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September 30, 2019

A Nelson County Sheriff’s Lieutenant and his girlfriend were arrested for shoplifting Friday night. The Elizabethtown Police Department launched a theft investigation at Fast Track It in Elizabethtown following a report of Christmas decorations allegedly being stolen. Investigation found Kaelen Matthews, who works for the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department, and Laura Armstrong. Matthews has been suspended without pay pending investigation.

A domestic incident occurred around noon on Friday, September 27th in the parking lot of North Middle School in Radcliff. This caused the school to go on lockdown for around five minutes. Officials report that one person involved in the altercation fled towards North Hardin High School, which is on the adjacent campus. The “one-call” system was used by both sets of school administrators to alert parents of the situation. Officials say at no time were students ever in danger on either campus.

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College held a press conference on Friday in order to sign their first partners for the University Center project, which will serve to provide previously unattainable degrees at the college. These partners for the University Center include Eastern Kentucky University with their criminal justice program, Lindsey Wilson College with their human resources and accounting programs, Spalding University with their nursing program, and Western Kentucky University, who has partnered with the college for many years, and will continue to do so with the center. To donate towards the University Center project, visit ectcforbetterlives.com.

Work to replace the Depot Street Bridge in Bloomfield, which crosses over Simpson Creek in Nelson County, will start this week. Road closure is scheduled to begin tomorrow, and may last up to 75 days. Early notice signs have already been placed and detour signs will be put up to assist motorists. This project is part of Bridging Kentucky, which seeks to increase safety and capacity of bridges throughout the state. For more information about this and other bridge projects, visit bridgingkentucky.com.

70 animals that were once lodged in the Hardin County Animal Shelter found new forever homes over the weekend. The shelter, which was at maximum capacity, held a one time only special that started Thursday and ran through Saturday. The shelter still has pets available and is open Monday through Saturday from noon until 4 PM.

September 27, 2019

Attorney General Andy Beshear held a press conference yesterday to announce that changes would be made to the Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit that will further aid sexual assault victims. The Attorney General announced yesterday that $1.4 million is being put towards the cold case unit from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Assistance in order to expand the division, and better aid sexual assault victims. The cold case unit was established in 2017 after the Attorney General’s office, in conjunction with the University of Louisville and Kentucky State Police, received $3 million from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Assistance under the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative.

Visitation for Chris Hulsey, the Meade County Sheriff’s Deputy killed in the line of duty, will be held today from noon to 8 PM at Hager Funeral Home. Tomorrow, the funeral service itself will be held at 1 PM in the Meade County High School Gymnasium. As previously reported, Hulsey died shortly after a fight with 50-year-old Terry Gonterman while searching a property in Payneville.

The Radcliff Police Department arrested a couple after allegations of criminal child abuse were brought forward. According to arrest records, police were made aware by a 6-year-old girl about injuries she had allegedly sustained due to discipline over school work by Perenise Worden. Additionally, Joshua Wordern, the girl’s father, intentionally struck the girl with a wooden back scratcher, leaving an imprint on girl’s back, along with other bruising and swelling. The suspects neglected to seek medical attention for the juvenile. The two were taken in for criminal abuse of a child 12 or under.

The Rineyville Days Festival will be taking place tonight and tomorrow at Rineyville Community Park. The fun starts at 6 PM with the kickoff, featuring food, inflatables, the baby contest, and fireworks. Then, on Saturday, there will be a pancake breakfast from 7 to 9 AM followed by a parade at 10. Other attractions on Saturday include the car show at the park. More information can be found on the Rineyville Days Facebook page.

September 26, 2019

There is a burn ban in effect for all of Hardin County until further notice. Hardin County Judge Executive Harry Berry made the announcement yesterday afternoon. Officials are warning citizens to be careful when operating things such as charcoal grills that still have coals burning, as fires can start easily that way. For more information, or to ask other questions, contact Hardin County Government.

A tip to Hardin County Crime Stoppers has led to yet another arrest. Dominick McKnight was found in Christian County due to an anonymous tip, and was taken into custody regarding a burglary charge. Anyone with tips regarding ongoing cases or new crimes should contact Hardin County Crime Stoppers.

Downhome Days in Big Spring will be taking place this weekend. This years festivities will be taking place over two days, September 28th and 29th. Events will include a beauty pageant, and a cornhole tournament, as well as a silent auction and live music on Saturday, and a tug of war and parade on Sunday. In addition, food, face painting, and other vendors will be available.

The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hodgenville will host a naturalization ceremony this Friday. Over 100 people are expected to be welcomed as new United States citizens. The event will take place at 11 AM near the base of the stairs leading to the memorial building. More information can be found by contacting the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace.

The Vine Grove Bluegrass Music Festival starts tonight. This year marks the 20th anniversary for the event. The fun begins with a band scramble and ends on Saturday night with Ricky Skaggs and the Kentucky Thunder. For more information, visit vinegrovebluegrass.org.  

September 25, 2019

The Elizabethtown City Council amended and addressed new policies for alcohol sale and consumption at public facilities, parks, and events in downtown Elizabethtown at a City Council Meeting on Monday. Facilities such as Pritchard Community Center will have their own sets of requirements in order to serve alcohol, while the State Theater, which is owned and operated by the city, will decide their own criteria. Alcohol can be sold and consumed at the Elizabethtown Sports Park for non-youth events as long as city and state laws are followed, as well as at Freeman Lake during festivals and other events. As for Downtown Events, a lot of the same rules apply in terms of liability insurance requirements. No glass bottles are allowed in designated areas, with only non-breakable cups, bottles, or other containers being permitted. Designated areas must be clearly marked, and areas marked as “kids zones” will not allow alcohol at all. Businesses with existing licenses can sell their own alcohol, but it cannot leave the premises of the business. The designated area can be altered by officials if needed.

With help from private and public contributions, the William Thomason byways, right of way in Leitchfield will be accomplished sooner than expected. The schedule for the project has been trimmed down by six months. The byway will connect U.S. 62 and KY 54 to KY 259 and the Western Kentucky Parkway, allowing trucks to avoid the downtown’s tight turns.

A Louisville man and two juveniles have been charged in connection with multiple thefts from unlocked vehicles in Leitchfield. Money, loose change, two purses, a wallet, and a handgun were some of the items reported to have been taken in the early morning hours of September 4th. 20-year-old Joshua Grubbs has been charged with theft by unlawful taking, multiple counts of unlawful transaction with a minor, and nine counts of criminal trespass. The two juveniles also received charges of theft by unlawful taking and criminal trespass. Breckinridge County is also charging all three with multiple charges. The investigation is ongoing.

The Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation recognized some employees of Flaget Hospital last week, presenting them with the 2019 Bruce A. Klockars Employee Scholarship Award. Twelve scholarships were given out in a variety of different areas. The fund was established in 2011 by Flaget Hospital employees to honor Bruce Klockars, who served eleven years as president of the hospital.

Nolin RECC will be hosting the 15th Annual Lineman’s Rodeo this week. The event will feature the best lineworkers from around the state to compete in traditional lineman tasks and skills. The action begins at the Hardin County Fairgrounds on Thursday September 26th at 9 AM, and continues Friday, with a lineman memorial at 7:30 AM, and team competition starting at 8:30.

September 24, 2019

The identity of the deceased person found in a wooded area in Radcliff has been released. Autopsy revealed the victim to be 28-year-old Steven Yates of Cecilia, Kentucky. The death investigation is still ongoing.

The funeral arrangements for a fallen Meade County Sheriff’s Deputy have been released. According to WAVE 3, Deputy Chris Hulsey died shortly after a fight with 50-year-old Terry Gonterman while searching a property in Payneville. Besides being a volunteer deputy, Hulsey worked as a full time paramedic and was a former member of the fire department. The public is invited to a candlelight vigil tonight at 8 PM at the Meade County Courthouse. Visitation will be held on Friday from noon-8 PM at Hager funeral home, with the Meade County High School Gymnasium being the site for the funeral service on Saturday at 1 PM. Gonterman has been charged with manslaughter, trafficking, assault, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A Mount Washington teen was killed in a crash Sunday afternoon around 3:15 PM on the Louisville Road near Deatsville Road in Nelson County. 18-year-old Kalli Dobson was travelling on Deatsville Road when she failed to stop at a stop sign. Her vehicle was hit on the driver’s side by 71-year-old Brenda Salyers and came to a stop in a ditch. Salyers, along with Dobson’s 19-year-old passenger, Kevin Pase of Mount Washington, were transported to Flaget Hospital by Nelson County EMS. There is no word on their condition, and the incident is under investigation.

The Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center opened its production of Young Frankenstein last week, and is back for more this weekend. The show runs this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7, with a matinee showing on Sunday at 3. Tickets can be purchased online at thepac.net.

Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins will be making his way to Washington D.C. to talk with Donald Trump regarding border security, and more specifically, the opioid crisis. According to Chaffins, the majority of the heroin that comes into Grayson County comes from Mexico. Chaffins was the only sheriff from Kentucky to attend the event last year.

September 23, 2019

A new downtown building is in the process of being built where Newberry’s once stood. A beam signing for the new structure took place Friday afternoon. The new building will feature a restaurant, bar, and residential property.

The Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to a call of smoke at a business over the weekend. According to Deputy Fire Chief Everett Roberts, officials responded to El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant on Saturday after a call from a neighboring business regarding the smell of smoke before the business opened. Upon investigation, it was discovered that there was a pot of beans left cooking on the stove. The scene was cleared in about an hour after the stove was turned off.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals issued a unanimous decision that proper procedure was followed in the sale of Hardin Memorial Health assets to Baptist Health. The court ruled that Dr. Larry Hall, who made the appeal, lacked necessary standing and had “absolutely no evidence” that the process used was done in secret. Under the terms of the proposed partnership, Baptist Health would acquire all assets of HMH, and in return, would commit $235 million over a ten year period to HMH in operating and capital investments.

Bluegrass Cellular is accepting nominations for its revamped Battles in the Bluegrass program. The winner this year will receive a $5,000 prize with the “technology gift”. Nominations can be made by visiting bluegrasscellular.com/battles, and are due by midnight on September 26th.

The Elizabethtown Police Department has responded to questions regarding fundraising phone calls and letters from the American Police Officers Alliance. Officer John Thomas says this organization is not charitable, and appears to be a political organization with no law enforcement affiliation. This serves as a reminder to be wary of unfamiliar organizations soliciting donations. Solicitations such as this tend to see an increase during the holiday season.

September 20, 2019

A freak accident took the life of a Hodgenville girl on Tuesday. According to WDRB, 9-year-old Charlene “Charlie” Sipes wrecked her bike near her home, and as she fell, the handlebar break hit her in the neck, causing severe injury. Charlie’s mother found her and carried her back to their home about 200 feet away, but the girl died on what was her ninth birthday.

Radcliff Police made a disturbing discovery Thursday afternoon. According to Police Chief Jeff Cross, a body was found in a wooded area in Radcliff around 12:14 PM. A death investigation is underway, and no new information is available at this time.

A bill pre-filed on Wednesday would help veterans who run non-profit businesses. BR 412 passed out of the Senate with a unanimous vote. Senator Dennis Parrett says this bill would allow fees required when beginning a non-profit to be waived, if the non-profit is 51% or more owned by a veteran.

The Vine Grove Autumn Days Festival will be taking place this weekend. The parade will kick off at 10 AM, and the festival will begin after. There will be food, vendors, and most importantly, the King of the Grove: Fire Department vs. Police Department Softball Game. All funds from the event will go towards the Rachel’s Fun for Everyone Splash Pad Project.

The Historic State Theater will be hosting a performance by a former America’s Got Talent contestant as a part of a fundraising effort. The event is called Taste of Guatemala, and will feature a five-course Guatemalan meal, followed by a performance by Linkin Bridge. All proceeds will go to the Living Waters Guatemala Partnership, which seeks to share clean water with remote villages in Guatemala. Tickets can be purchased at thestate270.org.

September 19, 2019

Kentucky State Police are investigating a collision in Bardstown that took the life of one of the victims. According to preliminary investigation, George Froelich, 77, was attempting to exit a parking lot when he pulled into the path of a work van operated by 29-year-old Christopher Sympson. Froelich was transported to Flaget Memorial Hospital following the collision, but was pronounced deceased. Sympson was also transported to a medical facility for non-life threatening injuries. The collision is under investigation.

Drought conditions in Grayson County have led to a full outdoor burn ban in the county until further notice. The executive order was issued by Grayson County Judge Executive Kevin Henderson on Wednesday. Those who are found not adhering to the ban are subject to fines or other punishment.

The property tax rates for the city of Elizabethtown were approved at a meeting of the city council on Monday. The rates, which have been unchanged since 2007, kept the status quo, remaining at 11.6 cents per $100 assessed value.

Officials with the Lincoln Trail District Health Department are seeking to offer a syringe service program in Hardin and surrounding counties. This program would offer sterile syringes and needles to those in need, and also deal with the removal and disposal of the materials. The program would also seek to reduce public health issues including HIV. Currently, the closest harm reduction syringe service program is in Nelson County.

Nolin RECC is sponsoring two veterans for the Honor Flight taking off this weekend. The two sponsored veterans are Mr. Dan Thompson from Hodgenville, who served in the Marines during the Vietnam War, and Mr. William Hickey from Elizabethtown, who served in the Navy during the Vietnam War, and later in the Army. The veterans will be taken to see the monuments and battle memorials in Washington, as well as take part in a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Families, friends, and supporters are invited to greet the veterans when their flight returns to Bluegrass Airport at 7:30 PM Saturday.

September 18, 2019

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 has a new public information officer. Stephanie Caros will be handling public communications and transportation media for 8 counties. Caros replaces Andrea Clifford, who retired after 18 years in the position.

Elizabethtown has been designated as a Trail Town thanks to the efforts of a local committee. Greenspace and City Council member Matt Deneen joined with local businesses to apply for the distinction, in an effort to put a spotlight on the Elizabethtown trail system. There are over 25 miles of trails in the city, and a full list of Elizabethtown’s trails can be found on the Greenspace website.

A Nashville man who didn’t believe he had to stop for police was arrested by Kentucky State Police Post 4 on Monday. James Leatherbury was seen driving at speeds of around 119 miles per hour, and said he was late to pick up a child, and didn’t have to stop for the police. Leatherbury had two passengers, one of whom was a juvenile, in the vehicle at the time of the offence. He is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Elizabethtown will be holding its wine festival, A Toast to Kentucky, September 21st at Freeman Lake Park. VIP tickets are $55, and general admission is $45 if purchased in advance. More information can be found at etownevents.com.

September 17, 2019

A new program designed to help students and families address the causes of absenteeism and truancy will be introduced in Larue County Schools. The Administrative Office of the Courts is sponsoring the Truancy Diversion Program. Three unexcused absences in a school year will put a student in the beginning stages of the program. The goal is to keep students from reaching six unexcused absences, or habitual truancy, after which charges can be made against them. The program will be tested in Larue County Middle Schools before being extended to others. More information on the attendance policy can be found on the Larue County Schools website.

The location of the American Red Cross office in Elizabethtown has changed. The office, which was previously situated on West Dixie Avenue, now resides on North Dixie Highway near Corvin’s Floor Covering. The Red Cross will be holding drives in this new location as well as at the Towne Mall in Elizabethtown. To locate a local blood drive, visit redcrossblood.org.

An Elizabethtown man was arrested over the weekend after attempting to take an officer to the ground. Officers with the Elizabethtown Police Department attempted a traffic stop on David Baker Saturday evening. Baker became belligerent, attempting to put an officer in a choke hold. Baker later was found to have marijuana on his person, and a handgun in his vehicle. Baker was charged with assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, and criminal mischief, as well as several drug related offences.

The inaugural Heartland Book Festival will be taking place at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College this weekend. There will be over 70 authors participating this Friday and Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM. There will also be workshops and the ability to purchase books. This is a free event open to everyone. More information can be found at heartlandbookfestival.org.