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News for March 5

Lt. Gov Coleman tours BHH vaccinations facility

Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman talks with Elizabethtown Mayor Jeff Gregory and Hardin County Sheriff John Ward at the Baptist Heath Hardin vaccine facility in Towne Mall.

Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman made a stop at the Towne Mall in Elizabethtown yesterday afternoon, touring the vaccination facility of Baptist Health Hardin. 

Coleman spoke with local government and healthcare leaders before departing for Campbellsville to tour another vaccine site. Baptist Health Hardin officials say they’ve seen an increase in registrations, with phone lines open Tuesday through Thursday, 9am to 4 pm.

Whistle Stop taken off auction, sold to new ‘local’ owner

Initially slated for the auction block, the Whistle Stop has instead been sold. Owners Mike and Lynn Cummins made the announcement this week, saying they had instead sold the acclaimed restaurant to a new owner. The couple did say Thursday afternoon that the new owner is local, but did not disclose the identity of the new owner. The Cummins’ bought the restaurant from original owners James and Idell Sego 16 years ago. The restaurant has won numerous awards over it’s 44 year history, and has become a cornerstone of the Glendale community.

March 5th marks Colorectal Cancer Awareness Day

Today is Dress in Blue day for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. In September of last year, we talked with gastroenterologist Dr. Kawsheef Hider about the all too common disease. 

As part of today, individuals are encouraged to wear the color blue to raise awareness about the disease.

1-year anniversary of Kentucky’s first Covid-19 case Saturday

It’s hard to believe it, but tomorrow, March 6th, is the one year anniversary of Kentucky confirming its first case of Covid-19. To mark the occasion, Terrie Burgan with Lincoln Trail District Health Department joins us tomorrow morning on the Breckinridge Report to look back on the 1 year anniversary. 

The entire conversation can be heard Saturday morning on 94.3 the Wolf

Johnson and Johnson vaccine makes it’s way to hands of local pharamcies

Doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine have made their way into local pharmacies. Yesterday, Inspire RX pharmacy owner and pharmacist Nathaniel Adams said they experienced high demand for the vaccine Thursday afternoon.

Adams says it’s especially satisfying for local pharmacies such as his to offer the vaccine. The pharmacy, as with others, only received 100 doses of the single shot vaccine.

News for March 4

HCS begins 2nd vaccine doses with revised instruction schedule

Today, Hardin County School staff members began to receive their second doses of Covid-19 vaccines. As a result, the district adding a day of NTI for students the day after their school staff members receive it.

District spokesperson John Wright says the added day only affects middle and elementary school students. Days and schedules of staff vaccinations can be found on the district’s website.

Abound, partners with local organization for financial education

A local financial institution has partnered with a local educational group, with the mission of expanding financial education. This week, Abound Credit Union announced their new partnership with Omicron Nu Lambda, providing the education foundation with access to one of the institution’s financial education programs. Officials from both organizations say the partnership will help to better the financial well-being of members of the surrounding communities.

4 arrested after traffic stop

A traffic stop Tuesday resulted in the seizure of nearly 30 tabs of Fentanyl from a vehicle and the arrest of 4 people. Kentucky State Police conducted a traffic stop late Tuesday night near the 93 mile marker. Troopers made contact with the driver and passengers, Willie Sanders, Jamal James, Tiera Matthews, and Curtis Haynes, who stated they were heading from Atlanta to Milwaukee. Troopers said they detected the smell of marijuana, and conducted a search, finding a handgun, as well as a clear plastic bag containing 29 tablets of Carfentanil, which the Trooper says was packaged to look like Ecstacy. Another handgun, this one reported stolen, was found in the back seat. All four were arrested, with Sanders being charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, importing Carfentanil. Both were lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

LTDHD updates on vaccines for area

As of February 25th, Lincoln Trail District Health Department has vaccinated 4.3% of their population with the first dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. That might not seem like a lot, but the amount grows when doses provided to residents by other providers are factored in. 

Lincoln Trail Health Spokesperson Terrie Bergan

Baptist Health Hardin announced earlier that staff at their locations has provided over 5,500 vaccinations since giving out the first in December of 2020.

Wednesday case numbers for Kentucky

1,175 new cases of Covid-19 were announced for the state of Kentucky yesterday afternoon. 

Governor Andy Beshear did include 33 new virus-related deaths in his brief video update. Locally, Hardin County saw 32 new cases for Wednesday. Additionally, Meade county reported 7 and LaRue reported 4.

News for March 3

Pet Food Pantry being organized to help local pet owners

The pandemic has put an emphasis food needs for residents, even four-legged ones. As a result, local animal advocates have come together to create a pet food pantry to help owners who find themselves unable to purchase pet food. 

PAWS Shelter Foundation spokesperson Diane Shoffner says Helping Hand of Hope will be the distribution center for the pet pantry. Members of the community can drop off food at the following locations:

  • Feeders Supply, Elizabethtown
  • Sam Russell’s Pet Provisions, Elizabethtown
  • Lost Pounds Pet Center, Radcliff
  • Family Dollar, Vine Grove

E’town man sentenced to 25 years for child pornography charges

An Elizabethtown man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison on child pornography charges. Officials with the U.S Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky made the announcement that Mathew Lyons had been sentenced in federal court on the charges Monday. According to court documents, Radcliff Police were notified in April of last year that a minor had posted on social media about engaging in sexual activity with an adult for money. Police seized the devices of 2 minors, and were granted consent to search them. Police eventually discovered that the adult they had communicated with and met was Lyons. A search of Lyons’ devices revealed explicit images of minors, as well as other conversations between him and another man, Robert Alan Thompson, who was sentenced in February on child pornography charges. Lyons will serve a life sentence of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

Baptist Health Hardin begins sign ups for part of Phase 1C

Baptist Health Hardin officials have signaled the move to part of phase 1C. The healthcare provider announced Monday that those 60 and older would now be able to sign up for a Covid-19 vaccine through Baptist Health. Officials say they will be scheduling vaccinations by phone Tuesday through Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Vaccines are still appointment only at this point, and are still taking place at Towne Mall, providing a centralized vaccination site. Baptist Health Hardin says they have administered over 95 hundred doses so far.

LTDHD: differences in Johnson & Johnson vaccine

There are now 3 authorized Covid-19 vaccines for the general public. Health officials say there are some notable differences in the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine opposed to those offered by Moderna and Pfizer. 

Lincoln Trail District Health spokesperson Terrie Burgan
Lincoln Trail District Health spokesperson Terrie Burgan

Medical officials say the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is over 75% effective at preventing moderate to severe Covid-19 reactions, and 100% effective in preventing death and hospitalization. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single shot.

Nolin RECC opens up signups for Operation Round Up grants

The grant process for Nolin RECC’s annual Operation Roundup is now open. The program, started back in 2006, rounds up the utility bills of participating members, with the change going towards the program. 

Board Chair Price Smith

Applications for the grant can be found by going to Nolin RECC’s website.

Beshear: 1,080 new cases on Tuesday

Tuesday’s Covid-19 update saw more low case numbers for the state of Kentucky. Governor Andy Beshear announced 1,080 new cases of the virus for Tuesday. The state also announced 19 new virus-related deaths Tuesday, with the positivity rate down to 4.97%. Locally, Hardin county was announced to have 36 new cases of covid-19, with LaRue and Meade counties both having 6.

News for March 2

BBQ, Blues, Bikes, portion of Cruisin’ The Heartland called off for second year

The City of Elizabethtown released their schedule of events for the upcoming summer and, for the second year in a year, significant events have been cancelled. Officials first announced that the annual BBQ, Blues, and Bikes would not take place, citing the inability to properly control crowd size downtown.

City Events Program Manager Sarah Vaughn says the Saturday portion of Cruisin’ The Heartland had also been called off for the same reason. Other events, such as the Wine Fest, Founders Day Fireworks and a new downtown concert would take place. Vaughn says a determination on the Heartland parade will be made on a later date.

Vine Grove man arrested after police say he tied woman up with dog leash, threatened her

A Vine Grove man arrested Sunday after allegedly breaking into a residence and tying a woman up with a dog leash. According to arrest citations, police were called to a residence Sunday afternoon after neighbors had said they heard a woman screaming after a man had kicked in a neighboring residences door. When officers arrived, they found the door forced open, as well as a female screaming for help. Officers detained the man, Jason Shamblin, in the dining area of the residence. A female came out of the hallway area, tied with a dog leash. Officers had to use a knife to cut off the leash, as the victims circulation was being impacted. The victim told police she had broken up with Shamblin, who had then forced his way back into the residence, assaulting and threatening her before tying her. Shamblin was arrested and charged with kidnapping, burglary, assault, and terroristic threatening, among other charges. He was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Hardin Co. recycling reopens, with some new locations

Recycling services in Hardin County are back up and running, after nearly a year of closure due to Covid-19. Sites across the county reopened yesterday, with several new locations being added as well. 

Solid Waste Director Stephanie Givens says that without inmate labor, Meade County, which partially runs the recycling program, had to hire additional part-time help to staff the program. Newly added locations can be found on the Hardin County Government website.

‘Pack a Cruiser’ event yields several truck bed of food for organization

Elizabethtown Police are calling their first ever Pack A Cruiser event from this weekend a success, after members of the community stopped by to drop off non-perishable food items over the weekend. 

Officer Chris Denham also says several coats were dropped off, which will also go to Helping Hands of Hope.

EIS board talks expanded in-person instruction for students

While nothing is official yet, members of the Elizabethtown Board of Education talked about more in-person return options during last night’s work session. Superintendent Kelli Bush presented the board with various statistics and data points, showing a large number of surveyed families, over 75%, feel it is important for students to return to a somewhat full time schedule of in-person instruction. Bush says that a plan for return will be discussed with faculty and staff in the days to come before a final determination is made.

News for March 1

Road closures for 31W project expected tonight

Road closures are always a headache, so get ready for them for the next year and a half through Elizabethtown. Road closures will now be taking place on 31-W tonight in Elizabethtown from the area of Ring Road of South Wilson Road as crews begin the opening phases of the massive Dixie Highway Rehabilitation project. 

District 4 Transportation spokesperson Chris Jessie

The closures, previously planned for February 28th, were pushed back due to inclement weather. The project is expected to improve safety at intersections, as well as ripping up and laying new pavement. Phase 1 is expected to continue through this fall.

Phase 1C individuals now eligible for vaccine

Today, a new tier of individuals are eligible for Covid-19 vaccines. Those listed under phase 1C can now sign up for a vaccine through the state of Kentucky. The announcement to move ahead with vaccine groups was announced last week by Governor Beshear, who yesterday announced the state has now seen 7 consecutive weeks of declining case numbers.

Phase 1C covers those 60 and older, as well as essential workers. A full list of eligible groups can be found on the state’s Covid-19 website.

Greater Hardin Co. Task Force awarded grant

A local task force is one of 13 agencies to receive grants aimed at assisting law enforcement efforts. Last week, the state announced over $183,000 for the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force in an effort to fund several leadership positions. According to the release, the funding will allow for the group to work over 1,000 narcotic cases a year. The task force is responsible for the overseeing 5 counties: Hardin, Hart, Nelson Grayson, and LaRue. The total of the 13 grants amounted to over $1.4 million.

Grayson Co. VA clinic first to host rural vaccine distribution

Veterans in more rural communities were able to receive their vaccines closer to home thanks to a pilot program through the V-A. Robley Rex V-A Medical Center launched a pilot program at their Grayson County Clinic last Friday, with the goal of making vaccines more accessible for veterans in rural communities. 

Clinic Manager Ron Crump says the VA hopes to expand the rural vaccine program to other community-based clinics across the Robley Rex service area.

Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland unveils new Diversity Initiative

Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland has announced a new initiative, aimed at helping and better serving minority and rural communities. The organization’s new Diversity Initiative includes several phases to combat the problems they say are present in the 42 counties they serve. 

Director of Communications and Marketing Jaime Thomas says more mobile food pantries and freezer pods will help bring more food to underserved communities. Thomas says the most important phase, however, is creating sustainable change in communities.

News for February 25

Ft. Knox officials warn of “louder than normal” noise over next week

If you’re anywhere near Fort Knox, prepare for some louder than usual noises over the next week. Colonel CJ King says visiting units will use some of Fort Knox’s range for training exercises.

Officials say the exercises help units maintain readiness and critical capabilities.

Hodgenville PD sets up DUI display on square

After having 2 DUI related wrecks on the square in just over 2 months, Hodgenville Police are trying to raise awareness about impaired driving, and it certainly has people talking. Police setup a wrecked vehicle on the square, aimed at raising awareness and starting a conversation about impaired driving.

Police chief James Richardson says that the post had reached over 6,600 people after a couple of hours on Facebook. The display is not a permanent fixture.

Community to have chance to say goodbye to HCCC President

While he’s still got over a month left on the job, Hardin County Chamber President and CEO Brad Richardson will be retiring at the end of March. As a result, chamber leadership is making sure the community has a chance to thank Richardson before he leaves.

Chamber Vice President Kendra Stewart Scott

Richardson’s retirement will be celebrated at the chamber’s March meeting. Community surveys on possible replacements can be found on the chamber’s website.

Radcliff man arrested after allegedly breaking into home

A Radcliff man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly breaking into a residence. Police were dispatched to a residence off of Woodcreek Drive after a woman claimed that a man had kicked in her door. The man, Ben Certain, was standing outside when officers arrived. The victim alleged that she received texts and calls from Certain saying he was in the home, with Certain placing some of his items in the house. The victim said she had asked Certain several times to leave before calling 9-1-1, though he refused. Certain was arrested and charged with burglary 2nd degree. He was lodged in the Hardin county Detention Center.

Wednesday Covid-19 case information

The commonwealth’s positivity rate is now below 6%. The state announced yesterday 1,306 new cases of the virus, another instance of case numbers continuing to decrease. The state also announced that the positivity rate is now below 6% at 5.9%. Locally, Hardin county reported 23 new cases yesterday, Meade county reported 10, and LaRue county reported 1.

State Theater hosting ‘Brides night Out’ this evening

Tonight at the State Theater, it’s all about brides and their friends and families. The first ever Brides Night Out will take place, serving as a way to celebrate and plan for the big day.

City Events Program Manager Sarah Vaughn

The event is free with no RSVP required. Capacity will be monitored pursuant to Covid-19 guidelines and masks will be required.

News for February 24

2 Airlifted after E’town crash

3 people injured after a crash in Elizabethtown Tuesday afternoon. Police say they were called to the intersection of Leitchfield Road and Ring Road shortly before 12:30 yesterday.

Officer Chris Denham says all three individuals sustained serious injuries, but are not thought to be life threatening.

Recipients announced ahead of Friday’s Beacons of Light event

The 3rd annual Beacons of Light celebration for Elizabethtown Community and Technical College takes place later this week. Organizers say the event, which will honor several inductees this year, highlights local black excellence in the community.

College Director of Cultural Diversity Jerisia Lamons says plans are in place to also honor individuals who passed away in the past year, including Bro. Jimmy Curl and former Radcliff councilwoman Tanya Seabrooks. The event premieres Friday at 7 pm on the college’s YouTube and Facebook page.

Hardin Co. man arrested after allegedly assaulting woman over 5 day period

A Hardin county man has been arrested after allegedly assaulting a woman over a 5 day period. According to an arrest warrant, the victim had been unable to leave her residence by the suspect, Donald Lewis, beginning on February 16th. Lewis allegedly took the victim’s phone, not allowing her to contact police, and would not let her get onto work from home. The victim says she was assaulted from February 16th through February 21st, when she was able to flee. When police encountered her, the officer noted both eyes being black and blue, as well as blood in her eyes, in addition to swelling on her face and the victim complaining of a possible broken rib. She was transported to Baptist Health Hardin for further evaluation. Lewis was arrested and charged with unlawful imprisonment and assault 2nd degree. He was lodged in the Hardin county Detention Center.

St. Baldrick’s Elizabethtown just over 2 weeks away

It’s just over 2 weeks away: the annual St. Baldricks event in Elizabethtown. With the event going virtual due to Covid-19, organizers have adopted a different method of fundraising, encouraging participants to do anything, as long as it raises money for childhood cancer research.

Volunteer Heather Jones

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

Beshear: All districts to offer some sort of in-person instruction March 1st

All students across the commonwealth might be returning to in-person instruction in some capacity to start next month. Governor Andy Beshear announced a new executive order concerning in-person instruction during his update yesterday afternoon.

Beshear did note that all but six districts in the state are offering some sort of in-person instruction for students. In other news, the state reported 1,497 new cases of the virus, with a positivity rate of 6.3% for the state.

News for February 23

Girl Scout cookie sales facing much different road in face of Covid

It’s that time of year where Girl Scout cookies seemingly appear on every corner. But this year, with pandemic restrictions, organizers and leaders of troops are having to adjust their plans for cookie sale.

South Hardin cookie distribution chair Teisha Rivera says sales for the South Hardin region have dropped by more than 50%. That’s around 30,000 boxes of cookies.

EPD partners with Speedway for food drive

The Elizabethtown Police Department is teaming up with Speedway for a food drive this coming weekend.

Officer Chris Denham

Those wishing to donate but unable to make it to Saturday’s event can contact Helping Hand of Hope directly.

West 84 VFD receives federal grant for PPE

An area volunteer fire department has received a federal grant for better protection against Covid-19. It was announced last week that the West 84 volunteer fire department in Big Clifty would receive over $4,000 to purchase new personal protective equipment. The FEMA grant will allow the department to purchase equipment to reduce the risk of Covid-19 exposure during medical runs. The grant announcement was made by Representative Brett Guthrie last week.

Phase 1C to begin March 1st

Those in vaccine group 1C will soon be able to receive their vaccines. Governor Andy Beshear announced Monday that the state plans to begin vaccination of phase 1C on March 1st.

Also announced yesterday was the 6th straight week of declining cases numbers for the commonwealth. 530 new cases were reported for the state yesterday.

Woman arrested after police find her by following a trail of blood

An Elizabethtown woman was arrested for an alleged assault after police tracked her down by following a trail of blood. According to arrest records, police responded to Woodcreek Drive in Radcliff following a physical altercation, tracking down the victim near Elmwood Drive, where they observed severe cuts and lacerations to her left arm, thumb, and neck. The victim informed officers she knew where the incident took place but wasn’t familiar with the suspect. Police followed a trail of blood and located the suspect, Carissa Nelson. Nelson stated she had been in a physical altercation, suggesting that jewelry had caused the deep injuries to the victim, not a weapon. Nelson was arrested and charged with assault 2nd degree. She was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

News for February 22

E’town shooting leaves once person dead

Officials with the Elizabethtown Police Department say the incident happened just before 10:30 p.m. Saturday night in the 500 block of Village Drive. Officials say a man, 29-year old Irving White, arrived at the residence with 2 males already inside the home. An altercation ensued, with White returning to his vehicle only to fire shots into the house. Shots were returned, with White being struck. White drove a short distance before succumbing to his wounds. White was pronounced deceased at the scene. EPD says the incident remains under investigation.

HCS adds second day of NTI for students following staff vaccinations

Slight changes to the vaccine plan for Hardin County Schools. The district announced Friday that an additional day has been added following staff vaccination for the possibility of lingering side effects from staff members. Officials acknowledged that while the chance of side effects among staff are low, the district cannot supply substitute teachers as they will also be receiving the vaccine. An updated list of when school personnel will receive their 2nd Moderna vaccine can be found on the Hardin County Schools website.

Golf scramble being organized for Ward family

A golf scramble to benefit the Ward family is taking shape. Organizers with Give 270 announced plans for the Ward Warriors Golf Scramble recently, aimed at supporting the Ward family whose daughters Adley and Tenley have both been affected by leukemia. The scramble will take place April 30th at the Elizabethtown Country Club, with a silent auction and additional contests taking place throughout the day. Registration for the scramble can be found by going to the Give 270 website.

Hodgenville square damaged for second time

For the second time in just over 2 months, a DUI has resulted in damage to the square in Hodgenville. Early Saturday morning, police were called to Lincoln square in reference to a one vehicle wreck. An investigation revealed that the vehicle had failed to negotiate the traffic circle, driving into several decorations and lights, including an antique truck.

Hodgenville Police Corporal Jordan Whitlow says a passenger of the vehicle was transported for medical treatment. The square was first damaged back on December 5th in another DUI incident.

Man arrested after Hardin Co. scam

Just days after warning Hardin county residents of a scam, a New Mexico man has been arrested after taking over $10,000 from an elderly couple. According to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, a man claiming to be the grandson of a couple called asking for $10,500, saying he had been arrested and needed cash for bail. The man, and someone posing as a lawyer, stated that the money could be given to someone who would come to the residence. Several days later, authorities arrested Robert Sanchez of New Mexico at Louisville International Airport on charges of theft over $10,000 The investigation is ongoing, with officials saying they expect more arrests.

Stormwater officials see possible flow increase, but no flooding, as snow begins to melt

Now that the temperature is warming back up, the snow that blanketed the region isn’t likely to last much longer. Stormwater officials say the melting snow, mixed with some rain, might lead to increased flow in some creeks and streams, but no major cause for concern.

Elizabethtown Stormwater Director Rita Davis says city crews hauled some snow to various locations to melt, including the Elizabethtown Nature Park, where she says they can control downstream water levels as the snow melts.

Radcliff boy battling cancer for 5th time

The thought of a child battling cancer once is hard enough, but imagine going through it 5 times.

That’s the situation of a Radcliff teen diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. John Hull and his grandmother, Vilmary Cotto have been at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital since the beginning of 2021. And while Hull has secured a bone marrow transplant, the bills, both medical and his grandmother’s, keep coming in.

“We’ve been here already a month,” Cotto, his primary caregiver says, “and we’re scheduled to be here until July. Because of this, I’ve lost my job, I’ve got a lot of bills to pay.”

“But, I mean, I’m not worried about all of that. I just want him to get well.”

The community has rallied around the two, starting a GoFundMe that’s raised nearly $6,000 so far. A link to the fundraiser can be found here.