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October 30, 2019

The trial of Shawn Welsh, the Marion, West Virginia man who was tried for a death investigation surrounding a 2018 automobile crash, concluded yesterday with his sentencing. Welsh will serve four consecutive life sentences, and another consecutive 43 years for other charges. As previously reported, Welsh was found guilty on charges including murder, assault, possession of a controlled substance, fleeing or evading police, receiving stolen property, and driving under the influence. He will stay at the Hardin County Detention Center for a few weeks before being transferred to a prison.

Three Hardin County cities have been awarded discretionary funds for pavement improvements by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Vine Grove received $166,600, Muldraugh received $51,052, and West Point will receive $45,608. These funds will go towards resurfacing repairs for major roadways in the cities. The cities will be responsible for administering the work, and will be reimbursed by the Transportation Cabinet.

Kentucky State Police arrested a Louisville man operating a motorcycle over the speed limit on 31W last Friday. According to reports, Aaron Breeden was speeding, and fled when officers attempted to stop him, reaching speeds of 105 miles per hour. At one point in the pursuit, Breeden left the roadway and struck a U-Haul truck. Breeden was charged with wanton endangerment of a police officer, criminal mischief, reckless driving, and driving on a suspended license, as well as speeding and fleeing or evading police. He is being lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Four Kentucky State Veteran’s Centers have earned five-star ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This is the first time all the Veteran’s Centers in Kentucky earned the five-star rating. These centers are located in Wilmore, Hazard, Hanson, and Radcliff.

Reminder that trick-or-treat times for Hardin County and the city of Elizabethtown will be 5-8 PM Halloween night, rain or shine.   

October 29, 2019

The Elizabethtown Police Department, in collaboration with the Kentucky Organized Retail Crime Association, made a multitude of shoplifting arrests last Wednesday and Thursday. The details of the arrests were discussed at a press conference yesterday morning. Of the 31 contacted, twenty were from Hardin County, ten were from neighboring counties, and one was from out of state. The total value of items shoplifted came out to $1967.83. The conference closed with Elizabethtown Police Officer John Thomas reiterating that this was only the beginning, and EPD is going to continue to crack down on this kind of crime.

A West Virginia man was convicted in a death investigation stemming from an automobile crash last October in Radcliff. According to the county clerk’s office, Shawn Welsh was found guilty of murder, assault, possession of a controlled substance, fleeing or evading police, receiving stolen property, and driving under the influence. The penalty phase of the trial is scheduled for today.

Kentucky State Police Post 4 welcomed three new troopers on Friday. Matt Johnson, Dylan Spencer, and John Goldsboro were among 48 cadets to graduate the training academy in Frankfort.

A proposal by Telamon Energy Solutions to install solar energy panels into the Elizabethtown Wastewater Treatment Plant was put forward at a meeting of the Elizabethtown City Council held last night. On the proposed payment plan, the $2.8 million project would be paid off in eleven years, and is expected to save the city over $4 million by the end of its twenty-five year warranty.

October 28, 2019

Current Elizabethtown Governor Matt Bevin made a campaign stop in Elizabethtown Friday morning. Bevin was joined at the area Shoney’s by fellow Republican candidates including Ryan Quarles and Elizabethtown native Daniel Cameron. Bevin’s opponent, Attorney General Andy Beshear, visited Elizabethtown the week prior.

Renovations on one of Elizabethtown’s fire stations have begun. The new fire station 2 on the south side of town is now under construction. The $3.2 million project is expected to last until June of 2020.

The city of Sonora was awarded $20,000 in discretionary funds for critical pavement improvements at a presentation at Sonora City Hall on Friday. According to a release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the funds will go towards resurfacing work on Broadway Street in Sonora, which is a main passageway through the city. The improvements are expected to benefit two churches, a business, and over ten homes. The city will be responsible for doing the work, and will be reimbursed for the project by the Transportation Cabinet.

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will hold a special concert on Tuesday, October 29th to help celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The concert will feature Latin American compositions arranged for two guitars. The concert will start at 7 PM in the Science Auditorium on the college campus. This is a free concert that is open to the public.

October 24, 2019

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin will be in Elizabethtown tomorrow morning with other members of the Republican ticket. Governor Bevin will be holding a meet and greet at the Elizabethtown Shoneys at 8 AM. This comes prior to the November 8th election where Bevin will go up against Attorney General Andy Beshear, who visited Elizabethtown last week.

Governor Matt Bevin along with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced yesterday that the I-65 to I-71 regional connector planning study is moving forward without the proposed routes that would have gone through Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest property. Officials with Bernheim hope this momentum carries over to the proposed natural gas pipeline that would cut through conservation lands. For more information regarding Bernheim’s legal struggles, visit their website, bernheim.org.

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College has selected the recipients for their 14th annual Distinguished Alumni Program honorees. ECTC will celebrate Todd Edlin, Dr. Nicholas Bennett Gonzalez, Rev. Jin Ming Ma, David Pace, Gina Ryan, and Kendra Scott at the Profiles of Excellence dinner at ECTC on November 14th.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office laid out plans for mobile tax collection scheduled to begin next month. On Monday November 11, from 9:30 to 11:30 AM officials will be at the Radcliff Fire Department, then at the Vine Grove Fire Department from 12:00 to 2:00 PM, then finally at West Point City Hall from 2:30 to 4:00 PM. City of Elizabethtown taxes will be collected this year as well, and will be part of the Hardin County tax bill.

The Hardin County Clerk’s Office is reminding those who will not be in town, or are otherwise unable to make it to a polling location, that absentee voting is underway. Those who think they may need absentee voting should call the County Clerk’s office to ensure they qualify. Voters can review their registration by visiting govoteky.com.

October 23, 2019

In response to Dr. Larry Hall’s petition to the Kentucky Court of Appeals for a re-hearing, Hardin Memorial Health announced Tuesday that they will be seeking monetary damages from Dr. Hall in relation to his appeal to stop the sale of HMH to Baptist Health. Hardin Memorial has cited at least 15 costs to the hospital including a $250,000 decrease in HMH Foundation donations from the amount in 2018, inability to retain top-shelf physicians in key specialties, difficulty recruiting new physicians, and staff morale and frustration.

United Way of Central Kentucky is seeking volunteers for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, program, which provides tax service for anyone making under $55,000 a year. More information can be found at unitedwayck.org or on United Way of Central Kentucky’s Facebook page.

Following a setback in the cleanup process of yesterday’s structure fire, Amazin’ Glazin’ Donuts has noted they will be closed today as well. Previously, the store was believed to be in good enough working condition following a fryer fire that shut the store down yesterday, but a post on the shop’s Facebook page states that they are still attempting to get everything in working order once more.

Two Central Hardin High School students each earned $20,000 scholarships, and placed second in a fishing tournament on the Fishing University’s Make Me a Star television show featured on the Outdoor Channel. Juniors Zach Perry and Hayden Whitsell met with television crews and started filming on October 17th. To earn a spot on the show, teams had to make posts on social media with pictures of them fishing. The two top teams who posted the most went on the show to compete with a pro angler. Perry and Whitsell made 5,004 posts, approximately 2,000 more than the show’s previous record.

Nolin RECC’s Round Up program grant fund, which comes from members choosing to round their bills up to the nearest dollar, was given to Greenspace. The money was used by Greenspace to add stone columns to new bridges at Freeman Lake, and to plant crabapple trees near one of the parks most active walkways.

The Elizabethtown Panthers boys soccer team fell last night to the Oldham County Colonels in the state soccer championship tournament by a score of 8-0. Meanwhile, the Central Hardin Bruins girls soccer team lost their game against the South Oldham Dragons by a score of 8-0.

October 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 21, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

October 18, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 17, 2019

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

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

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

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

October 16, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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