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US 31W Project in Elizabethtown Update

Final surfacing is ready to begin along the U.S. 31W section north of KY 3005 (Ring Road). Crews are installing ground loop sensors and making final adjustments ahead of the top layer application.

Lane closures will continue between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. each night this week as these final preparations take place.

Completion of final surfacing is expected by the end of the month.

 

Hardin County Schools Returning to Masking Procedures Based on Incidence Rate

Effective today, Hardin County Schools will resume the masking procedures it had in place on August 10th, 2021. Information on these procedures were issued hours before Governor Andy Beshear issued a mask mandate for all Kentucky Public Schools.

“So if the Hardin County incidence rate is 50 or above, all students and staff will be required to wear masks while inside school buildings for the entire week the next week. If it is 49.9 or lower, masks are strongly encouraged but not required,” stated John Wright, Community Relations Specialist for Hardin County Schools.

Masks will still be required on school buses per a federal executive order. Hardin County Schools will post the incidence rate each Thursday on its social media channels, and its website www.hardin.kyschools.us.

Hodgenville Warns of Uptick in Online Sexual Predators

Hodgenville Police have reported an uptick in crimes against kids.

“We were actually in a class for Sexual Assault Online Predators, and it came up, the gaming systems that people use like Xbox and PlayStation, and that they were actually using those to contact these kids, and then move them over to apps on phones,”stated Hodgenville Chief of Police, James Richardson. 

Keep an eye out for videos on how parents can keep their children safe from sexual predators online. Videos will be posted on the Hodgenville Police Department Facebook page throughout the week.

Economic Incentive Package for Glendale Super Site

On Thursday evening, State Representative Jim Duplessis stood at the House to discuss an incentive package for a Glendale industrial opportunity. 

“This was an economic incentive package for the Glendale super-site. We should know something, let’s just say before the end of the year if this is going to go through or not. And then if it does, it will be huge,” Duplessis stated. If the offer is accepted, he expects Hardin County to see an increase in educational funding, which will result in higher paying jobs.

Police Searching for Two Suspects in High-Speed Chase

Kentucky State Police are searching for two suspects after a high-speed chase on Saturday night in Elizabethtown. According to State Trooper Scotty Sharp, the St. Matthews Police Department reported several stolen vehicles. On Saturday around 6:06 p.m., KSP Post 4 was notified of several vehicles last known traveling southbound on I-65. 

KSP located the first vehicle, a white Chevrolet Corvette, on i-65 near the Bullitt County line.Troopers observed another vehicle, a burgundy Chevrolet Corvette, traveling southbound near the 113 mile marker traveling in excess of 123 mph. Troopers attempted to pursue the vehicle, but lost visual before it exited at the 94 mile-marker. The car was later located at the Five Star on North Mulberry. Two other vehicles were located on North Mulberry near the Speedway. The driver of a BMW stopped and the driver fled the scene. The other vehicle, a Jeep Trailhawk, fled at a high rate of speed onto Ring Road. The Trailhawk was later found submerged in Freeman Lake near the Ring Road access. According to reports, the driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

KSP is still looking for two black males connected to the stolen vehicles. The operator of the BMW was identified as a black male last seen wearing white shorts, white crocs, and a white shirt in the area of Speedway and Motel 6 on North Mulberry. Another black male was last seen near Freeman Lake and was described as wearing red and black shorts with braided hair. If anyone has information about the individuals, they are asked to contact KSP Post 4 or St. Matthews Police Department.

Hardin County Schools Announce New Mitigation Strategy: Test to Stay

This evening, Hardin County Schools announced a voluntary mitigation strategy in hopes of keeping students in the classroom. Test to Stay was created by the Lincoln Trail Health Department on guidance from the Kentucky Department of Public Health.

“Day zero is your day of exposure. Then from day 1-5, you would come to the school, you are swabbed. It is a rapid antigen test. You wait with your parent, and then if it’s a negative test you go on in and have school for the day. We love our students and we love our staff. We just want them to know we want to keep them safe and keep them in school as best as we can,” stated Janay Sutton, Director of Health and Family Services for Hardin County Schools.

Students wanting to participate must be entirely asymptomatic and quarantine when not in school. If a student has a positive test, they will be sent home and proceed with normal isolation guidelines. The Board believes this is the best option to keep students safe and in the classroom. 

Former Red Cross Manager Recalls Aftermath of September 11th

This Saturday, our nation will remember and honor the 20th anniversary of September 11th, 2001. One local resident can vividly remember that day. Former Red Cross manager Sharon Thompson recalls being asked to help locate people after the attacks. “It was a little bit different from anything we’ve ever done before. Most of our disasters are floods, tornadoes, things like that. I was assigned to Tower 1 or the North Tower.” Sharon worked with phones in trying to locate people. She spent 23 days in New York in the aftermath of the attacks. Her experience was life-changing. “One of the beautiful things that happened were the thousands of people who rallied, and did everything they could do to be supportive. People just need to realize that actually in a blink of an eye, our lives changed forever. They simply went to work, and they didn’t come home. Maybe we need to just be kinder to each other all the time, and not wait for a national disaster to happen.”