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Planning Commission to Meet Regarding Hardin Solar Project

Tonight, the Planning Commission of Hardin County will meet to discuss a map amendment and conditional use permit for the Hardin Solar farm project.

The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. on the third floor of the Hardin County Government building. The meeting is open to the public.

This is a completely separate project from the Rhudes Creek Solar Project. That Board of Adjustment hearing was originally scheduled for January 6th. Due to inclement weather, it is now postponed until March 3rd.

Nolin Aids in Power Outages As Result of Winter Storm

Nolin RECC sent crews out early Monday morning in response to power outages caused by the winter storm over the weekend.

“Our guys were able to get on the road this morning to Gray, Kentucky around the Corbin area where they’re going to be helping. We’re unsure at this point how long they’re going to be there, but we’ll definitely know more as the progress continues on restoration there,” stated Nolin RECC Communications Manager Sarah Fellows. Crews will be aiding the Cumberland Valley Electric Cooperative, located in Gray, Kentucky.

Former E’town City Councilman Fired From JCPS

A long time Hardin County resident has been fired from the Jefferson County Public Schools system. 

William Bennett was fired from Moore High School after security footage showed a physical altercation between Bennett and a student on August 23rd, 2021. While it appears the student initiated the fight, Bennett engaged in the fight by pulling the student’s hair. 

Bennett was temporarily reassigned to non-instructional duties during the investigation, and was terminated in December. 

Bennett previously served two terms as an Elizabethtown city councilman. He ran unsuccessfully in 2020.

Details Released in 2nd Elizabethtown Police Department Officer-Involved Shooting

Details have been released in a December 11th fatal shooting involving an Elizabethtown Police Department Officer.

The Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team were called to the scene and handled all investigation procedures.

Preliminary results of their investigation were released Thursday morning, and revealed that EPD Officer Detrick Cooper was assisting on a service call around the area of Wingfield Court. Afterwards, Cooper investigated a suspicious vehicle with one individual inside. That person has been identified as 29-year-old Christopher Sterusky of Radcliff. Officer Cooper attempted to verify Sterusky’s identity outside of the vehicle, when the suspect became uncooperative and attempted to get back in his vehicle. Sterusky then pulled out a knife and attempted to stab the officer. Cooper then fired his gun and Sterusky was hit.

Sterusky was pronounced dead at the scene, and Cooper was taken to Baptist Health Hardin with non-life threatening injuries.

Elizabethtown Police Officer Chris Denham said any questions about the incident should be referred to the Kentucky State Police, as it is the investigating agency.

New Details Released in E’town Police Officer-Involved Shooting

New details have been released in an Elizabethtown Police Department Officer-involved fatal shooting.

The Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team responded to the scene of the incident December 7th. They handled all investigation procedures.

The KSP released preliminary results of their investigation Monday afternoon. The incident began when EPD Sgt. Chris Lewis was assisting with a domestic violence investigation. He transported several juvenile witnesses along with the victim to their residence on Pleasant View Drive. When Lewis and those in his cruiser arrived, the alleged suspect, 34-year-old Gary McCormick, of Elizabethtown was there.

Sgt Lewis left his vehicle to speak with McCormick and an altercation ensued. Lewis deployed his agency issued taser on McCormick. The suspect then disarmed Lewis and attempted to use the taser on the officer. Lewis then fired his agency issued firearm striking McCormick.

Lewis attempted to render medical aid to McCormick, but he was ultimately pronounced deceased at the scene.

Elizabethtown Police Officer Chris Denham said any questions about the incident should be referred to the Kentucky State Police, as it is the investigating agency.

Investigation into Fatal Collision in Nelson County

Kentucky State Police are investigating a fatal collision that occurred in Nelson County on Sunday.

The preliminary investigation revealed that 39-year-old Joseph Curstinger, of Bardstown, was traveling north on New Shepherdsville Road, when a car being operated by 70-year-old Jacqueline Houston, of Coxs Creek, turned onto New Shepherdsville Road and into the path of Curtsinger’s truck.

Houston and a 15-year-old passenger were pronounced deceased at the scene. No one in Curtsinger’s vehicle was seriously injured. The investigation is still ongoing. 

Upton Man Indicted for Murder of Erica Burden

An Upton man has been indicted on multiple charges after the murder of 27-year-old Erica Burden.

On November 9th, 2021, Erica Burden was reported missing. She was last seen dropping her child off at school at approximately 7:55 that morning. Two days later, 53-year-old William “Billy” Burden was arrested and charged with Murder (Domestic Violence), Tampering with Physical Evidence and Abuse of a Corpse.

On December 20th, 2021, Burden was indicted at the Larue County Circuit Court Division II. 

“The charges are Murder-Domestic Violence, which is a Class A Felony, Charge 2 is Abuse of a Corpse which is a Class D Felony, Charge 3 is Tampering with Physical Evidence which is a Class D Felony and Charge 4 is Convicted Felon in Possession of Handgun which is a Class C Felony,” stated Larue County Circuit Court Clerk, Emily Ernst. 

Burden’s arraignment is scheduled for January 3rd at 10 a.m. in the Larue County Circuit Court Division II under Judge Ballard.

ibV Energy Partners Holds Informational Meeting on Forthcoming Solar Farm

Late last week, representatives from ibV Energy Partners held an informational meeting on the controversial Rhudes Creek Project.

The project, consisting of a 100 megawatt solar farm, has many residents concerned this will take away prime farmland. During the meeting, ibV stated they have plans of allowing landowners to continue farming the land. 

“We are going to graze sheep on this project. We also are going to plant bee pollinators to bring the bee population back and monarch butterflies. And the life of this project is a 35 year lifespan for these solar panels. In 35 years, we’ll go back to agriculture,” stated ibV co-founder Robin Saiz. He believes another benefit of the project will be reliability. 

“Whether it’s a coal factory, a new factory or something that’s in another part of the state that’s supplying your power down here, if they go offline for something, you now have energy that’s being generated here locally that’s going to provide you grid reliability when other things go offline.”

The project awaits a conditional use permit hearing set to take place next month.

Baptist Health Hardin Temporarily Changes Covid-19 Clinic Location

Baptist Health Hardin has announced a temporary location change of their Covid-19 Clinic.

The clinic normally held at the Towne Mall will be moved to Baptist Health Hardin, rooms 5D and 5E on Friday only.

To register for the vaccine, go to Main Admitting, just inside the main entrance. The clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and no appointment is required. 

The Moderna booster will be the only vaccinations offered on Friday.