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January 30, 2020

A Grayson County home explosion sent two victims, Angela Young and her 7-year-old daughter, to the hospital with severe burns at around 7 PM last night. According to media sources, the home’s gas tank had been filled around 3 PM, and the gas serviceman reported smelling gas after filling it. Young’s father advised her not to stay overnight at the home in case of a gas leak. The explosion reportedly shook homes for several miles. Young and her daughter were badly burned, and had to be airlifted to hospitals in Louisville as a result of the injuries. It has not been confirmed that a gas leak caused the explosion.

The Elizabethtown Police Department responded to the parking lot of a local business after reports of a woman slumped over her steering wheel. Officers made contact with Machelle Williams, 53, as well as a four year old child. Officers found what may have been heroin in the vehicle, as well as other drug paraphernalia. Williams was arrested on several drug related charges as well as endangering the welfare of a minor, and was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center. The child, luckily, was unharmed.

An anonymous tip to Hardin County Crime Stoppers has led to another arrest. The tip led to the apprehension of Joshua Deaton in Western Kentucky. Deaton was wanted for bail jumping and narcotic related offences. Officials would like to remind the public that any information on any crime should be reported to Hardin County Crime Stoppers.

Radcliff Mayor JJ Duvall is reflecting on some of the obstacles he had to overcome in his first year in office, including divides between council members and the mayoral position. Duvall also stressed the importance that a good relationship with other mayors in Hardin County is to his community as a whole, due to the camaraderie and ideas shared amongst them.

Officials in Hardin County are beginning to stress the importance of the upcoming census, and the financial impact it could have on the community. Around $200,000,000 in aide to the county could be compromised if the census is not completed properly. The census will begin on April 1st, and residents of Hardin County will receive census forms in the mail.

January 29, 2020

The West Point Independent School District Board has unanimously agreed to enter into negotiations with Hardin County Schools for the purposes of a merger. Tearful chairman Eddie Moore introduced the items on the agenda before interim superintendent Sally Sugg began a presentation, laying out the financial impact the court case surrounding the school is having on the community. If legal battles continued, the total cost to the district could come to over $120,000. Also present at the board meeting was Hardin County Schools superintendent Teresa Morgan, who answered questions from the crowd and stressed the importance of creating familiarity for students should a merger take place. Morgan states that Hardin County Schools will make a priority out of bringing staff from West Point to the schools to create a familiar environment for the children. A list of frequently asked questions regarding the potential merger can be found on the West Point Independent Schools website.

The Hardin County Fiscal Court heard a presentation from Hardin County United regarding designating Hardin County as a Second Amendment Sanctuary, which would defend against federal or state legislation that would control access to firearms or ammunition. Hardin County Judge Executive heard the presentation from Spokesperson Rob Powers, but said that the county could not accommodate the designation at this time. The Larue County Fiscal Court passed a similar resolution earlier this month.

A Big Clifty woman has been arrested for animal cruelty after several malnourished horses were found on her property. Deputies with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the residence after reports of mistreatment of the animals. Five horses were on the property, and one more had to be euthanized due to its condition. Once the arrest was made, the owner, Shiloh Lisa Lee, surrendered the horses to the Sheriff’s Department. Multiple other horses were found dead on the property the following day, and one of the rescued horses later died as well. The rest of the horses are in a wildlife rehab center in Grayson County. Lee was charged with several counts of animal cruelty, and is lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center.

The Cecilian Chapel, which was hit by fire late Monday night and into Tuesday morning, has been designated a total loss. According to a post to the Chapel’s Facebook page, the firefighters on the scene worked hard to save the sanctuary, but the roof has fallen in, and the floor in the sanctuary has given way. Because of this, the walls are pulling in and jeopardizing the stained glass windows. Officials with the chapel have expressed doubt in even being able to salvage the pews in the chapel due to the failing structural integrity. The chapel has requested that people who have held events at the Chapel post pictures from them on the Facebook page, so that everyone can remember the happy times.

Nolin River Wildlife has unveiled a new logo with a new slogan. The logo features the face of a raccoon, and will be accompanied with the slogan “Nurturing Hope”. This slogan is a reference to a raccoon named Hope that died earlier in the month after attempts to rehabilitate her. According to comments on the organization’s Facebook page, merchandise with the new logo and slogan is already in the works.

January 28, 2020

A fire broke out at the Cecilian Chapel last night. Representatives from several fire departments got the call that the chapel was on fire just after 10 PM. Posts on the Chapel’s Facebook page indicate that crews were still at the chapel as early as 4:30 AM. No civilians or firefighters were injured in the incident, and the investigation into the fire is ongoing.

A single-vehicle collision occurred yesterday afternoon on the US 31W Bypass. The Elizabethtown Police Department responded to the scene at 12:40 PM. The driver, who has not been named, left the roadway and struck the Woodland Drive bridge pillar. The adult male was alone in the car, and was airlifted from the scene with critical and potentially life-threatening injuries.

Fort Knox Federal Credit Union have announced that they will be changing their name. According to the Credit Union’s website, they will be opening their doors on February 18th under the new banner of Abound Credit Union. No changes are to be made to member accounts. The Credit Union says they are committed to providing affordable financial services and financial education to their community. A new website is expected to launch alongside the new name.

Students with Hardin County Teen Court are requesting sponsors for their Justice for Alzheimer’s 5K, which will take place on March 7. There are several different levels for sponsorship. To sign up or to donate, visit runsignup.com/Race/KY/Elizabethtown/JusticeForAlzheimers5k, or contact 270-234-7286.

The West Point Independent School District will be holding their regular board meeting tonight. As previously reported, added to the agenda for tonight’s meeting is the matter of a possible merger with Hardin County Schools. The meeting will be held at the school at 6 PM.

January 27, 2020

Kentucky State Police Post 4 responded to a fatal collision in Grayson County on Friday night after the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance with the collision near Peonia Road. According to preliminary investigation, John Puckett of Sonora was traveling East on Peonia when he crossed the center-line and into the path of another vehicle driven by Vincent Abell of Crestwood. Puckett was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Grayson County Coroner. Abell and his passenger were transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Alcohol was believed to be involved with the collision, but the investigation is ongoing.

An anonymous tip to Hardin County Crime Stoppers has led to another arrest. Michael Owens, who was wanted for burglary and theft, was captured last Thursday. Owens had been featured on radio station’s Crime Stoppers section. Anyone with information on crimes new or old should contact Hardin County Crime Stoppers.

A staple in the Radcliff community passed away last week, as Bill Mahanna passed on January 22nd. Mahanna served as a founding member of the Radcliff Fire Department, served on the City Board of Adjustments, Planning and Zoning, City Manager, and youth sports coach.

Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen reopens for business today after a week undergoing a renovation to the interior of the facility. The remodel included changes to the dining area, as well as the living area and kitchen. Also added were extra security features to the building.

January 24, 2020

The Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to a fire alarm activation at Flex Film Corporation located on North Black Branch Road at 6:26 AM. While units were in route, dispatch advised that there was a fire in the building. A fire had started in the boiler room of the facility, but the sprinkler systems had kept the fire in check. Responders extinguished the fire using hoses from the trucks.

More details have been released regarding the officer-involved shooting that took place early Thursday morning. As previously reported, the Radcliff Police Department responded to 101 Navaho Drive on reports of an armed robbery. Upon officer’s arrival, they discovered an individual wielding a knife outside of the residence. The suspect failed to obey the officer’s orders to drop the knife, and began to charge two of the officers, who then discharged their service weapons striking the individual multiple times. The subject was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital, and then was later flown to University of Louisville Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The two officers involved were placed on administrative leave. Charges are forthcoming regarding the robbery.

Elizabethtown High School head football coach Mark Brown has made the decision to retire. Brown, age 67, took over the team in 2014. Brown coached the Panthers to a 9-3 record, as well as a district title last season.

Elizabethtown Mayor Jeff Gregory is reflecting on some of the successes of his first year in office. The Mayor says he feels most proud of how he has raised morale among city employees, and how they feel that they are as special and needed as anyone in the Mayor’s office. He would also go on to talk about what he hopes to accomplish with the next three years of his term. For the full interview with Mayor Gregory, listen to Breckinridge Report this weekend.

The 10th Annual Radcliff Mayor’s Community Breakfast will be taking place tomorrow. The event will take place from 9-11 AM at the Colvin Community Center. The event will feature typical breakfast items as well as door prizes. This is a free breakfast that is open to the general public to attend.

Bluegrass Cellular has begun accepting applications for the 2020 Bluegrass Cellular Scholarship Program. The company is giving away $18,000 in scholarships, which will come out to $1500 scholarships for twelve students. The application as well as guidelines can be found at scholarships.bluegrasscellular.com. The deadline for application is Monday, April 6th. Scholarship winners will be notified later in April.  

January 23, 2020

A man was shot by police in Radcliff early this morning. According to media sources, the incident took place outside an apartment on Navaho Court. Radcliff Police have reportedly only said that they were called to the apartments around 2:15 AM on the report of a robbery. The man is believed to have sustained non-life-threatening injuries. More information will be relayed as it becomes available.

The Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to a chimney fire at 104 Picardy Court just after 11 AM Wednesday morning. First responders saw a fire in the upper portion of the chimney flume. The residents of the home were reportedly unaware of the problem until a neighbor called to let them know about it. Crews were able to access and extinguish the fire, and clear the scene around 1 PM. The fire department urges families using fireplaces to only use approved materials for burning, and to have their units inspected annually to prevent disaster.

After potential misunderstandings and talks with county officials, Grayson County has decided to withdraw the “Stop and Identify” bill that was passed earlier in the month. The bill, which was passed at the urging of Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins, who posted about the withdrawal on his Facebook page, was seen as a possible civil rights issue by some groups. Sheriff Chaffins went on to say that the department would “… treat those we encounter in our everyday duties like we would want our own family treated if they were stopped by police officers.”

Lane configuration has been altered in regards to the US 31W bridge project in West Point. Southbound traffic has been shifted into the southbound outside lane across the bridge. This is to give traffic more room on the bridge until the next phase of construction begins. The next phase will require closure of the northbound side for demolition and reconstruction. The project is expected to be completed by the end of May.

January 22, 2020

The City of Elizabethtown has applied for two grants for hopeful future projects. The first was an application to the Kentucky Economic Cabinet in hopes of making improvements to the industrial park. The amount requested is $500,000. The second grant was submitted to the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management in an attempt to gain funds for improvements and repairs to local flood control structures in the amount of $2 million. The results of the applications may not be known for six to nine months.

The Elizabethtown Police Department has issued a warning after fraudulent credit cards were used to purchase building materials. Reportedly, two suppliers accepted a credit card payment over the phone, and the buyer picked up the supplies in a U-Haul. It was later found that the credit cards used were in fact compromised. Officer Chris Denham with EPD emphasizes using extreme caution when taking payments over the phone, and doing extensive checks on identification when taking payments in person. Detectives with the department are working to bring the suspects to justice.

The Hardin Memorial Health Board of Trustees has approves a two million dollar building project to remodel Hardin Memorial’s Progressive Care Unit (PCU) in order to make rooms more private. Currently, the PCU has thirty-four beds; two that are private, and thirty-two that are semi-private. This remodel will relocate sixteen beds to another area of the hospital to allow for the floor to be made into a private room only floor. The remodel is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

At a meeting of the Elizabethtown City Council held last night, Mayor Jeff Gregory issued a proclamation in honor of Linda Funk, former executive director of Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen. In the proclamation, Mayor Gregory declared that January 21st, 2020 would be celebrated as Linda Funk Day in the city of Elizabethtown. Funk served Warm Blessings for thirteen years before announcing her retirement in December.

January 20, 2020

The Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force concluded a year long investigation last week, executing multiple search warrants in Louisville, Elizabethtown, and Radcliff. From the DBA Couture Clothing Store located in Towne Mall, officers seized one pound of methamphetamine, and one ounce of cocaine. From the same store located in Louisville, four ounces of cocaine was seized. Then, from the Radcliff residence of Edward Deshawn Robertson, one ounce of cocaine, twenty-two baggies of crack cocaine, and over one hundred grams of marijuana, as well as vapes and edibles were seized. Edward Deshawn Robertson, Lashana Moffit, and Bertrand Dame were arrested and charged with trafficking in controlled substances, among other charges. They were all lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

A serious collision took place on Campbellsville Road near Morningstar Road in Hodgenville last night. The incident occurred around 8:30 PM, and had the road shut down, according to a post on the Hodgenville Police Department’s Facebook page. The road was reopened at around 9:30 PM. Several media sources have reported that there was at least one fatality at the scene. More information will be relayed as it becomes available.

The Elizabethtown Police Department will be holding their free Citizen’s Police Academy next month. The eight-week session will begin on February 20th, and will meet on Thursday evenings. Citizens will have the opportunity to hear presentations from members of different sections of the Department, as well as from members of local government. Attendees will also have the opportunity to do a ride-along with an officer during their shift. Those interested should download an application from the Elizabethtown Police Department’s website.

Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen will be closed for one week starting today. According to a post from the facility’s Facebook page, the kitchen and dining room will be remodeled, and some fire and health safety issues will be corrected. New handicap ramps will be installed, and security will be updated. The kitchen says that they are financially sound, and have an executive staff that will ensure the kitchen is around for decades to come. Day Shelter services typically offered by Warm Blessings will be relocated to College Heights United Methodist Church until the reopening of the facility on January 27th.

The John Hardin Bulldogs Boys Basketball team have once again won the Kentucky 2-A State Championship. The Bulldogs defeated the Bourbon County Colonels at the Owensboro Sportscenter by a score of 73-53. This is the second time the Bulldogs have won the tournament, and have now won in back-to-back years.

January 17, 2020

Two Elizabethtown residents were arrested by the Vine Grove Police Department yesterday for a burglary that took place in December. According to a press release from the department, on December 23rd, 2019, the victim filed a report with the department in reference to property and money that was removed from their Vine Grove home. Investigation showed evidence of forced entry. Yesterday, with the assistance of Hardin County Probation and Parole, the Vine Grove Police Department, in collaboration with the Elizabethtown Police Department, executed a search warrant on James Reed, 28, and Trista Crooks, 35. The departments recovered money, evidence of the incident, and possible items relating to a previous unreported burglary at the same residence. Both suspects were charged with burglary and theft by unlawful taking. They are lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center, and the investigation is ongoing, pending further arrests.

The Larue County Fiscal Court passed a resolution earlier this week that will serve as a stance of support for the second amendment. The second amendment sanctuary resolution is a statement from the county that they will not stand for the second amendment being altered or not honored in the county. The resolution will be sent to government officials in the state of Kentucky to let them know the stance of Larue County on the matter.

The Central Kentucky Community Foundation will be hosting a workshop next week in an attempt to help high school seniors apply for scholarships. The Scholarship Central Workshop will be taking place on Tuesday, January 21st at 6 PM and will be located at the Central Kentucky Community Foundation’s Home of Philanthropy Community Hall. This is for high school seniors and anyone enrolling in Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, which means adult students can attend as well. The Foundation will be providing assistance in applying for more than $400,000 worth in local scholarships. Participants need to bring their own device to fill out the forms. More information can be found by visiting ckcf4people.org.

Tune in to Breckinridge Report this weekend to hear Vine Grove Mayor Pam Ogden talk about her first year in office.

January 16, 2020

In the days following the announcement that West Point Independent Schools would be discussing entering into negotiations with Hardin County Schools for the purpose of a merger, interim superintendent Sally Sugg discussed some of the difficulties she sees members of the district facing as talks proceed. Sugg predicts that adults in the community will have the most trouble with a transition, considering how much history people in the community have with the school, as some families go back multiple generations of attending West Point. However, Sugg is confident that the students are resilient and strong enough to make the transition without much difficulty. The next board meeting for the district will be held on January 28th, and the public is invited to attend.

A Radcliff man was arrested earlier this week after his part in a verbal altercation. According to arrest citations, Isaac Patterson of Radcliff was involved in a verbal argument over his continued drug use when he became outraged. Patterson told the victim, his mother, that he was going to take a knife and stab her to death while she was asleep. When police arrived, they found Patterson rolling a blunt with marijuana in plain view on the table. Patterson was charged with terroristic threatening, as well as possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

The artistic community of Elizabethtown will be on display tonight at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center as The Novel Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four, opens at the theater. The show will run tonight, where house opens at 6:30 PM, and through this weekend with a matinee on Sunday, then next week from Thursday to Sunday with the same hours. Tickets and prices can be found online at thepac.net.