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August 23rd, 2019

Another presidential hopeful will be visiting the Commonwealth this weekend. Bernie Sanders is scheduled to be part of the People vs. Corporate Power Rally on Sunday, August 25th at the City’s Public Plaza in Louisville. Doors open for the event at 2:30 PM with the rally itself starting at 4. Those wishing to attend the event have to RSVP at act.berniesanders.com.

A Leitchfield man has been arrested after attempting to sexually assault a woman. Leitchfield Police responded to the call Wednesday morning. Detective Kevin Smith says Milton Higdon broke into a woman’s home, and dragged her to the bedroom. The woman fought Higdon off, and managed to call for help at a neighbor’s home. Higdon fled the scene before law enforcement arrived, but was later arrested and transported to the Grayson County Detention Center. Additional charges are pending.

The Heartland Homecoming Parade will be taking place in Downtown Elizabethtown tomorrow morning. City Events Manager Sarah Vaughn says the theme of Disney has been chosen for the event this year. Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite Disney character for the event. There will be movies shown at the State Theater afterwards with Little Mermaid happening at 1:00, and Avengers: Endgame being shown at 7:00. Street closures for the parade will begin at 9:30 AM with Dixie Highway from Central Avenue to Saint John Road being blocked off. The parade begins at 10 AM.

The Kiwanis Club of Hardin County will be holding their annual pancake breakfast fundraiser at Buffalo Wings and Rings tomorrow. The breakfast will take place from 7:30-10 AM. The event will feature all you can eat pancakes and sausage for $6.

August 22nd, 2019

The Hardin County Animal Shelter has a surplus of cats and dogs, and is taking extra steps to find them forever homes. Starting today, adoption will be half-price. Director of Animal Control Mike McNutt says he isn’t sure how long the promotion will last, but likely through next week. The shelter currently has over 150 cats and 80 dogs in need of a home.

Donald Trump made his anticipated trip to the Commonwealth yesterday afternoon. The President spoke to veterans at the Amvets’ 75th Annual National Convention about what his administration was doing for veterans. During his visit, the President signed a memorandum that would erase student debt for veterans with severe disabilities. Trump also headlined a campaign fundraiser for Governor Matt Bevin before returning to Washington D.C.

The Elizabethtown Police Department is searching for a woman involved in a robbery at the Elizabethtown Wal-Mart. The offender assaulted a loss prevention worker, and then fled the store. A picture of the suspect is available on the Elizabethtown Police Department Facebook page. Anyone who can help identify the offender should contact the Elizabethtown Police Department, and those who wish to report anonymously can contact Hardin County Crime Stoppers.

The first Saint James Community Picnic will be held this Saturday. The event will feature games, live entertainment, a fried chicken dinner, and fireworks at the end of the night if weather permits. More information can be found on the Saint James Community Picnic Facebook page.

The Dirty Dog Bash raised more money than expected over the weekend all in an effort to help the Hardin County Animal Shelter. Spokesperson Sarah Fellows says they can confidently say they raised about $20,000 to go towards shelter upkeep and program improvement.

August 21st, 2019

Traffic in Downtown Louisville will be impacted by Donald Trump’s visit later today. Many downtown streets will be shut down, including Main Street from 2nd to 5th, Muhammad Ali Boulevard from 3rd to 5th, as well as Jackson, Hancock, and Guthrie streets. Additionally, I-65 will be shut down temporarily following Trump’s arrival at Kentucky National Guard Airport. Trump last visited Louisville in 2017.

The West Point Independent School District has announced the results of their management audit that took place earlier this month. The Kentucky Department of Education released their findings this week, ultimately recommending that the district be placed under state management. The report, which was released earlier this week, outlined deficiencies and leadership flaws within the district, including a strained relationship between former Superintendent Mickey Brangers and the other board members. The district has 30 days to appeal the recommendation, which Board Chairman Eddie Moore says they will do.

A second man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Michael Unseld of Bardstown. Yesterday, the Bardstown Police Department arrested Evan James Lyons and charged him with conspiracy to murder in connection with the crime. Lyons was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. This arrest comes five days after police also arrested Zachary Tate for his alleged role in the crime. No further information is available at this time.

The Elizabethtown Police Department has joined other law enforcement agencies for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which warns against drunk or impaired driving. The campaign started on August 16th, and will run until September 2nd. The department hopes this campaign will help make roadways safer during the Labor Day holiday and beyond.  There were over 4700 collisions involving alcohol in Kentucky last year, leading to over 2400 injuries and 87 fatalities.

The financial figures for the impact of Hardin County tourism on the economy of Kentucky were released yesterday. It is projected that Hardin County reportedly had an impact of $282 million towards the economy of the Commonwealth in 2018.  Hardin County keeps over 2600 tourism jobs. Visitors reportedly spent $7.6 billion in the Commonwealth last year.