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August 9th, 2019

An officer involved shooting took place in Breckenridge County last night. Kentucky State Police say that the incident took place around 8:30 P.M. Thursday night near the intersection of Highways 259 and 737. Officers received a call for a welfare check, and a deputy and three officers responded. The person shot has died from his injuries. No officers were injured, and no other details are available at this time.

The search is on for an escaped inmate out of Hardin County. Kentucky State Police say 22-year-old Jordan Geary of Louisville was last seen about 12:30 yesterday afternoon near the intersection of South Mulberry and Helm Street in Elizabethtown. Geary is described as a white male, 150 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jean shorts and no shirt. Geary had recently been transferred to Hardin County from Jefferson County on a parole violation. Anyone with any information should contact local law enforcement.

Hardin County Schools has hired a new Director of Federal Programs and Leadership Development, as Debbie Wyatt will step into the interim role. Wyatt will be helping schools receive federal funding to help student growth.

Just one day into the school year, Hardin County Schools is seeing a critical need. The district is short 20 bus drivers for this school year. District spokesperson John Wright says that while they have been able to fill the need temporarily, full-time drivers are needed. Those interested in applying can visit the Hardin County Schools website. Applicants must pass a background check and must have a clean driving record.

August 8th, 2019

Hardin County Schools return to the classroom today. Spokesperson John Wright urges drivers to be patient when driving behind school buses as they attempt to familiarize themselves and the kids with the bus routes. Drivers are advised to memorize the bus routes as well, to make travel easier. Bus routes will begin as early as before 6 A.M.

Several people were injured after a crash in Elizabethtown earlier this week. Elizabethtown police responded to a wreck on Dixie Highway in front of Lakeshore Plaza shortly after 4:30 Tuesday afternoon. According to officials, two people were inside of a car, a Chrysler, when it was hit by a truck, being pushed into the intersection and causing severe damage. The driver of the Chrysler was airlifted to University Hospital and was listed in serious condition. The passenger was taken to Hardin Memorial, and their condition is unknown at this time.

Kosair Charities has awarded $100,000 to the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation in order to improve the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and to expand pediatric services in Radcliff. Chairman Joe Prather says this award will help HMH keep its equipment top-of-the-line to better serve the community. Hardin Memorial Health is the only Level 2 NICU Unit in Central Kentucky.

A historic opportunity will be awarded to those wishing to become police officers. Kentucky State Police are currently taking applications to become part of the department’s 100th recruiting class. Trooper Scotty Sharp says all application materials must be completed and returned to the KSP Recruitment Branch. Interested applicants can find all relevant information, as well as a downloadable application, on the Kentucky State Police website.

August 7th, 2019

It’s back to school for some area school districts today. Students with Meade, Breckenridge, Larue, Bullitt, and Grayson counties head back today, as well as Elizabethtown and Cloverport Independent. Hardin County Schools start tomorrow. West Point students are getting a few more days of summer with their start date of August 20th.

The City of Vine Grove will look to update their city hall. The city revealed plans for an updated city hall at the city council meeting on Monday. Vine Grove mayor Pam Ogden says the City Council is still exploring funding options for the building, which comes at a proposed cost of roughly $2 million. The new building will be added on to the current building.

The Radcliff Police Department responded to a call of a violated Emergency Protective Order Monday evening. Frederick Simmons of Brandenburg violated the order after he came within 500 feet of his girlfriend, passing her several times while she was walking. When an arrest was attempted, Simmons resisted and began screaming and trying to kick officers. He managed to damage a police body camera while struggling, but was successfully apprehended. Simmons was charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, and violating an EPO, among other offenses.

Parents of students in Hardin County will now have a way to see what nutrition their kids are getting in their school meals. HCS is now using the services of Healthy Meal Planner. Menus and nutritional information can be found under the Parents, Students, and Quick Links tabs on the Hardin County Schools website.

August 6th, 2019

A project to realign the KY-361 and Dixie Highway intersection in Elizabethtown begins this week. Department of Transportation spokesperson Chris Jessie says traffic is not expected to be affected at present, and the entrance to the Hardin Memorial Hospital Emergency department will remain unchanged. The project is expected to continue into next summer.

The Elizabethtown Police Department arrested 37-year-old Jason Cunningham in relation to a sexual assault Saturday night. According to Officer John Thomas, Cunningham went to his victim’s house and began making unwanted advances. Cunningham then became angry at the woman for rejecting him, punched her in the jaw with a closed fist, and began to strangle her whilst continuing his advances. He was apprehended and charged with strangulation and sexual abuse.

Hardin County man Josh Logsdon will appear in court this morning for arraignment. As previously reported, Logsdon was shot several times when he led multiple law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase earlier this year. He’s been recovering from his injuries since.

With Hardin County Schools returning to the classroom this week, school officials are reminding the public to stop for school bus stop signs. When loading or unloading children, the bus will display its stop sign, and then extend a mechanical arm to allow students to pass safely. Superintendent Terrie Morgan reminds residents to keep their eyes on the road, both for the safety of themselves and for children. School bus routes will begin as early as before 6 A.M.

Both of Kentucky’s senators have experienced health issues in recent days. Majority leader Mitch McConnell reportedly fell at his home in Louisville, fracturing his shoulder in the process, while Senator Rand Paul underwent surgery to remove part of his lung that was damaged in a 2017 assault at his Bowling Green home. Congress is currently in recess for the month of August.

August 5th, 2019

A new bill that would require stop-arm cameras on all Kentucky school buses was prefiled last week. State Representative Robert Goforth says he hopes this will help hold reckless drivers accountable for their actions. A first offense warrants a fine of $200 while a second will draw a $500 fine. However, if an offender is pulled over by an officer, the first offense will lead to six points being assessed on their license, with a second offense causing their license to be suspended.

An officer with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department received an award from a state agency last week. Sergeant Fred Norder was recognized for his seatbelt citations. The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety presents an award for each transportation district.

A traffic stop turned into a case of false identity last Thursday after the Elizabethtown Police Department pulled over Kenneth Helm, who was driving in a car with expired plates. Helm told officers he was under the influence of meth, and meth was later found in the vehicle. Helm produced a fake driver’s license and a valid social security card with someone else’s identifying information. Helm’s license had been expired since 2016. He was charged with multiple drug and vehicle related crimes.

The 49th annual Cecilia Days festival will be taking place this weekend in Downtown Cecilia. There will be multiple shows at the pavilion, including cloggers and live music, as well as games, sack races, and egg tosses. A full events schedule can be found on the Cecilia Ruritan Club Facebook page.

Hardin County Schools has chosen the recipients of their Distinguished Alumni recognition. The five recipients graduated from the Hardin County Schools system in years ranging from 1959-1996, and will be honored at a luncheon at the Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center. The names of those chosen can be found on the Hardin County Schools website.