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October 22, 2019

The Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to a structure fire at Amazin’ Glazin’ Donuts this morning at around 6:20 AM. According to officials, a kitchen fire began in a fryer. All three employees at the shop managed to get out with no injuries. The fire was quickly extinguished, and the smoke-filled building ventilated. The business is closed for the day.

An Elizabethtown man was arrested Sunday night in the parking lot of Roses Shopping Center. According to Elizabethtown Police Officer Chris Denham reports that a man identified as Jeffery Stumpf was operating a moped in a reckless manner. After a slow-speed pursuit, Stumpf crashed into a curb and stationary car. He was later found to have a bag of what was believed to be methamphetamine on his person. Stumpf was charged with a DUI and fleeing police. He is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

At a regularly scheduled meeting last night, the Elizabethtown City Council passed an ordinance regarding rates and taxation for food trucks in the city. According to the ordinance, all mobile food vendors are required to pay, on a calendar year basis, a business fee of $250 dollars. Exemptions can be made for food trucks that only set up once a year, or only at certain events. Food trucks that do not pay are subject to fines and citations.

A Bowling Green man was arrested yesterday morning around 4:50 AM by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office for wanton endangerment and criminal mischief. According to an arrest citation, 60-year-old James Branson fired a pistol during a road rage incident. Bullets struck another occupied vehicle, causing over $1,000 worth of damage. No injuries were reported. Branson is being lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

There will be a vaping awareness event this evening at 6 PM at the Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown. The Lincoln Trail District Health Department will hold a discussion on how e-cigarettes affect health, their impact on communities, and how kids are using them. Anyone connected to youth and young adults is encouraged to attend. A panel consisting of Dr. John Godfrey M.D. with Hardin Memorial Health, Melissa Phillips with Lincoln Trail District Health Department, and KY Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Youth Prevention Specialist Monica Mundy will be there to answer any questions. Light refreshments will be available.

Hardin County Animal Care and Control will be holding their third “Adopt Your Boo” event from now until Halloween. Adoption fees are dropped to $31, and all vaccines are provided. The event will be held at the Hardin County Animal Shelter located at 220 Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown. Adoption hours are Monday through Saturday 12-4 PM.

October 21, 2019

A murder trial taking place in Elizabethtown concluded last week. According to Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Teresa Logsdon, Lisa Harvey and Rick Fisher of Louisville were found guilty of murder and tampering with physical evidence in the murder of Andrew Folena of Elizabethtown. The Hardin County jury recommended a sentence of thirty years to serve for each defendant. Formal sentencing for the pair will be held on December 3rd at 10 AM.  

The Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to a house fire on Balmoral Road Friday afternoon. First responders were met by a distressed homeowner and his wife, who said their dogs were still inside. Two dogs were rescued from the home, but a third was not able to be revived after being removed from the home. The source of the fire was believed to be electrical, due to the fire originating behind an entertainment center in the home.

A Radcliff woman was arrested and charged with robbery and tampering with physical evidence. According to an arrest warrant, 22-year-old Cynthia Hayes robbed a victim of a half-ounce of marijuana, a marijuana grinder, $150 case, and a hooded sweatshirt on October 10th while an accomplice held a knife to the victim’s throat. Hayes, who is being lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center, confessed to the crime while being interviewed by Elizabethtown Police.

With the help of a citizen’s tip to Crime Stoppers, an arrest was made Friday morning. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office was able to arrest Kevin Beard, who allegedly removed items from a storage locker without authorization on September 19th. A search warrant was issued for his vehicle and the items were identified by the victim. The tipster will receive a cash reward form Hardin County Crime Stoppers.

The Atletico Flames will be holding tryouts for high school boys and girls this Thursday, October 24th, beginning at 6 PM at John Hardin High School. They are currently seeking to fill six teams. These teams will begin practice in November. For more information or to sign up, email Justin Maddock at justjam15@gmail.com.

October 18, 2019

Current Attorney General and Candidate for Governor Andy Beshear visited Elizabethtown Wednesday night, giving a talk at Nolin RECC to a crowd of over eighty listeners. Beshear’s opponent, current Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, is scheduled to appear in Elizabethtown on October 25th.

Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen will soon be looking for a new director, as Linda Funk has announced her retirement from the position, in an effort to spend more time with family. Funk’s last day will be December 31st. Applications for the director position are available by contacting Warm Blessings.

The Glendale Crossing Festival will be taking place tomorrow on East Main Street in Glendale. The event will begin with a parade at 10 AM, featuring Grand Marshal Harry Berry, and a massive marketplace featuring 500-600 arts and crafts booths. Spokesperson Mike Bell says that thought the parade doesn’t start until ten, many people come out hours earlier to get antique shopping done.

The hours for trick-or-treating this year in Elizabethtown have been set. The event will take place on Halloween night from 5-8 PM. Be advised to dress for the weather, as temperatures may be colder as the day goes on.

Severns Valley Baptist Church is reminding those who may be struggling with various aspects of life, including addiction, anxiety, divorce, PTSD, and others. This Christ-based recovery system is held every Monday at Severns Valley, and comes at no cost to attendees. More information can be obtained by visiting svbc.cc.

The burn advisory that had been placed on Hardin County due to drought conditions has been lifted as a result of the amount of rainfall received in the last two weeks. Judge Executive Harry Berry had the announcement made yesterday afternoon. Chief of Emergency Services Bryce Shumate still suggests referring to the Kentucky Division of Forestry’s website in regards to outdoor burning.

October 17, 2019

Leitchfield Police and Grayson County EMS responded to an incident at Grayson County High School Tuesday morning. At least twelve students ingested an unknown substance from a vaping device known as a “dab pen”. They all reported feeling sick and three of the students were taken by EMS, and one by private vehicle, to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center, where they were treated and released. Two juveniles have been charges with trafficking in a controlled substance and wanton endangerment, and more charges are pending. Leitchfield Police and the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force are trying to identify and locate the source of the substance.

Students in the Hardin County School District will be able to wear hats and caps to school today and tomorrow while participating in a fundraising event. The proceeds from the event will go towards the district’s homelessness fund. Students who would like to wear a hat are asked to bring in and donate $1. The elementary schools will have their event today, while the middle and high school event will be held tomorrow.

The Homeless Outreach Program at Hardin County Schools received a gift of $2,000 yesterday from Mr. Bob Swope and Ms. Terry Owens. The district is very grateful for the community’s support and for gifts and donations they have received.

Hardin Memorial Health has approved the purchase of a new state-of-the-art equipment for their nuclear medicine program. The investment plans were made at the Board of Trustee’s meeting on Tuesday. There has been an 11% increase in need for nuclear medicine with approximately 320 procedures each month at HMH.

October 16, 2019

The Elizabethtown Community and Technical College University Center project has received another large donation. Hardin Memorial Health presented the college with a $100,000 gift to go towards the project. The University Center will be partnering with other universities to bring new nursing programs to ECTC in the future, notably signing an agreement with Spalding University in September. For more information, or to donate to the University Center project, visit ectcforbetterlives.com.

Two Elizabethtown residents have been appointed by Governor Matt Bevin to serve on Kentucky Boards and Commissions. David Wayne Pedigo, an environmental engineer, will now represent industrial operators on the Kentucky Board of Certification of Wastewater System Operators. His term in this position will end August 31, 2023. David Carrier Jarrett will now represent disabled American veterans as a member of the Veterans’ Program Trust Fund until July 15, 2022.

Helping Hand of Hope, which seeks to provide quality of life assistance to those in the community, has appointed a new executive director. Hope Burke will be replacing Gary Bohannon in the role. Burke’s role as community relations director will be mixed in with her new role as executive director.

A traffic stop led to the arrest of a wanted man in Grayson County. According to a release from the Sheriff’s Department, 35-year-old Joshua Garrett was stopped for a busted taillight when it was learned he had three warrants for his arrest out of Muhlenberg County. The K9 unit with the officers alerted them to the presence of narcotics, and over a gram of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. Garrett and his passenger, 31-year-old David Maddox, were lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center.

Two major railroad crossings in Elizabethtown will be closing next month for repairs. Crossings at Nicholas Street near 31W and East Crutcher Street are scheduled for repairs beginning November 11th. Detours will be set up around these locations to alert motorists of the closings.

A West Point gun range received some unexpected publicity Sunday night and Monday morning. Video of a night time gun demonstration at the Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point was aired on World News Tonight and Good Morning America and falsely claimed as battle footage between Syrian Kurds and Turkish forces. ABC released a correction and apology on Monday via Twitter. The Knob Creek Gun Range thanked their patrons on their Facebook page for notifying them of ABC’s error.

October 15, 2019

A major fire broke out in Hardinsburg yesterday morning around 11 AM. Reports say that an electrical fire began in the fertilizer storage area at the Green Point AG on Highway 261 South. Many roads were shut down as a result of the blaze, and a no-fly zone was requested over the city. Residents were instructed to close all windows and remain indoors. Surrounding businesses were also evacuated.

A detective with the Elizabethtown Police Department has accomplished an incredible feat. Madison Kuklinski completed the ten-week Kentucky Criminalistics Academy. Kuklinski is only the second EPD officer to ever complete this advanced training.

The price of rentals at Pritchard Community Center was discussed with the Elizabethtown City Council at a work session on Monday. Pritchard spokesperson Seth Breitner discussed differing rates for weekday and weekend rentals. Different proposed rates for the meeting rooms were also discussed at the meeting. Breitner noted that all contracts already made under previous rates will be honored.

The Veterans Treatment Court is looking for retired veterans from all branches of the military who would like to be a mentor to service men and women in need. Anyone interested in becoming a mentor should contact Judge Kimberly Schumate via the Kentucky Court of Justice website.

October 14, 2019

Two vehicle fires caused severe backups on Interstate 65 last night. According to Facebook posts from Central Hardin Fire Department as well as Lebanon Junction Fire and Rescue, the responders first attended to a car fire on I-65 before immediately having to tend to a commercial vehicle catching fire near the same location. Elizabethtown Fire Department and Valley Creek Fire were also noted as being on location. The investigation into the incidents is ongoing.

For the second year in a row, Vine Grove has been voted the Number One Safest City in the state of Kentucky. Mayor Pam Ogden credits a strong police force and sense of community for the success of the city. Vine Grove reported zero violent crimes in the findings reported on safewise.com.

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and Hardin Memorial Hospital will be holding a remembrance gathering at Freeman Lake on Tuesday night. This event is non-denominational and will feature music, and testimony from parents. The gathering and service will begin at 6 PM.

The Elizabethtown Police Department currently has openings for 5 new patrol officers. Applications for the positions must be in by the close of business on October 16th. Written assessments for prospective officers will take place on the 19th. Applications can be downloaded on the department’s website, etownpd.org.

October 11, 2019

The West Point Independent School District has given an update in regards to the progress of their appeal against the Kentucky Board of Education. Interim Superintendent Sally Sugg reports that the West Point Board of Education’s attorney, Mike Owsley, has been in communication with attorneys from the Kentucky Board of Education to set a date for the hearing of the appeal. As of now, the date for that hearing has not been set. As previously reported, the Kentucky Board of Education recommended the state take control of the school district. Sugg notes, however, that the focus of the district remains on the students.

A judge in Jefferson Circuit Court has ruled that Attorney General candidate, and former Hardin County Resident, Daniel Cameron meets the requirements to run for Attorney General. This comes after Cameron’s opponent in the race, Greg Stumbo, challenged the amount of practicing attorney experience Cameron possessed. On a post to his Facebook page, Cameron said, “I’m not surprised we won, but I’m thrilled to put this frivolous lawsuit behind us.”

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is introducing a mobile training unit to help serve community businesses. Dean of Workforce Solutions Mike Hazzard says that the unit can be brought to places needing training in the medical, manufacturing, or other fields, and provide the training on site. To inquire about bringing the unit to a business, contact the Office of Workforce Solutions at ECTC.

The Tails and Ta-tas Breast Cancer Awareness 5K will be taking place tomorrow in Downtown Elizabethtown. Registration for the 5K is $25, and will begin at 7 AM in front of the Brown-Pusey House. Following will be a yoga warm-up at 7:30, and the 5K beginning at 8. There will also be an awards ceremony at 9:15. Proceeds for the event will go towards the Hardin Memorial Health Cancer Center.

A Hardin County man has won an Emmy Award. Wes Manakee, who grew up in Sonora and went to high school at Central Hardin, and his team won the award for technical aspects they were part of with ESPN in 2018. Manakee says he sent the statue to his parents so they could hold the award first.

October 10, 2019

The Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to an apartment fire at 428 West Dixie Avenue early Thursday morning. Smoke was reported coming from the upstairs apartment. The resident of the apartment tried to extinguish the fire, but had to evacuate. The fire was subdued, but the apartment was heavily damaged. The Red Cross was able to provide temporary lodging for the residents of the apartment. No injuries were reported in the incident.

The Hardin County Veteran’s Treatment Court received a sizeable grant of $500,000 from the Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance. These funds will be used to help assist veterans in the program overcome barriers in their treatment, including transportation and education costs. The money will also be used in planning of future programming.

Despite two inches of rainfall and cooler temperatures, Hardin County has not lifted the burn advisory placed on the county. Chief of Emergency Services Bryce Schumate says that the conditions are still too dry to safely burn. Grayson and Larue counties both lifted their burn bans Tuesday afternoon.

The Elizabethtown Police Department has issued new changes to their policies regarding tattoos on the arm. The department has now allowed long sleeved shirts to be worn year round so to cover up tattoos on the lower arm, which previously immediately disqualified an applicant. Anyone with questions regarding the new changes are encouraged to call the Elizabethtown Police Department.

October 9, 2019

An Eastview man has been arrested due to charges stemming from a March complaint warrant. According to arrest citations, Kentucky State Police received a call from the mother of the victim, claiming her daughter was being assaulted by Joey Hawkins. Allegedly, Hawkins committed several acts of violence against the victim, then hindered her ability to call 911, pinning her to the ground and attempting to get her phone out of her pocket. Hawkins has been charged with assault, unlawful imprisonment, and intimidating a participant in the legal process. He is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

The Elizabethtown Police Department will be holding their open house this Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM. The event will feature tours and vehicle displays, as well as food, giveaways, and a chance to talk with officers with EPD. Those interested in applying for a position within the department are encouraged to attend to learn more about the hiring process. There is no cost to attend and the event is open to the public.

The Kentucky Department of Highway Safety is encouraging drivers to put down their phones and buckle their seatbelts in order to save lives. The Buckle Up Phone Down campaign began yesterday. This campaign will hope to help cut down on the more than 50,000 crashes in Kentucky as a result of distracted driving. More information about the campaign can be found at kyhighwaysafety.com.