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News for January 13th

Woman drives car into BHH, flees scene after attempted car theft

Police are investigating after an attempted vehicle theft damaged part of Baptist Health Hardin. Elizabethtown Police say the incident occurred just before 1:30pm Tuesday afternoon.

Officer Chris Denham

Police say anyone with information on the suspect can contact Elizabethtown Police or the Hardin County CrimeStoppers.

President of Hardin Co. Chamber to retire

After 10 years, the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce will soon be looking for a new leader. Tuesday brought the news that President and CEO Brad Richardson would retire at the end of March.

Richardson says he’s proud of the way the chamber has grown during his tenure, becoming one of the largest in the state. A search committee to find a replacement has been established, including members of the Board of Directors, President Circle members, and chamber members at-large.

KCTCS promotes Work Ready Program

Higher education officials promoted in-demand career training during a media event Tuesday morning. The state’s work ready program, available at all 16 KCTCS campuses, has seen a surge in promotion the past several months, likely due in part to the state’s unemployment numbers amidst COVID-19

Chief Student Affairs Officer Dale Buckles says that, despite the success of the program, students are sometimes still unaware of the opportunities from the program. More information on the program can be found on the ECTC website.

Baptist Health Hardin offers vaccine to those 70 and older

Ahead of schedule, Baptist Health Hardin officials announced Tuesday that they would begin vaccinations of those 70 and older as part of the Phase 1B plan for the state of Kentucky. As of Tuesday, the healthcare provider offered a phone number for qualified residents to call if they were interested in receiving a vaccine. However, it was noted that callers would experience delays in getting through to a scheduler, as demand for vaccines had increased throughout the day. The number can be found by going to Baptist Health Hardin’s website.

Gradual increase in cases, positivity rate remains same in Tuesday update

3,053 new cases of COVID-19 in the state of Kentucky yesterday. Governor Andy Beshear announced the totals, as well as 22 new deaths during yesterday’s media briefing. The state’s positivity rate remained relatively the same as in previous days, at 12.3%. For our local counties, Hardin county reported 55 new cases on Tuesday. LaRue county reported 14 new cases, and Meade county reported 13.

News for January 12th

HCS return coincides with opening of new Lincoln Trail Elementary

When Hardin County Schools returned to in-person instruction yesterday, students of Lincoln Trail elementary returned to a building they had never been to before. After several years of development and construction, the new Lincoln Trail Elementary School was opened for students. And, as with other openings, students and staff observed health and safety guidelines.

District spokesperson John Wright

The new, state of the art building is located roughly a mile away from the original location, which was constructed in the early 1950’s. District officials say no plans have been made yet regarding the old building.

Radcliff woman elevated to council after councilmember death

After 3 tries, Aundra Lett-Jackson is on the Radcliff City Council, though not in the way she or anyone envisioned. Though she finished 7th in voting, the untimely death of councilwoman Tanya Seabrooks elevated her to the final seat on the council, an opportunity she says will be used to further initiatives that Seabrooks focused on.

Jackson and her family have lived in Radcliff since 1977. Jackson had previously run 3 times for a seat.

Break-in at First Christian under investigation

Authorities are looking for information after a break-in at an Elizabethtown church over the weekend. Elizabethtown Police say the incident occurred Friday around 1 am at First Christian Church, off of North Miles. Police say the individual threw an object through a window at the church, allowing them to enter the building. Authorities say several instruments were stolen as a result. No other details, including an ID on the suspect, have been released.

Lincoln Birthplace to temporarily close visitor center

A major project will temporarily displace visitor services at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park. Park officials announced the installation of fire suppression systems last week, which will result in the temporary closure of the park’s visitor center.

Park Chief of Interpretation Stacy Humphries says the project is scheduled to be completed in roughly 4 months. The park has not had a system in place since the visitor center opened.

State reports over 2,000 cases Monday

After setting high daily totals of COVID-19 cases last week, the state of Kentucky reported 2,085 new cases Monday, in addition to 21 new virus-related deaths. And while the case totals were lower Monday, the state’s incidence rate map reflected the continued spread, with 119 of 120 Kentucky counties labeled as red zone areas. The state’s positivity rate remained relatively unchanged at 12.3%. Local counties reported the following numbers from the state’s website: Hardin with 12, Meade with 3, and LaRue with 1.

News for January 11th

Monday marks return to in-person instruction for some districts

After holding off in-person instruction for several months, several local districts are welcoming back students to the classroom this morning. Hardin and Breckinridge counties, as well as Elizabethtown Independent, will start back with hybrid schedules this week.

District spokesperson John Wright
Elizabethtown Superintendent Kelli Bush

All district will utilize A/B schedules going forward. The list to daily rotations can be found on each district’s websites.

School district survey staff members over COVID-19 vaccination

Educators across the area are indicating whether or not they plan to take a covid-19 vaccine.

Over 3,100 staff members in area school district indicated in surveys recently that they would take a COVID-19 vaccine when offered in the school system. That’s 1,659 employees from Hardin county, 479 from Meade county, 386 from Grayson, 234 from Elizabethtown, and 198 from LaRue county. Breckinridge county, which has 520 active employees, had 156 staff members respond yes to vaccination. Phase 1b, which includes certain school personnel, is set to begin near the end of the month.

ECTC online instruction to begin spring semester

Virtual instruction starts for Elizabethtown Community and Technical College students today. Interim Chief Academic Officer Darrin Powell says the college will start online but will hopefully transition back to a hybrid schedule next week.

Powell says the online offering this week is to allow any possible exposure to the virus over the holiday break to dissipate among students and staff.

Weekend numbers for COVID-19 in the state

After finishing the week with 15,000 cases over 3 days, the state reported over 7,000 new cases this weekend. On Saturday, officials reported 4,240 and 3,232 on Sunday. On Saturday, Governor Andy Beshear talked about the state’s recent escalation of cases.

The state’s positivity rate as of Sunday was nearly 12/5%. On Sunday, area counties reported the following numbers: 52 for Hardin, 25 for Meade, and 7 in LaRue.

News for January 6th

Area manufacturer to add 300 new jobs

One of the area’s largest manufacturers is adding jobs. Metalsa USA announced Tuesday that their Elizabethtown location would be home to 300 new, full-time entry level technician positions. In a press release, the company said that the new jobs were a result of a higher demand for the company’s signature product: vehicle frames for light and heavy weight trucks.

Metalsa Human Development’s Linda Aubrey

Those qualifying employees are able to receive welding certification at no cost, as well as an apprenticeship program for eligible union members. Those interested can find more information on Metalsa’s website.

Louisville VA center begins vaccinating veterans today

Starting today, select groups of veterans at the VA in Louisville will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. The Robley Rex VA Medical Center has announced that they will be vaccinating veterans identified as those who are high risk, over the age of 75, and those residing in congregate living residences. Officials say that veterans that meet those qualifications will be contacted to schedule their first dose of the Moderna vaccine. Currently, those receiving care through the VA are being contacted first. Those who are not but wish to check their eligibility may contact Robley Rex VA Medical Center.

RPD: 2 men arrested after allegedly firing handgun

2 men were arrested in Radcliff this week after firing handguns from the back porch of a residence. According to arrest citations, it happened on Tuesday, when police received several calls of gun fire from a residence off of Amanda court. Radcliff Police arrived at the location and as they did, heard several rounds being fired. Police then arrested 2 men, Austin Arrington and Jaymz Mellion. Both were charged with wanton endangerment 1st degree, and were lodged in the Hardin county Detention Center.

Warm Blessings looking for volunteers for Day Shelter

With several weeks remaining, Warm Blessings is looking for more volunteers to assist with their yearly day shelter.

Executive Director Dawn Cash says volunteers will help out with some of the basic operations of the shelter, including lunch preparation, as well as facilitating showers and laundry. Those interested in volunteering can contact Warm Blessings.

Hardin Co. woman arrested after children left alone for several days

A Hardin county woman has been arrested after officials found her children alone in their residence. According to arrest citations, officials say the subject, Danielle Ducret, left a note with her children, saying that she would be back at some point, suggesting that she did not care when. An eventual call to officials led child protective services to find the children, ages ranging from 10 to 19, with little food in the residence, as well as no means of communication or transportation. Ducret, who had still not returned after 4 days, was later found in the Fayette county Detention Center. Ducret was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and was transported to the Hardin county Detention Center.

Beshear: Vaccination Phase 1B to start near month’s end

While the state is still in the beginning stages of COVID-19 vaccine rollouts, Governor Andy Beshear provided an update yesterday on when the next phase would begin in the Commonwealth.

Additionally, the Governor announced 1,781 new cases of covid-19, in addition to 23 new virus-related deaths

News for January 5th

Man killed in Radcliff ID’d

With a death investigation now ruled a homicide, Radcliff police have released the name of the man found dead on New Years Eve last week.

Police Chief Jeff Cross

Police had initially revealed that Dziekan had knocked on several doors before apparently succumbing to his injuries. Police are still investigating, and ask that anyone with information contact Radcliff police.

Meade Co. students head back virtually today

While most area schools returned to virtual instruction Monday morning, Meade county students will do so today.

Superintendent Mark Martin

The district says they hope to begin in-person instruction for k-6th grade next week, with 7th-12th beginning on the 25th.

Lawrenceburg man arrested after alleged strangulation, assault

A Lawrenceburg man was arrested Monday, nearly a month after he was accused of strangulation. According to arrest citations, police were dispatched to a residence off of Darby Woods Drive in Radcliff on December 6th in reference to a disturbance. When officers arrived, they found the victim with what appeared to have bite marks and injuries. The victim told police that her child’s father, Dylan Cary, had allegedly put her in a choke hold outside the residence, in addition to biting her several times. The victim says she was able to get inside the residence when Cary attacked her again, biting her again as well as striking her. Cary fled the residence when he saw police lights approaching. Cary was arrested and charged with strangulation 1st degree, as well as terroristic threatening and criminal abuse. He is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

CKCF begins annual “Scholarship Central” for students

A new year brings with it renewed opportunities for area students looking to attend college. Central Kentucky Community Foundation’s annual Scholarship Central portal is now open.

Central Kentucky president Davette Swinney

The deadline to complete applications and submit is march 1st. More information, as well as signups, can be found on the Central Kentucky Community Foundation website.

KY General Assembly gavels in new session today

Today marks the beginning of this year’s Kentucky General Assembly, and the issue at the heart of this short session will be the state, and Governor Andy Beshear’s response, to covid-19. Many lawmakers have pre-filed bills in the past few months, hoping to reign in what they say is too much power for a governor. Republicans own a supermajority in both chambers, meaning this session will likely be a conservative-heavy agenda. The body will meet for a total of 30 working days, stretching from today until March. The legislature will also have to approve another yearly budget, as covid-19 cut short last year’s session.

CASA campaign signup ends today

Today marks the final day for signups for CASA of the Heartland’s 90 miles in their shoes campaign. The virtual event is designed to raise awareness about children who are waitlisted for a CASA volunteer.

Executive Director Norma Hatfield

As of this morning, the organization says they are just a few spots away from meeting their goal of 90. More information can be found by going to CASA of the Heartland’s website.

News for January 4th

Police investigating apparent stabbing in Radcliff

Police in Radcliff are looking for answers after a man was found dead Thursday. According to officials, police received a 9-1-1 call on New Years Eve from the area of Illinois Drive.

Detective Joseph Gozalez says information is still being gathered, and that anyone with information is asked to contact Radcliff police.

Area schools prep or virtual return today

Area students are heading back to the virtual classroom this morning. Districts across the area are welcoming students back virtually for at least a week before a possible return to in person instruction. Those starting back today include Hardin, Grayson, LaRue, Breckinridge, and Elizabethtown Independent. Area leaders all brought up the same reason as to why schools are going virtual to start off. Districts are hoping that the period will give any new cases of the virus the time to run its course. Meade County Schools, however, will start back tomorrow, January 5th.

NDAA provides money for new Ft. Knox school

With the Senate’s veto override this weekend, the National Defense Authorization Act has passed for a 60th year, and in it, funds for several Kentucky military projects. Included in the annual legislation, 69 million dollars for the new Van Voorhis Elementary school at Fort Knox. The new building, which will replace the original one, is set to increase the size of the school to 104,000 sq. ft. The new building is set to be completed in 2024. The bill also included pay raises for all service members across the armed forces.

COVID-19 numbers from the holiday

The numbers are in for the holiday weekend in terms of covid-19. The state reported 4,145 cases on new years eve, 3,124 on new years day, and 1,470 on Saturday. The update brought a higher positivity rate, though health officials were quick to point out that this may be the case due to less testing and labs being open through the holiday. Locally, Hardin county tallied 222 new cases over that time period. Meade county totaled 49 new cases, and LaRue had 24 from Thursday thru Saturday.

Areas in Hodgenville to experience Boil Water Advisory

Parts of the city of Hodgenville will be under a boil water advisory for a while this morning, starting at 8 am. The advisory comes as the city’s water works department announced that they will be making repairs to a dome to fix a main water line leak. The affected areas will include Tanner, Glendale, and Old Sonora roads. Again, repairs began at 8am, though it is not yet known when they will conclude.

News for December 31st

Local legislator planning to introduce bill aimed at resolving unemployment problems

With thousands of Kentuckians still without word on long standing unemployment payments, one local legislator is hoping to solve some of the problem. 25th district representative Jim Duplessis announced this week that he would be filing a bill during the opening of next week’s general assembly that would seek to reopen unemployment offices to in-person traffic once again. Currently, Duplessis says claims are being processed mainly through the phone.

Duplessis says he’s talked with house leadership about the bill’s future saying he’s received support from others on the measure.

Post 4 trooper named to state Honor Guard

A Post 4 trooper has been named to the Kentucky State Police honor guard. It was announced yesterday that trooper Jakob Clemens was of the 3 troopers named to the prestigious group.

Trooper Scotty Sharp

In addition to the duties Sharp mentioned, the honor guard also stands by the coffin of retired officers once they pass, showing the solidarity the organization has with the family in their time of grief.

COVID-19 cases ahead of the New Year

Cases of covid-19 had steadily grown over the past few days in Kentucky. Yesterday, officials announced 3,784 new cases of the virus, in addition to 29 new virus related deaths. An as the cases have increased, so too has the positivity rate, now at 9%. Locally, Hardin county reported 125 new cases Wednesday, accounting for 217 combined cases since Tuesday. Meade county reported 29, and LaRue reported 15.

EPD: Firework ordinances ahead of NYE

End of the year celebrations sometimes include the use of fireworks, and law enforcement in Elizabethtown is offering up some reminders should residents light fireworks themselves.

Officer Chris Denham

In addition, state law requires that those purchasing or igniting the fireworks be 18 years old.

Spring Haven to host New Year’s Day 5k as fundraiser

Running 5k’s are a tradition for some on new years day, and Elizabethtown will feature one such event to kick off 20-21. The Spring Haven New Years Dash 5k Fun Run will take place tomorrow as a fundraiser for the shelter.

Spokesperson Kendra Stewart Scott

Entry is $25, and can be done at runsignup.Com. Kids five and under are free. Online options are also available for those unable to make it to the event on the day of.

News for December 30th

Hardin Co. EMS Medical Director dies after COVID-19 battle

The passing of Hardin county’s EMS service’s medical director was highlighted during Governor Andy Beshear’s briefing this week. It had been announced last week that Dr. Donald Miller had passed away after a battle with covid-19 at bowling green medical center. Hardin county EMS had announced his passing last week on a Facebook post.

EIS looking to fill board vacancy

Ahead of the new year, a position on the Elizabethtown board of education is open. The district announced in a Facebook post this week that it would be seeking an individual to fill the vacancy until the regular election in November of this coming year. The position does have a few baseline requirements: you must be 24 years of age, be a registered voter within the school district and precinct, as well as completing the annual in-service training. Those interested are directed to contact the Elizabethtown board of education.

Casa looking for 90 Miles participants

Casa of the Heartland is looking for more help with the 90 miles in their shoes program. Organizers are almost at their goal of participant, with 62 of the hopeful 90 volunteers are signed up for the event. More information can be found on casa’s website.

3 arrested after WK Parkway pursuit

3 individuals were arrested after a high-speed pursuit on the Western Kentucky parkway Monday night. Authorities were called to a residence off of Shrewsbury road in reference to suspected theft of firearms from parked cars. The suspects were confronted as they sped away, beginning a pursuit that would wind through Leitchfield and onto the eastbound lanes of the Western Kentucky parkway. Kentucky state police would assist in the pursuit, deploying stop sticks that brought the vehicle to a stop. The three suspects were removed from the car, identified as 19-year old Andrew j Singer of Louisville and 18-year old Taylor tucker. The third suspect, a juvenile, was released to her mother. Both were charged with a litany of theft related offenses, with singer being charged with fleeing or evading police, as well as wanton endangerment 1st. Both were lodged in the Grayson county detention center.

Feeding America, city sponsored event wraps up today

Today marks the final day this week for the mobile food pantry in Elizabethtown.

Director of Marketing Jamie Thomas

The event starts at 9 am at the Elizabethtown sports park and is open to all Elizabethtown residents.

News for December 29th

FAKH, City of Elizabethtown continue mobile food pantry today

Feeding America’s mobile food pantry will be back out for day two in Elizabethtown today. The organization and the City of Elizabethtown are using the program as a way of reaching and assisting those in the community who might be facing food insecurities.

City of Elizabethtown spokesperson Amy Inman

Today’s event at Helmwood Heights Elementary will start at 9am this morning. Yesterday saw community members picking up items at Immanuel Baptist Church.

Central Hardin VFD one of 3 departments receiving new gear

Central Hardin Volunteer Fire Department is one of three recipients of new turnout gear, provided by a nationwide award. MSA’s and Dupont’s Globe Gear Giveaway gave out four new sets of turnout gear and helmets to three fire department, and the local volunteer organization in Elizabethtown is one of the lucky winners.

Firefighter Amanda Medley was responsible for signing up for the giveaway, doing so all the way back in February. Medley says the equipment will go a long towards keeping citizens and firefighters safe going forward. The normal cost of this equipment is around $4,000 for each set.

EPD: Man arrested after domestic incident

An Elizabethtown man was arrested over the weekend, accused of strangulation. Police were dispatched to an Elizabethtown residence after reports of a domestic issue. When police arrived, the victim informed them that the suspect, Josiah Humes, had struck her in the face. The victim alleged that Humes later shoved her face in the couch, making it difficult to breathe. The victim stated to police that Humes attempted to strangle her approximately 5 times.

Units arrived at a residence off of North Main and attempted to arrest Humes, at which point he refused, pulling away from officers and taking a fighting stance. Officer eventually took Humes to the ground, where he was arrested. Humes was cleared medically and charged with strangulation 1st degree, menacing, terroristic threatening, among other charges. He is lodged in the Hardin county detention center.

Man arrested after fleeing, hiding from officers on roof

A Hardin county man was arrested on saturday after police responded to reports of a domestic incident. Police were called to a residence off of Morrison lane Saturday in reference to a domestic dispute. When they arrived, the suspect, Jason Nugent, fled out the back door. The victim told officers that she and Nugent had had a verbal argument, with Nugent turning violent, striking her and allegedly dragging her through the residence by her hair. When she attempted to call 9-1-1, Nugent destroyed both her and his mother’s cellphones to prevent her from calling.

Nugent finally returned to the residence, before fleeing again and attempting to hide on the roof. Nugent was removed from the roof while resisting arrest. Nugent was charged with a litany of offenses, including assault 3rd and 4th degree, unlawful imprisonment, as well as terroristic threatening. He is lodged in the Hardin county detention center.

State outlines next step in Phase 1 of vaccine rollout

The newest COVID-19 numbers for the state were released yesterday. Kentucky announced 1,455 new cases of COVID-19 Monday afternoon, as well as 8 more deaths. State medical professionals also updated the public on vaccine rollout, outlining plans for Phase 1B, which includes those over 70 years old, as well as K-12 school personnel.

Dr. Steven Stack also discussed what school personnel would be included.

Additionally, the state’s positivity rate once again decreased yesterday, down now to 7.9%. Locally, Hardin county reported 9 cases, with LaRue and Meade each reporting 3.

Information for funeral service of Marilyn Evans

It’s been over a week since the passing of Wolf co-owner Marilyn Evans, and today marks her funeral service. While there are restrictions on capacity, Brown Funeral Home will be streaming the service this afternoon at 1 pm, which can be seen on their Facebook page. You can also view the streaming of the service on our facebook page at that time as well.

News for December 28th

Local health departments begin vaccinations

Local health departments have received and administered the first of many COVID-19 vaccines. Last week, posts from the Breckinridge county and Grayson county health departments made the announcement that they had received their first doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Both departments say they have begun administering vaccines to both frontline healthcare workers, as well as first responders. Grayson county officials say they are in Phase 1A, and will continue to vaccinate first responders and healthcare workers.

Local Congressman urges confidence in new vaccine

With a growing number of healthcare and frontline workers receiving initial doses of the vaccine, officials who have been around the development of the vaccine are encouraging confidence in it. Second district Congressman Brett Guthrie has been a part of the development of COVID-19 vaccines since the beginning. Being a member of the House’s Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Guthrie says he has plenty of confidence in the vaccines after their testing and authorization.

Guthrie says that when individuals are able to take the vaccine, to always talk first with their healthcare provider.

With colder weather, officials say winter preparedness kits are a must

As the days and nights get colder, it becomes even more important to take precautions for the possibility of being stranded in the cold. Meade County Emergency Management Director Ron Dodson says that having a winter preparedness kit in one’s vehicle is of the utmost importance.

In addition, Dodson recommends ensuring that any vehicle that will be taking the road is ready to do so in wintry conditions. This includes checking tires and gas tanks to ensure the safest experience possible on the road.

Today begins 3-days of mobile food pantry in Elizabethtown

Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland will be operating their mobile food pantry this week. The event, which is in cooperation with Elizabethtown government, will serve to bring food to those in need during this difficult time.

Director of Marketing Jamie Thomas

More information regarding who the food pantry will be serving, as well as times of operation, can be found on Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland’s Facebook page.

KSP: Man arrested after alleged abuse, endangering welfare of minor

An Indiana man was arrested in Eastview Saturday, accused of assaulting his girlfriend and endangering the welfare of a minor. Kentucky State Police responded to an Eastview residence on Saturday on reports of a domestic dispute between the suspect, Dustin Galyan and the victim. According to the victim, Galyan had allegedly hit her in the head with a broom while she was feeding their young child. The victim also alleged that Galyan had grabbed her hair, slamming her and the baby to the ground.

Police arrived and found visible marks on the victim, as well as Galyan appearing under the influence of some kind of substance. During a consented search of the residence, police found suspected crystal meth, as well as 2 baggies of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, the latter of which was found concealed in a speaker. The drugs were found in the basement, an area where police say their child slept and played. Galyan was arrested and charged with assault 4th degree, possession of a controlled substance, as well as endangering the welfare of a minor. He is lodged in the Hardin county detention center.