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January 29, 2020

The West Point Independent School District Board has unanimously agreed to enter into negotiations with Hardin County Schools for the purposes of a merger. Tearful chairman Eddie Moore introduced the items on the agenda before interim superintendent Sally Sugg began a presentation, laying out the financial impact the court case surrounding the school is having on the community. If legal battles continued, the total cost to the district could come to over $120,000. Also present at the board meeting was Hardin County Schools superintendent Teresa Morgan, who answered questions from the crowd and stressed the importance of creating familiarity for students should a merger take place. Morgan states that Hardin County Schools will make a priority out of bringing staff from West Point to the schools to create a familiar environment for the children. A list of frequently asked questions regarding the potential merger can be found on the West Point Independent Schools website.

The Hardin County Fiscal Court heard a presentation from Hardin County United regarding designating Hardin County as a Second Amendment Sanctuary, which would defend against federal or state legislation that would control access to firearms or ammunition. Hardin County Judge Executive heard the presentation from Spokesperson Rob Powers, but said that the county could not accommodate the designation at this time. The Larue County Fiscal Court passed a similar resolution earlier this month.

A Big Clifty woman has been arrested for animal cruelty after several malnourished horses were found on her property. Deputies with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the residence after reports of mistreatment of the animals. Five horses were on the property, and one more had to be euthanized due to its condition. Once the arrest was made, the owner, Shiloh Lisa Lee, surrendered the horses to the Sheriff’s Department. Multiple other horses were found dead on the property the following day, and one of the rescued horses later died as well. The rest of the horses are in a wildlife rehab center in Grayson County. Lee was charged with several counts of animal cruelty, and is lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center.

The Cecilian Chapel, which was hit by fire late Monday night and into Tuesday morning, has been designated a total loss. According to a post to the Chapel’s Facebook page, the firefighters on the scene worked hard to save the sanctuary, but the roof has fallen in, and the floor in the sanctuary has given way. Because of this, the walls are pulling in and jeopardizing the stained glass windows. Officials with the chapel have expressed doubt in even being able to salvage the pews in the chapel due to the failing structural integrity. The chapel has requested that people who have held events at the Chapel post pictures from them on the Facebook page, so that everyone can remember the happy times.

Nolin River Wildlife has unveiled a new logo with a new slogan. The logo features the face of a raccoon, and will be accompanied with the slogan “Nurturing Hope”. This slogan is a reference to a raccoon named Hope that died earlier in the month after attempts to rehabilitate her. According to comments on the organization’s Facebook page, merchandise with the new logo and slogan is already in the works.

January 28, 2020

A fire broke out at the Cecilian Chapel last night. Representatives from several fire departments got the call that the chapel was on fire just after 10 PM. Posts on the Chapel’s Facebook page indicate that crews were still at the chapel as early as 4:30 AM. No civilians or firefighters were injured in the incident, and the investigation into the fire is ongoing.

A single-vehicle collision occurred yesterday afternoon on the US 31W Bypass. The Elizabethtown Police Department responded to the scene at 12:40 PM. The driver, who has not been named, left the roadway and struck the Woodland Drive bridge pillar. The adult male was alone in the car, and was airlifted from the scene with critical and potentially life-threatening injuries.

Fort Knox Federal Credit Union have announced that they will be changing their name. According to the Credit Union’s website, they will be opening their doors on February 18th under the new banner of Abound Credit Union. No changes are to be made to member accounts. The Credit Union says they are committed to providing affordable financial services and financial education to their community. A new website is expected to launch alongside the new name.

Students with Hardin County Teen Court are requesting sponsors for their Justice for Alzheimer’s 5K, which will take place on March 7. There are several different levels for sponsorship. To sign up or to donate, visit runsignup.com/Race/KY/Elizabethtown/JusticeForAlzheimers5k, or contact 270-234-7286.

The West Point Independent School District will be holding their regular board meeting tonight. As previously reported, added to the agenda for tonight’s meeting is the matter of a possible merger with Hardin County Schools. The meeting will be held at the school at 6 PM.

January 27, 2020

Kentucky State Police Post 4 responded to a fatal collision in Grayson County on Friday night after the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance with the collision near Peonia Road. According to preliminary investigation, John Puckett of Sonora was traveling East on Peonia when he crossed the center-line and into the path of another vehicle driven by Vincent Abell of Crestwood. Puckett was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Grayson County Coroner. Abell and his passenger were transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Alcohol was believed to be involved with the collision, but the investigation is ongoing.

An anonymous tip to Hardin County Crime Stoppers has led to another arrest. Michael Owens, who was wanted for burglary and theft, was captured last Thursday. Owens had been featured on radio station’s Crime Stoppers section. Anyone with information on crimes new or old should contact Hardin County Crime Stoppers.

A staple in the Radcliff community passed away last week, as Bill Mahanna passed on January 22nd. Mahanna served as a founding member of the Radcliff Fire Department, served on the City Board of Adjustments, Planning and Zoning, City Manager, and youth sports coach.

Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen reopens for business today after a week undergoing a renovation to the interior of the facility. The remodel included changes to the dining area, as well as the living area and kitchen. Also added were extra security features to the building.

January 24, 2020

The Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to a fire alarm activation at Flex Film Corporation located on North Black Branch Road at 6:26 AM. While units were in route, dispatch advised that there was a fire in the building. A fire had started in the boiler room of the facility, but the sprinkler systems had kept the fire in check. Responders extinguished the fire using hoses from the trucks.

More details have been released regarding the officer-involved shooting that took place early Thursday morning. As previously reported, the Radcliff Police Department responded to 101 Navaho Drive on reports of an armed robbery. Upon officer’s arrival, they discovered an individual wielding a knife outside of the residence. The suspect failed to obey the officer’s orders to drop the knife, and began to charge two of the officers, who then discharged their service weapons striking the individual multiple times. The subject was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital, and then was later flown to University of Louisville Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The two officers involved were placed on administrative leave. Charges are forthcoming regarding the robbery.

Elizabethtown High School head football coach Mark Brown has made the decision to retire. Brown, age 67, took over the team in 2014. Brown coached the Panthers to a 9-3 record, as well as a district title last season.

Elizabethtown Mayor Jeff Gregory is reflecting on some of the successes of his first year in office. The Mayor says he feels most proud of how he has raised morale among city employees, and how they feel that they are as special and needed as anyone in the Mayor’s office. He would also go on to talk about what he hopes to accomplish with the next three years of his term. For the full interview with Mayor Gregory, listen to Community Forum this weekend.

The 10th Annual Radcliff Mayor’s Community Breakfast will be taking place tomorrow. The event will take place from 9-11 AM at the Colvin Community Center. The event will feature typical breakfast items as well as door prizes. This is a free breakfast that is open to the general public to attend.

Bluegrass Cellular has begun accepting applications for the 2020 Bluegrass Cellular Scholarship Program. The company is giving away $18,000 in scholarships, which will come out to $1500 scholarships for twelve students. The application as well as guidelines can be found at scholarships.bluegrasscellular.com. The deadline for application is Monday, April 6th. Scholarship winners will be notified later in April.  

January 23, 2020

A man was shot by police in Radcliff early this morning. According to media sources, the incident took place outside an apartment on Navaho Court. Radcliff Police have reportedly only said that they were called to the apartments around 2:15 AM on the report of a robbery. The man is believed to have sustained non-life-threatening injuries. More information will be relayed as it becomes available.

The Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to a chimney fire at 104 Picardy Court just after 11 AM Wednesday morning. First responders saw a fire in the upper portion of the chimney flume. The residents of the home were reportedly unaware of the problem until a neighbor called to let them know about it. Crews were able to access and extinguish the fire, and clear the scene around 1 PM. The fire department urges families using fireplaces to only use approved materials for burning, and to have their units inspected annually to prevent disaster.

After potential misunderstandings and talks with county officials, Grayson County has decided to withdraw the “Stop and Identify” bill that was passed earlier in the month. The bill, which was passed at the urging of Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins, who posted about the withdrawal on his Facebook page, was seen as a possible civil rights issue by some groups. Sheriff Chaffins went on to say that the department would “… treat those we encounter in our everyday duties like we would want our own family treated if they were stopped by police officers.”

Lane configuration has been altered in regards to the US 31W bridge project in West Point. Southbound traffic has been shifted into the southbound outside lane across the bridge. This is to give traffic more room on the bridge until the next phase of construction begins. The next phase will require closure of the northbound side for demolition and reconstruction. The project is expected to be completed by the end of May.