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July 26th, 2019

One person was killed in a crash in Larue County Wednesday night. Kentucky State Police say the driver of a Ford F-350 was traveling on Kentucky 357 in Hodgenville just before 11:00 Wednesday night. For unknown reasons, the driver crossed the center line, left the roadway, and struck a tree. Witnesses say the vehicle burst into flames on impact. The victim has not been identified at this time.

Fort Knox and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College are teaming up to help soldiers find quality work as they transition out of service. The Advanced Manufacturing Army Career Skills Program serves to get soldiers to get certified in the field of manufacturing. Students will train tuition free through the Work-Ready Scholarship, and Fort Knox will provide no-cost housing. Those interested in more information should contact Harriet Taylor at the Education Center at Fort Knox.

Railroad construction will temporarily close College Street in Elizabethtown beginning July 29th. The railroad company wants to raise the rails six inches and fix fallen in embankments. Local traffic, such as Elizabethtown Community and Technical College students and staff will still be permitted. A detour will be set up on West Park Road.

Cruisin’ the Heartland marks its 10th anniversary tomorrow with plenty of attractions including a Marilyn Monroe look-a-like contest, performance by the Wolfe Brothers, and multiple food vendors. Road closures for the event will start at 5 A.M. tomorrow morning on Dixie Highway in Downtown Elizabethtown. All other closures will take place at 6 A.M.

July 25th, 2019

A change of command ceremony will take place tomorrow, as Fort Knox Garrison Commander Colonel Pat Kaune will be relinquishing command to Colonel CJ King. Colonel Kaune spent the last two years as Garrison Commander. The event is open to the public and will take place at the Waybur Theater on Fort Knox.

Governor Matt Bevin signed House Bill 1 into law yesterday afternoon after it passed the Republican-controlled Senate. This bill will provide relief for some pension systems in Kentucky. There could be legal challenges that oppose this law, as critics say it breaks the inviolable contract. The Governor’s signing of the bill signaled the end of the special session.

The Meade County school district will implement free breakfast and lunches to students beginning this upcoming school year. Superintendent John Milay says the district hopes this can take a bit of the burden off of parents and students as the next school year begins. This program will be a year-to-year program.

The Elizabethtown Police Department responded to a domestic assault call on Cobblestone Court Tuesday night. Officer John Thomas reports that Kevin Rood was intoxicated while serving as the sole caretaker for his nine-year-old son. Rood allegedly struck his son several times with an open hand, and then passed out in the floor, leading the child to call 911 in hopes of getting police assistance. Officers had difficulty waking Rood, and when he was alert, he began swearing at officers in front of his neighbors and son. Rood was arrested on multiple charges, including assault and endangering the welfare of a minor.

July 24th, 2019

Two people have been identified in a Larue County death investigation. Kentucky State Police say that Nicole Murray of New Haven, 39, and Brittany Wilson of Louisville, 33. Murray is believed to have been killed in a domestic situation at the residence, while Wilson, whose body was found dismembered in a freezer on the premises, was determined to have been killed in Louisville sometime before July 22nd. The victim inside of the mobile home has yet to be indentified. No further details have been released at this time, and the investigation is ongoing.

Diecks Drive in Elizabethtown, which has been closed since earlier this year, has a hopeful timeframe for reopening. Spokesperson Michael Page said in a City Council meeting from this Monday that the potential completion date is slated to be sometime in September. The next step in the process is returning to work on the sanitary sewer main.

Hardin County Schools will be hosting a Facebook Live video tomorrow at 10 A.M. to answer questions regarding back to school season. Hardin County Schools spokesperson John Wright acknowledges that parents with students transitioning from elementary to middle school or middle school to high school will have multiple questions regarding this rather challenging time, and Wright hopes that the video will help answer these questions. The video will also be broadcast at a later time on HCEC-TV.

The Meade County Fair is past the halfway point, but shows no sign of slowing down. Events for tonight include the Garden Tractor Pull, 4-H/FFA Auction, and the Mud Sling. Rides open at 3 P.M. tonight. Tickets are $12 and include all rides and events for the evening. More information, including a full events schedule, can be found online at meadekyfair.com.

July 23rd, 2019

Multiple people are dead following an incident in Larue County yesterday morning. According to Kentucky State Police, officials responded to a report of shots fired at a residence on River Road at around 8 A.M. Upon arrival, officials saw the home engulfed in flames. One victim, a woman, was found dead in a car near the area, and another victim was found later. Trooper Pete Binkley adds that later investigation has led to the discovery of a third body on the premises. This death is believed to be a separate, but related incident, and has led detectives to a residence in Jefferson County. The identities of the victims are being withheld until positive identification is made.

A Hardin County man was arrested Friday after he allegedly strangled his girlfriend while she was driving. According to arrest records, Mikhail Veach and his girlfriend were involved in a verbal altercation when the two got inside the woman’s vehicle. In response, Veach began to strangle her to the point that she couldn’t breathe. Officer John Thomas reports that the victim managed to get to her workplace, and honked the horn until other employees came out and witnessed the assault. Veach has been charged with wanton endangerment as well as assault, and is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Construction on the new Hardin County Extension Office is nearing completion. Extension Agent Doug Shepherd says the new location is nearly four times the size of the current office, and that the transition to the new location should be complete by August 19th. Additionally, the new location will include a catering kitchen, sewing project room, and updated technology.

The Elizabethtown Police Department will be hosting Cops and Cones for the second consecutive year. This is an opportunity for the community to come hang out with officers, and have some free ice cream courtesy of Kroger.  This event will be July 25th, from 5 to 7 P.M. at the Dolphin Drive Kroger in Elizabethtown.

July 19, 2019

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin Jr. launched from Cape Canaveral on July 16th, eventually landing and stepping out on to the Moon’s surface on the 20th. The Apollo 11 mission was the first of six missions to land on the moon. Plans have been previously announced for a return to the Moon by 2024.

The Grayson County Health Department is warning citizens of an increase in Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever diagnoses due to tick bites. Health educator Rebekah Lee says that symptoms of the disease include extreme fatigue, headaches, and a rash. Protective measures against tick bites can be found on the Center for Disease Control’s website, cdc.gov.

A piece of Kentucky history has been awarded a grant from the state, as the Kentucky Railway Museum was awarded nearly $500,000 for the restoration of L&N Engine 152. This locomotive was built in 1905, and had traveled all over the country. The engine escorted Al Capone’s prison train, and was also ridden by former presidents Harry S. Truman and Theodore Roosevelt. Those who wish to donate to the restoration effort can contact the Kentucky Railway Museum.

The Meade County Fair begins its first day tomorrow. Tickets are $12 and include all shows and rides on that day. More information, including gate and ride times as well as a full events schedule can be found at meadekyfair.com.