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January 10, 2020

The City of Elizabethtown has a new leader for one its departments. Rita Davis was promoted to Director of Stormwater Management at a City Council meeting earlier this week. Davis is also the first woman to head a department for the city in almost 40 years, a feat which she does not take lightly. Davis says she wants to be a role model for young women who wish to go into a career in mathematics, engineering, or science. Davis also says the department already has several projects lined up, including renovating aging flood control dams. Davis replaces outgoing director Robert Bush.

The Eric and Joe Show, in collaboration with Give270, donated the proceeds from their variety show to an area non-profit, and this year the recipient was Helping Hand of Hope. The organization received over $8,000 in $2 bills from the Eric and Joe show. The proceeds will be going towards the Helping Hand of Hope Beds for Children Program.

The launch party for the new issue of Elizabethtown Lifestyle Magazine will be taking place tomorrow. The event will take place at Flywheel Brewery from 4 to 7 PM. The event will feature giveaways, prizes, and a free copy of the new magazine. The event will be featured in the next issue of Elizabethtown Lifestyle.

Vine Grove United Methodist Church will be holding an event for less fortunate residents on Sunday from 1-3:30 PM. The church will be giving away coats, socks, and hats. There are no qualifications for these items. For more information, visit the Spread the Warmth event page on Facebook.

January 9, 2020

An arrest has been made after damages to utility poles that caused power outages and downed power lines Tuesday afternoon. Gerrard James Abbott of Minnesota was arrested for leaving the scene of the accident and criminal mischief. As previously reported, Abbott had left the scene of the incident after removing debris from his vehicle, which was carrying an oversized load.

A Hardin County man has been charged after police say he was attempting to enter into someone’s home. According to arrest citations, police responded to a residence on Bardstown Road Monday night after a call regarding a suspicious person. The caller also advised that the person had been banging on her garage and front doors. When troopers arrived, they were told that the subject had fled the residence on US 62 towards Boston. Troopers found the subject, Eric Fields, parked at an abandoned trailer residence. When instructed to exit his vehicle, Fields resisted, but was eventually removed by officers. Fields eventually told troopers that he had been attempting to find a key to enter the residence. Fields was charged with menacing, resisting arrest, and criminal trespassing, among other charges. He was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Big Brothers Big Sisters will be hosting the Bowl For Kids Sake this year with some special guests. The Badge Bowl will feature Elizabethtown Police Chief Jeremy Thompson as well as Norman Chaffins, Sheriff of Grayson County. This is a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters. To create or join a team, visit bowlforkidssake.com.

The Kentucky General Assembly convened for this year’s meeting on Tuesday, and 18th District Representative Samara Heavrin has suggested several ways to participate in the process. On a post to her Facebook page, Heavrin listed the page and her e-mail address, samara.heavrin@lrc.ky.gov, as ways to get in touch with her during the process. The last day of the session is scheduled to be April 15th, 2020.

January 8, 2020

After 31W was shut down for several hours in Radcliff yesterday, an arrest has been made in regards to the vehicle that caused the incident. According to the Radcliff Police Department, three vehicles, including an oversized load, were traveling on South Wilson Road around 12:20 Tuesday afternoon. The truck that was carrying the oversized load damaged three utility poles, causing downed power lines as well as power outages for many residents. Upon exiting the truck, the operator removed the debris from the vehicle and left the scene. Today, Radcliff Police arrested Jirard James Abbott from Minnesota for the crime.

The Larue County Sheriff’s Office received a call yesterday afternoon regarding someone trying to break into a home located on Highway 210. On the way to the location, a short pursuit took place between deputies and the vehicle that fled the scene. The car, which turned out to be stolen, pulled into a driveway in the area of South Greensburg Street and two males fled on foot in opposite directions. The two men were identified as Christian Jeffries and Trent Carey, both of Jefferson County. The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office used a K-9 unit in an attempt to find the men, leading to them being apprehended last night. On a post on their Facebook page, the Larue County Sheriff’s Office thanked Hodgenville Police, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, and Kentucky State Police for their assistance in the search and capture.

A Hardin County woman was arrested over the weekend after threatening a police officer. Elizabethtown Police were called to an area restaurant Saturday night in reference to an intoxicated female. Meris Dudzic was found at the scene, heavily intoxicated. She was taken to Hardin Memorial Health for medical clearance, where she threatened and swore at officers and staff, eventually spitting on an officer. Dudzic was charged with assault and terroristic threatening, as well as other charges. She was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

A press conference and ribbon cutting took place yesterday morning for the new Kentucky State Police Post 4 location on New Glendale Road. Old and new post commander, captains, and troopers attended the event in the auditorium of the new facility. Several officials with the Post spoke at the event. No taxpayer money was used to move the Post, with all the funds coming from the Post Treasury.

New Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen Director Dawn Cash says that getting to know her community a little better is the next step in her new position. Cash also says she feels like she has big shoes to fill after Linda Funk’s departure, but she is confident in her ability to continue the great work that Warm Blessings does.  

January 6, 2020

Interstate 65 was closed for several hours on Friday night after a multi-vehicle collision. According to a release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the crash took place at Mile Marker 58 near Hart County, and unfortunately, there were fatalities involved in the incident. The southbound lanes of the interstate were closed for around six hours, and traffic was detoured at Exit 58.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of the Kentucky General Assembly for this year. 25th District Representative Jim DuPlessis says that this session will mainly focus on crafting the state’s two year budget, which he says won’t be an easy task. DuPlessis also says he has submitted a pension bill aimed at helping quasi-governmental agencies. This session of the General Assembly will last into April.


New Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron took the Oath of Office this morning at a midnight ceremony in Frankfort. Cameron becomes the 51st Attorney General of the State of Kentucky, and is the 1st African-American independently elected to statewide office in Kentucky history. Cameron assumed the position several weeks prior to today’s ceremony, following an appointment by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear to fill the remaining term left vacant by Beshear. In a release from the Attorney General’s office, Cameron said, “We will reclaim the role of the Attorney General as Chief Law Enforcement Officer for the Commonwealth, and we will make the safety of every man, woman, and child the core of our mission.”

January 3rd, 2020

New Kentucky Attorney General and Hardin County native Daniel Cameron is calling for the FBI to investigate the pardons issued by former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin before leaving office. According to various media sources, Cameron sent a letter requesting the investigation, saying, “While Kentucky’s Constitution gives the Governor the power to pardon a person convicted of a crime, I believe the pardon power should be used sparingly and only after great deliberation with due concern for public safety.”

The Elizabethtown Police Department is seeking information regarding an unidentified suspect. The woman, who is pictured in a photo on the Elizabethtown Police Department’s Facebook page, is wearing blue scrubs and has an ID tag turned away from the camera. Any information should be directed to the Elizabethtown Police Department.

The Elizabethtown Police Department responded to a possible domestic incident shortly before 1 AM on Thursday at the 1800 block of North Miles Street. When officers arrived, they found Everette Chancellor, 37, bleeding from the head and arms. The victim on the scene stated that Chancellor had kicked in the door to his apartment, saying he was looking for a cell phone. Then, he and the victim began to fight. While the two were fighting outside, the rear window of an SUV was broken, leaving Chancellor with cuts on his head and arms. He was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital once EMS arrived. While in the hospital receiving treatment, Chancellor threatened to kill the victim when he got out, and stated that he was going to shoot the victim with a handgun. Chancellor was charged with burglary, assault, and terroristic threatening, among other charges. He is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

After nearly a year of meeting with district administrators, staff, parents, students, and community members, a strategic plan for Hardin County Schools was presented to the Hardin County Board of Education at their board meeting held on December 19th. The plan outlines four commitments that will help the district meet their goals. The plan was presented to the Board of Education at their December 19th meeting.

The Central Kentucky Community Foundation is seeking to help college bound high school students with over 160 scholarships becoming available. There are more than $400,000 in scholarships available. Applications are now being accepted, and can be submitted to ckcf4people.org. The deadline to apply is midnight on March 1st.