A Christian hip hop festival is coming to Elizabethtown on Saturday. “The event is this Saturday. May 6. The event starts at 6:00 PM. It is absolutely free. All ages are welcome. This is part of our Finally Free Fest Tour. So it’s basically a traveling Christian hip-hop tour that we’re doing. It’s gonna be in E-town and then we’ll be going to Pittsburgh, Chicago and Mississippi as well. So the one in E-town again is this Saturday, 6:00 PM. It’s going to be at First Christian Church and it’s gonna be in the Elevate room.” Christian Hip-Hop artist, Giovanni. If attending you are asked to please park in the back of the church.
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At Monday’s Vine Grove City Council meeting, City Engineer Bob Woosley announced that the splash pad is nearly complete. “If you haven’t been over there, they started pouring concrete. And the big news on that is the reason they are pouring concrete is because we passed our inspections. So we’re good to go. Tomorrow they should finish out the rest of the concrete. and then they’ll start putting equipment in.” Fundraising for a splash pad began in 2019. The ribbon cutting will take place on May 26.
The Hodgenville Police Department was involved in a pursuit late Wednesday night. According to a statement, a 2020 Nissan was stopped for having an expired tag on Northridge Circle. When Officers made contact, the vehicle fled and traveled through several yards in the Hutcherson Heights housing area. The Nissan made its way onto Old Elizabethtown Road and then continued to travel north into Hardin County where Kentucky State Troopers from Post 4 joined the pursuit. The vehicle stopped on Par Lane and the driver and a passenger fled on foot. The driver, 30 year old William Tucker of Radcliff, and passenger , 30 year old Jessica Terrell of Southgate, were apprehended a short distance later. Tucker was charged with DUI First, Fleeing First, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of Heroin and numerous traffic charges. Terrell was charged with Possession of Heroin, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Public Intoxication. Both suspects had outstanding warrants that were served and both were lodged in the Larue County Jail.
Elizabethtown native Catherine LaRoche is moving back to Kentucky to become Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement at WKU in Bowling Green. She graduated from Central Hardin High School in 2005 and the University of Louisville in 2009. She is currently Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Arizona. When asked how this new job came about, Dr. LaRoche replied, “I was not a hundred percent looking for jobs at the time. I actually had a friend who lives in Texas and they were like ‘Hey, a recruiter reached out to me for the Assistant Vice President position at Western Kentucky. I’m not interested in leaving Texas. So I recommended you because I know you’re from Kentucky, so why don’t you take a look and see if it’s something you’re interested in.’ ” When offered the new job, she said, “It was kind of a no-brainer for me. When I got the offer, I kind of already knew, like if they offered it to me, I will most likely say yes.” When asked what she wanted to accomplish in her new position, Dr. LaRoche laid out her first ninety days plan. “It’s going to definitely get to understand where the division or the University is at. What are the priorities? You know, at a lot of colleges, a big priority, especially in the state of Kentucky, is retention, retaining students at the University beyond their first year. And then the other piece is: how do you increase enrollment?” When she begins her new position, Dr. LaRoche stated that staff will be one of her top priorities. “I want to see my staff succeed, so that is a big thing that I will bring to the University, is figuring out where my staff are? Where do they want to be? What is their potential and really help them reach their goals.” For students and families considering WKU, Dr. LaRoche said this. “Really what families can think about or look forward to when sending their student to WKU is those students really getting the opportunity to engage at high levels. Those living on campus, living off campus after their first two years and really just making sure they’re getting involved. That they’re successful both inside and outside of the classroom and then also making sure that they feel welcome, they feel connected to the university.” Dr. LaRoche will begin her new job as Assistant President for Student Engagement at WKU on July 17.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet wants to remind Kentuckians to watch out and share the roadway with all highway users. The month of May is Motorcycle And Bike Safety Awareness Month and the Cabinet’s Office of Highway Safety is joining The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in sharing tips to help prevent crashes, injuries and deaths on the commonwealth’s roadways. Drivers are reminded to perform regular visual checks using mirrors and looking at blind spots before changing lanes and to use turn signals before lane changes to alert others of your movements. Motorcyclists are encouraged to wear a DOT compliant helmet, wear bright color protective gear along with reflective tape and stickers to increase visibility while positioning themselves in the lane to maintain visibility and using turns signals and hand signals to indicate movements. Bicyclists should wear a properly fitted helmet, scan ahead for obstacles in your path and ride in the same direction as traffic while also using hand signals to communicate your movements to traffic around you. Kentucky haD over 1500 crashes involving motorcyclists in 2022 which resulted in 99 motorcyclists deaths. More information can be found at Ride.KY.gov