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October 23, 2019

In response to Dr. Larry Hall’s petition to the Kentucky Court of Appeals for a re-hearing, Hardin Memorial Health announced Tuesday that they will be seeking monetary damages from Dr. Hall in relation to his appeal to stop the sale of HMH to Baptist Health. Hardin Memorial has cited at least 15 costs to the hospital including a $250,000 decrease in HMH Foundation donations from the amount in 2018, inability to retain top-shelf physicians in key specialties, difficulty recruiting new physicians, and staff morale and frustration.

United Way of Central Kentucky is seeking volunteers for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, program, which provides tax service for anyone making under $55,000 a year. More information can be found at unitedwayck.org or on United Way of Central Kentucky’s Facebook page.

Following a setback in the cleanup process of yesterday’s structure fire, Amazin’ Glazin’ Donuts has noted they will be closed today as well. Previously, the store was believed to be in good enough working condition following a fryer fire that shut the store down yesterday, but a post on the shop’s Facebook page states that they are still attempting to get everything in working order once more.

Two Central Hardin High School students each earned $20,000 scholarships, and placed second in a fishing tournament on the Fishing University’s Make Me a Star television show featured on the Outdoor Channel. Juniors Zach Perry and Hayden Whitsell met with television crews and started filming on October 17th. To earn a spot on the show, teams had to make posts on social media with pictures of them fishing. The two top teams who posted the most went on the show to compete with a pro angler. Perry and Whitsell made 5,004 posts, approximately 2,000 more than the show’s previous record.

Nolin RECC’s Round Up program grant fund, which comes from members choosing to round their bills up to the nearest dollar, was given to Greenspace. The money was used by Greenspace to add stone columns to new bridges at Freeman Lake, and to plant crabapple trees near one of the parks most active walkways.

The Elizabethtown Panthers boys soccer team fell last night to the Oldham County Colonels in the state soccer championship tournament by a score of 8-0. Meanwhile, the Central Hardin Bruins girls soccer team lost their game against the South Oldham Dragons by a score of 8-0.

October 22, 2019

The Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to a structure fire at Amazin’ Glazin’ Donuts this morning at around 6:20 AM. According to officials, a kitchen fire began in a fryer. All three employees at the shop managed to get out with no injuries. The fire was quickly extinguished, and the smoke-filled building ventilated. The business is closed for the day.

An Elizabethtown man was arrested Sunday night in the parking lot of Roses Shopping Center. According to Elizabethtown Police Officer Chris Denham reports that a man identified as Jeffery Stumpf was operating a moped in a reckless manner. After a slow-speed pursuit, Stumpf crashed into a curb and stationary car. He was later found to have a bag of what was believed to be methamphetamine on his person. Stumpf was charged with a DUI and fleeing police. He is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

At a regularly scheduled meeting last night, the Elizabethtown City Council passed an ordinance regarding rates and taxation for food trucks in the city. According to the ordinance, all mobile food vendors are required to pay, on a calendar year basis, a business fee of $250 dollars. Exemptions can be made for food trucks that only set up once a year, or only at certain events. Food trucks that do not pay are subject to fines and citations.

A Bowling Green man was arrested yesterday morning around 4:50 AM by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office for wanton endangerment and criminal mischief. According to an arrest citation, 60-year-old James Branson fired a pistol during a road rage incident. Bullets struck another occupied vehicle, causing over $1,000 worth of damage. No injuries were reported. Branson is being lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

There will be a vaping awareness event this evening at 6 PM at the Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown. The Lincoln Trail District Health Department will hold a discussion on how e-cigarettes affect health, their impact on communities, and how kids are using them. Anyone connected to youth and young adults is encouraged to attend. A panel consisting of Dr. John Godfrey M.D. with Hardin Memorial Health, Melissa Phillips with Lincoln Trail District Health Department, and KY Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Youth Prevention Specialist Monica Mundy will be there to answer any questions. Light refreshments will be available.

Hardin County Animal Care and Control will be holding their third “Adopt Your Boo” event from now until Halloween. Adoption fees are dropped to $31, and all vaccines are provided. The event will be held at the Hardin County Animal Shelter located at 220 Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown. Adoption hours are Monday through Saturday 12-4 PM.

October 21, 2019

A murder trial taking place in Elizabethtown concluded last week. According to Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Teresa Logsdon, Lisa Harvey and Rick Fisher of Louisville were found guilty of murder and tampering with physical evidence in the murder of Andrew Folena of Elizabethtown. The Hardin County jury recommended a sentence of thirty years to serve for each defendant. Formal sentencing for the pair will be held on December 3rd at 10 AM.  

The Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to a house fire on Balmoral Road Friday afternoon. First responders were met by a distressed homeowner and his wife, who said their dogs were still inside. Two dogs were rescued from the home, but a third was not able to be revived after being removed from the home. The source of the fire was believed to be electrical, due to the fire originating behind an entertainment center in the home.

A Radcliff woman was arrested and charged with robbery and tampering with physical evidence. According to an arrest warrant, 22-year-old Cynthia Hayes robbed a victim of a half-ounce of marijuana, a marijuana grinder, $150 case, and a hooded sweatshirt on October 10th while an accomplice held a knife to the victim’s throat. Hayes, who is being lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center, confessed to the crime while being interviewed by Elizabethtown Police.

With the help of a citizen’s tip to Crime Stoppers, an arrest was made Friday morning. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office was able to arrest Kevin Beard, who allegedly removed items from a storage locker without authorization on September 19th. A search warrant was issued for his vehicle and the items were identified by the victim. The tipster will receive a cash reward form Hardin County Crime Stoppers.

The Atletico Flames will be holding tryouts for high school boys and girls this Thursday, October 24th, beginning at 6 PM at John Hardin High School. They are currently seeking to fill six teams. These teams will begin practice in November. For more information or to sign up, email Justin Maddock at [email protected].

October 18, 2019

Current Attorney General and Candidate for Governor Andy Beshear visited Elizabethtown Wednesday night, giving a talk at Nolin RECC to a crowd of over eighty listeners. Beshear’s opponent, current Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, is scheduled to appear in Elizabethtown on October 25th.

Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen will soon be looking for a new director, as Linda Funk has announced her retirement from the position, in an effort to spend more time with family. Funk’s last day will be December 31st. Applications for the director position are available by contacting Warm Blessings.

The Glendale Crossing Festival will be taking place tomorrow on East Main Street in Glendale. The event will begin with a parade at 10 AM, featuring Grand Marshal Harry Berry, and a massive marketplace featuring 500-600 arts and crafts booths. Spokesperson Mike Bell says that thought the parade doesn’t start until ten, many people come out hours earlier to get antique shopping done.

The hours for trick-or-treating this year in Elizabethtown have been set. The event will take place on Halloween night from 5-8 PM. Be advised to dress for the weather, as temperatures may be colder as the day goes on.

Severns Valley Baptist Church is reminding those who may be struggling with various aspects of life, including addiction, anxiety, divorce, PTSD, and others. This Christ-based recovery system is held every Monday at Severns Valley, and comes at no cost to attendees. More information can be obtained by visiting svbc.cc.

The burn advisory that had been placed on Hardin County due to drought conditions has been lifted as a result of the amount of rainfall received in the last two weeks. Judge Executive Harry Berry had the announcement made yesterday afternoon. Chief of Emergency Services Bryce Shumate still suggests referring to the Kentucky Division of Forestry’s website in regards to outdoor burning.

October 17, 2019

Leitchfield Police and Grayson County EMS responded to an incident at Grayson County High School Tuesday morning. At least twelve students ingested an unknown substance from a vaping device known as a “dab pen”. They all reported feeling sick and three of the students were taken by EMS, and one by private vehicle, to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center, where they were treated and released. Two juveniles have been charges with trafficking in a controlled substance and wanton endangerment, and more charges are pending. Leitchfield Police and the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force are trying to identify and locate the source of the substance.

Students in the Hardin County School District will be able to wear hats and caps to school today and tomorrow while participating in a fundraising event. The proceeds from the event will go towards the district’s homelessness fund. Students who would like to wear a hat are asked to bring in and donate $1. The elementary schools will have their event today, while the middle and high school event will be held tomorrow.

The Homeless Outreach Program at Hardin County Schools received a gift of $2,000 yesterday from Mr. Bob Swope and Ms. Terry Owens. The district is very grateful for the community’s support and for gifts and donations they have received.

Hardin Memorial Health has approved the purchase of a new state-of-the-art equipment for their nuclear medicine program. The investment plans were made at the Board of Trustee’s meeting on Tuesday. There has been an 11% increase in need for nuclear medicine with approximately 320 procedures each month at HMH.