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November 27, 2019

The Lincoln Trail Area Development District is seeking the public’s input on a compatible use plan study for Fort Knox and surrounding communities. The goal is to ensure sustainability, both local and regional, between the Fort Knox military installation, private citizens, and local and state government. This study will include the counties of Hardin, Nelson, Meade, and Bullitt, and will also include evaluation of military issues that interfere with daily civilian life, as well as civilian development that may hinder military missions at Fort Knox. For more information, go to missionknox.org or visit the Mission Knox Facebook page.

The 29th Annual Christmas in the Park display at Freeman Lake will open to the public tonight at 6 PM, and will feature additional attractions in addition to the lights. The artificial ice rink will be open as well, for the price of $3 for ages under 18, and $5 for ages 18 and up. The rink can also be rented for private parties at a rate of two hours for $100. More information can be found at etownevents.com.

Towne Mall in Elizabethtown is once again teaming up with the Salvation Army to bring the Angel Tree program, which allows people to shop for less fortunate children for Christmas, to Hardin County. There are about 730 children in the program, and their Angel Tree tags can be picked up at Towne Mall. It is preferred for gifts to be unwrapped at time of drop off. Packages can be dropped off at the Angel Tree station, or to mall security. More information can be found by calling the Salvation Army.

New Beginnings is asking for assistance during the upcoming Giving Tuesday event, taking place on December 3rd. The goal is to raise $1000 to buy gift cards for new families to go out and bond with. The New Beginning’s Facebook page outlines several ways, including Giving Tuesday, to support the new foster families. There are approximately over 10,000 children in foster care in Kentucky.  

November 26th 2019

The Central Kentucky Community Foundation made an exciting announcement yesterday afternoon at the Home of Philanthropy in Elizabethtown. Mark and Sheree Nelson are giving an initial gift of $65,000 and ongoing support to the Financial Foundations Fund to help area high school financial literacy classes. All four area high schools are set to benefit from this donation. Other businesses and employers are asked to join in and help support this fund. Those wishing to give to the fund can visit ckcf4people.org.

The Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution are inviting the public to participate in their upcoming memorial to the patriots who lived in Hardin County in 1793. A six-foot tall obelisk with the names of the patriots will erected and surrounded by 250 donation bricks that the public can purchase for $125 to honor anyone. The memorial will be located at Freeman Lake Park next to the tennis courts.

Elizabethtown Mayor Jeff Gregory issued a proclamation yesterday morning, declaring this Saturday the 30th as Small Business Saturday due to the economic impact the businesses have on Elizabethtown. The proclamation was made in the presence of several small business owners and took place in the new heritage council building at the old Cobbler’s Café.

November 25, 2019

A team of students from Central Hardin High School won the 2019 Altec Innovation Challenge. Presentations, judging, and awards were held Friday at the Historic State Theatre, with the winning team receiving $10,000 to implement their idea. The Central Hardin team’s winning idea, which they will implement starting in January, is to create a raised bed garden system to produce food for those in need in the community. The team received some unexpected gifts as well, as Altec gave each student on the team $100 Amazon gift cards, and anonymous donors gave them $1000 scholarships to ECTC.

Kentucky State Police Post 4 will kick off their annual Cram the Cruiser food drive today. There will be a cruiser stationed at the old post on North Mulberry where people can drop off canned goods. Helping Hand of Hope is a partner for this event. They will also be accepting monetary donations, and those wishing to write a check should make them payable to Kentucky State Police Post 4.

Fort Knox will be holding a public meeting to provide information regarding the Fort Knox Compatible Use Plan. The meeting will take place tonight at the Meade County Courthouse from 5 PM to 7 PM. The meeting will seek to provide information and obtain public feedback in order to best help Fort Knox and surrounding communities.

The North Hardin High School Trojans football team defeated McCracken County by a score of 38-2 to win the regional championship. The Trojans next game will be this Friday where they will take on the Trinity Shamrocks at North Hardin.

Severns Valley Baptist Church is putting together their Youth Basketball League. The next registration and evaluation will be Saturday December 7th from 9AM- 11AM. The cost to join the league is $65 and is open to everyone regardless of church membership. For more information, contact the church, or follow SV Basketball on Facebook.

November 22, 2019

United Way of Central Kentucky is seeking a new President and CEO after Ron Eppes resigned from the role earlier this week. Eppes, who started in the role in October 2018, is said to be pursuing other opportunities. The organization is moving forward with a selection committee to find a replacement.

Larue County Schools, as well as Larue and Nelson County law enforcement, responded to a call of an active shooter at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School yesterday afternoon around 5:15 PM. According to a post on the school district’s Facebook page, the building was cleared, and security footage showed no evidence of the incident ever having taken place. The call was determined to be a prank call, and is still under investigation. School will be in session on a normal schedule this morning, and increased safety measures will be put in place to ensure the security of the school and its students.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is attempting to set up regional offices to begin the process of obtaining the new Real ID. One of the twelve proposed locations for one of these offices is in Elizabethtown. The end goal is for Kentucky residents to be able to visit any of these offices to obtain their Real ID credentials. There is currently no time frame for the offices to open.

Hardin County and Elizabethtown Independent Schools are participating in the 2019 Altec Innovation Challenge. Teams of students will present their science, technology, engineering, and math based solutions to problems that affect schools and the community. Hardin County Schools will have seven teams participating, while Elizabethtown Independent Schools will have four. Judges will ask questions and deliberate around noon. An awards ceremony will immediately follow.

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will be presenting a special feature on Monday. Lake of Betrayal, a film about the Seneca tribe of Native Americans and their struggle for land, will be shown in the RPC building in room 212 at 6 PM. The film will be followed by a question and answer segment. The event is free and open to the public.  

November 21, 2019

The Larue County Sheriff’s Office responded to calls of vandalism in the Roanoke community Wednesday morning. First, a resident called to say his house had been shot. Upon investigation, a shotgun had been used, hitting the wall and breaking the window. Then, a local grocery store called the office, saying they too had been vandalized. Windows were broken, and thieves had attempted to break into a soda machine. The owner of the store also had the windows in one of his pickup trucks shattered. The Larue County Sheriff’s Office posted images from a security camera on their Facebook page. The suspects have been identified, and the investigation is ongoing.

The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crimes division has arrested a Vine Grove man for possession of materials portraying sexual exploitation of minors. According to arrest records, 33-year-old Clifford Smith had allegedly uploaded thirteen images of the act online. After a search of Smith’s residence, he was also found to have twenty more files on another electronic device. Smith later admitted to possessing, receiving, and sharing the images and videos. He is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

The Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau received two Traverse Awards for Excellence from the Kentucky Travel Industry Association; a silver award for the Elizabethtown Sports Park website, and a bronze award for the mural in the Tourism lobby. Over 160 entries were submitted from throughout Kentucky for the 2019 competition.

The Hardin County Animal Shelter will be hosting their first ever rabies clinic held at the West Point Fire Department this Friday from 12-3. Packages, as well as other information, can be found by calling the shelter, or visiting their Facebook page.

November 20, 2019

Detective Madison Kuklinski with the Elizabethtown Police Department, along with the Attorney General’s Office has solved a years old sexual assault investigation. The investigation lasted nearly eight years, and the suspect, Thaddeus Artis, was identified using DNA and other methods. Artis’s trial is scheduled to start on December 2nd.

Nolin RECC wants to inform the public about a phone call scam that has come to their attention. Two types of calls have come to light, one that appears to come from Nolin endorsing a product for homes, and another saying that the resident’s meter needed to be replaced. Nolin members are welcome to call the RECC office with any questions regarding these types of calls.

The public is invited to attend a wreath laying ceremony on Thursday, November 21st to honor the nation’s 12th President, Zachary Taylor. The event will be held at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery in Louisville at 11 AM. Soldiers from Fort Knox, along with Brigadier General Michael D. Roache, 86th Training Division Commanding General, will lay a wreath provided by the White House to commemorate the anniversary of Taylor’s birth.

Fort Knox will be hosting a murder mystery show, Win, Lose, or Die, this Friday night on Post. Taking place in the Saber and Quill, the event will feature a bourbon tasting at 5:45 PM, with the show starting at 7. Tickets are $35 and seating is limited. More information can be found at knox.armymwr.com.

November 19, 2019

Larue County Schools are now implementing new statewide graduation requirements. This legislation was passed last year, and sets new guidelines required for graduation, including completing pre-college curriculum, receiving dual credit in a course, or taking four courses in a career pathway of interest. One requirement that will start with this year’s freshmen will be college and career readiness. For more information, visit larue.kyschools.us.

It was reported to Elizabethtown Independent School District officials just before 11 PM Monday night that a threat had been made against Elizabethtown High School. Upon conferring with law enforcement, it was determined that the threat was actually against Elizabethton High School in Tennessee. Police officials in Tennessee were called, and it was confirmed that the culprit was already in custody. Elizabethtown Independent wishes to thank the public for their vigilance in reporting the potential danger.

A change in the contract for the work to build the new Fire Station #2 was discussed at a meeting of the Elizabethtown City Council held last night. Removal of former road bed to provide a proper foundation for the new building was set to exceed the budget set aside in the contract. The new amount being allowed for the project is $100,000, which will allow for proper removal and foundation work.

The parking lot of the Elizabethtown Police Department will be closed starting today so resurfacing work can be done. The department will be open during the work, and those needing to come into the building are advised to park at Pritchard Community Center. Those needing police reports can call records, and have the report e-mailed to them.

November 18, 2019

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Cecilia man Thursday night after he assaulted his girlfriend. According to an arrest warrant, 35-year-old Joseph Goodman physically assaulted the victim on November 11th and 12th at a Cecilia residence. Goodman kicked her in the face, causing her to fall and hit her head on a protruding nail, causing minor injury. He also strangled the victim, leaving marks and redness on her neck. Goodman took and broke her phone as she attempted to call 911. He was charged with assault, strangulation, and intimidating a participant in the legal process. He is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

The semi-finals of the Bands of America Grand Nationals took place over the weekend, and the North Hardin High School band placed second in the Class AA division. Despite this, the band did not perform in the finals on Saturday night. North Hardin wishes to thank all those who supported the students and the band throughout the season.

Central Hardin Army JROTC traveled to Molena, Georgia for the Army National Raider Championship. The two-day event consisted of five challenges; cross country rescue, 5K run, rope bridge, a physical team test, and a gauntlet. The Central Hardin male team finished 13th overall, with a 1st in the 7th Brigade. The mixed team competed and was the top Kentucky school. With the teams regular season record of 62-3, plus the previous three years, the seniors have a record of 238-10 over a four year career.

The Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Student Government Association will be hosting an Evening with Sensitive Santa on Friday, December 6th from 5PM to 8 PM. The event is designed for children with disabilities, autism, or anything else that may make the normal mall Santa experience too difficult for them. Other activities including letter writing and crafts will be provided. Reservations are required, and need to be made by December 2nd at the latest. To make reservations, or for more information, contact Mary Rigney at marya.rigney@kctcs.edu.

November 15, 2019

The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a shooting on New Haven Road around 5:30 yesterday afternoon. According to a press release from the office, officers found 19-year-old Cody Brown with a singe gunshot wound to the arm and abdomen. A second male, Joseph Mattingly, was also on the scene. Initial investigation suggests that while the pair were traveling in a vehicle, a firearm accidentally discharged, striking Brown. Brown was transported to Flaget Memorial Hospital, and eventually transferred to University of Louisville Hospital. The investigation is ongoing.

A large donation has been made to Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland through the estates of George and Hazel Luster. The Luster’s contribution is the first estate gift that will be placed into the organizations endowment fund with the Central Kentucky Community Foundation. The donation is in the amount of nearly $70,000.

The recanvassing for the November 5th election took place yesterday morning, and many counties, including Hardin County, reported no change in their counts. Matt Bevin conceded defeat to Attorney General and Governor Elect Andy Beshear last night.

A friendly competition between local businesses serves to benefit Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland. Andy’s Barber Shop and Purple Rose Salon are hosting a food drive. Donations of food or money can be brought to the shops. More information can be found on the Andy’s Barber Shop and Purple Rose Salon Facebook pages.

November 14, 2019

Fort Knox Federal Credit Union and Hardin Memorial Health have teamed up toward a common goal. The $1.5 million investment will go towards supporting military and community health in Radcliff. The ten-year financial commitment and partnership will offer patients near the Wilson Gate of Fort Knox more options due to the expansion of the Radcliff clinic. Patients will have access to more primary care providers, additional patient resources, and the ability to connect military families and patients to community contacts.

The identity of the third body found at a burned Larue County residence earlier this year has been released. As previously reported, Kentucky State Police Post 4 responded to a shooting on River Road in Larue County in July. The bodies of 39-year-old Nicole Murray of New Haven and 33-year-old Brittany Wilson of Louisville, along with newly identified Michael Murray, were discovered during the investigation.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a standoff around 8 AM yesterday morning when an individual, identified as  Gary Troutman, barricaded himself in his home. The Sheriff’s Office responded to the home to do a welfare check, when Troutman fired two shots from inside his home. The office requested backup, and Troutman fired one more shot when officials attempted to contact him again. The Kentucky State Police Special Response Team was called, and Troutman eventually gave himself up. He was charged with ten counts of wanton endangerment, and was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Kentucky State Police Post 4 responded to a two-vehicle collision on I-65 yesterday morning around 6 AM. The accident occurred at the 108 mile marker in Bullitt County. A semi-truck driven by Jose Benitez of Miami, FL was in the emergency lane, dealing with an equipment issue. For unknown reasons, a second vehicle driven by Anthony Napier collided with the rear of the truck. Napier was taken to University of Louisville hospital with life threatening injuries. Benitez was uninjured. Portions of Southbound I-65 were temporarily shut down for investigation and cleanup of the scene.

The vote recanvassing requested by Matt Bevin in regards to the November 5th election took place today at 9 AM. Both candidates and/or their representatives, along with the County Board of Elections and news media could be present in the room during the recanvassing.

Diecks Drive, located off of Dixie Highway near Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown, is now open for traffic. A portion of Diecks Drive has been closed for road work since March.