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January 24, 2020

The Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to a fire alarm activation at Flex Film Corporation located on North Black Branch Road at 6:26 AM. While units were in route, dispatch advised that there was a fire in the building. A fire had started in the boiler room of the facility, but the sprinkler systems had kept the fire in check. Responders extinguished the fire using hoses from the trucks.

More details have been released regarding the officer-involved shooting that took place early Thursday morning. As previously reported, the Radcliff Police Department responded to 101 Navaho Drive on reports of an armed robbery. Upon officer’s arrival, they discovered an individual wielding a knife outside of the residence. The suspect failed to obey the officer’s orders to drop the knife, and began to charge two of the officers, who then discharged their service weapons striking the individual multiple times. The subject was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital, and then was later flown to University of Louisville Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The two officers involved were placed on administrative leave. Charges are forthcoming regarding the robbery.

Elizabethtown High School head football coach Mark Brown has made the decision to retire. Brown, age 67, took over the team in 2014. Brown coached the Panthers to a 9-3 record, as well as a district title last season.

Elizabethtown Mayor Jeff Gregory is reflecting on some of the successes of his first year in office. The Mayor says he feels most proud of how he has raised morale among city employees, and how they feel that they are as special and needed as anyone in the Mayor’s office. He would also go on to talk about what he hopes to accomplish with the next three years of his term. For the full interview with Mayor Gregory, listen to Breckinridge Report this weekend.

The 10th Annual Radcliff Mayor’s Community Breakfast will be taking place tomorrow. The event will take place from 9-11 AM at the Colvin Community Center. The event will feature typical breakfast items as well as door prizes. This is a free breakfast that is open to the general public to attend.

Bluegrass Cellular has begun accepting applications for the 2020 Bluegrass Cellular Scholarship Program. The company is giving away $18,000 in scholarships, which will come out to $1500 scholarships for twelve students. The application as well as guidelines can be found at scholarships.bluegrasscellular.com. The deadline for application is Monday, April 6th. Scholarship winners will be notified later in April.  

January 23, 2020

A man was shot by police in Radcliff early this morning. According to media sources, the incident took place outside an apartment on Navaho Court. Radcliff Police have reportedly only said that they were called to the apartments around 2:15 AM on the report of a robbery. The man is believed to have sustained non-life-threatening injuries. More information will be relayed as it becomes available.

The Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to a chimney fire at 104 Picardy Court just after 11 AM Wednesday morning. First responders saw a fire in the upper portion of the chimney flume. The residents of the home were reportedly unaware of the problem until a neighbor called to let them know about it. Crews were able to access and extinguish the fire, and clear the scene around 1 PM. The fire department urges families using fireplaces to only use approved materials for burning, and to have their units inspected annually to prevent disaster.

After potential misunderstandings and talks with county officials, Grayson County has decided to withdraw the “Stop and Identify” bill that was passed earlier in the month. The bill, which was passed at the urging of Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins, who posted about the withdrawal on his Facebook page, was seen as a possible civil rights issue by some groups. Sheriff Chaffins went on to say that the department would “… treat those we encounter in our everyday duties like we would want our own family treated if they were stopped by police officers.”

Lane configuration has been altered in regards to the US 31W bridge project in West Point. Southbound traffic has been shifted into the southbound outside lane across the bridge. This is to give traffic more room on the bridge until the next phase of construction begins. The next phase will require closure of the northbound side for demolition and reconstruction. The project is expected to be completed by the end of May.

January 22, 2020

The City of Elizabethtown has applied for two grants for hopeful future projects. The first was an application to the Kentucky Economic Cabinet in hopes of making improvements to the industrial park. The amount requested is $500,000. The second grant was submitted to the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management in an attempt to gain funds for improvements and repairs to local flood control structures in the amount of $2 million. The results of the applications may not be known for six to nine months.

The Elizabethtown Police Department has issued a warning after fraudulent credit cards were used to purchase building materials. Reportedly, two suppliers accepted a credit card payment over the phone, and the buyer picked up the supplies in a U-Haul. It was later found that the credit cards used were in fact compromised. Officer Chris Denham with EPD emphasizes using extreme caution when taking payments over the phone, and doing extensive checks on identification when taking payments in person. Detectives with the department are working to bring the suspects to justice.

The Hardin Memorial Health Board of Trustees has approves a two million dollar building project to remodel Hardin Memorial’s Progressive Care Unit (PCU) in order to make rooms more private. Currently, the PCU has thirty-four beds; two that are private, and thirty-two that are semi-private. This remodel will relocate sixteen beds to another area of the hospital to allow for the floor to be made into a private room only floor. The remodel is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

At a meeting of the Elizabethtown City Council held last night, Mayor Jeff Gregory issued a proclamation in honor of Linda Funk, former executive director of Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen. In the proclamation, Mayor Gregory declared that January 21st, 2020 would be celebrated as Linda Funk Day in the city of Elizabethtown. Funk served Warm Blessings for thirteen years before announcing her retirement in December.

January 20, 2020

The Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force concluded a year long investigation last week, executing multiple search warrants in Louisville, Elizabethtown, and Radcliff. From the DBA Couture Clothing Store located in Towne Mall, officers seized one pound of methamphetamine, and one ounce of cocaine. From the same store located in Louisville, four ounces of cocaine was seized. Then, from the Radcliff residence of Edward Deshawn Robertson, one ounce of cocaine, twenty-two baggies of crack cocaine, and over one hundred grams of marijuana, as well as vapes and edibles were seized. Edward Deshawn Robertson, Lashana Moffit, and Bertrand Dame were arrested and charged with trafficking in controlled substances, among other charges. They were all lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

A serious collision took place on Campbellsville Road near Morningstar Road in Hodgenville last night. The incident occurred around 8:30 PM, and had the road shut down, according to a post on the Hodgenville Police Department’s Facebook page. The road was reopened at around 9:30 PM. Several media sources have reported that there was at least one fatality at the scene. More information will be relayed as it becomes available.

The Elizabethtown Police Department will be holding their free Citizen’s Police Academy next month. The eight-week session will begin on February 20th, and will meet on Thursday evenings. Citizens will have the opportunity to hear presentations from members of different sections of the Department, as well as from members of local government. Attendees will also have the opportunity to do a ride-along with an officer during their shift. Those interested should download an application from the Elizabethtown Police Department’s website.

Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen will be closed for one week starting today. According to a post from the facility’s Facebook page, the kitchen and dining room will be remodeled, and some fire and health safety issues will be corrected. New handicap ramps will be installed, and security will be updated. The kitchen says that they are financially sound, and have an executive staff that will ensure the kitchen is around for decades to come. Day Shelter services typically offered by Warm Blessings will be relocated to College Heights United Methodist Church until the reopening of the facility on January 27th.

The John Hardin Bulldogs Boys Basketball team have once again won the Kentucky 2-A State Championship. The Bulldogs defeated the Bourbon County Colonels at the Owensboro Sportscenter by a score of 73-53. This is the second time the Bulldogs have won the tournament, and have now won in back-to-back years.

January 17, 2020

Two Elizabethtown residents were arrested by the Vine Grove Police Department yesterday for a burglary that took place in December. According to a press release from the department, on December 23rd, 2019, the victim filed a report with the department in reference to property and money that was removed from their Vine Grove home. Investigation showed evidence of forced entry. Yesterday, with the assistance of Hardin County Probation and Parole, the Vine Grove Police Department, in collaboration with the Elizabethtown Police Department, executed a search warrant on James Reed, 28, and Trista Crooks, 35. The departments recovered money, evidence of the incident, and possible items relating to a previous unreported burglary at the same residence. Both suspects were charged with burglary and theft by unlawful taking. They are lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center, and the investigation is ongoing, pending further arrests.

The Larue County Fiscal Court passed a resolution earlier this week that will serve as a stance of support for the second amendment. The second amendment sanctuary resolution is a statement from the county that they will not stand for the second amendment being altered or not honored in the county. The resolution will be sent to government officials in the state of Kentucky to let them know the stance of Larue County on the matter.

The Central Kentucky Community Foundation will be hosting a workshop next week in an attempt to help high school seniors apply for scholarships. The Scholarship Central Workshop will be taking place on Tuesday, January 21st at 6 PM and will be located at the Central Kentucky Community Foundation’s Home of Philanthropy Community Hall. This is for high school seniors and anyone enrolling in Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, which means adult students can attend as well. The Foundation will be providing assistance in applying for more than $400,000 worth in local scholarships. Participants need to bring their own device to fill out the forms. More information can be found by visiting ckcf4people.org.

Tune in to Breckinridge Report this weekend to hear Vine Grove Mayor Pam Ogden talk about her first year in office.

January 16, 2020

In the days following the announcement that West Point Independent Schools would be discussing entering into negotiations with Hardin County Schools for the purpose of a merger, interim superintendent Sally Sugg discussed some of the difficulties she sees members of the district facing as talks proceed. Sugg predicts that adults in the community will have the most trouble with a transition, considering how much history people in the community have with the school, as some families go back multiple generations of attending West Point. However, Sugg is confident that the students are resilient and strong enough to make the transition without much difficulty. The next board meeting for the district will be held on January 28th, and the public is invited to attend.

A Radcliff man was arrested earlier this week after his part in a verbal altercation. According to arrest citations, Isaac Patterson of Radcliff was involved in a verbal argument over his continued drug use when he became outraged. Patterson told the victim, his mother, that he was going to take a knife and stab her to death while she was asleep. When police arrived, they found Patterson rolling a blunt with marijuana in plain view on the table. Patterson was charged with terroristic threatening, as well as possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

The artistic community of Elizabethtown will be on display tonight at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center as The Novel Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four, opens at the theater. The show will run tonight, where house opens at 6:30 PM, and through this weekend with a matinee on Sunday, then next week from Thursday to Sunday with the same hours. Tickets and prices can be found online at thepac.net.

January 15, 2020

The West Point Independent School District sent home a letter with students yesterday afternoon stating that the district is adding an item to their next Board Meeting being held on January 28th. This item concerns the district entering into negotiations with Hardin County Schools for the purposes of a potential merger. The Kentucky Board of Education recommended this course of action last year. A copy of the letter, which outlines the reasons the merger may be necessary, is available for viewing on the West Point Independent Schools Facebook page. Hardin County Schools spokesman John Wright and West Point Independent Interim Superintendent Sally Sugg both spoke positively of the potential merger. The public is invited to attend the board meeting being held on January 28th.

Sentencing for a former AAU basketball coach convicted of sexual assault took place yesterday in Hardin Circuit Court. Corvell Conley faced formal sentencing in front of Judge Ken Howard. Conley was convicted of sodomy, third degree, last November. He has been sentenced to 4 years in prison, with eligibility for parole after 20% served. He must complete a sexual offender treatment program before being eligible. Conley must register as a sex offender for twenty years after his release.

The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, in addition to Kentucky State Police, is asking for the public’s help in locating a wanted man. David Wease, also known as “Hog”, of Big Clifty is wanted for drug charges, receiving stolen property, and being a persistent felony offender. Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins says Wease is, “A danger to our community as long as he is on the streets.” Wease may be armed, and the Sheriff’s office asks the public not to approach him, but instead to call 911.

A car fire took place yesterday afternoon in Elizabethtown. The Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to West Nalls Road and Woodland Drive shortly after 12 o’clock. The fire was extinguished in three minutes after the department’s arrival. No further information is available at this time.

United Way of Central Kentucky will be holding their grant training program next week. The training will take place Thursday the 23rd, and Friday the 24th from 9-11 AM at the Home of Philanthropy. Spot reservations can be made by calling United Way of Central Kentucky.

Registration began last week for a new opportunity for young athletes. NFL Flag Football is being introduced in Elizabethtown for boys and girls from four to fourteen years old. Cost is $115 for the uniform, an actual NFL jersey, and flags. All activities will take place at the Elizabethtown Sports Park. The skills camp begins February 1st, and the registration deadline is February 8th at midnight. The season will begin in March. More information can be found at etownflagfootball.org.

January 14, 2020

The Elizabethtown Police Department responded to a report of a man dragging and assaulting a woman carrying a young child on the street in the 700 block of Hawkins Drive Tuesday night. Upon arrival, Police found Bradley Williams, 31, who was heavily intoxicated, as well as a victim with visibly swollen eyes, red marks around her neck, and bruising and swelling on her hands. The victim said she and her son tried to get away from Williams with her young son, but that he had dragged her back into the residence, punching and kicking her on the way. Once he had the two back in the home, he locked the door to prevent them from leaving. Upon medical examination, the victim was revealed to possibly have a broken orbital bone, while the child suffered scrapes on his knees from the altercation. Williams faces charges of strangulation, disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication in a public place, resisting arrest, wanton endangerment, assault, unlawful imprisonment, and child abuse.

The Elizabethtown City Council and the Elizabethtown Planning Commission met for a joint meeting last night, discussing the comprehensive plan for Elizabethtown for the next twenty years. The representatives from both organizations were given a presentation by Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group, who specialize in community planning, and their principal, Amy Williams. Williams outlined four different themes for the advancement of the city: sustainable growth, healthy lifestyles, strong legacy, and active commerce, which were discussed in greater detail. Also discussed were possibilities for advancement to Towne Mall as well as the south side of town. The next steps for the comprehensive plan include another public input survey and drafting of plan documents, as well as another joint meeting in late March before the adoption process in April or May.

Heavy storms rolled into the Hardin County area over the weekend, and with it came power outages. Nolin RECC dealt with the calls regarding outages throughout Saturday. At two points during the day, outages peaked at approximately 900 members around the Nolin Area, though crews were quick to respond and were able to restore power to most within two hours. The Nolin service area missed the more significant damage that occurred in Western and Southern parts of the Commonwealth.

January 13, 2020

The Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to a building that had caught fire at 1248 Woodland Drive just before 8 PM last night. According to Deputy Fire Chief Everett Roberts, a facility storing lawn care equipment and vehicles was reported as having flames coming from the ceiling and door. The firefighters got the fire under control about seven minutes after arriving. The origin of the fire is believed to be a mower that had been used that afternoon. No one was injured in the incident, and crews were cleared at around 9:30 PM.

The Bluegrass Sportsplex, Elizabethtown’s new sports venue, held its grand opening this past weekend. A large crowd of people showed up for this introduction to the new facility, which will serve to be an indoor compliment to the Elizabethtown Sports Park. The grand opening saw free soccer training, as well as a soccer match to break in the new space. League schedules are already available on the Bluegrass Sportsplex Facebook page.

The Historic State Theater has announced two more concerts added on to their 2020 concert series. Country legend Ronnie Milsap will be playing at the Theater on Saturday, April 25th, and tickets will go on sale Friday January 17th at 9:30 AM. Later in the year, Aaron Tippin and the Tippin Family Trio acoustic show will be playing on November 6th. Tickets for that concert go on sale Friday, May 8th at 9:30 AM. To view ticket prices or to purchase tickets, visit the theater’s website, thestate270.org.

January 10, 2020

The City of Elizabethtown has a new leader for one its departments. Rita Davis was promoted to Director of Stormwater Management at a City Council meeting earlier this week. Davis is also the first woman to head a department for the city in almost 40 years, a feat which she does not take lightly. Davis says she wants to be a role model for young women who wish to go into a career in mathematics, engineering, or science. Davis also says the department already has several projects lined up, including renovating aging flood control dams. Davis replaces outgoing director Robert Bush.

The Eric and Joe Show, in collaboration with Give270, donated the proceeds from their variety show to an area non-profit, and this year the recipient was Helping Hand of Hope. The organization received over $8,000 in $2 bills from the Eric and Joe show. The proceeds will be going towards the Helping Hand of Hope Beds for Children Program.

The launch party for the new issue of Elizabethtown Lifestyle Magazine will be taking place tomorrow. The event will take place at Flywheel Brewery from 4 to 7 PM. The event will feature giveaways, prizes, and a free copy of the new magazine. The event will be featured in the next issue of Elizabethtown Lifestyle.

Vine Grove United Methodist Church will be holding an event for less fortunate residents on Sunday from 1-3:30 PM. The church will be giving away coats, socks, and hats. There are no qualifications for these items. For more information, visit the Spread the Warmth event page on Facebook.