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News for April 8

Helping Hand of Hope in conjunction with the Lincoln Trail District Health Department will be having a vaccination clinic on May 4th. This will be a drive thru clinic at their location at 6796 South Wilson Road in Elizabethtown, Appointments are required, call 270-1601 to register.

There are still appointments available for The Lincoln Trail District Health Departments clinic in Hardin County tomorrow for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine for anyone 18 and older. Call 270-769-1601 to register or visit their website at ltdhd.org to register online.

Hardin County Performing Arts Center is still plugging along with some great activities and entertainment opportunities for those interested in the arts. The Pac will be offering a dance initiative for gifted and talented students in Hardin County Schools, the PAC will also be offering Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet on demand. They will also be taking auditions for their production of The Addams Family. The PAC has been open since November with limited activity.

The Leitchfield Police Department has found a new home. After a little over a year of construction and preparation they opened at their new location at 515 South Main Street in Leitchfield this week. They had been at their other location since 1991.

Governor Andy Beshear and Labor Cabinet Secretary Larry Roberts announced today that in person unemployment insurance services will open April 15 at more than a dozen regional Kentucky Career Centers (KCCs) including one at 233 Ring Road in Elizabethtown. KCC staff will be available for in person assistance by appointment only. Kentuckians can begin scheduling Monday through Friday appointments at kcc.ky.gov.

News for April 7

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support expansion of the Advanced Manufacturing Army Career Skills Program.
The three year Advanced Technological Education Grant will allow ECTC to add a robotics and automation certification pathway and support a Career Skills Program Coordinator who will facilitate recruitment and retention plans. The grant starts May 1st.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s office has been receiving reports of another scam in our area. An individual posing as a deputy sheriff is calling individuals stating they have a warrant. The individuals are then instructed to send money to clear their record. If you receive one of these calls, please report it to the Hardin County Sheriff’s office.

An attempted robbery was foiled Friday in Radcliff. On April 2nd at approximately 3 pm the Radcliff Police Department responded to the 200 block of Wilson Road in regards to a disturbance. Upon arrival, officers learned the subsect had approached another individual leaving the Cecilian Bank in an attempted robbery. The suspect also identified themselves as a Radcliff Police Officer. Hamilton was charged with Robbery second degree and impersonating a police officer. The case is currently pending investigation.

Hardin County Government along with AGC Automotive America’s and Cobalt are having their annual E-Scrap Recycling event next Saturday, April 17th. You can bring your electronic items like computers, camera’s printers, scanners, cd players and more to be recycled. The event is taking place at the AGC Automotive America’s Plant off of Highway 62 in Elizabethtown.

News for April 6

The City of Elizabethtown and E-town Tourism and Convention Bureau are excited to announce the on sale date for tickets to the first annual Concert on Main slated for June 26th. The concert features country legend Daryl Worley. Tickets are $15 and go on sale this Friday, April 9th at 10am. To purchase tickets go to etownevents.com and click on the concert on main link.

The smell of funnel cakes, sounds of carnival rides and fun will be back in July with the Hardin County Fair! The 2021 Hardin County Community Fair and Horse show will be July 5th thru the 10th at the Hardin County Fairgrounds … they expect all of your favorite fair events will be going on from the Midday, exhibits, pageants, truck and tractor pulls, horse show and more! Fair board President Marty Fulkerson said they had some special help this year from sponsors.

The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Radcliff resident Dennis Monrow Wadzeck at an Louisville Airport on charges related to child sexual abuse material. The was arrested as a result of an undercover internet crimes against children investigation and was charged with six counts of possession of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance. These charges are class D felonies punishable by one to five years in prison. He was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Govenor Beshear’s Covid-19 briefing yesterday included 110 new cases in Kentucky 4 new deaths and a positivity rate of 2.9%. The Lincoln Trail District Health Department reported 44 new cases including 24 for Hardin, 2 for Larue and 6 for Meade Counties. Also Kentucky is no longer prohibiting or advising against domestic travel.

News for April 5

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will offer in person classes at all of it’s campuses during the Fall 2021 semester. Considering the regional downward trend in Covid-19 cases and increasing vaccine availability, the college plans to offer a Fall schedule that meets student demand for in-person instruction. Most ECTC classes transitioned to online instruction in March 2020. Since then, in person classes largely have been limited to hands on labs. Fall classes begin August 16th. For more information visit elizabethtown.kctcs.edu.

The Centers for Disease Control and the Kentucky Department of Education have released new guidance regarding temperature checks at schools. The guidance says that the CDC does not recommend schools continue to conduct Covid-19 symptom screening for students and staff on a daily basis. Hardin County Schools will follow this new recommendation when students return from Spring Break on April 12th.

Today, Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky will launch an awareness campaign to prevent child sexual abuse in Kentucky entitled “Are They Good For Your Kids”. The campaign challenges parents and caregivers to consider the adult influences in their child’s life and to play a role in preventing or identifying when an adult is grooming a child. To find out more information go online to pcaky.org/aretheygood the number 4 your kids.

Congratulations to the Elizabethtown Panthers boy basketball team on a great season and for the Runner’s Up Title in the KY Sweet 16 Basketball tournament. They lost the final Saturday night in Rupp Arena Lexington to Highlands. It’s been 21 years since they won their first title in the State Championship game.

Hundreds of pinwheels were in full view of Dixie Highway drivers Friday morning as CASA volunteers, personnel, and community leaders gathered outside the organization’s office to place pinwheels on the lawn, in honor of child abuse awareness month.
Radcliff City Councilwoman Toshie Murrell. 543 pinwheels were placed outside, representing the number of children served by the organization since 2007.

Today marks another drop in age requirement for Kentuckians looking to receive a Covid-19 vaccine. Governor Beshear made the announcement last week that those 16 and older could sign up for vaccines beginning today. On Saturday, Gov. Beshear reported 587 new Covid-19 cases in the Commonwealth and a positivity rate of 3%.

News for April 2

EFD units respond to Thursday house fire

Officials are investigating after a house fire in Elizabethtown yesterday. It happened late Thursday night, when fire officials say they received a call around 8 p-m to a structure fire and suspected explosion 401 Poplar Street. Three units were dispatched to the scene, where the fire was eventually controlled. No individuals were inside of the residence at the time; however, it is considered a complete loss. The cause behind the fire is still under investigation.

CASA, local officials, to place pinwheels in honor of child abuse awareness month

The sight of pinwheels will dot the front lawn of CASA this weekend. Beginning this morning, CASA personnel, as well as elected officials from around the area, will take turn placing pinwheels as part of child abuse awareness month. 

CASA executive director Norma Hatfield says the state once again was recently once again named first in the nation for child neglect and abuse.

LTDHD offering vaccine clinics in Nelson, Hardin counties next week

Those still looking for a vaccine, look no further. The Lincoln Trail District Health Department will be hosting a vaccine clinic in Hardin County next week. 

Spokesperson Terrie Burgan says the clinic can host 400 people. The clinic will be utilizing the single shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Nelson county’s clinic take place April 6th, with Hardin county on April 8th.

Hardin County Farmers Market reopens for season Saturday

Tomorrow is opening day for the Hardin County Farmers Market. Local growers say the market will have a variety of fresh items early on in the season. 

Local grower Larry Thomas says the Hardin County Conservation District will also be on hand giving out free trees.

Beshear: 16 and up can register for vaccine beginning Monday

Another drop in age requirements for Kentuckians looking to receive a Covid-19 vaccine. Governor Beshear made the announcement this week that those 16 and older could sign up for vaccines in the coming days. 

The state reported 972 new cases yesterday, with a positivity rate of 2.9%. Local cases included 16 in Hardin county and 1 in LaRue.

News for April 1

HCCC President enjoys drive-by celebration on final day before retirement

Car horns were blaring yesterday in downtown Elizabethtown, but not because of any traffic related issues. Friends, businesses, and community leaders drove by the Chamber of Commerce building to wish outgoing President and CEO Brad Richardson a happy retirement. Richardson, who has led the organization since 20-11, says he’s done some reflecting over the past few days. 

The chamber is still in the process of choosing a new President and CEO.

ECTC announces accreditation for Heavy Equipment program

The Heavy Equipment program at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College has achieved a significant milestone. The college announced this week that the program has received accreditation from the Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation. With that, ECTC became the foundation’s first accredited college in the state of Kentucky, as well as the 41st in the nation. The accreditation begins this month and runs until March of 2026, a 5-year term.

April begins month of awareness for sexual assault and child abuse

Today begins a month-long campaign for two important awareness campaigns. April annually marks National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, as well as Child Abuse Prevention Month. April 1st is also a day for individuals to show their solidarity with those affect by child abuse through what they wear. 

SilverLeaf Executive Director Jillian Cardin says resources and events for both awareness campaigns can be found on the organization’s website and social media. Kentucky is ranked 1st in the nation when it comes to child abuse.

Patton Museum re-opens on Fort Knox

After several months of closures, the General George Patton Museum of Leadership is finally back open at Fort Knox, and with some new exhibits. In an article from the US Army’s website, officials say they’ve taken time to update some exhibits and sections during the four month closure. The museum also has new operating hours: Monday through Friday 9 a-m to 4:30 p-m. All visitors must come through at Chaffee Gate. 

HMHF announces hire of first philanthropy officer

A first for the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation. The organization recently announced the addition of their first philanthropy officer, Casin Hubbard. In a news release, officials say Hubbard brings over six years of experience in the healthcare industry to the Foundation. 

Officials say the position was designed to connect donors with projects at the hospital that improve the care of patients. Hubbard is a native of Meade county.

Final day for Nolin RECC’s scholarship applications

Today’s the final day for applications for Nolin RECC’s annual scholarships. This year, the cooperative is offering eight, $1,500 dollar scholarships, as well as the Bob Wade Memorial scholarship, all a part of the co-op’s mission to advance educational initiatives.

Spokesperson Sarah Fellows

Scholarships are open to those 21 years and under who live with a Nolin member. Applications, as well as more information, can be found by going to Nolin RECC’s website.

News for March 29

Crews restripe stretch of 31W, reduced to 3 lanes

Heads up, motorists. Crews began work this weekend in Elizabethtown, working towards a new lane configuration for Dixie Highway South of public square. Officials say the lane diet plan will see the section from public square to New Glendale Road reconfigured into 3 lanes, down from 4 lanes. 

Kentucky Transportation District Four spokesperson Chris Jessie says the project is the same as was done in 2012 from the public square to St. John Road.

“Welcome Home” event set for tonight at American Legion Post 113

Today is Vietnam Veterans Day, and the local chapter of the American Legion is hosting a welcome home event for those service members later today. 

Post 113 Adjunct Brian Knoch. The event replaces the traditional dinner that is held due to Covid-19. Knoch says those wishing to help can be at the post no later than 5 pm this evening.

NWS confirms tornados in LaRue, Grayson Counties

Last week’s storms did result in two tornado in the region, damaging buildings and property in their path. The National Weather Service sent crews from their Louisville field office to LaRue and Grayson counties to investigate the damage on Friday. From preliminary investigations, crews reported later that day that a suspected EF-1 tornado touched down in LaRue county, as well as an EF-0 tornado in Grayson County. A full, conclusive report is being compiled by officials.

FOHCAS makes donation to Pet Food Pantry

The newly formed Pet Food Pantry in Hardin County received a donation from a like minded organization recently. Friends of the Hardin County Animal Shelter announced a 2,500 dollar donation to the pantry from their own Pet Retention Fund. 

Spokesperson Sarah Fellows says the group’s fund was created during the pandemic with the same goal in mind: allowing owners the ability to feed their pets despite difficult financial situations. The Pet Food Pantry is run through Helping Hand of Hope.

EPD: Stolen vehicle leads to a high-speed pursuit on Interstate

A stolen vehicle led to a high-speed pursuit through Hardin county over the weekend. According to arrest citations, Elizabethtown Police received a call Friday night of a stolen Hummer from East Dixie. An officer traveling northbound on I-65 observed the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle fled, traveling at high speeds and weaving in and out of traffic. The vehicle exited the interstate onto Joe Prather highway, where it continued to flee, sometimes traveling in the opposite direction of travel. Kentucky State Police were able to deflate the vehicle tires, with the suspect exiting the vehicle an fleeing on foot. Police apprehended the suspect, Preston Cahill, after a short chase. Cahill was arrested and charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st, Fleeing or Evading police, as well as Criminal Mischief. He was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Officials prepare to reopen Visitor Center at Lincoln Birthplace

Visitors to the Lincoln Birthplace will soon be able to enter the visitor center again. The park announced recently that the visitor center would open for tourists on April 7th, after being closed for several months as crews worked to install fire suppression systems inside of the structure. The building, built in the late 1950’s, houses the park’s gift shop, as well as theater and museum components. The $349,000 project began on January 21st. The system was the first of its kind to be placed in the center.

News for March 26

Magnolia Bank donates 250K to Elizabethtown Police for officer, vehicle cameras

A major donation was handed to Elizabethtown Police yesterday. Magnolia Bank announced a 250 thousand dollar donation to the department for the purpose of purchasing and maintaining body cameras for all 50 patrol officers, as well as their cars. 

Police Chief Jeremy Thompson
Elizabethtown Mayor Jeff Gregory

Officials note that the quarter of a million dollar donation is the single largest donation in the bank’s history. 

Lions Club Pancake Breakfast still a go Saturday morning

Tomorrow morning, one of the area’s favorite fundraisers will take place. It won’t be the meet and greet it usually is, but the Elizabethtown Lions Club will be hosting their annual Pancake Breakfast at Elizabethtown High School. 

Club President Brian Dennis

The event runs from 7 am until noon. Tickets can be purchased from members of the Lions Club or at the door.

Hodgenville PD: Suspect in custody after 3 stolen vehicle Thursday morning

One person is in custody after 3 abandoned vehicles were found in the streets of Hodgenville yesterday morning. Police were called to College Street early Thursday morning on reports of an abandoned Toyota in the street. Another call was soon placed, with another abandoned car being found near Paula’s Hot Biscuit. 

Chief James Richardson says the suspect was apprehended by Elizabethtown Police. It was later determined that the Toyota was also stolen. Richardson says the suspect’s name has not been released. They were lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Over 30% of Kentucky adults have received 1st dose of vaccine

36% of Kentucky’s adult population has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. That’s what state officials said during Governor Andy Beshear’s media briefing Thursday. Beshear also announced 726 new cases of the virus for the state, as well as a positivity rate of 2.92%. Locally, Hardin County reported 12 new cases of the virus yesterday. Meanwhile, LaRue and Meade counties both reported 2 new cases.

News for March 25

ECTC to offer virtual and drive through options for graduation

Students with Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will get some sort of graduation ceremonies this year. College officials announced 2 ceremonies planned for this Spring and last fall’s graduating class: a virtual and drive-thru option. 

Spokesperson Sarah Berkshire

The ceremony will take place in front of the James Owens building on campus May 10th. The virtual ceremony will take place as well on May 7th.

American Legion moves Vietnam Veterans event to Monday

Covid-19 had already altered their plans, but now, organizers of American Legion Post 113 are having to reschedule their annual tribute to Vietnam Veterans to next Monday. Organizers made the decision yesterday after looking at the forecast. 

Post 113 Adjunct Brian Knoch

The event is set to take place Monday outside the post’s Ring Road location from 6 to 8. 

Police reassure public after reports of strange Amazon packages

It was mysterious seeds last summer. Now, some residents are reporting strange Amazon packages containing online items they didn’t even order. Good news, local authorities say the strange deliveries are harmless. 

Officer John Thomas says residents can report the packages to Amazon if they wish. What to do with the contents is entirely up to the individual.

Kentuckians 16 and old eligible for vaccines beginning April 12th

More Kentuckians will soon be able to sign up for a vaccine. State officials made the announcement yesterday that, by April 12th, all Kentuckians 16 and older will be able to sign up for a vaccine if they want to. This comes as just this week, Kentuckians 50 and older were able to sign up themselves, part of an expansion of the phases currently covered by the state. Also announced yesterday, another day of dropping positivity rate, down now to 2.85%. 695 new cases were announced, with 34 coming from Hardin, and Meade county reported a single case.

E’town man sentenced to 10 years in prison following child sex charge

An Elizabethtown man was sentenced this week after being arrested last year of attempted enticement of a minor. According to the U-S Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, Travis Puckett was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the offense. The plea agreement stated that police arrested Puckett last year in an undercover operation, after he communicated with and attempted to meet with an underage teen who was actually a detective part of the operation. Puckett admitted to authorities after his arrest that he had been the person communicating with the supposed 14-year old girl. Puckett will also serve 15 years of supervised release following his prison term.

News for March 24

Intersections of 31W project to be impacted tonight

As work continues on the 31-W rehabilitation project in Elizabethtown, transportation officials have announced the temporary closure of some medians along the corridor later tonight. Crews will close off the medians of the intersections of Towne Mall/Starlite Center and Walmart Drive at Dixie highway beginning tonight at 9 pm and lasting until tomorrow morning at 6 am. Traffic will be able to travel along 31-W and turn right in and out of the shopping centers; however, drivers can not cross the intersections during that time. Officials encourage motorists to pay attention to signs regarding changing road conditions. More information can be found on US31w.org.

ECTC scholarships to close in next week

Just over a week from today, scholarships for Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will close for the upcoming semester. 

Institutional Advancement Officer Megan Stith

Scholarship information can be found on the ECTC website.

Red Cross promotes Giving Day

Today is Giving Day for the American Red Cross, a day officials promote as the opportunity to help community members when they need it most through donations. 

Regional Red Cross Chapter Executive Director Jennifer Capps

The organization says 90 cents out of every dollar goes directly back into communities. More information on donations and volunteer opportunities can be found on the Red Cross website.

Beshear: over 198,000 Kentuckians vaccinated in last vaccination week

The state of Kentucky once again broke their own record of weekly vaccinations this past week. State officials made the announcement Tuesday afternoon, saying nearly 200 thousand residents were vaccinated during the week beginning March 16th. 

Governor Andy Beshear

893 new cases were announced for the state. Hardin County reported 12 new cases, and LaRue County reported two.

Elizabethtown announces schedule for spring clean-up

Elizabethtown city officials have announced their plans for the annual spring cleanup. Monday, public works officials presented the city council with the schedule for the annual month long event, with the work schedule set to begin next Thursday, April 1st. Officials say pickup of debris and junk will start in section 1, West of Dixie and North of St John Road, and will rotate the entire month throughout the 5 areas of the city. A full schedule, as well as costs for bags, if needed, can be found on the city’s website.