Menu Close

WQXE News

Your source for local community news, weekdays at 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 9 and Noon.

August 16th, 2019

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College received a large financial gift earlier this week. The college was given $50,000 from Magnolia Bank to put towards the University Center project. The University Center will help to bring more 4-year Bachelor’s degree programs to the college.

An anonymous tip to Hardin County Crime Stoppers has led to the arrest of Amanda Johnson of Buffalo. Johnson had an active arrest warrant for theft by unlawful taking. The informant will be given an anonymous cash reward for the lead. Anyone with information that could lead to arrests for crimes in their community should contact Crime Stoppers.

An unusual power outage took place in Meade County yesterday morning. What was assumed to be a routine power outage turned out to have a unique cause, as a snake was seen hanging from the transformer. After repairs were made, the power was back on in less than thirty minutes.

The Lion’s Club of Elizabethtown is hosting their annual chicken BBQ tomorrow. Attendees can get a half chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, and a drink for seven dollars. There are options for carryout and drive-thru. More information is available on the Elizabethtown Lion’s Club Facebook page.

A previously scheduled movie at the State Theater has been changed. The theater was originally supposed to show Top Gun tomorrow, but due to issues regarding rights, the feature has changed to Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark. The film starts at 7PM Saturday, and tickets are only $1.

August 15th, 2019

The identities of the two people killed in a wreck on Dixie Avenue yesterday afternoon have been released. The two motorcycle occupants were identified as Richard Mumford of Louisville and Heather Abdel-Rahman. Both were killed due to their injuries after a collision with a pickup truck driven by Arthur Dennis of Vine Grove. The cause of the wreck is still under investigation at this time.

A lawsuit between a Vine Grove police officer and the city of Vine Grove has been settled. According to court documents, the lawsuit, which was brought up by officer Vic Williams, was settled out of court between the two parties. The suit alleged Williams was the subject of racial discrimination when he was passed up for a promotion within the police department in 2016. Williams has been with the department since 2003.

The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force made several arrests at a residence on Kiper Road in Leitchfield on Tuesday. A search warrant had been obtained after an investigation into the sale of illegal narcotics at the home. The search of the home revealed the presence and trafficking of over eleven grams of meth, as well as the arrest of James Huff, Shannon Payton, Heather Short, Brian Humphrey, and Deanna Miller. Short and Miller were fugitives from other jurisdictions. All were apprehended on multiple drug charges and are lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center.

The Elizabethtown Police Department made an arrest after a high speed chase Monday. According to Officer Chris Denham, Mardis Taylor was seen driving a motorcycle over the speed limit, and refused to stop when police attempted a traffic stop. Taylor’s motorcycle was then seen to have no license plates. He was met by Kentucky State Police at a later exit, and apprehended. He faces several charges and is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Fort Knox will be hosting a Team Run this weekend. Teams are made up of up to five people and must be registered by the close of business today. The cost is $75 per team, and teams are encouraged to wear their organization’s or unit’s attire for the run.

August 14th, 2019

Two people have died after a wreck in Elizabethtown yesterday afternoon. Officials responded to reports of a wreck involving a pickup truck and a motorcycle near the intersection of Ring Road and South Dixie Highway Tuesday afternoon. The driver of the truck was unharmed, but the driver and passenger of the motorcycle died as a result of the incident. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

Authorities in Grayson County are searching for a missing woman. The sheriff’s office says they responded to the Peonia Road area Monday afternoon looking for a 50-year-old female. Sheriff Norman Chaffins says that while initial reports indicated she may have jumped off of a bridge, they no longer believe that based on gathered information. Authorities have not released the identity of the female. No other details are available at this time.

Fire crews in Elizabethtown rescued a man from a burning structure yesterday. Crews responded to an apartment on Princeton Drive just after 11:00 Tuesday morning. The man who was saved from the burning building was unresponsive and was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital, and was later transported to University of Louisville Hospital. The fire was determined to have started in the garage, and officials say the cause appears to be accidental.

The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office has located a stolen vehicle that had been reported missing on August 7th. The Chevrolet Traverse was spotted in Shelby County with four suspects inside, later identified as William West, Beverly Lester, Brittany Sellards, and Lauren Powell. A truck and trailer stolen from Louisville were also found during the investigation. The investigation is ongoing, and multiple charges are pending.

Power of the Purse, an event to help childhood literacy programs, will take place August 17th from 6-10 PM. Tickets are on sale now, with general admission tickets selling for $50. The event will feature prominent men in the Hardin County community modeling handbags that will then be auctioned off. More information can be found by visiting unitedwayck.org/powerofthepurse.

August 13th, 2019

Mayor Jeff Gregory awarded a Hardin County teenager the honor of Outstanding Citizen of the City of Elizabethtown. J.T. Bryant, who helped save a family in a Nicholas Ridge home fire, received the honor at a City Council meeting on Monday. Bryant was out for a drive when he saw smoke emanating from the direction of the home. Upon seeing that the home was on fire, he began banging on the door of the home, attempting to wake the family. The family’s dog began to bark, waking the rest of the household, and allowing them to get out of the house in time. The entire family made it out unharmed. Bryant will be heading off to college later this week.

A Louisville man was arrested Saturday morning for threatening his girlfriend at Ruby Tuesday’s in Elizabethtown. The Elizabethtown Police Department reports that Neil Nelson threatened to shoot his girlfriend in the face at the establishment, then left. Police found Nelson behind Cracker Barrel, and asked him to put his hands where they could be seen. Nelson hid behind a car, and was seen reaching for his waistband. He was then held at gunpoint until backup arrived. It was later discovered that Nelson’s gun was loaded and one bullet was in the chamber. He was charged with terroristic threatening, menacing, and possession of a handgun by convicted felon, among other offences.

A vehicle fire caused the Bluegrass Parkway to be shutdown late Sunday night. The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office responded to mile marker 11 where a semi-truck driver reportedly had a blowout causing him to lose control. The truck hit the concrete barrier, damaging the fuel tank, which caused the fire. The parkway was shut down for several hours, but no injuries were reported.

A graduation ceremony for potential future Army leader will be taking place this weekend. Cadet Summer Training is coming to a close, and the graduation ceremonies will take place on August 16th and 18th from 9-10 AM. Both graduations will take place at Brooks Field.

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will be holding an express enrollment event over the next few days. ECTC President and CEO Dr. Juston Pate says that someone will be there at all times to help prospective students get signed up for classes with this simplified process. The event continues today and tomorrow from 9 AM to 6 PM.

August 12th, 2019

The man involved in a shooting in Breckinridge County that also included Kentucky State Police has been indentified as 52-year-old Kevin Jenkins of Leitchfield. Jenkins allegedly turned his gun on officers, and was shot as a result. Jenkins was airlifted to Breckinridge County Memorial Hospital where he later died from his injuries. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Kentucky State Police say the man who escaped from the Hardin County Detention Center Annex has turned himself in. Family members and Hardin County Jailer Josh Lindblom got in contact with Jordan Lee Geary and convinced him to turn himself in. Geary complied, surrendering to the jailer with no further incident. He is now back in custody.

The superintendent of West Point Schools as resigned. Mickey Brangers informed School Board Chairman Eddie Moore Thursday evening that he had accepted a teaching position with Ballard High School in Jefferson County. A special called meeting of the Board of Education is scheduled for tomorrow evening at 5 PM to formally accept Brangers’ resignation. The school district is planning to appoint an interim superintendent until a full time replacement can be found. As previously reported, the school district was audited by the Kentucky Department of Education last month.

Hardin Memorial Health opened the Cancer Care Resource Center at a ribbon-cutting last Friday. Community advocate, and breast cancer survivor, Dee D. Shaw says this facility will serve as a community center for cancer patients. Shaw also notes that the need for a comforting community is essential in the trying times of cancer treatment. The current hours for the facility are 8 AM to 4:30 PM.

The Vine Grove Police Department have added a 16-month-old Belgian Mallinois to it’s ranks. Orion is a K9 unit for the department, and is already having a huge effect, already having been a part of eight drug-related arrests. Orion is trained in marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and meth, among other illegal substances.