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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 Community Forum 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 honorflight.org.

September 4, 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.

September 3, 2019

Kentucky State Police Post 4 responded to a domestic incident call from the Breckinridge County Dispatch on Friday night around 10 PM. During a domestic dispute, 29-year-old McDaniels community resident Nicholas Peek shot 41-year-old Michael Kunick. Kunick was flown to and later released from University of Louisville hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Peek, a Meade County Deputy Jailer, was charged with assault and wanton endangerment, and was lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center.

Ten linemen from Nolin RECC are helping aid in recovery that is expected to take place after Hurricane Dorian makes landfall in the United States. The crew will start in Georgia, but may move to other areas depending on the path of the storm. Dorian is expected to make landfall later this week.

A ceremony to honor the victims of 9/11 will take place on Fort Knox. The event will be held on September 11th at 8:15 AM. Major General John Evans Jr., Commanding General of Fort Knox and of U.S. Army Cadet Command will be the keynote speaker. The event will also feature a performance by the Fort Knox High School Choir. Directions to the event will be at the main gate.

The second annual Light the Night 5K Run will take place on Saturday, September 14th. All participants will receive a litany of free items, as well as a donut medal at the end of the race. A pre-race party will begin at 6, with the race itself starting at 8. Registration is $35 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. For more information or to register for the race, visit etownlightthenight5k.com.

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is introducing a new scholarship dedicated to supporting first generation college students. The scholarship was made possible through donations from Michael and Selena Hudson, who were both first generation college students. The college is accepting donations in hopes of giving out more than one scholarship. Applications for the scholarship will become available in January.