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News for August 6th

Former councilman Ron Thomas honored with plaque at Freeman Lake

During his 30 years on the Elizabethtown City Council, Ron Thomas has gone by many names. Now, “Mayor of the Lake” will forever be one of them.

The fishing dock at Freeman Lake Park was renamed in honor of former Elizabethtown City Council member Ron Thomas Wednesday afternoon. Thomas, who many said was never at a loss for words, clearly was.

“If I want to be remembered in a certain way by Elizabethtown, the lake is one of the things that is dearest to me,” an emotional Thomas said. “I’m truly honored to have my name associated with what is one of the greatest assets the city of Elizabethtown has.”

Councilmembers and former mayors were present for the plaque dedication, including former mayors Pat Durbin, David Wilmoth Jr., and Edna Berger. Berger who served on the council with Thomas and ran for mayor against him, says Thomas was a true public servant, and was never afraid to tell you what he thought. 

“He’s going to tell you exactly how it is,” Berger said, “And if you don’t agree with him, too bad. And if he doesn’t agree with you, too bad.”

“You’re going to have to work it out, and over time, you will,” Berger continued.

Councilman Tony Bishop, who served with Thomas for a number of years, said the former council member was all about doing what was best for the community.

“He just loves this city, and he’d do just about anything for it,” Bishop said of his former colleague. “[And] compassion for the people. That’s the two main things: the compassion for the city and the compassion for the people who live here.”

Thomas’ family was present at the event, helping to uncover the plaque, which stand at the foot of the fishing dock.

Thomas retired from the Elizabethtown City Council in 2018. 

Guthrie: COVID vaccine might be developed by October

While it wouldn’t be in mass production until early next year, 2nd District Representative Brett Guthrie says a coronavirus vaccine could be here as early as October.

Guthrie says that the rollout of vaccines would likely take place in January and February, and would be given to those who are most at-risk. That includes those in nursing homes, frontline works, and those who are immunocompromised.

51st Street Rod Nationals underway with COVID precautions

The Street Rod Nationals are scheduled to take to kick off this Thursday, with several precautions in place in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spokesperson Jim Rowlett says that the event is taking many steps to keep attendees safe as the festivities kick off.

Rowlett also notes that there are expected to be around 6,000 cars in attendance this year. Tickets for the event will be $19 when bought at the gate.

Virtual Fort Knox Gold Rush event begins today

While the in-person event was canceled this year, a virtual version of the annual Fort Knox Gold Rush auction event will kick off today.  

Spokesperson Christie McGill. More information on the event can be found on the Ft. Knox Spouses and Community Club facebook page.

Hiroshima: 75 years later

Today marks 75 years since the bombing of Hiroshima by the U.S. Armed Forces. In a speech that was broadcasted from the U.S.S. Augusta, President Harry Truman informed the American People, and the world, of the events that took place in the Japanese city. 

The city of Elizabethtown has a connection to that day. Resident Gillen Nicely Sr. was the tailgunner on the Straight Flush, one of the planes part of the mission. The city of Nagasaki would be bombed next on August 9th.

News for August 4th

Elizabethtown City Council: Wifi for students; police department presented with award

The Elizabethtown Police Department was recognized for their excellence at last night’s City Council meeting. Chief Jeremy Thompson was presented with a plaque from the Kentucky League of Cities after the department’s policies and procedures audit once again came back 100%. Kentucky League of Cities liaison Mark Filburn said he’s asked often about the department’s performance, and said the reason behind it is simple:

“The standard stays high, the leadership stays excellent, and the support from the community is always there.”

In addition to the award presentation, the council also announced that Wi-Fi hotspots would soon be set up in locations around the community to assist students in their online instruction for the upcoming school year. Councilman Marty Fulkerson, who initially brought up the idea, said the service is a way to bridge the gap between students who might have the right devices but no internet access. 

“You can have all the computers you want, but if you can’t connect to  that Google Classroom, the kids still can’t learn,” he said. 

The service will start once the school years for both Hardin County and Elizabethtown Independent Schools begin.

Hodgenville PD asking public’s help in gathering their history

The Hodgenville Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance with a special project that will serve to chronicle the department’s history.

Hodgenville Police Chief James Richardson says the idea to gather information regarding the police department’s history came from the department having no photos of Chief John Cox, who had recently passed away.

Richardson says this will go a long way in honoring the department and the officers that have served it. I’m Jake Richardson.

Submissions to the Police Department can be made via their Facebook page, or by emailing Chief Richardson directly at policechief@cityofhodgenville.com.

Hardin County Schools releases “draft” of their Reopening Plan

Hardin County Schools has released a draft of their reopening plan to the public. Information regarding the upcoming school year is now available on the district’s website. District spokesperson John Wright says that the document isn’t final just yet.

Wright says that while the district is planning on only the two instruction models, the use of NTI learning could be implemented at any point.

FDA warns against using certain types of hand sanitizers

The next time you use your bottle of hand sanitizer, you might want to check the label on the back. The FDA released a list on Friday of over 100 hand sanitizers that should not be used, for two different reasons.

Lincoln Trail Health spokesperson Terrie Burgan says individuals can go to the health department’s website to see the full list of sanitizers the FDA recommends to not use.

Meade County man arrested after fleeing on stolen motorcycle

A Meade County man was arrested Sunday after allegedly fleeing from police on a stolen motorcycle.

On Sunday night, police were called to the area of West Lincoln Trail Boulevard in reference to a reported stolen motorcycle. A Radcliff Police officer located the motorcycle on the roadway near North Wilson Road, where the driver, Jason Poole, was operating it. When officers attempted a traffic stop, Poole fled with a passenger, who attempted to get off, towards Dixie Highway, eventually crashing and fleeing on foot through several parking lots. While being placed under arrest, officers located a metal shim and screwdriver in his pocket, fashioned into the shape of a key.

Poole was charged with Fleeing or Evading, Receiving Stolen Property, as well as Unlawful Imprisonment, among other charges. He was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

News for August 3rd

Even with online instruction, teachers can look for signs of child abuse or neglect

Teachers are the number one reporters of child abuse and neglect. That might be one of the reasons reports of such activity have decreased significantly since March, when students left the classroom and headed home for NTI.

“We see that coinciding with teachers not being able to see their kids face to face everyday,” CASA of the Heartland interim executive director Natalie Cubbage said. “Calls to the state child protection hotline are down 19%, and that’s from February to June of this year.”

Cubbage says that even with students out of the classroom, there are still some signs teachers can watch out for, especially during online instruction this upcoming year.

Cubbage says that while not every indication may be abuse or neglect, she advises that if you see something, say something.

Beshear: ‘Facial covering work”; virus cases become steady as July ends

Governor Andy Beshear continued to report steady numbers of covid-19 cases this weekend, with 572 on Saturday and 463 on Sunday. On Saturday, Beshear said that, in comparison to other states, the Commonwealth was doing well.

The state’s positivity rate is expected to be updated later today. Beshear announced 2 additional covid-related deaths on Sunday.

While state numbers steady, local levels see increase

State-wide numbers might have become steady following July’s rise in covid-19 cases, but local health officials say that’s not the case within the region.

Lincoln Trail Health spokesperson Terrie Burgan says the rise in cases locally likely indicates a pocket, which is normal with an easily transmittable virus. Burgan says that the state as a whole has done well against the virus when compared to other states. While cluster data is not yet available, Burgan says it is being compiled, and should be available in the near future.

Breckinridge County changes Return to School date

After Governor Andy Beshear recommended schools not begin in person instruction until the third week of August, Breckinridge County Schools has made a change to their school calendar. The district announced Friday that students would now be returning on August 25th.

Superintendent Nick Carter says that the district will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation as the beginning of the school year approaches, and will make adjustments if necessary.

Space X astronauts return from ISS

Yesterday, it was history in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. For the first time in 45 years, a U.S. Space capsule landed in a splash down, this time returning home Space X astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Benhken. This was the completion of Space X’s first full test flight to space. The two astronauts spent the last two months in space aboard the International Space Station. More missions to the space station are planned for the near future.

News for July 31st

With Cruisin’ canceled, economic impact for the area expected to take a hit

The streets of downtown Elizabethtown will look much different this weekend than in years past. With Cruisin the Heartland, events and tourism officials say the area looks to lose around $300,000 in economic impact for the surround area.

Elizabethtown events manager Sarah Vaughn says it’s unclear right now how much the area will lose out on collectively when considering all the events that have been canceled. But, she says, there’s no doubt that the impact will be felt.

Cruisin’ was one of the first major events canceled by the city back in May.

EPD: Man arrested after allegedly threatening officer during medical treatment

An Elizabethtown man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly threatening an officer while receiving medical treatment.

Officers with the Elizabethtown Police Department were called to the Motel 6 on North Mulberry Street due to Jason Cunningham receiving complaints in relation to being intoxicated

Officer Chris Denham says officers contacted EMS after determining that Cunningham needed medical assistance, being transported to Hardin Memorial. On route to the hospital, Cunningham allegedly threatened officers, even spitting in the face of one. He faces charges of assault, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and terroristic threatening. Cunningham was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Elizabethtown opens state’s 7th REAL ID office

The Real ID Office in Elizabethtown has finally been given the green-light to open. The Kentucky Department of Transportation announced the location’s opening Thursday. While they are limited to only a few services at present due to COVID-19, the regional Real ID office is ready to meet those needs for the public.

The office does ask that those interested in the real ID make an appointment to get one, though these appointments are currently booked up in early August.

The office is located in the former Kentucky State Police Post 4 building at 1055 North Mulberry Street, and will be open Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM.

Bluegrass Cellular kicks off 10th edition of “Don’t Miss the Bus”

While not all students will return to the classroom next month, Bluegrass Cellular’s “Don’t Miss the Bus” campaign is still taking place. Spokesperson Mackenzie Riordan says the donations, which are online this year, will be accepted even after the August 7 deadline.

More information can be found on the Bluegrass Cellular website.