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November 13, 2019

Fort Knox Federal Credit Union will soon be going through some major changes. The credit union’s name and brand will officially change in February 2020, according to an email sent out to all members on November 9th. All branches will be closed on January 15th, 2020 so employees can meet, celebrate, and prepare for this new change. Fort Knox Federal Credit Union has been serving members of the military as well as the community for 70 years.

The United States Census will be taking place next year, and Hardin County officials are already attempting to get citizens prepared. At a meeting of Hardin County Fiscal Court last night, City Engineer Vickie Meredith shared that there will be three ways to be counted in the census; online, over the phone, or in person. The census happens every ten years, and is used to establish things like state funding and seats in the House of Representatives. Hardin County Animal Care and Control will be holding a coffee meet-and-greet with local animal welfare staff and volunteers this Friday at Hardin County EMS. The event will take place from 8 AM- 9AM, and will be followed by a full day seminar with guest speakers. Both events are free, but people are asked to register in advance

November 12, 2019

New 18th District Representative Samara Heavrin already has plans for what she intends to do in her new role. Heavrin lists government accountability and transparency, education, and listening to constituents of the district as some of the most important aspects of her office. Heavrin won the November 5th election, beating out Democrat Becky Miller. She assumes this new role after previous representative Tim Moore stepped down in September.

Reconstruction is underway on Long Avenue in Elizabethtown. The project started yesterday morning around 7 AM, and according to a post on the Elizabethtown Police Department’s Facebook page, will continue until Sunday, November 27th. Closures are between Cardinal Drive and Nall Street. Residents on Long Avenue will still have access, but through traffic is being detoured onto Hill Street, then to Nall Street, and back onto Long Avenue.

The City of Elizabethtown will no longer be sending out tax bills for real and tangible property. Starting with the 2019 tax year, residents will now receive only one bill that will include their city and county amounts. Payments will be remitted to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office at 201 Provident Way in Elizabethtown. Those with outstanding tax bills from 2018 and earlier can still pay those bills at the City Office. The City of Elizabethtown will continue to bill and collect franchise and bank share property tax.

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association held its 2019 State Volleyball Tournament this past weekend. The Elizabethtown Lady Panthers were among the 16 teams who competed over the three-day competition. Their coach, Bart Catlett, was recognized as Coach of the Year for the 5th Region. Freshman Sydney Clark was recognized as First Team All State, and 5th Region Player of the Year. This is Coach Catlett’s eighth season as head coach of the Lady Panthers.

November 11, 2019

An Elizabethtown woman was killed in a two-vehicle collision on Highgrove Road on Thursday afternoon. According to the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, 31-year-old Samantha Smith was heading west on Highgrove Road when she dropped off the edge of the road, overcorrected, and crossed into the other lane. Smith’s van slid and collided with a semi driven by 60-year-old William Brown of Livingston. Brown was not injured, but Smith was pronounced deceased by the Nelson County Coroner’s Office. The collision is under investigation.

A former girl’s basketball coach was convicted on several sexual assault charges last Friday. According to Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Teresa Logsdon, Corvell Conley, a former AAU basketball coach, was found guilty of third-degree sodomy. The sentence for such a crime is one to five years in prison, and a jury recommended Conley serve four years. Formal sentencing will be on January 14th.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information in identifying a suspect in an act of violence at a Wooldridge Ferry Road property. Roy Wright of Hardin County found one of his horses shot four times, and another shot in the neck. The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with any information is asked to call the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.

After serving Hardin County for almost twenty years, Judge Executive Harry Berry announced that he will not be seeking re-election once his current term is completed. Berry first ran for the position in 2002, and has held the office of Judge Executive since. Berry says he is proud of the professionalism and fiscal management that the local government has grown to have over the years.

Improvement work begins today on the bridge over Sandy Creek in Southern Hardin County. Locally known as Cash Road, KY 2800 will be closed at the 3.6 mile marker for up to 45 days. Signs have been posted and motorists are encouraged to use KY 224 and KY 720 to detour around the closed area. This work on the bridge is part of the “Bridging Kentucky program, aimed at improving structures and safety around the state. For more information, visit bridgingkentucky.com.  

November 8, 2019

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will be hosting a suicide prevention event next week. There will be talks on suicidal ideologies, and how individuals can help. The event will be from 10 AM- 3 PM in Room 121 of the JSO building on campus. There will be door prizes and a free lunch. The event is sponsored by the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities.

The Elizabethtown Junior Women’s Club will be hosting the 38th Annual Holiday Marketplace this weekend. There will be all sorts of Christmas food, décor, and more on sale. The event will take place on Saturday from 9 AM to 6 PM at Pritchard Community Center. More information can be found on the Elizabethtown Junior Women’s Club Facebook page.

The Elizabethtown Police Department is asking for help with their annual Shop With a Cop event once again this year. This event, which allows officers to take less fortunate children shopping, relies on donations from the public. The department is accepting monetary donations. For questions, or to have your donation picked up, contact Officer Chris Denham with EPD.

November 6, 2019

The Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office has received a formal request from the office of Matt Bevin for a recanvassing of the November 5th election. This will consist of a check of voting machines and absentee ballots of all precincts in Kentucky. The recanvassing will take place on November 14th. Bevin appeared to be on the losing end of Tuesday’s Governor’s race, being unseated by Democrat and Attorney General Andy Beshear.

The Hodgenville Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating witnesses to an incident that occurred in the parking lot of Dollar General. According to Sergeant James Richardson, a man was seen exposing himself to women in the parking lot. Anyone who may have seen this incident is asked to call Hodgenville Police or message them on Facebook.

Hardin Memorial Health has expanded and now offers services in Campbellsville. The new facility, located on 101 Winston Way, will be offering cardiovascular, critical, and pulmonary care services. This came about due to the amount of Taylor County patients that sought treatment from Hardin Memorial.

Hosparus Health and First Presbyterian Church will be holding a non-denominational remembrance event this Sunday at 1:45 PM. Attendees will be able to make a special ornament in memory of a loved one lost this year featuring a picture of no more than three inches in diameter. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by calling Hosparus Health.

November 6, 2019

Election Day 2019 was yesterday, and the results are as follows: former Attorney General Andy Beshear unseated Matt Bevin to become the new Governor of the State of Kentucky. Republican Michael Adams defeated Democrat Heather French Henry to become the new Kentucky Secretary of State. Republican Allison Ball defeated Michael Bowman to remain Kentucky Treasurer. Republican Mike Harmon defeated Democrat Sheri Donahue and Libertarian Kyle Hugenberg in the Auditor’s race. Republican Ryan Quarles defeated Democrat Robert Conway and Libertarian Josh Gilpin to remain Agricultural Commissioner. Republican Samara Heavrin defeated Democrat Becky Miller for the 18th District Representative Seat, and in the Attorney General’s race, Hardin County native and Republican Daniel Cameron defeated Democrat Greg Stumbo to become the new Kentucky Attorney General. Total voter turnout for the state of Kentucky was around 36%.

The Elizabethtown Sports Park is gearing up to expand its slate of events after signing a five-year deal last Friday with Athletx Sports Group. The two will partner to create new events and expand on current ones to bring more to the Sports Park. More information about the Sports Park can be found at etownsports.com.

Hardin Memorial Health has opened a retail pharmacy in the Bardstown Medical Plaza. This is the first on-site pharmacy in Nelson County. It is a full service pharmacy intended to fill prescriptions for the medical group. This is Hardin Memorial’s second on-site retail pharmacy, with the other being inside Hardin Memorial Hospital.

November 5, 2019

The second reading of an ordinance relating to fees and regulations for food trucks at city events took place at the Elizabethtown City Council last night. The ordinance dictates that trucks setting up must pay a $250 fee to do so. Also noted at the meeting were exemptions that could excuse trucks from the fees, including one time set-ups. The full ordinance can be viewed at elizabethtownky.org.

The public is invited to a special memorial event at Freeman Lake next Tuesday, November 12th at 4 PM. There will be a bench dedicated near the Lions Pavilion to Subash Ghale, who was shot and killed at the Elizabethtown T-Mart earlier this year. The event will provide refreshments and domestic violence information from Springhaven.

Fort Knox will be holding a Turkey Shoot Golf Scramble this weekend as golf season is coming to a close. The start of the event is Saturday at 10 AM. Cost is $35 for non-members and $25 for members. Registration is due by Friday, November 8th. More information can be found at knox.armymwr.com.

Fort Knox will be holding a special concert featuring Maddie and Tae this Friday at 8PM in the Waybur Theater as part of the Women Rock the Forts Tour. Tickets are $25 in advance, and $35 on the day of the show. Tickets are extremely limited. More information can be found at knox.armymwr.com.  

November 4, 2019

Hardin Memorial Health and Doctor Larry Hall have agreed to dismiss legal actions on both sides involving the sale of Hardin Memorial Hospital to Baptist Health. Doctor Hall will be dismissing his petition for rehearing for the Kentucky Court of Appeals, and HMH will be dismissing their motion to sanction frivolous appeal. The sale was first affirmed by Hardin Circuit Court in May of 2018, and then by the Kentucky Court of Appeals in October 2018.

An Elizabethtown man was arrested early Sunday morning after striking a parked car. According to arrest citations, Elizabethtown Police received the call stating the operator seemed to be under the influence. First responding officers observed a male, later identified as Michael Lyons, and a female, Rachael Boley, leaving the scene of the incident, and with a strong smell of alcohol coming from the pair. Both failed sobriety tests, and damage to the vehicle that was struck came out to over one- thousand dollars. The two were lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center, and Lyons was charged with operating under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, and criminal mischief.

Election Day is tomorrow, November 5th, and the County Clerk’s Office is reminding those who are headed to the polls to bring proper identification, such as a driver’s license, social security card, or government ID. There are over 87,000 registered voters in Hardin County. Voter specific polling locations can be found at hccoky.org.

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 87 along with the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 87 in Hodgenville will be hosting a free dinner for all veterans on Wednesday, November 6th from 4 PM- 6 PM. The Legionnaires monthly meeting will follow at 6:30. The American Legion Post is located at 636 Lincoln Boulevard in Hodgenville.  

November 1, 2019

Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear held a rally in Elizabethtown yesterday morning. Beshear was joined at Bub’s Café by fellow members of the Democratic ticket including Heather French Henry, Greg Stumbo, and Michael Bowman. Current Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin held a rally of his own at the Elizabethtown Shoney’s last week.

Students at John Hardin High School are working on a special hydroponics project. Hydroponics is a plant growing method that does not use soil, but rather mineral nutrient solutions. They will be growing bibb lettuce and pea-shoot microgreens that whey will then sell to the school cafeteria. The project is called Aquafood and was created out of a desire to empower and educate students on food security and safety. The school and district say they are very proud of not only the students, but the administration and all their work as well.

The Fourth Annual Hardin County Entrepreneurial Awards are coming up in November, and the Central Region Innovation Center is seeking nominations for the six categories, including Entrepreneur of the Year, Start-Up of the Year, and Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year. Nominations can be placed by visiting the Hardin County Entrepreneurial Awards website. Nominations are due by November 5th.

October 31, 2019

The Elizabethtown Police Department responded to a call of a child being hit by a car near Morningside Elementary School. When officers arrived, the girl was treated by Hardin County EMS, and did not need transport to a medical facility. Reportedly, the student was only bumped by the vehicle, and crews cleared the scene a little after 8 AM.

The Brandenburg Police Department has made several arrests after a video of a September 29th fight surfaced. Charges have been filed on several adults, and one juvenile. Two individuals, Lisa Rowland and Alyssa Triplett, have been arrested, and there are warrants out on several other people. Rowland serves as a bus driver for the district, but was not on duty at the time of the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College welcomed their new Director of Recruitment this week, as Sarah Berkshire stepped into the role. Berkshire comes to ECTC with experience from Heartland Communications Consultants, various media outlets, and a global advertising agency.

United Way of Central Kentucky will be presenting the iPay 5K this weekend. Registration for the race is $25 in advance, or $35 on the day of. The race will begin at 8 AM in Downtown Elizabethtown