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News for September 25th

Utility services to soon resume disconnects with moratorium lifted

With over $700,000 in overdue payments, Nolin RECC and other utility providers will resume utility disconnects in the near future.

The announcement comes as the Kentucky Public Service Commission announced this week that they would be lifting a moratorium enacted in March that suspended utility shut offs during the pandemic. Disconnects will start in October, but Nolin is giving their members a bit longer, with a cutoff date of November 2nd.

Nolin RECC spokesperson Sarah Fellows says that while payments will need to be made by the November date, late fees will not be added until December 31st.

Rineyville man arrested over alleged assault

A Rineyville man was arrested this week after allegedly assaulting a woman.

Arrest records and a warrant indicate that Roger Gipson was upset that the woman was not talking to him, and as a result, Gipson is said to have punched the woman in the face and head. When she walked to the kitchen, she was knocked to the floor, where Gipson continued to assault her. The woman was taken to Baptist Health Hardin, were she was observed to have a broken wrist and was bleeding from both ears. Gipson was arrested on assault 2nd degree and was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Local health department adds 24 COVID-19 cases, state 745

Governor Andy Beshear announced 745 new cases of COVID-19 last night. In addition to new cases, the Governor announced 13 new deaths in relation to the virus. That brings the total number of deaths so far to 1,137. Locally, health officials with Lincoln Trail District Health Department announced 24 new cases in their service area. Of the 24, 10 were from Hardin county, 4 from Meade, and 1 from LaRue.

Currently, the district has 8 patients hospitalized and 223 on home isolation. 89% of patients have recovered so far in the district.

HCS announces new mental health professional for COVID-19

In an effort to help students through unfamiliar times, Hardin County Schools has employed a mental health counselor.

A grant from the Kentucky Department of Education allowed funding for the district to hire a mental health professional to assist students who may be struggling. 

School Spokesperson John Wright says that the district hopes this will keep students and staff’s mental health as strong as their physical in the face of COVID-19.

Breckinridge County School officials set for partial in-person return on Monday

Breckinridge County Schools Superintendent Nick Carter talked with Zach Epperson about the return to in-person instruction for the district this coming Monday.

Dr. Carter says teachers and staff alike have been waiting to see their students in-person again, and that includes himself.

News for September 24

1 officer charged, but in the death of Breonna Taylor

The Jefferson County Grand Jury announced charges against a fired LMPD officer yesterday in the Breonna Taylor case, but not for her death.

Former detective Brett Hankison was handed 3 counts of 1st degree wanton endangerment for actions during the events of March 13th. Ballistic tests revealed that bullet’s from Hankison’s gun ended up in the neighboring apartment’s, not Taylor’s. Hankison was booked and briefly jailed last night before his $15,000 cash bond was secured. The other two officers at the center of the case face no criminal charges.

As expected, the announcement sparked protests last night, not only in Louisville, but across the country. Cities such as New York, Portland, and Atlanta, all saw crowds gathering, protesting the decision that no charges were announced for Taylor’s death. In Louisville, LMPD announced that 2 officers had been shot, with one stable and the other requiring surgery.

1 month in, Hardin County Schools reports under 30 in-person cases

Today marks one month since some Hardin County Students and teachers returned to the classroom. Spokesperson John Wright says the district has been able to return safely thanks to the efforts of both students and staff alike.

The district, as of yesterday afternoon, has only seen 28 cases from in-person students and staff.

2 men arrested after alleging they were police officers during traffic stop

Kentucky State Police arrested two Mississippi brothers after one attempted to impersonate a police officer.

Troopers made a routine traffic stop on Eddie and Terry Franklin of Macon, Mississippi. When stopped, Terry franklin produced a police badge from Noxubee county, Mississippi. Eddie Franklin, the passenger and brother of the driver, stated that he was a law enforcement officer in the county, and asked for professional courtesy. A call was made to Noxubee county dispatch, where it was discovered that Eddie Franklin was no longer an officer of the department, and that the badge was supposed to have been turned in with the rest of his equipment. Both men were charged with impersonating a peace officer, and were lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Authorities still searching for two escaped inmates

Two Hardin County inmates escaped late Tuesday night, and authorities are asking for the public’s assistance in locating them. Kentucky State Police say that Carl Stevens Brooks and John Thomas Tinsley Jr., escaped from the Hardin County Detention Center’s substance abuse annex earlier this week.

Trooper Scotty Sharp says anyone with information on the whereabouts of either man is asked to contact law enforcement.

With safety guidelines in place, Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival to begin today

The 21st year of the Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival begins today.

Festival President Jason Basham says the festival has put health and safety guidelines in place to protect those who attend.

The festivals begins with the band scramble today.