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September 17, 2019

A new program designed to help students and families address the causes of absenteeism and truancy will be introduced in Larue County Schools. The Administrative Office of the Courts is sponsoring the Truancy Diversion Program. Three unexcused absences in a school year will put a student in the beginning stages of the program. The goal is to keep students from reaching six unexcused absences, or habitual truancy, after which charges can be made against them. The program will be tested in Larue County Middle Schools before being extended to others. More information on the attendance policy can be found on the Larue County Schools website.

The location of the American Red Cross office in Elizabethtown has changed. The office, which was previously situated on West Dixie Avenue, now resides on North Dixie Highway near Corvin’s Floor Covering. The Red Cross will be holding drives in this new location as well as at the Towne Mall in Elizabethtown. To locate a local blood drive, visit

An Elizabethtown man was arrested over the weekend after attempting to take an officer to the ground. Officers with the Elizabethtown Police Department attempted a traffic stop on David Baker Saturday evening. Baker became belligerent, attempting to put an officer in a choke hold. Baker later was found to have marijuana on his person, and a handgun in his vehicle. Baker was charged with assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, and criminal mischief, as well as several drug related offences.

The inaugural Heartland Book Festival will be taking place at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College this weekend. There will be over 70 authors participating this Friday and Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM. There will also be workshops and the ability to purchase books. This is a free event open to everyone. More information can be found at

September 16, 2019

Kentucky State Police and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinets among others have joined together with Governor Matt Bevin to announce a new initiative that will provide trained advocates at every KSP post to provide assistance and support to crime victims. KSP is among the first state police agencies to implement this program on a statewide basis, and the hiring process for these advocates has begun.

An accident in Nelson County left several people with serious injuries. According to the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, a vehicle driven by Katie Cook of Bloomfield had been traveling east when suddenly leaving the roadway, striking a utility pole, then a tree. The vehicle came to a rest with the broken utility pole still on top of the car. Cook and two juvenile passengers were transported to University of Louisville Hospital for their injuries. Cook’s passenger, Frank Sanger, as well as one more juvenile passenger, were airlifted to Louisville for their injuries. Deputies learned that Sanger allegedly grabbed the steering wheel from Cook, and caused the vehicle to exit the roadway. Criminal charges are pending.

The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hodgenville will soon have a new superintendent. Catherine Bragaw will start in the role on November 10th. Bragaw has 35 years of experience with the National Park system, currently working at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Maryland.

Helping Hand of Hope will be holding an open house for new prospective volunteers this Wednesday. The event will serve to sign up volunteers for Hardin County’s first ever client-select food pantry. The open house will take place at 9:30 AM. More information can be found on the Helping hand of Hope Facebook page.

September 13, 2019

The Elizabethtown Police Department responded to a criminal mischief call at Elizabethtown business The Gray Comb Wednesday morning. Officer Chris Denham reports that preliminary investigation revealed the front door of the establishment shot by what officials believe to be a shotgun. It is believed the destruction took place overnight. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the offender should contact Elizabethtown Police or Hardin County Crimestoppers.

Bernheim Forest will be brining their Bernheim Under Threat Roadshow to Elizabethtown next week. This event will discuss the proposed LG&E natural gas pipeline, as well as the proposed interstate connector, and the dangers they pose to conservation lands. The first stop of the road show will be September 17 from 6 to 7 PM at Bourbon Barrel Tavern, then September 26 at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College with two shows at 4 and 6 PM. According to information on LG&E’s website, the proposed pipeline will allegedly take up only .03% of Bernheim’s total land, and will go through all necessary permit requirements in order to begin construction.

The 5th Annual Roktoberfest will be taking place in Downtown Elizabethtown tomorrow. The event will feature live music, food trucks, and beer tents. More information can be found on the Roktoberfest 2019 Facebook page.

The Eat My Crust Fun Run will be taking place on Fort Knox at 10 AM tomorrow morning. Runners will get a lot of freebies for participating in the event, as well as a slice of pizza for finishing the race. More information can be found at  

September 12, 2019

The American Red Cross is calling for blood donors after Hurricane Dorian is leaving affected areas with a shortage. Drives cancelled due to the weather and impending danger have left those areas with a critical shortage of blood, especially with Type-O and Type-B blood. Several blood drives have been scheduled for Elizabethtown and surrounding areas. For a full list of local drives, visit

Hot temperatures are continuing to ravage the Commonwealth. There have been about eighteen days over 90 degrees in the Hardin County area this year, and over sixty in Louisville. Residents in Kentucky are advised to spend as little time in direct sunlight as possible, but if time outdoors is required, stay hydrated and wear light clothing. Check in with local sports teams and events to ensure games and activities will be going on as scheduled.

A Fordsville man has been arrested and charged with multiple traffic violations and drug charges. 29-year-old Cody Lloyd was allegedly seen slumped over in his vehicle by deputies with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office in the Valero parking lot in Caneyville early on September 4th. According to arrest records, meth, marijuana, and multiple drug paraphernalia was found in Lloyd’s possession. Lloyd was also charged with a DUI after a field sobriety test was performed. He is being lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center.

Hardin Memorial Health has received designation for their Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, or SANE, program. This program will allow HMH to have SANE nurses there around the clock to examine victims. Over the past three years, the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation has secured more than $450,000 for the program. More information can be found by calling Hardin Memorial Hospital.

September 11, 2019

18th District of Kentucky Representative Tim Moore has given Governor Matt Bevin his formal resignation. Moore officially resigned on Tuesday afternoon in order to take on a ministry role. Governor Bevin accepted Moore’s resignation, and announced the special election to fill this seat will be held concurrent with the November 5th elections.

A Louisville man was arrested after harassing his girlfriend at her Elizabethtown home. Officers with the Elizabethtown Police Department apprehended John Wilson Monday afternoon. Wilson had been banned from his girlfriend’s residence, but was there yelling obscenities about a cell phone the two had shared. Wilson had attempted to walk away from police when questioned, and resisted the arrest, wrapping his legs around an officer’s leg, refusing to let go. Wilson was charged with harassment, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

The Hardin Memorial Health Foundation Board of Directors has added a new member to their ranks. Angela Ballard was voted into the position earlier this week. Ballard, a resident of Bardstown, is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse at HMH Medical Group’s Bardstown Family Medical Center. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Spalding University in Louisville.

The annual Radcliff Days Parade will be taking place this weekend, in collaboration with the Radcliff Cultural Festival. The parade will begin at 10 AM, and will end in the Radcliff Shopping Plaza parking lot. Applications for the parade are still being accepted, and can be found at There are expected to be 50-60 entries in this year’s parade.  

September 10, 2019

The new post commander at Kentucky State Police Post Four has been introduced. Daniel White is taking over the position from previous Commander Matt Johnson. White also gave an update on the new Post 4 location, saying the work is ongoing, and moving dispatch over is proving to be one of the more challenging aspects.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a suspicious person call Sunday evening. According to arrest citations, 43-year-old Julie Harris had been asked by the caller to leave the property on Battle Training Road, but refused, allegedly stating the house had been given to her. When asked about her belongings, Harris said the trees told her to pick them up. After giving officers permission to check her and her belongings for safety, Harris reportedly freaked out, fighting the officer to the ground and spitting on them. She faces charges of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, and criminal trespass. She is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

A Radcliff man was arrested after a chase over the weekend. According to arrest records, Radcliff police attempted a routine traffic stop on Shawn Lee after seeing he had expired temporary tags. Lee allegedly accelerated to a high rate of speed, refusing to stop his vehicle. After being pursued by police, Lee stopped and was apprehended for fleeing police. Officers detected alcohol on his breath, and when placed in the squad car, Lee began striking the door and cage with his head. He faces several charges including disorderly conduct, operation of a motor vehicle under the influence, and fleeing or evading police.

Cultural diversity in the community will be celebrated at the first Radcliff Cultural Festival taking place this Saturday, September 14th. The event will feature a cultural marketplace, demonstrations of cultural dances, music, and art, as well as food from the different cultures. The event will take place at the Radcliff Square Shopping Plaza, and will run from 10 AM to 6 PM. Admission to the festival is free.

September 9, 2019

Leitchfield Police have reported numerous cases of unlocked vehicle thefts. According to officials, over thirty calls were received as residents noticed their vehicles had been gone through. Items stolen from the unlocked vehicles have included money, loose change, purses, and wallets. A total of at least three suspects are involved in the thefts, and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the thefts should contact the Leitchfield Police Department.

An anonymous tip to Hardin County Crime Stoppers has led to the arrest of robbery suspect Christina Pendleton. As previously reported, Pendleton allegedly attempted to steal several things from the Elizabethtown Wal-Mart, and assaulted an employee while attempting to escape. The anonymous source will be given a cash reward for the information.

The Animal Refuge Center in Vine Grove will be celebrating its 30th year of operation with an event called the Puppy Plunge. The event, which takes place this Saturday from 1-5, will allow the public to bring their dogs and let them swim. There will also be a cookout with hamburgers and vegetarian options. Participants are required to bring proof of rabies vaccination, as well as sign a liability waiver at the door.

The 44th West Point River Days Festival will be taking place this weekend at Veteran’s Memorial Park. There will be live music, an Elvis tribute, and the Kids Olympics. There is no charge to attend the event, but there will be food available to purchase. More information can be found on the West Point River Days Facebook page.

September 6, 2019

Four linemen from the Meade County RECC will be heading to North Carolina to assist in the restoration efforts that will be needed after Hurricane Dorian makes landfall. External affairs manager Todd Blackburn says it is not known when the linemen will return, but they will stay as long as they need to in order to restore order after the storm.

The Valley Creek Fire Department will be holding a community event this weekend at the fire station from 11 AM until 3 PM. It is the department’s 39th annual Pig Roast. There will be live music, an auction, and fireworks at dark. The menu for the event will include chicken, BBQ pork, and various sides.

Hardin County Playhouse is opening its 50th season tonight with its production of Harvey. Doors open an hour before the show starts, and house opens a half hour before. Tickets are $15 general admission. The show will run this weekend and next, with weekday and Saturday shows beginning at 7, and Sunday matinee shows beginning at 3.

National Suicide Prevention Week begins this Sunday. This is a yearly occurrence that puts a spotlight on mental health awareness and erasing stigma surrounding the problem. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in Kentucky. Tune in to the Breckenridge Report this Sunday as Hollie Sexton and Jake Richardson discuss the mental health problem, and how to help address it.

September 5, 2019

A ribbon cutting for the new Freeman Lake Park Office building took place yesterday morning. City officials and civilians alike gathered to open the building named after former Mayor Edna Berger. City officials believe this structure will improve the already great public image Freeman Lake has to the community. Plans for the building began as early as last year.

Construction on the new Hardin County Extension Office has been completed and a ribbon cutting for the facility has been scheduled for tomorrow. The event will take place at noon at the facilities new location on Opportunity Way. As previously reported, the new location is around 4x the size of the old one.

The Honor Flight returned to Louisville yesterday. The flight, which served to take veterans to see the monuments in Washington, contained 14 World War II, 30 Korean War, and 35 Vietnam War veterans. The group visited the various battle memorials as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Honor Flight network by visiting

September 3, 2019

The Elizabethtown City Council has agreed to take the next step in the future renovation of Pritchard Community Center. At a council meeting Tuesday, the vote was made to approve architectural services from 5253 Design Group in the amount of $121,000. As previously reported, the project has a set aside budget of $2.3 million.

The Elizabethtown Police Department thwarted an attempted robbery at JCPenney in the Elizabethtown Mall last week. Officers responded to a call saying two suspects were concealing stolen items. The suspects, identified as Terri Campbell and Teketa Swanson of Nashville, fled as they saw police. During the attempted escape, Campbell knocked an elderly woman to the floor, causing injuries to the victims neck and knees. The suspects were apprehended, and several shoplifting tools were confiscated. The pair were charged with robbery and fleeing and evading police.

Kentucky State Police responded to a single vehicle accident in Grayson County Saturday afternoon that resulted in life-threatening injuries for two people. The incident took place on Western Kentucky Parkway near Mile Marker 111. Preliminary investigation revealed that Jordan Cates of Leitchfield was traveling west when the driver’s side front tire blew out. As a result Cate’s vehicle crossed the median and went airborne before striking a guardrail. Cates and passed Ethan Cates were flown to University of Louisville hospital for life threatening injuries. A 16-year-old female passenger was also later transported to University of Louisville Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The accident is still under investigation.

The Hardin County Animal Shelter will be closed one day this weekend for a special event. The facility’s annual rabies clinic will be held September 7th at the Hardin County Government Building. Animal Control Director Mike McNutt reminds those wanting to attend that dogs must be on a leash, and cats must be in a carrier. The clinic will begin at 9 AM and will run until 3 PM. There are vaccination packages available which can be seen on the Hardin County Animal Shelter Facebook page.