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News for February 10

KYTC crews prepare for winter weather

Officials with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 4 say crews are prepared for the inclement weather heading toward the region over the next several hours.

Spokesperson Chris Jessie says crews have been out on the road since the early morning hours.

Radcliff Police, Crime Stoppers asking for public assistance after armed robberies

After a string of armed robberies, Radcliff police and other law enforcement organizations are asking for the public’s help.

Officer Chris Denham

Surveillance stills of the individuals can be found on the Radcliff police department’s website. Anyone with information on the robberies is asked to contact law enforcement or Hardin county Crime Stoppers. Those reporting to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous either through P3tips.org or by calling.

Virtual auction to benefit CASA, Crusade for Children, to end tonight

Today is the final day to take part in CASA of the Heartland’s first ever virtual auction.

Executive Director Norman Hatfield

The event closes this evening at 5 p.m. Details on the auction, as well as items, can be found on the organization’s Facebook page.

LTDHD postpones Wednesday vaccine clinic

Just a day after quickly filling up vaccination appointments, Lincoln Trail Health officials have postponed today’s scheduled vaccine clinic. Officials made the announcement last night, saying expected weather has caused the postponement. Officials say a makeup date of February 17th has been added for the clinic that was slated to take place today. Updates from the health department can be found on their Facebook page.

Emergency management officials prepare possible shelters in case of outages

Though the more severe parts of the ice storm are slated to begin late Wednesday and into Thursday, county emergency management officials have begun preparations for shelters for residents, should a large amount of power go out to residents across the county.

Hardin County Emergency Management Director Bryce Shumate says seven such shelters will be set up throughout the county.

News for February 9

Health department offers signups once again

Vaccine appointments through the Lincoln Trail District Health Department will once again offer appointment signups today. Officials announced yesterday that vaccine signups would begin Tuesday at 9 a.m., open to only those in phases 1A and 1B. Officials do stress that appointments are first come first serve, though there is an added emphasis on those who are 70 and older who are not already covered under the school vaccination plan. As of now, all appointments have been filled.

Emergency officials urge use of winter preparedness kits in cars

As the likelihood of a winter storm grows, emergency officials are reminding motorists to make sure they have a winter preparedness kit in their car in the event of being stuck due to inclement weather.

Meade County Emergency Management Director Ron Dodson also stresses the importance of checking your vehicle over to make sure it’s ready for travel. That includes checking tires and fuel levels.

Kentucky sees decline in cases for fourth straight week

For the fourth straight week, the state of Kentucky is seeing Covid-19 case numbers trending down. Governor Andy Beshear made the announcement during Monday’s media briefing. Beshear said that while cases are trending down, deaths are still high, with the state reporting 40 new ones. Still though, Beshear is pleased with the progress the state is making.

Locally, Hardin county added 18 new cases Monday. Meade county counted 3, and LaRue county added 2.

Communicare receives nearly $3 million for services

As part of the latest rescue package, an Elizabethtown health service will receive over 2 million dollars to help with mental and substance use disorders amid the pandemic. Senator Mitch McConnell announced Monday that Communicare would receive $2.8 million for its efforts in treating mental and behavioral health. In the release, officials with Communicare say they intended to use the funds to expand their services, saying they intend to establish a community behavioral health center. Communicare services 8 counties in the Lincoln Trail health region.

Nolin officials say they’re preparing for winter weather, urge customers to do the same

Ahead of the weather, Nolin RECC officials are reminding customers and the public alike about the dangers that ice can have on the electrical system.

Spokesperson Sarah Fellows says any outages can be reported to Nolin officials though their smart-hub app or the co-op’s website.

News for February 8

HCS resumes staff vaccinations

Today, schools are resuming vaccinations once again for signed up staff members. Hardin County officials say that the process has gone smooth through the first 2 days.

District spokesperson John Wright

Elementary schools will begin staff vaccinations today. A list of affected schools and learning groups can be found by going to the district’s Facebook page and website.

BHH officials roll out treatment for COVID patients not in hospitals

A new treatment is now available for non-hospitalized individuals who test positive for Covid-19. Baptist Health Hardin officials announced Friday the use of Bamlinivimab, intended to help those with mild and moderate illness from Covid-19.

Baptist Health Hardin Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Godfrey

Patients must meet some criteria to take one of two such anti-body treatments. Godfrey stresses that the treatment is not a substitute for the vaccine. The treatment was granted emergency use from the FDA.

Elizabethtown area one of the safest from violent crimes in country

Recent 2019 data sets from the FBI shows that the Elizabethtown-Fort Knox Metropolitan Statistical Area is one of the country safest when it comes to violent crime per capita. The area registered 5th on the list with a violent crime rate of 99.8 per 100,000 inhabitants. Others in front of the Elizabethtown area on the list include Provo, Utah, Bangor, Maine, and even San German, Puerto Ricco.

Hardin County sheriff named president of state’s sheriffs’ association

The Kentucky Sheriffs’ Association has a local name atop their ranks. Hardin County Sheriff John Ward was announced as the organization’s new president at the annual meeting last week.

Ward says the term of president is for 1 year. Ward has served in the organization since becoming Hardin county’s sheriff in 2014.

Hardin Co. man sentenced to 190 months in prison

A Sonora man has been sentenced 2 years after an armed carjacking in Elizabethtown. Joshua Logsdon was sentenced in U.S. District court last week to 190 months of imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release. In 2019, officials say Logsdon forced a driver out of their car at gunpoint, firing the weapon as they escaped. As police arrived on scene, Logsdon then drove the vehicle towards them. Logsdon led several law enforcement agencies on a high speed pursuit through Elizabethtown and onto I-65, with the pursuit ending in Sonora.

State positivity rate drops below 8 percent over the weekend

Just over 3,500 cases of Covid-19 from this past weekend in the state. Officials announced 1,998 on saturday and 1,532 on Sunday. As of last night, the state’s positivity rate is down to 7.9%. For local counties, Hardin county reported 57 new cases from this weekend, Meade county reported 20 new cases, and LaRue county reported 12.