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September 12, 2019

The American Red Cross is calling for blood donors after Hurricane Dorian is leaving affected areas with a shortage. Drives cancelled due to the weather and impending danger have left those areas with a critical shortage of blood, especially with Type-O and Type-B blood. Several blood drives have been scheduled for Elizabethtown and surrounding areas. For a full list of local drives, visit redcross.org.

Hot temperatures are continuing to ravage the Commonwealth. There have been about eighteen days over 90 degrees in the Hardin County area this year, and over sixty in Louisville. Residents in Kentucky are advised to spend as little time in direct sunlight as possible, but if time outdoors is required, stay hydrated and wear light clothing. Check in with local sports teams and events to ensure games and activities will be going on as scheduled.

A Fordsville man has been arrested and charged with multiple traffic violations and drug charges. 29-year-old Cody Lloyd was allegedly seen slumped over in his vehicle by deputies with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office in the Valero parking lot in Caneyville early on September 4th. According to arrest records, meth, marijuana, and multiple drug paraphernalia was found in Lloyd’s possession. Lloyd was also charged with a DUI after a field sobriety test was performed. He is being lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center.

Hardin Memorial Health has received designation for their Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, or SANE, program. This program will allow HMH to have SANE nurses there around the clock to examine victims. Over the past three years, the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation has secured more than $450,000 for the program. More information can be found by calling Hardin Memorial Hospital.

September 11, 2019

18th District of Kentucky Representative Tim Moore has given Governor Matt Bevin his formal resignation. Moore officially resigned on Tuesday afternoon in order to take on a ministry role. Governor Bevin accepted Moore’s resignation, and announced the special election to fill this seat will be held concurrent with the November 5th elections.

A Louisville man was arrested after harassing his girlfriend at her Elizabethtown home. Officers with the Elizabethtown Police Department apprehended John Wilson Monday afternoon. Wilson had been banned from his girlfriend’s residence, but was there yelling obscenities about a cell phone the two had shared. Wilson had attempted to walk away from police when questioned, and resisted the arrest, wrapping his legs around an officer’s leg, refusing to let go. Wilson was charged with harassment, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

The Hardin Memorial Health Foundation Board of Directors has added a new member to their ranks. Angela Ballard was voted into the position earlier this week. Ballard, a resident of Bardstown, is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse at HMH Medical Group’s Bardstown Family Medical Center. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Spalding University in Louisville.

The annual Radcliff Days Parade will be taking place this weekend, in collaboration with the Radcliff Cultural Festival. The parade will begin at 10 AM, and will end in the Radcliff Shopping Plaza parking lot. Applications for the parade are still being accepted, and can be found at Radcliff.org. There are expected to be 50-60 entries in this year’s parade.  

September 10, 2019

The new post commander at Kentucky State Police Post Four has been introduced. Daniel White is taking over the position from previous Commander Matt Johnson. White also gave an update on the new Post 4 location, saying the work is ongoing, and moving dispatch over is proving to be one of the more challenging aspects.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a suspicious person call Sunday evening. According to arrest citations, 43-year-old Julie Harris had been asked by the caller to leave the property on Battle Training Road, but refused, allegedly stating the house had been given to her. When asked about her belongings, Harris said the trees told her to pick them up. After giving officers permission to check her and her belongings for safety, Harris reportedly freaked out, fighting the officer to the ground and spitting on them. She faces charges of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, and criminal trespass. She is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

A Radcliff man was arrested after a chase over the weekend. According to arrest records, Radcliff police attempted a routine traffic stop on Shawn Lee after seeing he had expired temporary tags. Lee allegedly accelerated to a high rate of speed, refusing to stop his vehicle. After being pursued by police, Lee stopped and was apprehended for fleeing police. Officers detected alcohol on his breath, and when placed in the squad car, Lee began striking the door and cage with his head. He faces several charges including disorderly conduct, operation of a motor vehicle under the influence, and fleeing or evading police.

Cultural diversity in the community will be celebrated at the first Radcliff Cultural Festival taking place this Saturday, September 14th. The event will feature a cultural marketplace, demonstrations of cultural dances, music, and art, as well as food from the different cultures. The event will take place at the Radcliff Square Shopping Plaza, and will run from 10 AM to 6 PM. Admission to the festival is free.

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.