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March 20, 2019

Updates have been released about the Cardinal Inn’s fire on East Dixie. Nobody was injured in the fire and the Fire Department gave the owners back their property around 9:23am. The building will be a total lost and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Authorities in Grayson County arrested a man who eluded them for weeks. The Sheriff’s Office says 39 year old Steven Phelps of Falls of Rough was wanted for a theft that occurred in the Indian Valley community earlier this month. Phelps is also suspected in several other burglaries in the area. He is also accused of choking his girlfriend. Deputies located Phelps Sunday evening in a mobile home that he had barricaded himself in. He was taken into custody without incident and faces several charges.

The Kentucky Career Center is offering free employment and training opportunities to about 400 service members who transition from Fort Campbell to civilian careers in Kentucky. For more information, call Josh Benton at 270-412-9932,.

The Kentucky Justice Cabinet is offering Mid-Year Funding opportunities for programs that support victims of violent crimes. This opportunity is available for obtaining grant funds under the Federal Victim of Crime Act-VOCA. The VOCA program funds a range of services to crime victims, including crisis interventions, group counseling, court advocacy, and more. Agencies that have an active VOCA Sub Award for 2017-2018 or 2018-2019 are not eligible for this targeted funding opportunity. The deadline for the applications is March 29th.

Tomorrow, (3/21) is Down Syndrome Awareness Day. The way to celebrate this day is by wearing mismatched or crazy socks. The Down Syndrome Association of the Heartland is based in Elizabethtown and was created last year.

March 18, 2019

House Bill 46, sponsored by Representative, Brandon Reed of Hodgenville, would require schools to display the National Motto a prominent location in public Elementary and secondary schools. The Senate has sent legislation requiring the display of “In God We Trust” to the Governor’s desk.

The Elizabethtown Police Department has been getting reports of a scam call in the area. Although numbers may be different, the phone number reported was (270)201-5888. The callers say that they are with an organization called Representing Home Owners. They asked “can you hear me?” This may be a scam where they attempt to record your voice in order to use it for the purposes of identity theft. Just hang up and don’t respond.

A Central Hardin High School student was surprised last week. United States Representative, Brett Guthrie, presented senior Jackson Flanagan with his Acceptance into the U.S. Naval Academy.

Central Kentucky students needing to fulfill their graduated driver licensing requirement, can register for a class that will be held tomorrow at Central Hardin High School from 4pm-8pm. This event is brought to Central Hardin by Kentucky Safe Driver, Alive-25 program. You can register by going to kentuckysafedrvier.com or call 502-699-2295.

A Federal Judge issued a temporary restraining order to block the Fetal Heartbeat Bill. Media sources say the American Civil Liberties Union was in court to challenge the measure after the Bill was signed into law by Governor Matt Bevin Friday. The Bill would require anyone seeking an abortion to first determine if a fetal heartbeat is detectable. This is the 2nd legal challenge added to a lawsuit filed Thursday. The other is against a Bill passed by Legislators on Wednesday that would ban abortions for women seeking to end their pregnancies because of gender, race, or disability of the fetus.

March 16, 2019

The Hardin County NAACP has a limited amount of space left for their 110th anniversary celebration. The branch will host a celebration from 5 to 7 p-m Tuesday at Grace Heartland Church, on Pear Orchard Rd. in Etown. The event features guest speaker Kevin Greene, great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great grandson of Booker T. Washington. Displays from Black History Month activities from Elizabethtown Independent, Fort Knox Community, Hardin County, and Meade County schools will be featured. Tickets are still available and if you would like to attend this event call, Joyce Beasley at 270-401-2737.

A night of remembrance and understanding, which features Holocaust survivor, Fred Gross, sharing his family’s story will be held at The State Theater, Monday March 25th at 6pm. This free community event accompanies Never Again: Murals of the Holocaust, which currently is on exhibit at ECTC.

March 15, 2019

Kentucky lawmakers gave the final pass to a bill that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is found. The house voted last night to enact this bill. The bill is now passed to Governor, Matt Bevin. The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky ensures that they will be suing to block this bills implementation, because they feel like the 6 week abortion ban is unconstitutional.

A Bardstown distillery owner has been named in a FBI investigation. Marci Palleta, the founder of Preservation Distillery in Bardstown, was on the list of 50 people charged in the college admission cheating and recruitment scheme. The New York Times reports that many of these students were not aware their parents were doctoring their test scores and lying to get them into school. Federal prosecutors did not charge any students or Universities of any wrongdoings.

Elizabethtown musician Kevin Jaggers has been selected to play during the Kentucky Derby Festival. Jaggers will perform on the Waterfront in Louisville on Oaks Day at 8 P-m. Mission is a Pegasus Pin from KDF.ORG.

July first, the city of Elizabethtown will assume operations of The Historic State Theater. Director Kelsie Hall resigned. Hall and her staff have made improvements during her tenure as director. Effective July first, The City will assume all operations.

The popularity of “23 & Me” is creating interest for genealogy locally. Wendy Lowder welcomes the community to this free event, Saturday from 9am to Noon. This event is at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Elizabethtown.

March 11, 2019

A Breckinridge County was arrested after a collision in Brechinridge County over the weekend. The preliminary investigation revealed that Brechinridge County Sheriff, Todd Pate was operating his personal vehicle when he struck the car of Jill Lanning of Leitchfield. After striking Lanning’s vehicle, Pate’s vehicle struck a utility pole before coming to a stop in a barbwire fence. Lanning was transported to Brechinridge County Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries and was later released. Sheriff Pate was charged with his 2nd DUI in the past five year and was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

A Radcliff man was arrested for burglarizing a home off of Shepherdsville Road last week. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office Apprehended 44 year old Raymond Dupin on Thursday. Dupin was charged with burglary 2nd degree and more charges are pending.

The Nelson County Sheriff’s office made multiple arrests over the weekend, connect to two burglaries. A break-in was reported at the M and M, Get and Go Mini Mart in Balltown, and another one at the Culvers Store in Culvertown. Deputies received a Crime Stoppers tip and located the vehicle in Larue County. Officials found items stolen from the mini mart, a match to the glove found at the scene and a sledge hammer used in the break-in. Marco Vasquez, as well as, Melissa and Theresa Bartolomie were charged with two counts of burglary, 3rd degree and two counts of criminal mischief, 1st degree. All were lodged in the Nelson County Jail.