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September 5, 2019

A ribbon cutting for the new Freeman Lake Park Office building took place yesterday morning. City officials and civilians alike gathered to open the building named after former Mayor Edna Berger. City officials believe this structure will improve the already great public image Freeman Lake has to the community. Plans for the building began as early as last year.

Construction on the new Hardin County Extension Office has been completed and a ribbon cutting for the facility has been scheduled for tomorrow. The event will take place at noon at the facilities new location on Opportunity Way. As previously reported, the new location is around 4x the size of the old one.

The Honor Flight returned to Louisville yesterday. The flight, which served to take veterans to see the monuments in Washington, contained 14 World War II, 30 Korean War, and 35 Vietnam War veterans. The group visited the various battle memorials as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Honor Flight network by visiting honorflight.org.

September 4, 2019

The Elizabethtown City Council has agreed to take the next step in the future renovation of Pritchard Community Center. At a council meeting Tuesday, the vote was made to approve architectural services from 5253 Design Group in the amount of $121,000. As previously reported, the project has a set aside budget of $2.3 million.

The Elizabethtown Police Department thwarted an attempted robbery at JCPenney in the Elizabethtown Mall last week. Officers responded to a call saying two suspects were concealing stolen items. The suspects, identified as Terri Campbell and Teketa Swanson of Nashville, fled as they saw police. During the attempted escape, Campbell knocked an elderly woman to the floor, causing injuries to the victims neck and knees. The suspects were apprehended, and several shoplifting tools were confiscated. The pair were charged with robbery and fleeing and evading police.

Kentucky State Police responded to a single vehicle accident in Grayson County Saturday afternoon that resulted in life-threatening injuries for two people. The incident took place on Western Kentucky Parkway near Mile Marker 111. Preliminary investigation revealed that Jordan Cates of Leitchfield was traveling west when the driver’s side front tire blew out. As a result Cate’s vehicle crossed the median and went airborne before striking a guardrail. Cates and passed Ethan Cates were flown to University of Louisville hospital for life threatening injuries. A 16-year-old female passenger was also later transported to University of Louisville Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The accident is still under investigation.

The Hardin County Animal Shelter will be closed one day this weekend for a special event. The facility’s annual rabies clinic will be held September 7th at the Hardin County Government Building. Animal Control Director Mike McNutt reminds those wanting to attend that dogs must be on a leash, and cats must be in a carrier. The clinic will begin at 9 AM and will run until 3 PM. There are vaccination packages available which can be seen on the Hardin County Animal Shelter Facebook page.

September 3, 2019

Kentucky State Police Post 4 responded to a domestic incident call from the Breckinridge County Dispatch on Friday night around 10 PM. During a domestic dispute, 29-year-old McDaniels community resident Nicholas Peek shot 41-year-old Michael Kunick. Kunick was flown to and later released from University of Louisville hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Peek, a Meade County Deputy Jailer, was charged with assault and wanton endangerment, and was lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center.

Ten linemen from Nolin RECC are helping aid in recovery that is expected to take place after Hurricane Dorian makes landfall in the United States. The crew will start in Georgia, but may move to other areas depending on the path of the storm. Dorian is expected to make landfall later this week.

A ceremony to honor the victims of 9/11 will take place on Fort Knox. The event will be held on September 11th at 8:15 AM. Major General John Evans Jr., Commanding General of Fort Knox and of U.S. Army Cadet Command will be the keynote speaker. The event will also feature a performance by the Fort Knox High School Choir. Directions to the event will be at the main gate.

The second annual Light the Night 5K Run will take place on Saturday, September 14th. All participants will receive a litany of free items, as well as a donut medal at the end of the race. A pre-race party will begin at 6, with the race itself starting at 8. Registration is $35 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. For more information or to register for the race, visit etownlightthenight5k.com.

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is introducing a new scholarship dedicated to supporting first generation college students. The scholarship was made possible through donations from Michael and Selena Hudson, who were both first generation college students. The college is accepting donations in hopes of giving out more than one scholarship. Applications for the scholarship will become available in January.

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.