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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.

August 2nd, 2019

Hardin County’s Habitat for Humanity held a groundbreaking for their new location on Ring Road yesterday afternoon. Hardin County Deputy Judge Executive Daniel London says the project would not have been possible without a major price decrease on the property from the Islamic Center of Elizabethtown, who owned the land. The Islamic Center lowered the price of the land by $250,000 so Habitat for Humanity could purchase it. The new facility will contain the Re-Store as well as office space.

A member of the Hardin County Board of Education is stepping down. Board Vice Chair Andrea Palmer will vacate the position due to family relocation. District Spokesperson John Wright says the Board has 60 days to fill the vacancy. Applications for the position are available on the district’s website.

The Elizabethtown Police Department has arrested a man for assaulting his girlfriend. Kendrick Johnson was in an argument with his girlfriend when he wrapped his hands around her throat, restricting breathing and presumably cutting off blood circulation. Johnson was charged with strangulation and assault, and was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

The Larue County Fair continues today with events such as the dairy show and baby contests. The fair wraps up tomorrow starting with the beef cattle and rabbit shows. Also featured is the Miss Larue County Pre-Teen Pageant and the Miss Teen and Little Mister and Miss Pageants later in the day, as well as the District Youth Talent Show.

The Unity in the Community Back to School Bash will be taking place at Radcliff City Park this weekend. Spokesperson Nichelle Tucker says this is a completely free event for the public. The focus on this year’s event is health and fitness with special guest Savoy, of Savoy’s Fitness in Elizabethtown. For more information or to donate, contact [email protected].  

August 1st, 2019

A Kentuckian will be the new U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. The United States Senate voted to approve Kelly Craft as the new representative to the U.N. Craft, who is originally from Barren County, served as an Ambassador to Canada.

An investigation is underway at Mammoth Cave National Park after a man fired a gun. Officials with the park say that the incident occurred in the early morning hours of July 28th at the park’s Back Country Campsite. Rangers did make contact with all individuals involved in the situation. Firearms are allowed in national parks, but cannot be fired. Various media sources allege that the man fired the weapon after claiming to see Bigfoot. No other details have been released.

Hardin Memorial Health has been recognized on a nationwide scale in the U.S. News and World Report 2019-2020 Best Hospitals rankings. HMH was ranked highly for its treatment of heart failure and COPD. Several Baptist Health hospitals in Kentucky also ranked well in the report.

The Larue County Fair will open for the 112th time tonight. The fair, which faced uncertainty in recent months, will take place, but with a few notable changes. Various showcases and agricultural exhibits will still be featured, but the fair will not have a midway this season. The opening night of the fair will feature the 4-H sheep and goat shows, as well as the Miss Larue County Pageant and the Mother of the Year award. As previously reported, the fair was on the brink of cancellation in recent months with the fair board opting to lock the gates and discontinue utilities to the grounds. The fair is the longest continually running fair in the state.