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News for October 5

V Corps uncases colors, celebrates end of standup on Friday

While the official activation ceremony is still 2 weeks away, V corps took a big step on Fort Knox to end the week. The battalion uncased their flag during a ceremony Friday, flying their blue and white pentagon for the first time since 2013 and commemorating their end of the standup for headquarters.

V Corps Commanding General John Kolasheski

The Headquarter and Headquarter Battalion commander, Otha J. Holmes also spoke at the outdoor ceremony.

An official activation ceremony is scheduled to take place October 17th. V Corps was organized in France in 1918 during World War I.

KSP: 3 Tennessee men arrested after high speed, lengthy pursuit

A trio out of Tennessee were arrested by Kentucky State Police last week after being chased for over 30 miles.

According to arrest citations, troopers observed a vehicle pass them at a high rate of speed in Elizabethtown. A traffic stop was attempted, however the subject fled, dangerously weaving through traffic and running other vehicles off the roadway. The pursuit went on for thirty three miles before the driver lost control of the vehicle, striking another motorist who had to be flown to Vanderbilt Hospital for his injuries. After striking a semi truck as well, the pursued vehicle flipped off of the roadway and the three occupants, Rickie Nelson, who was the driver, Martavious Williams, and Kevin Wynn fled on foot from the vehicle. Troopers got into a physical altercation with the three, but they were apprehended. Nelson allegedly appeared to be under the influence, due to his glassy bloodshot eyes and erratic driving. A run of the car’s vin number revealed that the vehicle was stolen out of Tennessee, and tools used in car thefts were found in the vehicle as well.

The trio face a litany of charges including wanton endangerment, criminal mischief, assault, and fleeing or evading police. They were lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

HCS announces plan for 3rd day of instruction

While Hardin County Schools students are on fall break this week, there will be some instructional changes when they return.

Those taking part in in-person instruction will gradually attend more days in person. The district announced that those in-person students will rotate Wednesdays in which they will attend, increasing instruction to 3 days a week. Group “A” students will be going October 14th and 28th. Group “B” students will go October 21th and November 4th.

EPD dispatch recognized as best in the state

The Elizabethtown Police dispatch was recognized with an award recently. The center was named the 2020 Dispatch Center of the Year for the state of Kentucky.

EPD Officer John Thomas

The award was announced during the Kentucky Emergency Services Conference last week.

Deadline to register to vote is this afternoon

With 29 days until the General Election, qualified individuals who wish to vote in the have until later today to register. The deadline to register to vote is this afternoon at 4 p.m., and can be done online. Registration can be completed by going to GoVoteKY.com and clicking on new or updated registration. The General Election is November 3rd.

Waste officials working hard to get all new trash carts to residents

Even with the October 1st deadline for personal trash cart usage now in the past, waste officials are extending their use as they hurry to get the all new orange carts to Hardin county residents.

Red River Waste Regional Vice President Steve Smith says any resident who received an additional cart that did not need one should contact Red River.

News for October 2

Man arrested after murder in LaRue County

Police have arrested a man they believe was involved in a LaRue County murder. It all began when Kentucky State Police say they were contacted by local authorities after a shooting in Hodgenville Wednesday.

Trooper Scotty Sharp

Officials quickly named Timothy Hedges as a person of interest. Sharp says authorities located and arrested hedges in Breckinridge County late Thursday night.

Event that draws attention to Domestic Violence being held in Elizabethtown this week

With October marking Domestic Violence Awareness month, a walk to draw attention to the cause is being held at Freeman Lake Park this weekend.

Spokesperson Linda Funk says the group will be set up near the park’s tennis courts. No fee is required, though donations, which go to Springhaven, are welcome.

E’town Public Works facility named after longtime employee

Roughly 2 months after setting up shop, the new Public Works facilities in Elizabethtown were officially opened yesterday, and with a surprise. The administration building was named after Charlie Bryant, a former city engineer and longtime city administrator.

The $2.8 million project for Public Works was completed this year after several years of construction.

Trump, First Lady test positive for COVID-19

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for covid-19. It was announced by the President on Twitter last night that he and the First Lady had tested positive. A statement from the President’s doctor says they are both doing well and are isolating in the White House. Doctor Conley says he expects the President to continue to carry on his duties without disruption.

BHH hosting flu shot clinic this weekend

Baptist Health Hardin will be offering a flu vaccine clinic this Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Physician Doug Ansert also notes that even perfectly healthy people can suffer from extreme complications from the flu, and that the vaccine is the best way to prevent such difficulties.

News for October 1

Vine Grove PD investigating robbery

Vine Grove Police are investigating after a robbery last week. Last Friday, police say 3 individuals entered into the Hometown Liquors store in Vine Grove, armed and wearing head coverings.

Police Chief Ken Mattingly says an unspecified amount of money, alcohol, and smoking products were taken during the course of the robbery. Mattingly says anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact law enforcement.

Hardin Co. extends Work Ethic Certification to elementary school students

The Hardin County Schools Work Ethic Certification program will now play a larger role in elementary schools. Students and teachers will have defined curriculum that will serve to highlight and focus the great eight standards of the program.

District spokesperson John Wright

More information about the program is available on the Hardin County Schools website.

Vine Grove man is the U.S. military’s 8th COVID death

A Vine Grove man was announced as just the 8th covid-19-related death for the U.S. military.

The Army Reserves announced this week that 1st Sergeant Mike Markins had died last week as a result of covid-19. According to a release, Markins served for 27 year in the military, active duty in the Air Force from 1990-1997, and in the reserves since 2000. He was awarded several oak leaf clusters during his service, including ones for Meritorious Service and Army Achievement. Markins had served in both civilian and military positions on Fort Knox. Markins was just 48 years old.

Radcliff school board candidate under fire for Facebook post

A Radcliff man running for the Hardin County School Board is being criticized after a social media post. An image shared by John Flanagan, a candidate for the Board of Education, began to spread through Facebook earlier this week that many have said promotes a negative stereotype of North Hardin. Flanagan, though, says it was rooted in sarcasm.

Additional posts made by Flanagan on his personal page also sparked criticism. Flanagan is running for division 1, which represents the schools in the North end of the county.

Grayson Co. manufacturer announces over 20 new jobs

Leitchfield will be seeing some new, high paying jobs in the near future.

Xtreme Fabrication, through Governor Andy Beshear’s office, announced Wednesday 25 new, high paying jobs for their Leitchfield facility over the next few years. In addition, the size of the facility will also expand, adding a 7,200 square foot addition to its existing building. The fabricator and machine shop will also see the addition of a new CNC plasma cutting machine.

The company has been doing business in Grayson county since 2007.

News for September 29

Escaped inmates recovered

After an escape from the substance abuse annex last week, 2 Hardin county inmates have been found. Jailer Josh Lindblom says the two men, John Thomas Tinsley Jr. And Carl Stevens Brooks, were located and brought back to the jail over the weekend. Not long after the incident last week, Lindblom announced that a jail staffer was fired.

The two men were picked up by Radcliff Police Sunday morning.

“Save the Library” rally to be held in Radcliff tonight

A rally to raise awareness on the closure of the North branch of the Hardin County Public Library will be taking place in Radcliff this evening.

The “Save the Library” event, which takes place from 5-6 p.m. at the PNC Bank at the corner of Lincoln Trail Boulevard and Dixie Highway, is intended to give residents and leaders a chance to voice their concerns over the closure.

Vice President of the Radcliff Small Business Alliance Toshie Murrell

Murrell says the group has ordered signs that can be picked up at the rally.

KSP investigating collision involving dirt bike in Grayson Co.

A collision involving a dirt bike took place in Grayson county Saturday afternoon.

Around 2 p.m. Saturday, Troopers with Kentucky State Police Post 4 responded to a collision on Pleasant View Road involving a dirt bike and a minivan.

Trooper Scotty Sharp

The affected portion of the road was closed down to allow Troopers to reconstruct the collision. As of Monday, the collision is still under investigation by law enforcement.

EPD to examine different vendors for body cameras

With the City Council’s blessing, the Elizabethtown Police Department will look to acquire new body camera units. Chief Jeremy Thompson and Major Josh Richardson went before the council last night, explaining the need for the new cameras. Thompson also laid out a potential plan for outfitting patrol units with cameras if a new vendor was found.

The department currently has 10 body cameras, first put into use in August of 2019.

School district changes course, will continue to publish numbers themselves

As a state website aimed at tracking covid-19 cases per school goes live, Hardin County School officials say they will continue to publish their own data on their website.

District spokesperson John Wright says the district originally was going to do away with their reporting, but changed course. Wright says a link to the state’s new reporting website will be included on their own site.

Biden, Trump set to face off in tonight’s first presidential debate

In one of the most anticipated debates in years, former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump will face off in the first presidential debate tonight. The debate, which is being held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, will be moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace. The widely televised and streamed event will begin at 9 p.m.

News for September 25th

Utility services to soon resume disconnects with moratorium lifted

With over $700,000 in overdue payments, Nolin RECC and other utility providers will resume utility disconnects in the near future.

The announcement comes as the Kentucky Public Service Commission announced this week that they would be lifting a moratorium enacted in March that suspended utility shut offs during the pandemic. Disconnects will start in October, but Nolin is giving their members a bit longer, with a cutoff date of November 2nd.

Nolin RECC spokesperson Sarah Fellows says that while payments will need to be made by the November date, late fees will not be added until December 31st.

Rineyville man arrested over alleged assault

A Rineyville man was arrested this week after allegedly assaulting a woman.

Arrest records and a warrant indicate that Roger Gipson was upset that the woman was not talking to him, and as a result, Gipson is said to have punched the woman in the face and head. When she walked to the kitchen, she was knocked to the floor, where Gipson continued to assault her. The woman was taken to Baptist Health Hardin, were she was observed to have a broken wrist and was bleeding from both ears. Gipson was arrested on assault 2nd degree and was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Local health department adds 24 COVID-19 cases, state 745

Governor Andy Beshear announced 745 new cases of COVID-19 last night. In addition to new cases, the Governor announced 13 new deaths in relation to the virus. That brings the total number of deaths so far to 1,137. Locally, health officials with Lincoln Trail District Health Department announced 24 new cases in their service area. Of the 24, 10 were from Hardin county, 4 from Meade, and 1 from LaRue.

Currently, the district has 8 patients hospitalized and 223 on home isolation. 89% of patients have recovered so far in the district.

HCS announces new mental health professional for COVID-19

In an effort to help students through unfamiliar times, Hardin County Schools has employed a mental health counselor.

A grant from the Kentucky Department of Education allowed funding for the district to hire a mental health professional to assist students who may be struggling. 

School Spokesperson John Wright says that the district hopes this will keep students and staff’s mental health as strong as their physical in the face of COVID-19.

Breckinridge County School officials set for partial in-person return on Monday

Breckinridge County Schools Superintendent Nick Carter talked with Zach Epperson about the return to in-person instruction for the district this coming Monday.

Dr. Carter says teachers and staff alike have been waiting to see their students in-person again, and that includes himself.

News for September 24

1 officer charged, but in the death of Breonna Taylor

The Jefferson County Grand Jury announced charges against a fired LMPD officer yesterday in the Breonna Taylor case, but not for her death.

Former detective Brett Hankison was handed 3 counts of 1st degree wanton endangerment for actions during the events of March 13th. Ballistic tests revealed that bullet’s from Hankison’s gun ended up in the neighboring apartment’s, not Taylor’s. Hankison was booked and briefly jailed last night before his $15,000 cash bond was secured. The other two officers at the center of the case face no criminal charges.

As expected, the announcement sparked protests last night, not only in Louisville, but across the country. Cities such as New York, Portland, and Atlanta, all saw crowds gathering, protesting the decision that no charges were announced for Taylor’s death. In Louisville, LMPD announced that 2 officers had been shot, with one stable and the other requiring surgery.

1 month in, Hardin County Schools reports under 30 in-person cases

Today marks one month since some Hardin County Students and teachers returned to the classroom. Spokesperson John Wright says the district has been able to return safely thanks to the efforts of both students and staff alike.

The district, as of yesterday afternoon, has only seen 28 cases from in-person students and staff.

2 men arrested after alleging they were police officers during traffic stop

Kentucky State Police arrested two Mississippi brothers after one attempted to impersonate a police officer.

Troopers made a routine traffic stop on Eddie and Terry Franklin of Macon, Mississippi. When stopped, Terry franklin produced a police badge from Noxubee county, Mississippi. Eddie Franklin, the passenger and brother of the driver, stated that he was a law enforcement officer in the county, and asked for professional courtesy. A call was made to Noxubee county dispatch, where it was discovered that Eddie Franklin was no longer an officer of the department, and that the badge was supposed to have been turned in with the rest of his equipment. Both men were charged with impersonating a peace officer, and were lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Authorities still searching for two escaped inmates

Two Hardin County inmates escaped late Tuesday night, and authorities are asking for the public’s assistance in locating them. Kentucky State Police say that Carl Stevens Brooks and John Thomas Tinsley Jr., escaped from the Hardin County Detention Center’s substance abuse annex earlier this week.

Trooper Scotty Sharp says anyone with information on the whereabouts of either man is asked to contact law enforcement.

With safety guidelines in place, Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival to begin today

The 21st year of the Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival begins today.

Festival President Jason Basham says the festival has put health and safety guidelines in place to protect those who attend.

The festivals begins with the band scramble today.

News for September 21

2 injured, 1 arrested after Elizabethtown wreck Sunday night

Two people are in critical condition after a motorcycle wreck in Elizabethtown Sunday night. Police they were called to the westbound ramp leading from the 31W bypass to the Western Kentucky Parkway shortly after 6 pm.

EPD Officer Chris Denham

Denham says Miles was impaired while operating the motorcycle, and only sustained minor injuries as a result. Miles has been charged with DUI, felony assault, and felony wanton endangerment. The current condition of this wife and child are unknown at this time.

Labor Sec. visits ECTC for workforce development

U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia met with faculty and college officials at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College on friday. Scalia, joined by 2nd District Representative Brett Guthrie, was led on a tour of the college’s various workplace development areas.

Scalia also highlighted the college’s Coding Lab, which he says is proof that colleges like ECTC are meeting the increased skills needed by local manufacturers.

The group also toured local manufacturers, as well as the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Park.

Winefest a success according to officials

As the first major event since covid-19 hit, officials are calling the 4th annual Winefest a success. And with many events this summer canceled for the city, events manager Sarah Vaughn says Saturday’s event at Freeman Lake was a boost for quality of life.

Vaughn says officials welcomed in around 750 people throughout the event, roughly 25% of the event’s normal capacity.

State sees higher COVID cases over the weekend

The Commonwealth saw steady covid-19 cases numbers throughout last week, but those trends did not necessarily continue this weekend.

Over 1,000 cases were announced state-wide Saturday, and 439 on Sunday. The state’s positivity rate remains below 4%. Locally on Friday, Lincoln Trail Health officials announced 38 cases, 23 of which were from Hardin county. Meade county reported 9 cases, with LaRue reporting no cases.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87; Trump to nominate replacement

Just over a week since President Trump announced additions to his list of potential Supreme Court nominees, the nation’s highest court now has a vacancy.

Former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday at the age of 87. Ginsburg was appointed to the court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, becoming only the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court. President Trump announced over the weekend his intention to fill the vacancy, with just 43 days until election day.

The president has alluded to a female being his nominee, though wouldn’t name a particular person.

EPD: Man wanted in connection to E’town murder arrested

Authorities have made an arrest in the murder of Juwone Doleman. Elizabethtown Police announced the arrest of Jalen Williams Friday evening after several weeks of investigations.  

EPD Officer Chris Denham

Denham says police knew who their suspect was within hours of the murder, but opted not to release information. Williams is charged with Homicide, Robbery and assault 1st, as well as tampering with physical evidence.

He was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

News for September 17

1 dead after ATV-vehicle crash

A Vine Grove man was killed Tuesday after his ATV was struck by a car. Kentucky State Police say they received a call from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office requesting assistance with the collision near the ten thousand block of Kentucky 1600.

Trooper Scotty Sharp says Hammock, the other driver, was not injured in the incident. The affected portion of KY 1600 was closed while troopers investigated the collision.

Officials coming up with ways to continue library services for northern part of county

Even with the loss of the North branch library, patrons on the north end of Hardin county will still be able to receive some library services, as officials plan additional ways to serve the community.

Library Director Rene Hutcheson

Hutcheson says the Library’s Board of Trustees voted at their meeting to close the branch based off of several factors, including finances and usage.

KY Supreme Court to hear arguments in case on Beshear’s executive orders

On Constitution day, the state’s highest court will hear oral arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of Governor Andy Beshear’s executive orders for covid-19. The Kentucky Supreme Court will hear arguments from a group who says the Governor overstepped his boundaries with his executive orders. Attorney General Daniel Cameron had joined with the group. Beshear on Wednesday said the decision could mean “life or death”.

Man arrested after breaking into Elizabethtown home

An Owensboro man was arrested Tuesday after breaking into an Elizabethtown home.

The caller advised Elizabethtown Police that the suspect was standing in the doorway of her room, and that she told him to get out of her house. The suspect, later identified as David Crowell of owensboro, then went downstairs to one of the front bedrooms, and laid down in the bed to sleep. Investigation showed that Crowell had made entry to the house by kicking in the window of the back door. He advised that he believed no one lived there, and he just needed a place to stay for the night.

Nothing was taken from the home, and the only damage caused was to the rear door window. Crowell faces a burglary charge, and was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Feeding America participates in food drive this weekend

Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland and Towne Mall in Elizabethtown have teamed up for the Million Meals challenge, with the first opportunity to give coming this weekend.

Director of Donor Relations Stephanie Hester

The mall will also be holding a virtual food drive on their website for those who can’t make it this weekend. Hester says the food bank has broken distribution records nearly every month since covid-19 began

News for September 16

Health officials try to clear confusion on quarantine

Health officials are helping to clear up misconceptions about testing and quarantine procedures. Lincoln Trail District Health Department spokesperson Terrie Burgan says only those who test negative and are considered to be a close contact with a positive case are required to quarantine.

Burgan says a person who tests negative without being identified as a close contact does not have to quarantine for the 14 day period. However, it is recommended that a person does until they have received their test results.

An important aspect to consider is the definition of a close contact. Burgan says the definition from the CDC has changed, with a close contact now being described as coming into contact with a positive case for a cumulative total of 15 or more minutes, all within a 24 hour period. The state recently announced over 1 million tests have been performed since March.

North branch of library closes permanently on Tuesday

After a decision by the library Board of Trustees, the North branch of the Hardin County Public Library closed yesterday afternoon. The decision to do away with the North Branch, located in Radcliff, is one that caught many by surprise, including Mayor J.J. Duvall

Library officials have said that one of the driving reasons behind the closure, next to usage, was the system’s financial stability, which has seen a decrease over the past several years. The question of financial stability for the Hardin County Public Library was put before the county fiscal court 2 years ago with proposal of a special taxing district to go towards the library. The idea for a special taxing district, which was voted down, is something Hardin County Judge/Executive Harry Berry says possibly could have helped.

The taxing district before the court in 2018 was 3 cents for every $100, which Berry says could’ve doubled the library’s current rate of funding.

Duvall says residents feel the removal of the location follows a pattern of removals that has plagued many services for the population in the northern end of the county.

Police continue to warn residents after additional car thefts, attempts

Police in Elizabethtown are once again warning residents about car thefts after two separate incidents this week. On Tuesday night, officer Chris Denham says a resident on Quail Run Road noticed a subject attempting to open his car. When the resident approached the subject, the situation took a frightening turn.

Denham says another car theft incident occurred Monday night at the Leitchfield Road Circle K, where the driver had left a gun in the car.

Denham says roughly 30 car thefts have been reported in the summer months alone this year.

HCS announces new rescheduled dates for 2020 graduations

Dates for Hardin County Schools’ graduation ceremonies have been rescheduled once again. October 2nd and 3rd, the original rescheduled date, will not be able to work with the current restrictions on gatherings in place.

Hardin County Schools spokesperson John Wright

Wright says that if the new dates do not work, then the class will not have a traditional graduation ceremony.

State and local COVID numbers from Tuesday

The state continues to see steady covid-19 numbers. Governor Andy Beshear announced 745 new cases in the commonwealth last night. In addition, 9 more Kentuckians have died from complications from the virus. Locally, Lincoln Trail Health officials announced 45 new cases within the district: 28 of which were in Hardin county, 7 in Meade and 2 in LaRue. The district has 10 hospitalizations as well as 322 home isolations.