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News for July 30th

Bardstown teen arrested for attempted murder

A Bardstown teen was arrested WEdnesday after allegedly shooting another. The Bardstown Police Department responded to the Speedy Mart at 603 Bloomfield Road on a report of shots fired. The 17-year-old victim, who had arrived at Flaget Memorial Hospital, had been shot in the left chest area. Following an investigation, suspect Tyran Maddox was located and arrested during a traffic stop a little before 1 a.m.

Maddox was taken to the Nelson County Jail and is being held on a $100,000 cash bond. He is charged with attempted murder, as well as wanton endangerment, 1st degree.

KSP hosts ‘Cover the Cruiser’ campaign in E’town

Kentucky State Police Post 4 took part in a unique fundraising campaign this week. The Cover the Cruiser campaign was used to raise money for the Kentucky Special Olympics. Trooper Scotty Sharp says the 1-day event, which was held at the Five Star at the corner of St. John and Ring Road, raised over $1,000 for Special Olympics. The event was used as a substitute for the annual Torch Run, which had to be cancelled due to covid-19.

Officials provide update on new trash cart roll-out

Waste officials are continuing to answer the public about new trash carts. Officials say that while the orange trash carts continue to appear across Hardin County, the old carts aren’t ready to be picked up yet. Red River vice president Steve Smith says that crews are still working to get the new, bright orange carts distributed to customers within the Hardin County system. Smith says the old carts will be picked up as soon as distribution is complete.

The new carts are part of the new, 8-year franchise agreement with the county.

Work detail fills 5,000 bags of trash in July

After roughly 3 months off due to covid-19 restrictions, Hardin County’s Inmate Work Crew was back out on the road in July, and they picked right back up where they left off, collecting 5000 bags of trash over 400 miles of roadway within the county. Jailer Josh Lindblom says the workers look at the task as a competition between the crews, saying, “it’s like a pride thing for them.”

Lindblom said that the time off also brought collection numbers down just slightly. Officials remind motorists to slow down when driving around work details.

ECTC launches Mobile Information Station

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will be offering yet another creative way to reach out to prospective students ahead of the 2020-21 academic year. The college will be using a Mobile Information Station for those who would like to meet with college representatives, but cannot get to campus. 

The mobile station will also be at the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Foundation on August 11th from 7-9 AM and 2-4 PM, as well as visiting various schools around the region. All activity will be outdoors, and face coverings and social distancing will be required. More information and a schedule of where the bus will be can be found at Elizabethtown.kctcs.edu

News for July 29th

Local businesses proceed with caution after latest order

Today marks a full month since bars were allowed to reopen in Kentucky. And in that same timeframe, they’ve already been told to close once again. Bourbon Barrel Tavern co-owner Stacy Reynolds says that Monday’s news did come as a shock. Reynolds says the bar was prepared, going ahead and filing all documents needed to provide food to customers, thus allowing the business to remain open.

Reynolds says the bar will operate this way as long as the closure lasts. Which, he says, might be longer than 2 weeks. But, if another shutdown occurred, Reynolds is concerned that the bar might not be able to reopen.

KHSAA says sports will happen this fall

High school sports will take place in Kentucky this fall. The KHSAA voted yesterday to delay the start of the fall sports season until September 7th, with golf being the only fall sport not affected by the vote. The schedule of a return to high school sports is as follows:

Cross Country, Soccer, Volleyball, Field Hockey

  • August 24th: Practices begin but with time restrictions
  • August 31st: Practices return fully with no time restrictions
  • September 7th: Regular season begins

Football

  • August 24th: Helmet only practices
  • August 31st: Full pad practices
  • September 11th: Regular-season will start (9 week season)

Commissioner Julian Tackett says football will still conclude the season with the state finals taking place December 11 through 12. 

Warm Blessings seeks volunteers for packing meals

With an increased need and less volunteers available, Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen is hoping to get entire families involved with their mission. Spokesperson Donielle Lovell says that the Kitchen needs about 3-5 people to be able to put the boxes together. Altogether, Lovell says the commitment isn’t a time consuming one.

Those interested in volunteering can contact the soup kitchen.

Knob Creek Tavern to receive overhaul with year-long rehab

A significant Larue County tourism site is receiving a facelift. The Lincoln National Birthplace is planning to begin the Knob Creek Tavern Rehabilitation Project on August 3rd. The park’s Chief of Interpretation Stacey Humpherys says that the project has been in the works for a while, and that the nearly 90-year old structure needs it now more than ever.

“There will be a metal skeleton … inserted in to the structure,” Humphreys says. “That way, people can go in safely. Right now, currently, in it’s current condition, it is not safe for visitors to go in.”

The structure, which was built in 1933, was one of the first tourism sites dedicated to the legacy of the Lincoln family, Humphreys says. Once the project is complete, guests will be able to enter the building to see various exhibits about the Knob Creek farm.

The Park plans to celebrate with a grand reopening ceremony when work is completed in August of 2021.

News for July 28th

HCS to implement “A/B Schedule” for high schools

A return to school for Hardin County high school students has taken a drastic change.

During last night’s Board of Education meeting, it was announced that the district would split in-person instruction up into two rotating groups, in an effort to keep student interaction down. District spokesperson John Wright says the plan was pushed for by the principals of the schools, who felt is was the best option for those students returning to in-person instruction.

The district will host a live Q&A today at noon to answer questions from parents, teachers, and students. The change to an A/B schedule will only affect high school students.

Elizabethtown Independent to start school year online

After extensive discussion, the Elizabethtown Board of Education has decided on what course of action to take for their return to school next month. In the end, the board decided to adopt what was referred to as “Option 4”, which calls for students to begin the school year online for the first 3 week. Incoming Superintendent Kelli Bush says students without access to the online services at home would be able come to the school to complete the online instruction.

Elizabethtown students will now start online beginning August 25th.

2 Hardin County residents receive “mysterious” seeds in mail

On the same day that Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles warned residents about suspicious packets of seeds from China, several cases were reported in Hardin County.

Hardin County Extension Agent Doug Shepherd says 2 residents had contacted his office after they received the mysterious seeds instead of the ones they ordered.

“When they were delivered, they were marked as jewelry, but there were these mysterious seeds from China,” Shepherd said.

Shepherd says that if any other residents receive the the seeds, they should package them and send them to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection in Hebron, Kentucky, where he said they will likely be grown in a controlled facility to see what they are.

Address: USDA-APHIS PPQ, P.O. Box 475, Hebron, KY 41048.

Kentucky is one of 4 states to report the packages.

KSP: Louisville man arrested after pursuit

A Louisville man arrested over the weekend after leading authorities on a pursuit.

According to arrest citations, Troopers observed alcohol in the vehicle of Jeremy Macklin, along with an odor of the beverage. Macklin gave officers false identifying information due to having previous warrants. When Troopers asked Macklin to step out of the vehicle, he allegedly put the vehicle in drive and fled the scene, almost striking a Trooper. After a short pursuit, Macklin exited the vehicle in a cul-de-sac and continued to run on foot for several blocks, hopping a six foot high fence at one point. He was pursued once more and apprehended, where he was finally identified. A search of the vehicle revealed open and half empty bottles of alcohol beneath the driver’s seat.

Macklin was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

City construction projects near completion

Two significant projects for the City of Elizabethtown are nearing completion as the month of August draws closer. The Elizabethtown City Council was updated on the the renovation of Pritchard Community Center and the construction of the new Fire Station #2 at last night’s city council meeting. Facilities Management Director Scott Reynolds says that Pritchard, which received a major overhaul, was slated to move the Parks and Recreation staff back into the building by Friday. While not open yet to the public, the center is scheduled to host its first event this weekend.

Fire Station #2 is also nearing completion, Reynolds says, with construction being complete in mid-August. The Fire Department will then begin to move equipment to the new location, located on Dixie near the Western Kentucky Parkway, with the station becoming operational by September.