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August 30th, 2019

A critical shortage of Type O+ and O- blood has put the Red Cross in a tough situation they are attempting to make the most out of. The organization will be holding a special blood drive on the Red Cross bus at the Elizabethtown Wal-Mart from 1:30- 5 today. Anyone who donates will receive an American Red Cross tote bag.

The Meade County man who escaped from custody earlier this week has been captured. Detention center officials say Mark Mullins was seen leaving a Wal-Mart on Bashford Manor Lane in Louisville and was apprehended after a short pursuit on foot. Mullins walked away from a work detail in Brandenburg on Wednesday morning. No further information is available at this time.

A Vine Grove woman was arrested after throwing a knife at her boyfriend. According to citations, police responded to a residence early Thursday morning after receiving a call about a domestic dispute. The male victim reported that his girlfriend, Jasmine Robertson, had thrown the weapon at him while he was sitting upright in bed during a verbal altercation. Robertson had been previously charged with assault against the victim, and was ordered to have no contact with him. Robertson claimed the victim had a gun he was waving around, but then admitted she threw the knife while he was going to bed. She was charged with wanton endangerment, terroristic threatening, and assault.

The Hardin County Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to add a member to their ranks. John Emary was appointed to the Board Wednesday evening. This is Emary’s second stint on the board, his previous two terms having spanned from January 2009 until December 2016.

Citizens in Nelson County will soon see a new police car on the streets. Officials with the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office are starting the “Choose Your Ride” campaign with a vehicle that appears to be half-cruiser and half-taxi. This vehicle, which will be on display at events across the community, serves to advise those who may be thinking of driving intoxicated to consider a safer option instead.

August 29th, 2019

Hardin County Schools will be holding a meeting at the central office tonight to vote on new tax rates. The Board of Education will discuss the possibility of increasing tax rates by as much as 4%. The Board held a public hearing to listen to concerns and thoughts about the new proposed rates last night.

Authorities in Meade County are searching for a missing inmate. Detention center officials say Mark Mullins walked off of job detail yesterday morning. Mullins was on a mowing crew in Brandenburg. Officials do not believe Mullins is dangerous or threatening. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Brandenburg Police.

An award honoring exceptional telecommunicators was awarded to a Hardin County woman at a meeting of the Hardin County Fiscal Court this week. Kendra Murphy received the Nice Award for Telecommunicator of the Year due to her above and beyond efforts on a 911 call. A call came in which appeared to be a pocket dial, but Murphy stayed on the line for over 45 seconds. At this time, a man was talking to a woman, who had the phone in her pocket. The man admitted to having killed someone, and said he was going to get his son from school and “no one could stop him”. When the man left, Murphy got other details from the woman, and called law enforcement. Officials managed to prevent the man from getting into the school.

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is becoming the first community college in the state to offer an apprenticeship program. Those accepted will receive on the job training. It will be a 2-year, 2000 hour per year program. The costs are covered by the work-ready scholarship. More information on the program as well as an application can be found on the ECTC Facbook page.

The Community Health Clinic will be offering their annual fundraiser again this year, but under a new name. What was formerly A Taste of the Heartland is now A Healthier Heartland. The event will feature food, testimonials from those whom the clinic has helped, as well as a silent auction. Tickets are $50 per person. Doors open at 5 PM with dinner starting at 6:30. Reservations can be made by calling the Health Clinic, or by visiting thecommunityhealthclinic.com.

August 28th, 2019

Officials for several school districts are banding together to ease parents minds regarding a threat made online. A gaming chat room featured a threat against a school in Kentucky and a school in Arkansas. However, no school or school district was mentioned by name, and law enforcement as well as FBI considers the claim unsubstantiated. Students were sent home with a memo regarding the event, but officials say that the kids will be safe. The threat itself was not traced back to an individual in the United States.

Hardin County Fiscal Court approved new property tax rates for the year of 2019. General fund and road fund, as well as tangible personal property rates rose 4%. The motor vehicle tax remained unchanged. Representatives from the conservation district and the district extension board also presented their tax rates to the court.

Hardin Memorial Health received a donation from the wife of a grateful past patient. HMH Foundation member Mimi Hornback presented a $20,000 donation to the foundation at a special event yesterday morning. Hornback’s husband, Gentry “Lamonte” Hornback received treatment at another facility for the last few months of his life, and Mimi says the treatment at those facilities did not match the quality of the treatment he received at Hardin Memorial.

A new lead detective has been assigned to the case of Crystal Rogers. Due to the retirement of Detective Jon Snow, Chief Deputy Joedy Gilliland will be taking over the role. Rogers was reported missing on July 3rd, 2015, and her car and belongings were found abandoned on Bluegrass Parkway. No further information is known at this time.

There will be a public hearing tonight regarding potential changed to tax rates in Hardin County Schools. The hearing will take place at 6:00 at the Central Office. Citizens will be able to voice concerns or questions regarding the tax rate. The Board of Education will vote on the tax rates Thursday.

A Central Hardin High School student took home a big prize at the Kentucky State Fair. Savannah Weber, a Sophomore at Central Hardin, won first place in the State Fair Talent Classic. Savannah says she was honored to be able to be a part of such a talented group of contestants. She was one of three Hardin County high students to make it to the finals.

August 27th, 2019

An Elizabethtown man was arrested for attempted murder over the weekend. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office reports that Ricky Baker made threats to kill his wife, and then fired several shots at her as she drove away. A bullet hole was found in the driver’s side door of the vehicle after the incident. Baker was charged with attempted murder and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

A garage fire on Brandenburg Road was extinguished by the Leitchfield Fire Department Saturday afternoon. Leitchfield Fire Chief Tim Duvall says the fire started in the garage, possibly due to a resident of the home working on a demolition derby car. The fire was put out, and no injuries were reported, though the home’s kitten did not make it through the incident.

Renovations may soon be coming to the Pritchard Community Center. Spokesmen Scott Reynolds and Ed Poppe say the main priorities of the renovation will be the bathrooms, and possible adding of another warming kitchen. The project has a set aside budget of $2.3 million. The next step of the process would be hiring a team of architects to plan out the building.

Hardin Memorial Health has added another accolade to its collection. Employee engagement at HMH was ranked in the top 25% hospitals and healthcare systems nationwide in the Press-Ganey Employee Engagement Survey. This is the fourth year the hospital has done the survey. 85% of employees participated in the survey.

The Grayson County Fair kicks off its 70th year tonight. Tonight’s events include the Miss and Miss Teen Grayson County Fair pageants, and UCW pro wrestling. Gates will open at 4, with the carnival rides opening at 5. Tickets for Tuesday and Wednesday will be $10 with Thursday, Friday, and Saturday rising to $15. A full events schedule can be found at graysoncountyfair.net.  

August 26th, 2019

A Scottsville man pleaded guilty over the weekend in the death of a 7-year-old. Wave 3 TV reports Timothy Madden appeared in Allen Circuit Court Saturday where he plead guilty to kidnapping and murder of Gabbi Doolin in Scottsville. Madden also entered an Alford plea to rape and sodomy charges. Doolin’s body was found in a creek after she disappeared from a youth football game in Allen County in November 2015. Madden was arrested a week later after police confirmed DNA at the crime scene. Sentencing is scheduled for October 24th and 25th.

Kentucky State Police have made several arrests in regards to the investigation of the discharge of a weapon at the Kentucky State Fair on August 17th. Officials say three males aged 15, 16, and 18 were arrested in connection with the event. Using shell casing identification, it was discovered that the 15-year-old was the one who discharged the weapon. All three suspects were charged with possession of a handgun by a minor, with the 15-year-old also being charged with wanton endangerment.

An Elizabethtown man was arrested Thursday night after being seen smoking an unidentified substance out of a glass pipe. The Elizabethtown Police Department reports that Manuel Marlak was found passed out in a business parking lot. He was found to be in possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. Marlak had a previous warrant for an incident where he fled from police in a vehicle and crashed into a tree at Academy Sports. He is charged with public intoxication, possession of heroin, and fleeing or evading police, among other charges.

The West Point Independent School District has found a new interim superintendent. At a specially called meeting Thursday night, the board introduced Sally Sugg as taking on the position. As previously reported, former superintendent Mickey Brangers resigned in order to take on a teaching position in Louisville. This announcement comes days after an audit of the district by the Kentucky Department of Education in which the department recommended the state take over the school.

The Hardin Memorial Health Board of Trustees approved a new HMH Carefirst Urgent Care Center in Elizabethtown. Spokesperson Steve White says the new location will be at the corner of Ring Road and Mulberry Street. The creation of the center will cost around $574,000 which will also go towards equipment, furniture, fixtures, and I.T. infrastructure.