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Upton Man Indicted for Murder of Erica Burden

An Upton man has been indicted on multiple charges after the murder of 27-year-old Erica Burden.

On November 9th, 2021, Erica Burden was reported missing. She was last seen dropping her child off at school at approximately 7:55 that morning. Two days later, 53-year-old William “Billy” Burden was arrested and charged with Murder (Domestic Violence), Tampering with Physical Evidence and Abuse of a Corpse.

On December 20th, 2021, Burden was indicted at the Larue County Circuit Court Division II. 

“The charges are Murder-Domestic Violence, which is a Class A Felony, Charge 2 is Abuse of a Corpse which is a Class D Felony, Charge 3 is Tampering with Physical Evidence which is a Class D Felony and Charge 4 is Convicted Felon in Possession of Handgun which is a Class C Felony,” stated Larue County Circuit Court Clerk, Emily Ernst. 

Burden’s arraignment is scheduled for January 3rd at 10 a.m. in the Larue County Circuit Court Division II under Judge Ballard.

ibV Energy Partners Holds Informational Meeting on Forthcoming Solar Farm

Late last week, representatives from ibV Energy Partners held an informational meeting on the controversial Rhudes Creek Project.

The project, consisting of a 100 megawatt solar farm, has many residents concerned this will take away prime farmland. During the meeting, ibV stated they have plans of allowing landowners to continue farming the land. 

“We are going to graze sheep on this project. We also are going to plant bee pollinators to bring the bee population back and monarch butterflies. And the life of this project is a 35 year lifespan for these solar panels. In 35 years, we’ll go back to agriculture,” stated ibV co-founder Robin Saiz. He believes another benefit of the project will be reliability. 

“Whether it’s a coal factory, a new factory or something that’s in another part of the state that’s supplying your power down here, if they go offline for something, you now have energy that’s being generated here locally that’s going to provide you grid reliability when other things go offline.”

The project awaits a conditional use permit hearing set to take place next month.

Baptist Health Hardin Temporarily Changes Covid-19 Clinic Location

Baptist Health Hardin has announced a temporary location change of their Covid-19 Clinic.

The clinic normally held at the Towne Mall will be moved to Baptist Health Hardin, rooms 5D and 5E on Friday only.

To register for the vaccine, go to Main Admitting, just inside the main entrance. The clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and no appointment is required. 

The Moderna booster will be the only vaccinations offered on Friday.

Solar Project Informational Meeting Taking Place Tomorrow

An informational meeting will take place tomorrow evening, December 16th,  on the proposed Rhudes Creek Solar Project.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. with a presentation from an ibV representative, followed by a Q & A session with a panel of solar development experts. 

The meeting will take place at the Hardin County Cooperative Extension Office, located at 111 Opportunity Way in Elizabethtown.