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News for January 21st

70 and older vaccine appointments go fast for LTDHD

And just like that, all slots have been filled for vaccines through the Lincoln Trail District Health Department. As reported yesterday, the department had opened vaccinations at 9 am for those 70 and older. But just over an hour later, a notification was sent out that all spots had been filled. Those who did not secure a spot are now asked to keep up to date online.

Spokesperson Terrie Burgan

Details regarding the statewide drive thru vaccination sites are still being discussed at this time.

Hardin Co. road employees likely to see raise after surplus

Some employees with the Hardin county road department will likely see a pay increase in the near future. A renegotiated mowing contract and elimination of vacant positions left the county with a surplus of $164,000. Now officials say they’ll reinvest a majority of that money into their road department workers.

Deputy Judge/Executive Daniel London says the raises will help the department be competitive with hiring, namely recruiting those with CDL licenses. The raise is expected to be confirmed at next week’s fiscal court meeting.

COVID-19 cases for Wednesday

For the fifth straight day, Kentucky officials are reporting the state’s positivity rate remained under 12%. This comes as the state reported 3,433 new cases of the virus from around the state. While the positivity rate remained under the 12% mark, the state continued to see a large amount of new virus related deaths, with 49 confirmed Wednesday. Locally, Hardin county tallied 92 cases, a significant rise from Tuesday and Monday’s totals. Meade confirmed 25, and LaRue announced 7.

Breckinridge Co. health officials in Phase 1B; vaccinating K-12 now

While Lincoln Trail Health officials briefly offered vaccines signups to the public, Breckinridge County Health officials are still focusing their efforts on vaccinating those in high-risk institutions.

Health director Scott Shrewsberry says that the department hopes to offer signups to those 70 and older once they complete the other groups atop Phase 1B.

West Point committee honored for Lewis and Clark auto signs

A local committee is being recognized by a national historical trust. The West Point Revitalization Committee says they were named a special partner for the Lewis and Clark Trust for 2020. Last year, the committee installed signs highlighting the Lewis and Clark Auto Route, the first such along a new 12 hundred mile stretch of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. A member of the expeditions team, John Shields, was from the town of West Point. The expedition stopped in the town over 200 years ago.

News for January 20th

LTDHD holds online registration for vaccines

Beginning later this morning, residents 70 and older, as well as remaining group a residents can sign up for a covid-19 vaccine through the Lincoln Trail district health department.

Spokesperson Terrie Burgan says the vaccines will be administered off site and not at the Lincoln Trail offices. Burgan says the vaccine schedule is first come first serve. K-12 school personnel vaccines are being handled through their districts.

St. Baldrick’s announces fundraising change for this year’s event

While it will be a different sort if event this year, the annual St. Baldrick’s childhood cancer fundraiser will return to Elizabethtown this year. After having to cancel last year, organizers have adopted a different method of fundraising for this year, encouraging participants to do anything, as long as it raises money for childhood cancer.

Volunteer Heather Jones

Since the events start in 2011, the local chapter has raised over $200,000 for childhood cancer research.

EPD warns businesses of common scam

Elizabethtown police have offered a reminder to local businesses of a common scam that is reoccurring. Officials cautioned businesses about accepting payment for large purchases over the phone.

Officer Chris Denham urges businesses in doubt to ask questions of buyers they feel suspicious. More information can be found by contacting EPD.

COVID-19 cases for Tuesday

2,250 new cases of covid-19 in the state, that according to governor Andy Beshear yesterday. The governor also announced 27 new virus related deaths for Kentucky. So far, the positivity rate remains virtually unchanged, sitting at 11.5% for the state as of Tuesday afternoon. Local counties saw only a moderate amount of cases yesterday. For the first time in recent memory, Hardin county was not near the top of the list of highest reporting counties, announcing only 17 new cases Tuesday. Meade county reported 12 and LaRue reported a single case.

FBI: E’town man arrest in connection to riot at U.S. Capitol

An Elizabethtown man charged in connection to the Capitol riots earlier this month has been arrested. Yesterday, agents with the Louisville FBI field office arrested Michael Sparks at his residence, booking him later that day into the Oldham County detention center. As reported Tuesday, sparks was one of many members of the mob that stormed the Capitol building on January 6th, allegedly being one of the first to enter the building through a shattered glass window. Sparks is one of several Kentucky residents who have been charged in connection to the events in Washington D.C.

News for January 19th

Elizabethtown man arrest in connection with Jan. 6 riot at Capitol

Another Kentucky resident has been charged after a Pro-Trump mob stormed the United States Capitol building on January 6th, this time an Elizabethtown man.

Source: FBI

An criminal complaint filed on Sunday night charges Elizabethtown resident Michael Sparks with obstructing law enforcement, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds, as well as knowingly entering or remaining any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority.

The charges stem from several tips received in the days following the events on Capitol Hill. The first tip, filed on January 7th, alleges that Sparks had been one of the first to enter the Capitol Building. The first tipster described themselves as an acquaintance of Sparks and had overheard his plans to travel to Washington D.C.

The first tipster saw videos and pictures of the incident, identifying Sparks in several of them. One notable instance was the widely-circulated video showing a United States Capitol Police officer leading protesters up a staircase, away from the Senate chamber. Tipster 1 identified Sparks as one of the individuals shown in the video.

2 additional tips were sent in, with the third identifying Sparks in several images, including climbing into the Capitol Building through a shattered window and remaining in a connecting hallway.

Tipster 3 also sent various Facebook posts from Sparks’ account out of concern, in which he referenced the January 6th rally at Ellipse Park, as well as a post claiming that Donald Trump would remain President for an additional term.

At this time, it is unclear if Sparks has been taken into custody by authorities.

Applications for Nolin RECC scholarships now open

Applications are now open for annual Nolin RECC scholarships. This year, the cooperative is offering 8, $1,500 scholarships, as well as the Bob Wade Memorial scholarship, all a part of the co-op’s mission to advance educational initiatives.

Spokesperson Sarah Fellows

Scholarships are open to those 21 years and under who live with a Nolin member. Applications, as well as more information, can be found by going to Nolin RECC’s website.

EPD investigating after Monday robbery

Police are investigating after a robbery in Elizabethtown late Monday morning. Police say it happened at the Fast Pay Day loans located on West Dixie.

Officer John Thomas

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact police or the Hardin County CrimeStoppers.

COVID-19 cases see slight decline on Monday

Yes, while it might be a Monday, the state of Kentucky continued to see a decrease in Covid-19 cases. Yesterday, the state reported 1,998 new cases of the virus across the Commonwealth, as well as 40 new virus-related deaths. The state’s positivity rate continued to remain steady for the most part, now at 11.6%. Locally, Hardin county tallied only 8 cases Monday, and LaRue added 1. Yesterday’s report did not include any new cases from Meade county.

Ft. Knox changes HPCON level

After an extended period, Fort Knox officials are lowering the post’s health protection code today, down to level Bravo

Major General John Evans

Previously, officials announced that many community based activities and locations, including Fort Knox schools, would re-open today. More information on reopening schedules can be found on the Fort Knox website.

Elizabethtown man becomes 4th KY resident charged after U.S. Capitol riot

Another Kentucky resident has been charged after a Pro-Trump mob stormed the United States Capitol building on January 6th, this time an Elizabethtown man.

An affidavit filed on Sunday night charges Elizabethtown resident Michael Sparks with obstructing law enforcement, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds, as well as knowingly entering or remaining any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority.

The charges stem from several tips received in the days following the events on Capitol Hill. The first tip, filed on January 7th, alleges that Sparks had been one of the first to enter the Capitol Building. The first tipster described themselves as an acquaintance of Sparks and had overheard his plans to travel to Washington D.C.

Source: FBI

The first tipster saw videos and pictures of the incident, identifying Sparks in several of them. One notable instance was the widely-circulated video showing a United States Capitol Police officer leading protesters up a staircase, away from the Senate chamber. Tipster 1 identified Sparks as one of the individuals shown in the video.

Source: FBI

2 additional tips were sent in, with the third identifying Sparks in several images, including climbing into the Capitol Building through a shattered window and remaining in a connecting hallway.

Source: FBI
Source: FBI

Tipster 3 also sent various Facebook posts from Sparks’ account out of concern, in which he referenced the January 6th rally at Ellipse Park, as well as a post claiming that Donald Trump would remain President for an additional term.

Source: FBI

At this time, it is unclear if Sparks has been taken into custody by authorities.

News for January 18th

EABC to play at Sports Park this season

Participants of this year’s Etown Area Baseball Commission will get to play their season at a different facility. It was announced by the city that the annual league would host games at the state-of-the-art Elizabethtown Sports Park at no charge.

Elizabethtown mayor Jeff Gregory

The Sports Park had just recently been announced as the location for the TravelBall Select National Championship.

2 men arrested after allegedly trying to pawn stolen gun to owner

Two men were arrested in Elizabethtown Friday after a burglary. According to arrest citations, police investigated a home burglary on the 13th, in which the home owner advised that 3 handguns and some money were stolen. A day later, a man, later identified as Douglas Blanton, brought one of the handguns to a pawn shop where the burglary victim was employed. She contacted police, who detained Blanton. Another man, Kristopher Knick, was questioned by police regarding his involvement in the burglary. Further investigation revealed that Knick had given Blanton information on the residence in order to pay off a drug debts. Both men were arrested and charged with related burglary offenses, with Knick being hit with various drug related offenses. Both were lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

COVID-19 cases from the weekend

Over 5,400 new cases of Covid-19 from over the weekend here in the Commonwealth. On saturday, officials announced 3,096 cases and 2,362 on Sunday. As of yesterday, the state’s positivity rate has decreased ever so slightly, now down to 11.4%. The state also reported 34 new virus related deaths Sunday afternoon. Local counties continued to add cases over the weekend. In Hardin county, 99 cases combined from this weekend. Meade county reported 30 cases, and LaRue county reported 10.

MLK Day of Service continues with second Feeding American food distribution

Today marked the second food distribution opportunity for Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland. The event was one of 2 hosted by the organization for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Not only were the food distributions important parts of the event; so too were the volunteering opportunities, which Director of Marketing Jamie Thomas says is critical to the organization’s success.

The food distribution ran at the Elizabethtown Sports Park from 9am to 11am.

Flaget Memorial celebrates 70th anniversary

A regional healthcare provider recently celebrated a significant milestone. Flaget Memorial Hospital recently celebrated their 70th anniversary in the Bardstown community. The hospital, which began all the way back in 1951, was established by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth as the region’s first hospital. The hospital has grown since starting out with 9 doctors and a dentist, now boasting more than 300 employees. Another community based hospital, the former Hardin Memorial Hospital, now Baptist Health Hardin, will celebrate their 67th anniversary next month.

News for January 15th

Regional vaccine sites on tap for the Kentucky

Drive thru vaccination, a not so distant reality here in the Commonwealth. Governor Andy Beshear announced Thursday that the state was once again partnering with Kroger to soon provide drive up Covid-19 vaccines at regional sites across the state near the beginning of February.

Also during Beshear’s update was the announcement of 4,084 new cases of covid-19. Local cases:
Hardin – 86
Meade – 21
LaRue – 6

Grayson Co. health officials now in early stages of Phase 1B

After running out of vaccines earlier this week, officials at the Grayson county Health Department say supplies have been replenished. In a video this week, officials at the department outlined their next steps for vaccination efforts in the county.

Director Josh Embry says that after that, K-12 personnel will receive initial vaccinations.

Fort Knox to lower health condition, schools to return

After initially raising the health condition on Fort Knox in November, officials are saying that the conditions to decrease next week, allowing for some activities, including schools, to re-open.

Col. C.J. King

More information on Fort Knox Covid-19 restrictions and closures can be found on the Fort Knox website and Facebook page.

Local food organization to distribute food, volunteer for annual MLK Day of Service

In honor of the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland has announced that they will be participating in the 26th annual MLK Day of Service event, hosting special food distributions and volunteering opportunities this weekend.

Director of marketing Jamie Thomas

More information on the events an be found by going to the Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland Facebook page.

News for January 14th

Baptist Health Hardin halts vaccine sign ups after overwhelming number of calls

No more phone calls.

That’s what officials at Baptist Health Hardin are saying after a flood of phone calls for vaccination sign ups interrupted normal business on Wednesday. The healthcare provider had previously announced on Tuesday that residents 70 and older who wanted to sign up for a vaccine could call a number at the hospital, but Wednesday saw the sign up list filled, booked for the next 2 weeks. Officials ask that residents do not call to schedule a vaccination, and that no walk up vaccinations are taking place at this time.

LTDHD still in Phase 1A

While other facilities are providers may be moving on to the beginning steps of Phase 1B of vaccination in Kentucky, the Lincoln Trail District Health Department says that, while ahead of schedule, are still in Phase 1A.

Lincoln Trail Health spokesperson Terrie Burgan says the reason some facilities have moved on to the next phase might be due, in part, to smaller population sizes or groups in 1A.

LaRue Co. family takes home national honor

A LaRue county family has been honored with a national agriculture award. It was announced yesterday that the Ragland family of Shady Rest Farm in LaRue county were named winners of the Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award during the virtual american farm bureau federation convention. The family had previously been named 2020 Outstanding Young Farm Family by the Kentucky Farm Bureau. That honor allowed them to compete with other families across the country. And the prize for the win? A brand new Ford truck.

COVID-19 case numbers for Wednesday

Wednesday brought the fourth highest day of new COVID-19 cases for the state of Kentucky. Officials announced 4,560 new cases of the virus, as well as 47 new virus related deaths.

Additionally, the state positivity rate remained the same, hovering at 12.3%. Local counties added cases yesterday, with Hardin recording 74, Meade with 19, and LaRue with 8.

Crews start prep on new Glendale post office

Glendale residents are a step closer to having their own post office once again. Yesterday, the Glendale Lions Club shared the news that crews were on site making preparations for the modular post office structure. When we talked with him previously, club treasurer Dan Linker said the project had been pushed back from its original date.

The office will be located on Jaggers Road adjacent to the community park.

Elizabethtown man charged after alleged assault

An Elizabethtown man arrested Wednesday after an alleged assault in his home. According to arrest citations, police were called to a residence late Tuesday night after the victim said she had fallen down stairs and sustained injuries to her head. An officer on scene asked the victim if she had truly fallen, to which to victim eventually said that she had not, and that the suspect, Charles Powers, had allegedly hurt her. The victim later told investigators that Powers had told the victim to stay inside the residence after she had tried to go outside, at one point dragging her back in and allegedly striking her. The victim alleged Powers had then taken an unknown object and struck her in the head, causing it to shatter and injure her. The victim was able to contact police by using Powers’ phone, as hers had been taken. Powers was arrested and charged with assault 2nd degree, unlawful imprisonment, as well as terroristic threatening.

He was lodged in the Hardin county Detention Center.

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.