks be worn in public. All residents will have to wear their masks in public when social distancing is not possible.

“It’s no longer voluntary, it’s mandatory,” Beshear stated Thursday evening, “And I’m willing to take whatever criticism comes.”

Beshear noted in his press conference that the new mandate was, in part, to help keep the economy open. Kentucky now joins several other states that require residents to wear masks in public, joining neighboring states Illinois, West Virginia, and Virginia.

There are exceptions to the order, including children under the age of 5, those with disabilities, and physical or mental impairments. The entire executive order is scheduled to go into effect this evening at 5 p.m., and can be found on our website.

Ronnie Milsap rescheduled for December concert in E’town

The Ronnie Milsap concert that was scheduled to be held at the Historic State Theater on August 7th has been rescheduled to December 11th.

City Events Manager Sarah Vaughn explained that because of current capacity guidelines, the opportunity to hold the concert at full-capacity was not feasible. Vaughn says that those with their tickets can still use them for the rescheduled date, and those that no longer are wanting to attend due to COVID-19 concerns can contact the theater for a refund.

United Way cancels Power of the Purse for 2020

United Way of Central Kentucky’s annual Power of the Purse event has been cancelled for this year.

Events Manager Hunter Roberts explained that the efforts and resources needed to host the event, even in an online “virtual” format, would be extensive. Roberts said that those resources need to be used for campaigns that are ongoing right. United Way hopes to have the in-person event next year.

Donations to the organization can still be made at

State continues to report large number of COVID cases

As Governor Andy Beshear announced the new mask mandate yesterday, he also announced 333 new cases of the virus. That brings the state’s total number so far to over 18,000 cases. The Governor also reported 4 new deaths, bringing that total to 612.

Locally, the Lincoln Trail District Health Department confirmed 19 new cases, 13 of which were from Hardin county. The district has 162 cases currently in home isolation and only 1 hospitalization. 306 patients have recovered from the virus so far locally.

Health officials push back against claims of false COVID results

Local health officials are pushing back against widespread social media posts claiming positive COVID-19 tests are being misrepresented in exchange for more federal funding.

“I would seriously doubt the falsification of positive results happened with healthcare providers,” Hardin Memorial Vice President and Chief Development Officer Tracee Troutt said. “No reputable healthcare system or group of providers would falsify positive results in order to receive more money.”

“As with almost everything, don’t rely on social media as your source of information,” she explained.

Troutt said that the healthcare provider did not receive money for treating large numbers of covid cases, but did get funds through the CARES Act, as most healthcare facilities did.

News for July 9th

Beshear expected to announce mask mandate as COVID cases rise in state

For the second day in a row, the state of Kentucky has seen its second largest day of positive COVID-19 results.

On Wednesday, Governor Andy Beshear announced 402 new cases of the virus, which brings the state’s total to just under 18,000 cases. As cases statewide are seeing an uptick, Beshear says he will announce new mandatory steps and precautions during his update today at 4 p.m. A possible mandate on masks in public is expected, as several other states, including Texas and New Jersey, have already made the move.

Locally, 12 new cases were announced by Lincoln Trail District Health Department, bringing their total number to 460. And after several days of high case numbers, Hardin county saw only 2 new cases.

Payroll Protection Program provides boost to area small business

Small business around the region received quite a boost thanks to the Payroll Protection Program.

According to data from the U.S. Small Business Bureau, the area, which includes Elizabethtown, Radcliff, Vine Grove, Hardinsburg, Leitchfield, Hodgenville, and others, saw over $43.6 million in loans under $150,000 to small businesses.

Elizabethtown saw the largest amount of loans provided, with a combined amount of almost $25 million. Leitchfield was second with roughly $6 million, and radcliff was third at $5.18 million. The program is part of the $2 trillion CARES Act, which was signed into law this spring.

Vine Grove$1,742,494
White Mills$27,670
Data from the U.S. Small Business Bureau

Schools officials go over differences in learning options for upcoming year

As a very different looking school year approaches, officials with Hardin County Schools are answering questions about what the difference is between non-traditional instruction (NTI), and the online learning academy.

District spokesperson John Wright says that students taking part in long-term NTI will still be held to same expectations as in-person learning, with short-term NTI consisting mainly of review work from in-person instruction. The online learning academy, Wright says, will keep pace with in-person instruction.

The district says that plans for NTI may change depending on the state of public health and safety.

ECTC offers virtual Pathway to Enrollment event

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will be holding several virtual enrollment events in the coming weeks.

The college opted to host the online events, Pathway to Enrollment, in an attempt to keep both students and staff safe and healthy. Students will signup through an online link and wait in a virtual queue before meeting virtually with an academic advisor. Enrollment begins this coming Monday at 9 a.m.

More information and a link to the enrollment can be found on the ECTC website.

Event aimed at addressing racial inequality begins tonight

RISE, a 7-week virtual series regarding racial issues of the day and in local communities will begin tonight.

Spokesperson Jerisia Lamons says that topics that the series will cover include education, workforce development, criminal justice reform, black owned businesses in Hardin county, and how to be a better ally. Those interested can register online on the events facebook page.

The event is being held virtually and is set to begin tonight at 7 p.m.

News for July 8th

Hardin County Fair was slated to take place this week; was canceled in May

The Hardin County Fairgrounds are unusually quiet this week on what is supposed to be fair week. The fair, a staple of the community, was canceled in may by a vote of the fairboard as the Coronavirus pandemic spread. Board member Bruce Reeves, an 18-year member of the fair board, says the decision was one of the hardest he’s had to make as part of the group.

Reeves said that no Fair this year also means finances have to be watched, especially for the offseason until they get back around to the fair nex July. Other county fairs, including Meade county, are still scheduled to take place, but with scaled down events and activities.

Woman arrested after running across I-65

A Campbellsville woman was arrested on I-65 after crossing several lanes of traffic on foot.

According to arrest citations, Megan Keith was the passenger in a vehicle that was rear-ended by a tractor trailer after pulling into its path from the shoulder of southbound I-65. Once the vehicle came to a rest after the collision, Keith and the driver of the vehicle exited and crossed the northbound lanes, almost being struck by traffic before disappearing over the guardrail.

Kentucky State Police units attempted to locate the two, and the vehicle was searched. Narcan, several syringes, some loaded with Narcan, and a small digital scale were allegedly found in the search. Keith and the driver eventually called 911 because they were stuck in a ditch and too injured to walk.

Keith was charged with leaving the scene of an accident as well as possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. She was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Police: Stolen vehicle wrecked, driver in serious condition

After four vehicles were stolen from an Elizabethtown neighborhood last week, one of the suspects has been injured in one of the vehicles.

Officer Chris Denham says that the wreck happened in Louisville later that same day, and that the occupant was the only person inside the vehicle. They are listed in critical condition at this time. The identity of the driver has not been revealed. and no other details have been released.

Feeding America welcomes back volunteers

Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland has now reopened to volunteers. However, restrictions have been put in place when it comes to who can volunteer and how.

Volunteers must be 18 years and older, and must call ahead to the center beforehand instead of showing up. Development Director Monica Ruheling says volunteers will be required to wear a facemask and will undergo temperature checks at the door before entering the building. More information can be found on the Feeding America Website.

State records high-number of COVID cases; largest since May 5th

The state of Kentucky has seen it’s second largest increase in COVID-19 cases.

Governor Andy Beshear announced 371 new cases yesterday, the largest single day increase since May 5th. In addition to the new cases, Beshear also announced 9 new deaths, bringing the death toll to over 600 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Locally, 21 new cases were confirmed by the Lincoln Trail District Health Department, with 13 coming from Hardin county. 131 are on home isolation and 306 have recovered from the virus.

News for July 7th

1 dead, 1 injured after wreck on US 62 Monday afternoon

Police have identified the victim from yesterday’s fatal collision on U.S. in Elizabethtown.

Officials say 19-year old Kaleb Fogle was traveling westbound on U.S. 62 when he drifted into the eastbound lanes, striking a pickup truck and an oncoming SUV. In turn, the pickup truck flipped, striking a Chevrolet truck. Fogle was taken to HMH where he was pronounced deceased. The driver of the SUV was airlifted to University Hospital with critical injuries.

The two occupants of the Toyota pickup, as well as the occupant of the Chevrolet pickup, were uninjured. No additional details are available at this time.

Patton Museum set to reopen today

The Patton Museum on Fort Knox is scheduled to reopen today.

Colonel CJ King says that visitors to the museum will be required to wear a mask, and wash their hands or use sanitizer upon entry. In addition, social distancing must be observed, and in-person interactions with museum staff will be limited. The hours for the museum will be 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and closed on Sunday and Monday.

Continued operation of the museum will depend on the health protection condition level on post going forward.

COVID-19 cases continue to rise around area

COVID-19 test results from holiday weekend have been released, and it appears that cases are on the rise.

Yesterday, the Lincoln Trail District Health Department announced 62 new cases within the service area, 41 of which were from Hardin county. As more cases continue to be confirmed, officials with the health department still urge residents to take preventative measures. Only 1 case within the district is hospitalized.

Elsewhere, the Grayson County Health Department confirmed a COVID-19 related death on Monday, bringing their total number to 11.

New Meade County superintendent takes helm of district

Meade County Schools has a new superintendent. Dr. Mark Martin recently began as the district’s new leader on July 1st. Martin, who has been with meade county since 2014, says the key to the district’s success is all about the culture.

“It’s a very blue-collar mentality,” Martin said, “and that’s what I would really pride myself on [having] as well.”

Martin is just the 7th superintendent in the district’s history. Previous superintendent Dr. John Millay retired in February.

News for July 6th

Victim in Hardin County explosion ID’d

The name of the victim in last thursday’s explosion in Hardin county has been released. According to the Hardin County Coroner’s Office, 53-year old Kelly Zilisch was killed after an explosion in his home off of New Glendale Road late Wednesday night.

As previously reported, officials had responded to the residence after a call came in shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday night. In addition to the fatality, several others inside the residence were injured. While the incident is still under investigation, authorities say the cause of the explosion was due to homemade fireworks.

Driver road testing set to begin in some area counties

After written testing resumed last week, road skills tests for driver permits will begin once again today in several of our counties. According to Kentucky State Police, skills testing will take place once again in Hardin, Larue, and Breckinridge beginning today, as well as being administered all day in Larue and Breckinridge. KSP says that an online portal to schedule future skills testing will be operational sometime later this month. Drivers who had scheduled tests before the closure will be contacted by KSP to complete the testing.

City of Elizabethtown holds abbreviated Founders’ Day celebration on Saturday

While it was certainly a different version than in previous years, organizers of this year’s Founders’ Day in Elizabethtown are hailing it a success. City Events Program Manager Sarah Vaughn says that while the events location and agenda had to be shifted away from Freeman Lake due to COVID-19, the event itself went off with out a problem. Social distancing measures were in place, with crews marking out every other parking spaces at ECTC and the surrounding city lots. As a result, Vaughn says that as many as 700 to 900 spots were available for parking. Next year will be the event’s 10 year anniversary, something Vaughn says will be a factor in their planning of the event. The event, which is traditionally held a Freeman Lake Park, was moved to the EC3 Campus due to it’s elevation in the city.

Hardin, Meade County Schools release their guidance plans

Hardin County Schools has released their guidance document for a return to school this upcoming school year. The document, which was released to teachers and staff Thursday, was made available to the public Sunday morning. The document also covers the online learning academy that will be offered to students, and the difference between it and NTI Learning. The complete document can be found on the Hardin County Schools website.

The same goes for Meade county. Parents, teachers, and students alike now have an idea of how their return to school will look next month. The district released their return to school plan on Friday, and like many districts, it included plans for alternative online instruction academies. The online program, My Meade Online, will start on August 26th, 3 weeks after traditional in-person instruction begins. Those in-person will have to follow strict health guidelines, such as social distancing in the classroom and wearing masks while on Meade county campuses. Complete details can be found on the Meade County School’s website.

News for July 2nd

4th of July festivities kick off in Vine Grove tonight

Local communities are gearing up for the 4th of July this weekend. The City of Vine Grove will have their annual firework display tonight at Optimist Park. Mayor Pam Ogden says that those attending the event will park at Optimist Park, the site of the event. Unlike previous years, food and drink vendors will not be present at the display. Attendees are asked to either stay inside their vehicles to watch the event, or bring their own chairs to sit immediately outside their vehicle. Fireworks are expected to begin at dusk.

Richardson sworn-in as new Hodgenville Police Chief

The City of Hodgenville has a new police chief. Former sergeant James Richardson was sworn-in to the new role in a ceremony Wednesday morning. Officer Garth Avery was also sworn-in during Wednesday’s ceremony as the department’s new sergeant, Richardson’s previous role. Richardson replaces outgoing chief Marcus Jackson.

Police investigating after 4 cars stolen in Etown neighborhood

After four vehicles were stolen from an Elizabethtown neighborhood Tuesday night, officials are asking the public for their assistance. Officer Chris Denham says that those who have information about the rash of vehicle thefts can either contact the Elizabethtown Police, or report their tip anonymously to Hardin County Crime stoppers. Additionally, police say that residents should never leave valuables or their keys inside of an unattended vehicle. The investigation into the vehicle thefts is ongoing at this time.

One dead, several injured after an explosion in Hardin County

Officials say one person is dead and several were injured after an explosion inside of a residence in Hardin County last night.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office says they received a call shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday night regarding a potential explosion inside of a house in the 3500 block of New Glendale Road. When officials arrived on scene, they found several people injured, and one person was deceased. Sheriff John Ward says that one individual was transported to University of Louisville Hospital, one was transported to University by ambulance later, and three others were taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment.

While the investigation is still ongoing at this time, Ward says that preliminary investigations suggest that the cause of the explosion was due to homemade fireworks. No other details have been released at this time.

One dead, several injured after an explosion in Hardin County Wednesday night

Officials say one person is dead after an explosion inside of a residence in Hardin County last night.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office says they received a call shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday night regarding a potential explosion inside of a house. When officials arrived on scene, they found several people injured, and one person was deceased. Sheriff John Ward says that one individual was transported to University of Louisville Hospital, one was transported to University by ambulance later, and three others were taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment.

While the investigation is still ongoing at this time, Ward says that preliminary investigations suggest that the cause of the explosion was due to homemade fireworks. No other details have been released at this time.

News for July 1st

West Point now part of Hardin County Schools

As of today, there are now only 2 school districts within Hardin County. Effective today, West Point Independent Schools has merged with Hardin County Schools. The merger, which has been ongoing for over a year, was chosen as the best option for the fledgling school district after a state audit of the school last year.

At the last board meeting, former board chairman Eddie Moore was enthusiastic about the opportunities he said students will now have at Hardin County. As part of the merger, HCS will take on the former district’s property and assets, including the school building located in West Point.

Hardin County sees slight rise in COVID cases

COVID-19 cases around the region are on the rise. The Lincoln Trail District Health Department announced yesterday the presence of 18 new cases of the virus within their service area. Of the counties within the health department’s service area, a spike in cases has been observed specifically in Hardin county. Since last Friday, the county has seen 23 cases, 8 reported Monday and 15 on Tuesday. With 161 total cases so far, that means over 14% of the county’s cases have come in the past two reporting days. As such, public health officials reminding the public that the pandemic isn’t over yet, and to wear their masks and practice social distancing. Governor Andy Beshear announced 282 new cases Tuesday, as well as 5 new deaths.

McGrath declared winner in Kentucky Dem. Primary

After a contentious race, the Democratic challenger for Senator Mitch McConnell has finally been decided. After counting all votes, retired Lieutenant Colonel Amy McGrath defeated her challenger, Kentucky state house member Charles Booker. McGrath won the tightly-run race by over 15 thousand votes state-wide. In the end, McGrath won all but 5 counties, with Booker taking both Jefferson and Fayette counties. Locally, all surrounding counties except Jefferson were won by McGrath.

Local school districts decide on new start dates

While a return to school is still over a month away, area school district are starting to announce when they will have students return to classrooms. It was announced yesterday that Hardin County Schools superintendent Teresa Morgan would recommend to the board a new start date of August 24th for students. Elizabethtown Independent superintendent Jon Ballard announced their start date of august 25th during a one call yesterday afternoon.

Fort Knox welcomes new Deputy Commander for Cadet Command

Yesterday was a bit of a welcome home ceremony at Fort Knox. Colonel William Glaser was announced as the new Deputy Commander for Cadet Command at a ceremony held at Waber Theater. While Colonel Glaser noted several times in his remarks that “home is wherever the Army send you”, he reiterated that Fort Knox has always been a special place for him. As previously reported, Cadet Command had been cancelled for this summer at Fort Knox.