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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.