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July 31st, 2019

Kentucky 1538 in Hardin County will be closed several days this week, starting today, due to construction. A detour from Saint John Road to Ring Road, to Patriot Parkway, and then to Rineyville Road can be used to avoid the closure. The construction is expected to last about two days.

New legislation passed in Kentucky will require public schools to have the national motto, In God We Trust, displayed in a prominent place, such as the cafeteria or main office. State Representative Brandon Reed says this bipartisan effort passed the legislature with a vote of seventy percent. The legislation will go into effect for the upcoming school year.

A Hardin County man has died after a motorcycle wreck last weekend. According to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Christopher C. Blake of Hardin County was travelling on Highway 60 with one other person Sunday afternoon. For unknown reasons, Blake lost control and exited the roadway. Blake overcorrected his bike and re-entered the roadway, eventually hitting the median and being ejected. Blake died at Owensboro health. No other details have been released.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s office has arrested a man in connection with a high speed chase that took place in June. According to arrest records, James Ladnier of Radcliff was seen swerving from lane to lane on US 31 West on June 11th. When a traffic stop was attempted by the Radcliff Police Department, Ladnier made a hard turn, and began to speed to excess of 90 MPH to evade police. When the suspect reached the Joe Prather Highway, he slammed on his brakes, attempting to disable a cruiser, or injure the officer inside. The pursuit continued until the suspect reached I-65, at which point Kentucky State Police took over. Ladnier is charged with fleeing police, wanton endangerment, and reckless driving, as well as a litany of other charges.

The First Friday Back to School Bash will be taking place in Downtown Hodgenville this Friday at 6 P.M. Various businesses and churches will be giving away school supplies, and the Larue County Food and Nutrition Department will be treating kids 18 and under to dinner. Other attractions will include food trucks, farmer’s market, and live music featuring local artists. More information can be found by calling the Larue County Chamber.

A celebration of the emancipation of African-Americans will be taking place this weekend. Elizabethtown Community and Technical College as well as First Baptist Church will be presenting the second annual Eighth of August Celebration. The event will feature a lunch with homemade dishes as well as food from local eateries, a large variety of vendors, and a church service. The event will take place at the B.T. Bishop Center at 107 Bishop Lane, and will run from 9:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.

July 30th, 2019

Nearly 150 soldiers were welcomed home to Fort Knox yesterday afternoon. Members of the 19th Engineers Battalion’s 42nd Clearance Company had been deployed since October of last year. The Battalion cleared nearly 7,000 miles of roadway, and intercepted over 30 roadside explosive devices.

Several road projects in Hardin County have received state funding. The discretionary funds were presented to Hardin County Fiscal Court last Tuesday. County Roads Supervisor Dwight Morgan says resurfacing for Needham Road, Laurel Ridge Road, and Howevalley Road is expected to be completed by next spring.

A routine traffic stop turned dangerous last Friday. Kentucky State Police attempted to stop the car of Richard Bloyd of Lousiville late Friday night for failure to maintain insurance. However, when Bloyd saw police, he allegedly sped up, fleeing at speeds over 120 miles-per-hour. Bloyd nearly struck multiple vehicles, including a Muldraugh police officer’s cruiser, but came to a stop after colliding with a concrete median near Highway 44. He was arrested without further incident, and openly stated he was under the influence of meth, which was later found in the vehicle. He was charged with reckless driving, evading police, and wanton endangerment, among several other charges.

A free job fair will be taking place on Fort Knox tomorrow. The event will be hosted by the Stuart Training Center in Building 67 on Fort Knox from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. The Fort Knox Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation Directorate, or MWR, will be looking to immediately fill positions, and officials will be on post to extend tentative job offers to qualified applicants. Applicants should bring their social security card, a state or government I.D., and several copies of their resume.

The 10th anniversary of Cruisin’ the Heartland took place over the weekend, and City Events Manager Sarah Vaughn says the event was a huge success. 2500-3000 cruisers packed Downtown Elizabethtown, and were viewed by over 15,000 attendees. Vaughn expects there to be changes made to the running of the event next year, but says the city of Elizabethtown is excited to get started planning.

July 29th, 2019

A major piece of training equipment will be added to Fort Knox in the coming years. The installation will be adding a digital air-ground integration range. According to Colonel Pat Kaune, the feature helps train air and ground forces simultaneously by simulating high intensity scenarios. Fort Knox will be only the second army installation in the United States to feature the range. The project is expected to take several years to complete, but groundbreaking is scheduled to begin in September.

A Hardin County woman was arrested last week after she deliberately crashed a car. According to arrest records, Sarah Hall was traveling in a car with three other passengers Thursday night when she began screaming and choking the driver of the vehicle. Hall then allegedly grabbed the steering wheel and turned sharply left until the vehicle crashed. Hall then climbed out and began rolling in the road until police arrived. Once consent was given, police conducted a search of Hall’s purse and found a glass pipe and used syringes. Hall was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment, public intoxication, and criminal mischief. She was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Atria Senior Living will be hosting a backpack giveaway event tonight. Spokesperson Robin Reeder says the facility will have a carnival aesthetic to the event, and school supplies will be given away, as well as the backpacks. Bounce houses and food will be available at the event, which will take place at the Atria facility from 6 to 8 P.M.

A more technological approach to first day of school paperwork is being brought to Hardin County Schools. Spokesperson John Wright says this is an attempt to be a little friendlier to the environment, as well as make life easier for parents. Parents are asked to have a parent portal login, which they can get from their child’s school, in order to access the documents online. Questions can be directed to the student services department.

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.