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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.