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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.

November 13, 2019

Fort Knox Federal Credit Union will soon be going through some major changes. The credit union’s name and brand will officially change in February 2020, according to an email sent out to all members on November 9th. All branches will be closed on January 15th, 2020 so employees can meet, celebrate, and prepare for this new change. Fort Knox Federal Credit Union has been serving members of the military as well as the community for 70 years.

The United States Census will be taking place next year, and Hardin County officials are already attempting to get citizens prepared. At a meeting of Hardin County Fiscal Court last night, City Engineer Vickie Meredith shared that there will be three ways to be counted in the census; online, over the phone, or in person. The census happens every ten years, and is used to establish things like state funding and seats in the House of Representatives. Hardin County Animal Care and Control will be holding a coffee meet-and-greet with local animal welfare staff and volunteers this Friday at Hardin County EMS. The event will take place from 8 AM- 9AM, and will be followed by a full day seminar with guest speakers. Both events are free, but people are asked to register in advance

November 12, 2019

New 18th District Representative Samara Heavrin already has plans for what she intends to do in her new role. Heavrin lists government accountability and transparency, education, and listening to constituents of the district as some of the most important aspects of her office. Heavrin won the November 5th election, beating out Democrat Becky Miller. She assumes this new role after previous representative Tim Moore stepped down in September.

Reconstruction is underway on Long Avenue in Elizabethtown. The project started yesterday morning around 7 AM, and according to a post on the Elizabethtown Police Department’s Facebook page, will continue until Sunday, November 27th. Closures are between Cardinal Drive and Nall Street. Residents on Long Avenue will still have access, but through traffic is being detoured onto Hill Street, then to Nall Street, and back onto Long Avenue.

The City of Elizabethtown will no longer be sending out tax bills for real and tangible property. Starting with the 2019 tax year, residents will now receive only one bill that will include their city and county amounts. Payments will be remitted to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office at 201 Provident Way in Elizabethtown. Those with outstanding tax bills from 2018 and earlier can still pay those bills at the City Office. The City of Elizabethtown will continue to bill and collect franchise and bank share property tax.

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association held its 2019 State Volleyball Tournament this past weekend. The Elizabethtown Lady Panthers were among the 16 teams who competed over the three-day competition. Their coach, Bart Catlett, was recognized as Coach of the Year for the 5th Region. Freshman Sydney Clark was recognized as First Team All State, and 5th Region Player of the Year. This is Coach Catlett’s eighth season as head coach of the Lady Panthers.

November 11, 2019

An Elizabethtown woman was killed in a two-vehicle collision on Highgrove Road on Thursday afternoon. According to the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, 31-year-old Samantha Smith was heading west on Highgrove Road when she dropped off the edge of the road, overcorrected, and crossed into the other lane. Smith’s van slid and collided with a semi driven by 60-year-old William Brown of Livingston. Brown was not injured, but Smith was pronounced deceased by the Nelson County Coroner’s Office. The collision is under investigation.

A former girl’s basketball coach was convicted on several sexual assault charges last Friday. According to Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Teresa Logsdon, Corvell Conley, a former AAU basketball coach, was found guilty of third-degree sodomy. The sentence for such a crime is one to five years in prison, and a jury recommended Conley serve four years. Formal sentencing will be on January 14th.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information in identifying a suspect in an act of violence at a Wooldridge Ferry Road property. Roy Wright of Hardin County found one of his horses shot four times, and another shot in the neck. The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with any information is asked to call the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.

After serving Hardin County for almost twenty years, Judge Executive Harry Berry announced that he will not be seeking re-election once his current term is completed. Berry first ran for the position in 2002, and has held the office of Judge Executive since. Berry says he is proud of the professionalism and fiscal management that the local government has grown to have over the years.

Improvement work begins today on the bridge over Sandy Creek in Southern Hardin County. Locally known as Cash Road, KY 2800 will be closed at the 3.6 mile marker for up to 45 days. Signs have been posted and motorists are encouraged to use KY 224 and KY 720 to detour around the closed area. This work on the bridge is part of the “Bridging Kentucky program, aimed at improving structures and safety around the state. For more information, visit bridgingkentucky.com.  

November 8, 2019

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will be hosting a suicide prevention event next week. There will be talks on suicidal ideologies, and how individuals can help. The event will be from 10 AM- 3 PM in Room 121 of the JSO building on campus. There will be door prizes and a free lunch. The event is sponsored by the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities.

The Elizabethtown Junior Women’s Club will be hosting the 38th Annual Holiday Marketplace this weekend. There will be all sorts of Christmas food, décor, and more on sale. The event will take place on Saturday from 9 AM to 6 PM at Pritchard Community Center. More information can be found on the Elizabethtown Junior Women’s Club Facebook page.

The Elizabethtown Police Department is asking for help with their annual Shop With a Cop event once again this year. This event, which allows officers to take less fortunate children shopping, relies on donations from the public. The department is accepting monetary donations. For questions, or to have your donation picked up, contact Officer Chris Denham with EPD.

November 6, 2019

The Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office has received a formal request from the office of Matt Bevin for a recanvassing of the November 5th election. This will consist of a check of voting machines and absentee ballots of all precincts in Kentucky. The recanvassing will take place on November 14th. Bevin appeared to be on the losing end of Tuesday’s Governor’s race, being unseated by Democrat and Attorney General Andy Beshear.

The Hodgenville Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating witnesses to an incident that occurred in the parking lot of Dollar General. According to Sergeant James Richardson, a man was seen exposing himself to women in the parking lot. Anyone who may have seen this incident is asked to call Hodgenville Police or message them on Facebook.

Hardin Memorial Health has expanded and now offers services in Campbellsville. The new facility, located on 101 Winston Way, will be offering cardiovascular, critical, and pulmonary care services. This came about due to the amount of Taylor County patients that sought treatment from Hardin Memorial.

Hosparus Health and First Presbyterian Church will be holding a non-denominational remembrance event this Sunday at 1:45 PM. Attendees will be able to make a special ornament in memory of a loved one lost this year featuring a picture of no more than three inches in diameter. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by calling Hosparus Health.