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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.

September 16, 2019

Kentucky State Police and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinets among others have joined together with Governor Matt Bevin to announce a new initiative that will provide trained advocates at every KSP post to provide assistance and support to crime victims. KSP is among the first state police agencies to implement this program on a statewide basis, and the hiring process for these advocates has begun.

An accident in Nelson County left several people with serious injuries. According to the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, a vehicle driven by Katie Cook of Bloomfield had been traveling east when suddenly leaving the roadway, striking a utility pole, then a tree. The vehicle came to a rest with the broken utility pole still on top of the car. Cook and two juvenile passengers were transported to University of Louisville Hospital for their injuries. Cook’s passenger, Frank Sanger, as well as one more juvenile passenger, were airlifted to Louisville for their injuries. Deputies learned that Sanger allegedly grabbed the steering wheel from Cook, and caused the vehicle to exit the roadway. Criminal charges are pending.

The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hodgenville will soon have a new superintendent. Catherine Bragaw will start in the role on November 10th. Bragaw has 35 years of experience with the National Park system, currently working at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Maryland.

Helping Hand of Hope will be holding an open house for new prospective volunteers this Wednesday. The event will serve to sign up volunteers for Hardin County’s first ever client-select food pantry. The open house will take place at 9:30 AM. More information can be found on the Helping hand of Hope Facebook page.

September 13, 2019

The Elizabethtown Police Department responded to a criminal mischief call at Elizabethtown business The Gray Comb Wednesday morning. Officer Chris Denham reports that preliminary investigation revealed the front door of the establishment shot by what officials believe to be a shotgun. It is believed the destruction took place overnight. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the offender should contact Elizabethtown Police or Hardin County Crimestoppers.

Bernheim Forest will be brining their Bernheim Under Threat Roadshow to Elizabethtown next week. This event will discuss the proposed LG&E natural gas pipeline, as well as the proposed interstate connector, and the dangers they pose to conservation lands. The first stop of the road show will be September 17 from 6 to 7 PM at Bourbon Barrel Tavern, then September 26 at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College with two shows at 4 and 6 PM. According to information on LG&E’s website, the proposed pipeline will allegedly take up only .03% of Bernheim’s total land, and will go through all necessary permit requirements in order to begin construction.

The 5th Annual Roktoberfest will be taking place in Downtown Elizabethtown tomorrow. The event will feature live music, food trucks, and beer tents. More information can be found on the Roktoberfest 2019 Facebook page.

The Eat My Crust Fun Run will be taking place on Fort Knox at 10 AM tomorrow morning. Runners will get a lot of freebies for participating in the event, as well as a slice of pizza for finishing the race. More information can be found at knox.armymwr.com.  

September 12, 2019

The American Red Cross is calling for blood donors after Hurricane Dorian is leaving affected areas with a shortage. Drives cancelled due to the weather and impending danger have left those areas with a critical shortage of blood, especially with Type-O and Type-B blood. Several blood drives have been scheduled for Elizabethtown and surrounding areas. For a full list of local drives, visit redcross.org.

Hot temperatures are continuing to ravage the Commonwealth. There have been about eighteen days over 90 degrees in the Hardin County area this year, and over sixty in Louisville. Residents in Kentucky are advised to spend as little time in direct sunlight as possible, but if time outdoors is required, stay hydrated and wear light clothing. Check in with local sports teams and events to ensure games and activities will be going on as scheduled.

A Fordsville man has been arrested and charged with multiple traffic violations and drug charges. 29-year-old Cody Lloyd was allegedly seen slumped over in his vehicle by deputies with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office in the Valero parking lot in Caneyville early on September 4th. According to arrest records, meth, marijuana, and multiple drug paraphernalia was found in Lloyd’s possession. Lloyd was also charged with a DUI after a field sobriety test was performed. He is being lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center.

Hardin Memorial Health has received designation for their Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, or SANE, program. This program will allow HMH to have SANE nurses there around the clock to examine victims. Over the past three years, the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation has secured more than $450,000 for the program. More information can be found by calling Hardin Memorial Hospital.

September 11, 2019

18th District of Kentucky Representative Tim Moore has given Governor Matt Bevin his formal resignation. Moore officially resigned on Tuesday afternoon in order to take on a ministry role. Governor Bevin accepted Moore’s resignation, and announced the special election to fill this seat will be held concurrent with the November 5th elections.

A Louisville man was arrested after harassing his girlfriend at her Elizabethtown home. Officers with the Elizabethtown Police Department apprehended John Wilson Monday afternoon. Wilson had been banned from his girlfriend’s residence, but was there yelling obscenities about a cell phone the two had shared. Wilson had attempted to walk away from police when questioned, and resisted the arrest, wrapping his legs around an officer’s leg, refusing to let go. Wilson was charged with harassment, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

The Hardin Memorial Health Foundation Board of Directors has added a new member to their ranks. Angela Ballard was voted into the position earlier this week. Ballard, a resident of Bardstown, is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse at HMH Medical Group’s Bardstown Family Medical Center. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Spalding University in Louisville.

The annual Radcliff Days Parade will be taking place this weekend, in collaboration with the Radcliff Cultural Festival. The parade will begin at 10 AM, and will end in the Radcliff Shopping Plaza parking lot. Applications for the parade are still being accepted, and can be found at Radcliff.org. There are expected to be 50-60 entries in this year’s parade.