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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.

October 8, 2019

A Kentucky State Police trooper was struck on I-65 South near mile marker 79 yesterday morning. Trooper Elliott Young was on patrol searching for a reckless driver that was reported to be traveling in the wrong direction. Trooper Elliott’s vehicle collided with another vehicle driven by Shaina Reed of Sunman, Indiana. Both were taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital by Hardin County EMS with non-life threatening injuries. The incident is being investigated by the KSP Critical Incident Response Team.

Another donation has been made towards the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College University Center project. Fischbach USA has announced a donation of $15,000 to support the project’s development. ECTC recently announced partnerships with several Kentucky universities to expand offerings at the college. For more information about the University Center or to donate to the project, visit ectcforbetterlives.com.

October 7, 2019

A Golden Alert issued on Friday by the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department has been cancelled. 79-year-old Donald Heady, who previously had disappeared from his residence Friday morning, was found driving on I-65 near the Bullitt and Jefferson County line. The Sheriff’s Office thanks those who assisted in locating Mr. Heady, and notes that he is now home safe.

A collision took the lives of two people in Nelson County over the weekend. The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office responded to New Haven Road near Balltown Road Saturday afternoon. According to reports, Mark Phelps of Radcliff was travelling south when he attempted to make a left turn into a driveway. Phelps turned into the path of another vehicle driven by Rhonda Johnson of New Hope. Two of Phelps’ passengers were declared deceased at the scene. Phelps and another passenger were taken to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment, while Johnson and her two passengers were transported by private vehicle. The collision is under investigation.

Fort Knox Federal Credit Union won three major awards last week, The institution took home the Alphonse Desjardins Financial Education Award, the Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Member Service Award, and the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award. These are statewide awards given out by the Kentucky Credit Union League and Credit Union National Association. More information about the credit union can be found at fortkoxfcu.org.

Reminder that today is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming November elections. Go online to govoteky.com to register. Those interested in absentee voting should inquire to the County Clerk’s Office. Voting locations can be found at hccoky.org.

October 3, 2019

The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch succeeded in making an arrest earlier this week. Billy Joe Chesser was charged for his alleged crimes against minors. Chesser was arrested as a result of an undercover online crimes against children investigation, and faces ten counts for use of a minor in a sexual performance. The charges facing Chesser could result in ten to twenty years in prison if he is convicted. He is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Two Elizabethtown men have been arrested for their roles in a Radcliff shooting. According to arrest citations, Jordan Morgan and one other assailant were allegedly threatening the use of handguns to commit a robbery. However, the other suspect was shot several times by Paris Bell, who later admitted to discharging the firearm. Projectiles from the weapon were also found to have entered a residence located on Hamilton Street. Morgan is charged with robbery, and Bell is being charged with assault and wanton endangerment. The third party was flown to U of L Hospital with critical injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

Kentucky State Police launched a campaign earlier this week that will crack down on aggressive drivers in high crash areas. The Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) campaign began on Tuesday. Targeted corridors for this campaign include US-41 in Henderson County, I-75 in Laurel and Kenton Counties, US-23 in Floyd County, and I-65 in Hardin County.

At a meeting of the Elizabethtown City Council, a municipal order was passed to allow for improvements to the sidewalks of an Elizabethtown street. The council received and accepted a bid from Triumph Landscape Construction for sidewalk improvements in the amount of $178,588. The bid came in under the $200,000 appropriated for the project.

The 48th Annual Lincoln Days Festival will be taking place in Downtown Hodgenville this weekend. The festivities start on Friday evening with the Lincoln Days Festival Pageant. More information can be found at lincolndays.org.

October 2, 2019

The Cecilian Bank announced yesterday that they are expanding due to a merger with Citizens Bank of Hartford. The institution will be adding three new locations to their reach, but the exact terms of the merger are not available at this time.

The Elizabethtown Independent School District has reported improvement from previous years in almost every category in the 2018-2019 assessment data released by the Kentucky Department of Education. Superintendent John Ballard says the district will look into and address the categories that can be improved upon.

The West Point Independent School District is looking towards future improvements following the release of the 2018-2019 school assessment data. Interim superintendent Sally Sugg reiterated that the district is aware of the gaps in education, and are taking steps such as purchasing updated reading, math, and social studies curriculum, and hiring new members of the teaching staff.

The Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to a call of an explosion and fire on Waterworks Drive Monday afternoon. Ten firefighters, as well as Hardin County EMS were required in putting out the fire. The cause of the blaze is believed to be ignited mulch from the shredder machine.

There is a full outdoor burn ban in Meade County until further notice. The announcement was made by Judge Executive Gerry Lynn Monday morning. The ban encompasses the burning of leaves, grass, clippings, garbage pits, and bonfires.

Elizabethtown was officially designated a trail town at a ceremony yesterday afternoon. As previously reported, a council consisting of representatives from Greenspace, local businesses, and City Council member Matt Deneen joined together to help put a spotlight on Elizabethtown’s trail system. A full list of Elizabethtown’s trails can be found on the Greenspace website.

October 1, 2019

The Kentucky Department of Education has release assessment data for the state. This data comes from exams taken near the end of the 2018-2019 school year, and Hardin County Schools showed improvement in their results. Lincoln Trail Elementary ranked as a four-star school in the results, and no schools in the district were placed in the “Support and Improvement” categories.

Kentucky State Police Post Four has released the identity of a man who died as a result of a collision on Interstate 65 last week after an accident earlier in the morning caused a massive traffic backup. Trooper Scotty Sharp reports Michael Williams was operating a pickup truck when he failed to see a stopped FedEx semi-truck in front of him, colliding with the rear of the vehicle. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hardin County Coroner. I-65 was shut down for nearly twelve hours to allow troopers to reconstruct the collisions. The investigation is ongoing.

The Elizabethtown City Council presented an ordinance relating to alcoholic beverage control at a special meeting of the council on Monday. This ordinance makes clear that alcohol consumption areas must be clearly marked, must not be in a parking area, and must have clear boundaries. The council had previously discussed the specifics of how alcohol would be sold at events and parks, but this was the first reading of this particular ordinance.

An act of kindness was displayed Friday night at the John Hardin High School homecoming game. After being crowned Homecoming King, Yukiah “Yuki” Reyes refused the title, and awarded it to fellow student Matthew Riddle, who Reyes calls “a light at the end of the tunnel”. Matthew is a student with Downs Syndrome, and was very excited to be given the title.

September 30, 2019

A Nelson County Sheriff’s Lieutenant and his girlfriend were arrested for shoplifting Friday night. The Elizabethtown Police Department launched a theft investigation at Fast Track It in Elizabethtown following a report of Christmas decorations allegedly being stolen. Investigation found Kaelen Matthews, who works for the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department, and Laura Armstrong. Matthews has been suspended without pay pending investigation.

A domestic incident occurred around noon on Friday, September 27th in the parking lot of North Middle School in Radcliff. This caused the school to go on lockdown for around five minutes. Officials report that one person involved in the altercation fled towards North Hardin High School, which is on the adjacent campus. The “one-call” system was used by both sets of school administrators to alert parents of the situation. Officials say at no time were students ever in danger on either campus.

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College held a press conference on Friday in order to sign their first partners for the University Center project, which will serve to provide previously unattainable degrees at the college. These partners for the University Center include Eastern Kentucky University with their criminal justice program, Lindsey Wilson College with their human resources and accounting programs, Spalding University with their nursing program, and Western Kentucky University, who has partnered with the college for many years, and will continue to do so with the center. To donate towards the University Center project, visit ectcforbetterlives.com.

Work to replace the Depot Street Bridge in Bloomfield, which crosses over Simpson Creek in Nelson County, will start this week. Road closure is scheduled to begin tomorrow, and may last up to 75 days. Early notice signs have already been placed and detour signs will be put up to assist motorists. This project is part of Bridging Kentucky, which seeks to increase safety and capacity of bridges throughout the state. For more information about this and other bridge projects, visit bridgingkentucky.com.

70 animals that were once lodged in the Hardin County Animal Shelter found new forever homes over the weekend. The shelter, which was at maximum capacity, held a one time only special that started Thursday and ran through Saturday. The shelter still has pets available and is open Monday through Saturday from noon until 4 PM.

September 27, 2019

Attorney General Andy Beshear held a press conference yesterday to announce that changes would be made to the Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit that will further aid sexual assault victims. The Attorney General announced yesterday that $1.4 million is being put towards the cold case unit from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Assistance in order to expand the division, and better aid sexual assault victims. The cold case unit was established in 2017 after the Attorney General’s office, in conjunction with the University of Louisville and Kentucky State Police, received $3 million from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Assistance under the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative.

Visitation for Chris Hulsey, the Meade County Sheriff’s Deputy killed in the line of duty, will be held today from noon to 8 PM at Hager Funeral Home. Tomorrow, the funeral service itself will be held at 1 PM in the Meade County High School Gymnasium. As previously reported, Hulsey died shortly after a fight with 50-year-old Terry Gonterman while searching a property in Payneville.

The Radcliff Police Department arrested a couple after allegations of criminal child abuse were brought forward. According to arrest records, police were made aware by a 6-year-old girl about injuries she had allegedly sustained due to discipline over school work by Perenise Worden. Additionally, Joshua Wordern, the girl’s father, intentionally struck the girl with a wooden back scratcher, leaving an imprint on girl’s back, along with other bruising and swelling. The suspects neglected to seek medical attention for the juvenile. The two were taken in for criminal abuse of a child 12 or under.

The Rineyville Days Festival will be taking place tonight and tomorrow at Rineyville Community Park. The fun starts at 6 PM with the kickoff, featuring food, inflatables, the baby contest, and fireworks. Then, on Saturday, there will be a pancake breakfast from 7 to 9 AM followed by a parade at 10. Other attractions on Saturday include the car show at the park. More information can be found on the Rineyville Days Facebook page.

September 26, 2019

There is a burn ban in effect for all of Hardin County until further notice. Hardin County Judge Executive Harry Berry made the announcement yesterday afternoon. Officials are warning citizens to be careful when operating things such as charcoal grills that still have coals burning, as fires can start easily that way. For more information, or to ask other questions, contact Hardin County Government.

A tip to Hardin County Crime Stoppers has led to yet another arrest. Dominick McKnight was found in Christian County due to an anonymous tip, and was taken into custody regarding a burglary charge. Anyone with tips regarding ongoing cases or new crimes should contact Hardin County Crime Stoppers.

Downhome Days in Big Spring will be taking place this weekend. This years festivities will be taking place over two days, September 28th and 29th. Events will include a beauty pageant, and a cornhole tournament, as well as a silent auction and live music on Saturday, and a tug of war and parade on Sunday. In addition, food, face painting, and other vendors will be available.

The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hodgenville will host a naturalization ceremony this Friday. Over 100 people are expected to be welcomed as new United States citizens. The event will take place at 11 AM near the base of the stairs leading to the memorial building. More information can be found by contacting the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace.

The Vine Grove Bluegrass Music Festival starts tonight. This year marks the 20th anniversary for the event. The fun begins with a band scramble and ends on Saturday night with Ricky Skaggs and the Kentucky Thunder. For more information, visit vinegrovebluegrass.org.  

September 25, 2019

The Elizabethtown City Council amended and addressed new policies for alcohol sale and consumption at public facilities, parks, and events in downtown Elizabethtown at a City Council Meeting on Monday. Facilities such as Pritchard Community Center will have their own sets of requirements in order to serve alcohol, while the State Theater, which is owned and operated by the city, will decide their own criteria. Alcohol can be sold and consumed at the Elizabethtown Sports Park for non-youth events as long as city and state laws are followed, as well as at Freeman Lake during festivals and other events. As for Downtown Events, a lot of the same rules apply in terms of liability insurance requirements. No glass bottles are allowed in designated areas, with only non-breakable cups, bottles, or other containers being permitted. Designated areas must be clearly marked, and areas marked as “kids zones” will not allow alcohol at all. Businesses with existing licenses can sell their own alcohol, but it cannot leave the premises of the business. The designated area can be altered by officials if needed.

With help from private and public contributions, the William Thomason byways, right of way in Leitchfield will be accomplished sooner than expected. The schedule for the project has been trimmed down by six months. The byway will connect U.S. 62 and KY 54 to KY 259 and the Western Kentucky Parkway, allowing trucks to avoid the downtown’s tight turns.

A Louisville man and two juveniles have been charged in connection with multiple thefts from unlocked vehicles in Leitchfield. Money, loose change, two purses, a wallet, and a handgun were some of the items reported to have been taken in the early morning hours of September 4th. 20-year-old Joshua Grubbs has been charged with theft by unlawful taking, multiple counts of unlawful transaction with a minor, and nine counts of criminal trespass. The two juveniles also received charges of theft by unlawful taking and criminal trespass. Breckinridge County is also charging all three with multiple charges. The investigation is ongoing.

The Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation recognized some employees of Flaget Hospital last week, presenting them with the 2019 Bruce A. Klockars Employee Scholarship Award. Twelve scholarships were given out in a variety of different areas. The fund was established in 2011 by Flaget Hospital employees to honor Bruce Klockars, who served eleven years as president of the hospital.

Nolin RECC will be hosting the 15th Annual Lineman’s Rodeo this week. The event will feature the best lineworkers from around the state to compete in traditional lineman tasks and skills. The action begins at the Hardin County Fairgrounds on Thursday September 26th at 9 AM, and continues Friday, with a lineman memorial at 7:30 AM, and team competition starting at 8:30.