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February 7, 2020

A jackknifed truck caused delays on I-65 North this morning. According to Transportation Cabinet Spokesperson Chris Jessie, the commercial vehicle jackknifed at Exit 91, and took the interstate down to one lane for several hours. The lanes reopened and traffic returned to normal, but Jessie stressed allowing for extra time and caution while driving to avoid slick spots on the roadway.

Several school districts, including Hardin, Breckenridge, Meade, and Grayson called off school today due to large amounts of absences because of illness. Larue County Schools called off today as well as Monday so the schools and all properties could be deep cleaned and sanitized. No make up day has been scheduled for Larue County while Hardin County will make up this absence by being in session on President’s Day.

The Elizabethtown Police Department responded to the Speedway at 1005 North Dixie in reference to a vehicle theft. When officers arrived, they learned that a motorist inside the store had left their minivan running in the parking lot with two children, aged eleven and five, inside. The suspect, Fredrick Ruelas Branham unlawfully entered the van and departed the parking lot with the children still inside. After travelling a short distance, the suspect stopped and ordered both children out of the vehicle, then he continued northbound on Dixie Highway. He was located on KY 313 by Radcliff police shortly thereafter. Ruelas Branham was arrested for theft of a motor vehicle, as well as wanton endangerment. No one was harmed in the incident, but the police department urges the public never to leave a vehicle running or leave children inside of a vehicle without an adult present.

After a town hall meeting held earlier this week, officials in the city of Vine Grove are working to come to a conclusion on a plan for the City Hall Building. Mayor Pam Ogden says the goal for this year is to work out all the financials for the project. The city has started to look into loans and grants to help pay for the project. Residents of Vine Grove were in favor of demolishing the old building and building something brand new.

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We are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Randy Barroso, 40 year old white male with a last know address in Rineyville. If you have any information on Mr. Barroso’s location you are urged to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-597-8123. You could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000 for your tip.

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February 6, 2020

The search for a missing Vine Grove man has ended. The Vine Grove Police Department posted yesterday morning that Willard McManis, an 81-year-old Navy veteran, had gone missing, and was entered as endangered due to the medication he required. Yesterday afternoon around 2 PM, the department announced that McManis had been found in another state, and that the search was cancelled. McManis was reportedly undergoing medical treatment after being located. The department wishes to thank all those who provided any leads for them to follow.

The Hardin County Animal Shelter has achieved pro-life status and is now classified as a no-kill shelter. A shelter is classified as a no-kill by not euthanizing for time and space. Only animals that are a danger to the public and animals who are unable to recover from health challenges are euthanized. Hardin County Government created a strategic plan in 2017 with the goal of the shelter becoming pro-life by 2021. According to Director of Animal Control Mike McNutt, 95% of animals that came through the shelter last year departed with a live outcome, which equals around 2,600 animals alive when they left the shelter.

The John Hardin High School FFA Chapter has received a $10,000 agriculture innovation grant from the Kentucky FFA Foundation. According to a release from Hardin County Schools spokesperson John Wright, the funds will help the school complete the conversion of what is believed to be the first hydroponic STEM lab in Kentucky. The system will raise crops including microgreens, peppers, tomatoes, and tilapia fish, which will supply the nutrients to the crops. Students with the FFA are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the project, including planting, harvesting, and marketing. The John Hardin High School cafeteria is purchasing the produce and serving it to the John Hardin student body.

The Radcliff Veteran’s Center will be holding a concert at the Historic State Theater to celebrate the release of their new record entitled “Lest We Forget”. The concert will take place on February 22nd. The record contains eleven songs, and talks about various aspects of the lives of the veterans involved in the project.