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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 redcrossblood.org.

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 heartlandbookfestival.org.

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.