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Friday, June 7th, 2024

Funeral Director Honored

A local funeral home owner and director is being honored by The Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky.  The organization presented Jerry Patton with the Golden Service Award for 60 years of service to the profession.  Patton has been a minister of many area churches throughout his life and operates funeral homes in Brownsville, Park City and Cave City.

 

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Friday, June 7th, 2024

Reds Win, Hawks State Tournament Run Ends

The Reds doubled up the Cubs 8-4 Thursday night at Great American Ball Park.  Game two of the weekend series is set for 6:10 tonight.  Coverage  begins at 5:40, here on WLOC Sports.

The state tournament run comes to a close for LaRue County’s Baseball Team as they were defeated Thursday by PRP, 11-5.

 

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Friday, June 7th, 2024

Residential Break-In Suspect Arrested

Police in Hodgenville responded to a trespassing complaint on Thursday at a residence along Cox Lane.  When officers arrived, they determined a man named Aaron Valle of Radcliff had forced entry into the home by breaking a back door. No one in the home was injured during the break-in.  Police arrested Valle and charged him with burglary and illegal possession of a police scanner. He was taken to LaRue County Detention Center.

 

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Friday, June 7th, 2024

Non-Partisan Races Set

Candidate filing has closed for November non-partisan races across the state, locking in that part of the general election ballot.  Ten filed for Munfordville City Council:  Tara Wilson, Cassie Eldridge, Ricky Line, Marcia Lenz, Susan Smith, Martha Taylor, Jeremy Atwell, Bob Miller, Cathy Thomas and Jessica Nunn.  Eight filed for Horse Cave City Council:  Larry Bunch, Velpha Hatchett, Miranda Hatcher, Vickie Rogers, Sue Nunn, Randy Russell, John Buckingham, Jr. and Perry Martin. Four filed for Bonnieville City Council:  Larry Srygler, Melody Shanaberger, Danny Thompson and Johnny Hornback.  Two filed for Caverna School Board: Jennifer Briggs and Wayne Hatcher.  Two filed for the LeGrande District of Hart County’s School Board: Sonya Gedda and Andrea Robertson.  Two filed for the Memorial District of Hart County’s School Board: Leslie Jeffries and Sheryl Shirley.  And, two filed for the Cub Run District of Hart County’s School Board: Tyler Holthouser and Christian Reynolds.

 

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Thursday, June 6th, 2024

Date Set For Buc-ee's Opening

A date is set for the Smith’s Grove I-65 Buc-ee’s opening. The public will be able to visit the 53,000 square-feet store and its 120 fueling pumps on June 24th.  A ribbon cutting is scheduled that Monday at Noon. The new store is the second for the chain to be built in Kentucky.  Traffic flow near Smith’s Grove is reconfigured along KY 100 at the interstate interchange over to US 68 and features a roundabout with a slip-ramp for seamless access into the store from the interstate. The road project was part of a permit obligation for the gas station chain and was approved by state transportation engineers. Other new Buc-ee’s locations have opened with a burst of visitors and congested parking lots, lasting weeks before normalizing.  Given the hype, motorist destination popularity and locals (too) wanting to check out the new location, visitors can expect the same in Smith’s Grove.

 

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Thursday, June 6th, 2024

Total Finalized For Crusade For Children

The final total is in from this past weekend’s 71st Annual WHAS Crusade For Children.  The organization received just over $5.7 Million this year.  WHAS Crusade For Children is characterized by a deep history of fire departments filling boots and hats with money from their communities and parading their donation totals through a live telethon each year at the studios of the Louisville media outlet. For years, a large portion of the funds were gathered over a weekend period of concentrated roadblocks.  But these days, for safety reasons amid higher driver distractions and more congested traffic patterns, fundraising efforts are more spread out through the year and generally do not involve roadblocks. Still, the Crusade remains successful and returns every dollar raised to assist children and their families throughout Kentuckiana. Fire departments in our general local area which participated include Clarkson Fire Department ($26,142), East Grayson County Fire Department ($4,655), Elizabethtown Fire Department ($14,245), Glendale Fire Department ($7,264), Greensburg-Green County Fire Department ($16,218), Leitchfield Fire Department ($14,584), Sonora Fire and Rescue ($5,704), Summersville Fire Department ($4,834), Upton Fire Department ($8,190) and White Mills Fire Department ($10,048).

 

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Wednesday, June 5th, 2024

Multiple Fatal and Serious Injury Wrecks Tuesday

After a weekend filled with multiple tragedies on roads throughout the region, a string of fatal and serious injury wrecks happened again on Tuesday.  Here in Hart County, a northbound passenger vehicle wreck around Noon on I-65 just north of Munfordville began a traffic slow down which resulted in a dump truck hauling rock rear-ended a semi hauling utility poles. The driver of the dump truck suffered life-threatening injuries. Names and investigation details have not yet been officially released. Traffic conditions rapidly became congested with the interstate backing up nearly nine miles to Horse Cave at the peak.  Detour traffic on US 31W caused major congestion through Bonnieville, Munfordville and Horse Cave as well as the US 31E corridor to Hodgenville as motorists avoided the interstate. Cleanup and investigation were complete with the interstate reopened just before 7pm.

 

On the Western Kentucky Parkway, a crash around the same time blocked the westbound between White Mills and Clarkson. The wreck involved a commercial vehicle and a passenger vehicle which claimed the life of 28-year-old Kelsey Dunn.  She was the Band Director of North Hardin High School. As traffic backed up on the westbound side of the parkway back towards Elizabethtown, a semi hauling cedar wood planks collided with a dump truck and overturned near the White Mills Exit 124 interchange. There were no serious injuries in that collision. The two crashes resulted in US 62 being used as a detour route for both directions, creating extremely heavy congestion. The fatal wreck scene near Clarkson cleared around 5:30 and the scene near White Mills cleared around 8:30.

 

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Wednesday, June 5th, 2024

New Superintendent Introduced

Barren County Schools Superintendent Bo Matthews announced his retirement back in February after serving 13 years in the position and a combined 33 years within the school system.  A search to replace him has been underway for the past few weeks and Tuesday night, current Barren County High School Principal Amy Irwin was announced as the next superintendent. Irwin has been principal at the high school since 2019 and served in a number of positions for the school system prior to being part of the administrative staff.  Her move becomes official on July 1st.

 

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Tuesday, June 4th, 2024

New Athletics Director Announced

A familiar face is the new Athletics Director of Metcalfe County Schools.  With 24 years in the school system as a teacher and coach of various sports, John Allen was formally introduced on Friday to take over from Matt Shirley who is leaving the position but continuing in other roles within the school system. Allen says he is thankful for the opportunity and has a life-long passion for Hornet Sports. He looks forward to working with coaches, parents, student-athletes and the community in continuing strong programs in the county.  Superintendent Josh Hurt relayed his confidence in Allen saying he brings great deal of experience in the world of interscholastic athletics. Allen played collegiate basketball for Eastern Kentucky University, where he remains the Colonels’ fourth all-time leading scorer.

 

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Tuesday, June 4th, 2024

School System Working To Advance Staff Salaries

Another local school district is hearing a loud and unified voice for higher pay.  Certified employees of Grayson County Schools are currently set to receive a 3% increase and classified employees are set to receive a minimum of $1 per hour increase.  With some adjacent districts announcing higher raises and with staff in Hart County mounting a successful campaign to get an additional increase after an initial increase was approved, Grayson County’s staff is rallying to say 3% is not enough.  Grayson County Superintendent Doug Robinson made a media statement acknowledging the campaign and school employees importance, saying he is working with other administrators and school leaders about the budgeting process and actively pursuing a mutual goal.  He referenced the fact Grayson County Schools has increased pay by approximately 10% combined over the past three years but that does not translate to keeping pace with today’s economic environment. Superintendent Robinson says budget cuts in several areas and additional revenues are required for salary changes.

 

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Tuesday, June 4th, 2024

Origins Of Localizing Tensions Between School Systems And Staff

From a wider perspective, some are asking why so many individual school systems’ employees are campaigning for wages where it is usually a state-wide push or metro schools push for higher wages.  When Governor Andy Beshear announced the “Education First” segment of his proposed budget in August of last year, he was heading into the homestretch of a reelection campaign that was shaping up to be a close one, especially in rural areas.  His version of the budget included an 11% school pay increase across the state, along with several other features such as a stipulation for no health insurance increases, benefits such as teacher student loan forgiveness and fully funding pre-kindergarten. Upon Beshear’s announcement, state budget advisors along with a many senators and representatives said that level of increase and included items were clearly not going to be fully possible. Critics say the governor’s moonshot proposal effectively punted to the general assembly for a lesser and more realistic education budget option. When the general assembly finalized and passed the budget earlier this year, they didn’t specify state-wide school pay increases, but instead included an increase via the per-pupil funding formula --- also known as the SEEK Formula --- which provided additional funds, leaving decisions up to individual school boards to administer raises.  Critics of the final budget from the general assembly say (similar to the governor) they effectively punted to local school boards. This has resulted in varied funds and an inconsistent application of staff pay increases from district to district.  With school systems and employees running comparisons against each other in geographic size, student numbers, pay scales and other factors, tensions between workers and those who decide amounts of pay increases have boiled over to local school boards instead of the senate, house and governor’s office.

 

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Tuesday, June 4th, 2024

Coroner's Office Asks For Help From The Public

The Warren County Coroner’s Office is seeking next of kin for 70-year-old Rick Tanega, who passed away on Friday. A spokesperson says he was formerly of Edmonton and may have family and friends in the surrounding area. Anyone with information to help the coroner’s office is asked to call 270-843-3111.

 

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Monday, June 3rd, 2024

Fatal Collision in Green County

KSP Post 15 Troopers responded to a two-vehicle injury collision Friday night on West Buckner Hill Road in Green County. The preliminary investigation revealed that 49-year-old Larry Waters, of Greensburg, was traveling west on West Buckner Hill Road in a 1990 Chevy Lumina when he approached a 2013 Jeep Wrangler traveling eastbound being operated by Justin Smith, 30, of Greensburg. Waters' vehicle traveled left of center of the roadway as he approached Smith's vehicle. In an attempt to avoid a collision, Smith steered onto an earth embankment outside the right shoulder of the roadway however, the vehicles collided in a sideswipe manner. Smith's vehicle overturned, ejecting four occupants. A passenger in Smith's vehicle, 28-year-old Blake Mitchell, of Greensburg was transported to University of Louisville Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by the Jefferson County Coroner. Smith was also transported to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of severe injuries. 29-year-old Dustin Ray, of Greensburg, and 29-year-old Michael Boils, of Greensburg, refused medical treatment at the scene. Waters also refused medical treatment at the scene. Larry Waters was arrested and charged with DUI, 1st offense, vehicular homicide, assault, 1st degree, and wanton endangerment, 1st degree, (2 counts). Waters was lodged in Taylor County Detention Center. An investigation is continuing.

 

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Monday, June 3rd, 2024

First Responders Answer Weekend Calls To Beech Bend Park

It has been a tough weekend for public relations at Beech Bend Park.  In a bizarre incident Friday night, police and other emergency personnel responded to the park after hours and found 30-year-old Robert Cherry at the top of the main rise of the Kentucky Rumbler roller coaster.  After responders climbed onto the tracks and spent an hour of negotiating, Cherry voluntarily came down the hill of the coaster.  He was booked at Warren County Regional Jail for wanton endangerment, disorderly conduct, criminal trespassing, operating a vehicle under the influence, menacing and fleeting police. He is jailed with a $10,000 bond.  At the close of the weekend, emergency personnel were called to the park to the initial report of five people trapped on a ride just after 6pm.  Further investigation revealed no riders had been trapped but a rider’s seatbelt would not release at the end of a ride and the rider’s mother called 911.  By the time first responders arrived, the rider was unbelted.

 

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Monday, June 3rd, 2024

DUI Arrest After Man Runs Into Unoccupied Home

Police in Grayson County say a driver was intoxicated when he crashed into a home on Lilac Road Saturday evening. The crash happened just after 7pm in the 1800 block. A Dodge Ram, driven by 32-year-old John Hardesty, was headed south and exited the road in a curve.  The truck traveled about 75 yards and hit a cluster of trees and struck the side of the empty residence. Hardesty’s injuries were not serious.  He is charged with DUI and criminal mischief.

 

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Monday, June 3rd, 2024

Woman Dies In Sunday Collision

A woman died in a crash on Lincoln Parkway at the Sportsman Lake Road intersection along the edge of Elizabethtown early Sunday. Two others were injured. An Elizabethtown Police spokesperson says officers were dispatched around 11am to the intersection where a Toyota Highlander entered the intersection traveling southbound from Sportsman Lake Road while attempting to turn left.  The Highlander was struck in the driver’s side by a Toyota RAV 4 traveling westbound which failed to stop for the vehicle. The woman driving the Highlander was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at Baptist Health Hardin. A juvenile female passenger sustained minor injuries in the crash. The driver of the RAV 4 sustained serious injuries and was flown University of Louisville Hospital in critical condition. Identification has not been officially released as of our news deadline.

 

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Friday, May 31st, 2024

KY 218 To Be Closed Westbound Three Weeks In Horse Cave

After some preliminary work along KY 218 (East Main Street) in Downtown Horse Cave, removal of asphalt and concrete on will begin Monday, June 3rd, on the westbound side of the road. Construction crew operations will require closing westbound KY 218 between KY 1846 (Short Cut Road) and US 31W (Dixie Street). Eastbound KY 218 through town will remain open to allow access to business and residential locations. For westbound travelers through Horse Cave, this will resemble traffic closures for the annual Heritage Festival. The final opportunity for westbound semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles to detour will be at KY 1846. There are no turnaround opportunities for larger vehicles after that point. Due to the high angle turn from KY 1846 onto southbound US 31W, the suggested detour begins at the Wigwam intersection of US 31E, traveling south to westbound KY 70 (at Griderville), then to northbound US 31W (at Cave City) and then back to KY 218 at Horse Cave. Vehicles accessing I-65 can also do so at Cave City for a closer option from the detour route. This traffic pattern phase will last for approximately three weeks. An update will be announced before work switches to the eastbound side for closure.

 

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Friday, May 31st, 2024

Missing Teen Found Safe

Good news for the family of a missing girl from Edmonson County. Officials with the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Department say 16-year-old Hannah Easterday has been located and is safe. She had been missing for three days. Details of her disappearance and finding were not officially released.

 

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Friday, May 31st, 2024

City To Purchase Property With New Police Headquarters In Mind

Hodgenville’s City Council has purchased a vacant building with plans in the works for a new police headquarters. At a special meeting last week, approval was given for the $275,000 spot at 1250 Old Elizabethtown Road, the former location of DWE Electric. Mayor Jim Phelps says the property features a large fenced-in area that could be used as an impound lot along with other significant storage.

 

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Friday, May 31st, 2024

Reds Recap

The Reds were off Thursday.  They start a weekend series this afternoon in Chicago.  Game time is 1:20 with coverage beginning at 12:50 here on WLOC Sports.

 

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Thursday, May 30th, 2024

Power Restored For Local Areas

Utility crews made significant progress again Wednesday in restoring power across the region. Currently, both local electric utilities report zero outages. The final cluster of customer outages was restored by farmer’s RECC Wednesday afternoon.

 

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Thursday, May 30th, 2024

Debris From Personal Property Shouldn't Be Placed On Right Of Way

With broken trees and other damage in the wake of weekend storms, residents should not place debris on state right of way. Any debris, including trees already placed on state right of way, should be removed. As road maintenance crews continue working with available resources along right of way areas where heavy damage occurred in western and south-central portions of the state, The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reminds residents removal of debris on private property is the responsibility of the property owner.

 

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Thursday, May 30th, 2024

Reds Recap

The Reds were unable to take the final game of their homestand, losing to the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon, 5-3.  Today is an off day for Cincinnati as they travel to Chicago to begin a weekend series with the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon.

 

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Thursday, May 30th, 2024

Scheffler Charges Dropped

Pro Golfer Scottie Scheffler’s charges have been dropped related to his arrest outside Valhalla Golf Club week before last. He was accused of dragging a police detective with his PGA-assigned vehicle while the officer was directing traffic around a fatal traffic incident. During initial proceedings last week, prosecutors argued Scheffler should be treated like any other defendant. A Louisville Metro Police Department video released last week shows no dragging taking place and the officer had not turned on his body camera. Multiple witnesses also say the officer was not dragged. In video of Sheffler in the back of a police vehicle, he is observed communicating with police that he was hit with a flashlight by the detective during the incident.  Sheffler’s lawyer claims there are sufficient grounds for a lawsuit but Sheffler wants to move on and does not wish to pursue any counter-legal avenue.

 

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Thursday, May 30th, 2024

Governor's Detail Trooper Indicted

A Kentucky State Police trooper from Campbellsville is indicted for two felonies related to theft of state property. According to state records, 42-year-old Daniel Forbis was part of the Governor Andy Beshear’s security detail. He is charged with theft by unlawful taking and abuse of public trust.  The indictment comes out of Franklin County, where Trooper Forbis allegedly took property while on duty on two separate occurrences in June 2023 and February of this year.  The property is valued at more than $10,000 but contents are not specified in any released information. Trooper Forbis is currently suspended without pay, with an initial court appearance set for July 12th. Before becoming a trooper, he worked for police departments in Lebanon and Campbellsville.

 

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Wednesday, May 29th, 2024

Power Restoration Progress

Utility crews made significant progress Tuesday in restoring power across the region. All local customers of Kentucky Utilities have been restored. Tuesday morning’s total of 1,500 outages for Farmer’s RECC is now down to around 60 outages, with 27 of those in Hart County (as of 6am).  Crews continue working with the assistance of neighboring cooperatives. FRECC’s latest statement says they expect to have all customers back in service Friday.  Crews are down to repairing areas that only have an average of about three to five customers per issue, meaning that each repair requires similar times but restores fewer locations. FRECC says customers who are still out are not forgotten and work is continuing as quickly and safely as possible.

 

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Wednesday, May 29th, 2024

Fiscal Court Recap

On Tuesday, Hart County Fiscal Court approved the purchase of 52 acres adjacent to the campus of Hart County High School.  At the court’s previous meeting on May 14th, a real-estate discussion pertaining to an undisclosed property led to approval of pursuing the property situated just east of the high school property border extending from a section of road frontage on Lonoke Road to road frontage on KY 88 adjacent to Munfordville First United Methodist Church. Judge executive Joe Choate says there has been interest in the property for some time now, and says there are several opportunities for the county once the property is acquired.  Judge Choate says just over $1 Million in funds for the property, which is part of the Noma Jean and Leon Tharp Estate, were allocated to the county from Frankfort in the newly passed state budget.

In other news from Tuesday’s Hart County Fiscal Court Meeting, a second reading was held for the 2024-25 fiscal budget, which totals just over $14 Million. Magistrate Kate Kenny reported good progress with the first meeting of the new animal control committee. Jailer Israel Bergenson reports 159 inmates at the facility.  Sheriff Jeff Wilson requested the court advertise for a 2023 SUV. The court appointed Holly Crain to the tourism board for a term ending in 2025 and to gather bids for courtroom exterior improvements.  The next Hart County Fiscal Court Meeting is scheduled for June 11th.

 

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Wednesday, May 29th, 2024

Meet & Greet For New Coach

Caverna High School has a new head boys basketball coach.  He is Terrence Miles.  A proper public introduction in the form of a meet-n-greet was held Tuesday afternoon at the high school.  Miles spent the past two seasons as head coach at Thomas Nelson.  Caverna finished this past season ranked 7th (RPI) of the 18 teams in the region and returns a talented set of underclassmen for the next couple of years and looks to continue as a district and region contender. Former Caverna Boys Basketball Coach Steve Barker announced he was leaving the position earlier this month.

 

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Tuesday, May 28th, 2024

Friday Pursuit Through Five Counties

Two suspects remain on the loose after a chase Friday that began in Hart County.  Around 10pm, Kentucky State Police Troopers were conducting a traffic safety checkpoint in Hart County when a Mercedes SUV operated by 28-year-old Anthony Manning of Hopkinsville fled south on US 31E, onto KY 70 at Griderville and then onto I-65 southbound at Cave City where the pursuit reached 130 miles per hour. Manning turned off his lights to avoid detection and exited I-65 at the I-165 interchange on the south side of Bowling Green. Police discontinued pursuit after losing visual contact.  Butler County Dispatch advised the vehicle had been located at a gas station in Morgantown where Manning and a passenger in the SUV fled on foot.  A deputy shot at the passenger, who was observed drawing a firearm. Both suspects disappeared into a heavily wooded area.  An ongoing search has failed to locate them.  Manning has an active warrant and is considered armed and dangerous.  Police say he should not be approached.

 

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Tuesday, May 28th, 2024

Storm Cleanup Update

Cleanup and repairs from weekend storms continue today.  Though some structural damage is reported, the most significant issue resulting from these storms is downed trees and power lines. Utility companies say is could be this weekend before all customers have power. Gusty winds caused uprooted trees and broken limbs which is a primary reason for downed lines, though forces of wind also directly caused some polls to break. As of this morning, Farmer’s RECC is reporting around 1,600 total customers without power. The highest concentration of those outages is just south of Glasgow across Barren County. Hart County has around 200 without power from FRECC, while metcalfe county is slightly higher with around 290 customers. KU is reporting approximately 60 customers without power in our local area. Those are in small clusters throughout Magnolia, Bonnieville, Munfordville and Horse Cave.  Utility companies are receiving assistance from other service providers from outside the area to help with restoration of service.  They continue to ask for your patience. Unlike situations where a single repair can restore a large area, weekend storms caused a high number of line breaks throughout the service area. Each individual repair restores fewer customers.  Remember to remain clear of downed lines and treat all lines as if they are energized.

 

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Tuesday, May 28th, 2024

Reds Winning Streak

The Reds are on a winning streak.  After sweeping the Dodgers over the weekend, they defeated St. Louis on Monday.  Today’s game with the Cardinals is at 5:40 here on WLOC Sports.

 

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Tuesday, May 28th, 2024

Missing Edmonson County Teen

Police in Edmonson County are searching for a missing 16-year-old.  The Edmonson County Sheriff’s Department says Hannah Easterday is described as 5 feet and 4 inches, 140 pounds with curly brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information on Hannah’s location is asked to contact the department at 270-929-3678.

 

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Friday, May 24th, 2024

Hart County Board of Ed special called meeting

Hart County Board of Education met in a special called meeting Thursday night at  the Hart County High School auditorium. Over 200 people were in attendance.

In the first item of business concerning the Fiscal Year 25 tentative budget, Chief Finance Officer Chris Russell addressed the meeting with a presentation of the budget. Russell said the increase for the coming Fiscal year will be an estimated $471,291 from SEEK to make the 2025 Budget an estimated $11,309,312. Russell also addressed possible cuts in the budget that the board could approve to help with staff raises. Several questions were addressed to the board from those in attendance.

After much discussion, the board voted to make cuts of $523,107 in the upcoming Budget. The board then addressed staff raises and voted and approved a 5% increase for all salaried staff for 2024-25 plus monetary stipends and $1 raise for hourly classified employees.

 

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Friday, May 24th, 2024

Theft arrest has been made in Hart County

Munfordville City Police arrested 50-year-old Robin Coomer Thursday, charging him with theft-receipt of stolen credit/debit card and theft of identity of another without consent. Coomer was lodged in the Hart County Detention Center.

 

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Friday, May 24th, 2024

Organized crime arrest made in Monroe County

An arrest was made in Monroe County Thursday involving organized crime. 42-year-old Noah Freeman was charged with engaging in organized crime, along with probation violation for felony offense and receiving stolen property $10,000 or more. Freeman was lodged in the Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Friday, May 24th, 2024

Cave City Police Dept. make drug arrest

Austin Lewis, 27, was arrested Thursday by Cave City Police Department. Lewis was charged with fleeing or evading police, 1st degree (motor vehicle), failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, wanton endangerment- 1st degree - police officer and drug paraphernalia buy/possess. Lewis was lodged in Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Friday May 24th, 2024

Work Begins on Two Sections of KY 218 In Hart County

Preparations for resurfacing two sections of KY 218 in Hart County are underway. The section through East Main Street in Horse Cave will have underlying concrete removed as construction crews flag traffic around saw-cutting operations. There will be closures announced later in the project as work progresses toward final resurfacing. Ultimately, this work will remedy the concrete buckling effect which has produced the rigid pavement surface through town, particularly in front of Horse Cave Baptist Church. Further east, crews are repairing base failures along the section of KY 218 from US 31E to the Metcalfe County line. Resurfacing of old pavement will take place once this preliminary work is complete. During both phases, construction crews will flag alternating one-way traffic around work operations. Weather conditions can affect progress of these projects. Updates will be posted on KYTC District 4 social media accounts. Motorists are reminded to slow down along these stretches of KY 218, minimize distractions and pay close attention to work zone signs and flaggers.

 

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Friday May 24th, 2024

Mammoth Cave National Park set to replace three seasonal park housing units

The National Park Service issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Environmental Assessment (EA) to Replace Rapidly Deteriorating Seasonal Quarters. This project will replace three seasonal park housing units that have inappropriate foundation design and are currently being utilized beyond their useful life. Based on the analysis presented in the EA, which was available for public review from Oct. 30-Nov. 29, 2023, and considering public comments, the NPS selected the proposed action and preferred alternative. Improvements under the selected alternative include:

 

·        Construction of two buildings, each with two stories and 12 bedrooms/baths.

·        Building amenities including private protected storage, an outdoor pavilion, an indoor

·        gathering space, an electric vehicle charging station, and solar panels on the roofs of the buildings.

·        Site development in the Operations Area of the park located at the northern end of the Administrative and Housing Areas. This site already has access to sewer, water, telephone, fiber optic cable, and electrical utilities.

 

 

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Thursday, May 23rd, 2024

Drug arrests made in Edmonson County

A 43-year-old man has been arrested by Edmonson County Sheriff's Office. Gary Sexton was arrested Wednesday for possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, 3rd or greater offense (methamphetamine),

possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia - buy/possess, possession of a controlled substance, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, and failure to produce insurance card along with disregarding a stop sign.

Also on Wednesday, 39-year-old Heather Sexton was arrested by Edmonson County Sheriff's Department. Sexton was charged with possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, 2nd offense (methamphetamine), possession of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia - buy/possess. Both were lodged in Hart County Detention Center.

 

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Thursday May 23rd, 2024

Glasgow man arrested on various charges 

26-year-old Moises Gordillo was arrested Wednesday by the Glasgow Police Department for no operators-moped license, failure to produce insurance card, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, 1st, aggravating circumstance, and possession of open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle prohibited. He was lodged in the Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Thursday May 23rd, 2024

Metcalfe County student awarded scholarship

SCRTC, in partnership with the NTCA Rural Broadband Association and its  philanthropic arm, the Foundation for Rual Service (FRS), has awarded a $9,500 VC Trust Scholarship to Metcalfe County High School Graduating Senior Christopher Boling. This scholarship was the highest awarded by FRS and was one of only two in the entire country. Christopher will attend Duke University with studies in Social Justice.

 

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Wednesday May 22nd, 2024

Glasgow Police arrest a man on strangulation charges

39-year-old Nathan Jewell was taken into custody Tuesday by the Glasgow Police Dept. on charges of strangulation, 1st degree, possession of a controlled substance, 3rd, or greater offense (methamphetamine), drug paraphernalia - buy/possess and assault, 4th degree (domestic violence) with minor injury. Jewell was lodged in Barren County Detention Center.

 

In a separate incident, 39-year-old Robert Denine was arrested Tuesday by Glasgow Police and faces charges of burglary, 2nd degree, criminal mischief, 3rd degree, and probation violation. Jewell was also lodged in Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Wednesday May 22nd, 2024

Magnolia man arrested on child exploitation charges

A Magnolia man is in jail under a $100,000 bond after being arrested Tuesday. 54-year-old Brian Warren faces charges of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor under the age of 12 - 1st offense. Warren was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center and has a court date early Friday afternoon.

 

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Wednesday May 22nd, 2024

Drug arrest made in Barren County

Cave City Police Department arrested a 44-year-old man Tuesday on drug charges. Kenny Lewis was charged with driving on a DUI suspended license - 1st offense, drug paraphernalia - buy/possess, possession of marijuana, operating a motor vehicle without ignition interlock device, as well as failure to wear seat belts, failure to produce insurance car and failure to appear. Lewis was lodged in Barren County Detention Center.

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Tuesday May 21st, 2024

ELECTION RESULTS

The following are the official 2024 Hart County Primary Election results:

 

US President
(Republican Ticket)
# of Votes US President
(Democratic Ticket)
# of Votes State Representative, 24th District
(Republican)
# of Votes US Representative, Congress 2nd District (Democrat) # of Votes
Ryan Binkley 3 Joseph Biden  361 Ryan Bivens  713 Hank Linderman  331
Vivek Ramaswamy  7 Marianne Williamson  62 Asa Waggoner  526 William Dakoda Compton  257
Ron DeSantis 24 Dean Phillips 59
Donald Trump 1157 Uncommitted 151
Chris Christie 3
Nikki Haley 33
Uncommitted 31

 

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Tuesday May 21st, 2024

Congratulations graduating class of 2024

Hart County Schools will have an early release Friday and graduation will be Friday night at the high school. 

The last day for Caverna Students will be Thursday, May 30th, and their graduation will be that night.

 

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Tuesday May 21st, 2024

Tuesday is Primary Election Day

Kentucky's primary is today.  Polls are open until 6pm local time.  Across the state, voters will symbolically vote for their party's presidential candidate.  Additionally, Republicans in Hart, LaRue and Green Counties will choose a candidate for this fall's 24th District State Representative Seat while Democrats will choose a 2nd US Congressional candidate for the November general election.  Hart County voters can vote at any polling location:  The county's five elementary schools, Hart County High School, Horse Cave Fire Department and Linwood Fire Department.  Join us tonight for election results from the Hart County Courthouse.

 

The following races will appear on the voting machines and paper ballots in the precincts listed in Hart County for the Primary Election, May 21st.

 

Republican Party Primary Election for 2nd Congressional District:

President of the United States:

Ryan L. Binkley

Vivek Ramaswamy

Ron DeSantis

Donald J. Trump

Chris Christie

Nikki R. Haley

"Uncommitted"

 

State Representative

Ryan Bivens

Asa L. T. Waggoner

 

 

Democratic Party 2nd Congressional District

President of the United States:

Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

Marianne Williamson

Dean Phillips

"Uncommitted"

 

United States Representative in Congress

Hank Linderman

William Dakota Compton

 

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Tuesday May 21st, 2024

Hart County Sheriff's Office recent arrests

50-year-old Richard Bradley was arrested Monday on charges of possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (methamphetamine) and criminal mischief, 1st degree. Hart County Sheriff's Office also arrested 52-year-old Cristopher Brown for alcohol intoxication in a public place, 1st & 2nd offense. Both Bradley and Brown were lodged in Hart County Detention Center.

 

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Tuesday May 21st, 2024

Drug arrest made in Hart County 

A Hart County man was arrested by Munfordville City Police on various drug charges Monday. 37-year-old Michael Riggs was charged with possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (drug unspecified) and drug paraphernalia buy/possess. Riggs was lodged in Hart County Detention Center.

 

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Tuesday May 21st, 2024
Theft arrest made in Barren County

Kentucky State Police made a theft arrest Monday in Barren County. 48-year-old Cindy King was arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting. King was lodged in Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Monday May 13th, 2024

Sports Ticker

In high school softball, Caverna hosts Somerset Christian this afternoon, while Hart County hosts Campbellsville.

In high school baseball, Caverna travels to John Hardin.

The Reds would love to press a hard reset on the month of May. Cincy lost two of three in San Francisco, dropping Sunday's game 6-5, bringing their record to 1-9 for the month. They begin a series in Arizona tonight. Game time is 8:40, with coverage beginning at 8:10 here on WLOC Sports.

 

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Monday May 13th, 2024

Loans Approved For Hart County Agribusiness

A portion of $4.8 Million in state-wide agricultural loans is headed for Hart County.  Funding through the Beginning Farmer Loan Program assists farmers who want to develop, expand or buy into a farming operation.  A total of $125,000 is approved for local disbursement. While these loans are funded through the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, recipients are not disclosed.  Farmers under the Beginning Farmer Loan Program can qualify for purchasing livestock, equipment or agriculture facilities, gaining permanent working capital, purchasing farmland or investing in a partnership or LLC. For more information on this and other state loan programs offered, farmers can contact the Kentucky Office of Agricultural Policy at 502-382-6093.

 

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Monday May 13th, 2024

Shooting Believed To Be Accidental
Thursday evening, police in Barren County were called to a shooting that occurred at a residence along Arnett Grove Road. Upon arrival, it was determined that a female had been shot. She was transported from the scene and later flown to the UofL Hospital for treatment of injuries. At this time, the incident is believed to be an accidental shooting.  An investigation continues by the Barren County Sheriff's Department to rule out any foul play.

 

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Monday May 13th, 2024

Wreck Results In Shots Fired

Saturday morning, Kentucky State Police (KSP) received a call just before 8am from the Adair County Sheriff’s Office requesting investigative assistance with a vehicle collision and shooting that occurred along KY 704 in Adair County.

Preliminary investigation indicates 50-year-old Gregory Willis and 46-year-old Mark Hatcher, both of Columbia, were involved in a vehicle collision on KY 704. Immediately after the collision, Willis armed himself with a firearm and discharged it, striking Hatcher. A passenger in Hatcher’s vehicle, 23-year-old William Feese, also of Columbia, was injured during the vehicle collision. Both Hatcher and Feese were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Willis fled from the scene prior to law enforcement arrival.

An arrest warrant was issued for assault against Gregory Willis. Around 2pm, troopers located Willis in a wooded area on Paul Frankum Road in Adair County. He was arrested without incident and booked at Adair County Detention Center.

The case remains under investigation.

 

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Wednesday May 8th, 2024

Clark Drugs will close at 2 today

Clark Drugs in Munfordville will be closing at 2:00 p.m. due to severe weather outlook.

 

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Wednesday May 8th, 2024

Area schools dismissing early

Due to severe weather, Hart County Schools will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. today. Caverna Elementary Schools will dismiss at 12:20 p.m. followed with middle & high school at 1:15 p.m. Barren County Elementary School is dismissing at 12:30 p.m. followed with the high school at 1:30 p.m. today.

 

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Wednesday May 8th, 2024

Pontoons Stolen From Dealership

Police in Leitchfield are searching for three pontoons, stolen over the weekend from Renegade Marine. Three men are seen on surveillance video Saturday night around 11:30 entering an enclosed area at the dealership. Just minutes later, three vehicles quickly entered the parking lot and then each is observed leaving with a pontoon in-tow.  Suspect vehicles are identified as a GMC Yukon, a Chevrolet 2500 and a Ford F-250.  After leaving the dealership, it is believed they got on eastbound Western Kentucky parkway. Anyone with information should contact Leitchfield Police at 270-259-3850.

 

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Wednesday May 8th, 2024

Wrong Way Driver Killed In Parkway Crash

A preliminary report indicates the man killed in a crash Sunday night on Western Kentucky Parkway was driving in the wrong direction. The collision happened around 10pm near Mile Marker 126 in Western Hardin County. A report from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department says 38-year-old Roger Wilson of Elizabethtown was traveling east on the westbound side of the parkway in a 2004 Chevrolet Astro van when he collided with a westbound 2011 Ford F-150, driven by 21-year-old Caleb Winebrenner of Louisville. Wilson was pronounced deceased at the scene. Winebrenner was taken to a hospital in Louisville with serious injuries.

 

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Wednesday May 8th, 2024

Sports Ticker

The Reds dropped their home series opener with the Diamondbacks Tuesday night, 6-2. Both teams are back at it tonight from Great American Ballpark.  First pitch is set for 5:40, Central.  Coverage begins at 5:10 here on WLOC Sports.

In high school softball, Hart County’s game with North Hardin was cancelled on Tuesday.

The Lady Colonels of Caverna are scheduled to host Bardstown this afternoon.

In high school baseball, Hart County’s game with Bethlehem was cancelled on Tuesday, as was Caverna’s game with Thomas Nelson.

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Tuesday May 7th, 2024

Sports Ticker

In high school softball, the Hart County Lady Raiders game with Allen County was canceled Monday.  Hart County is scheduled to play at North Hardin this afternoon.

Caverna's game with Metcalfe County was also canceled on Monday.

In high school baseball, the Raiders were able to play at Edmonson County.  Hart County was shut out, 7-0.  They are scheduled to play at Bethlehem this afternoon.

Caverna's game at Thomas Nelson was canceled on Monday.  The Colonels are scheduled to host Thomas Nelson this afternoon.

The Reds were off Monday.  They begin a series tonight, hosting the Diamondbacks.  Game time is 5:40.  Our coverage begins at 5:10 here on WLOC Sports.

 

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Tuesday May 7th, 2024

Man From Glasgow Escapes Custody In Richmond

Police are searching for an inmate who walked away from the Bluegrass Career and Development Center in Richmond Monday afternoon.  A press release from Kentucky State Police says 38-year-old Tyler Branstetter of Glasgow was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, dark basketball shorts and white tennis shoes. He also has several tattoos on his face, neck, and arms.  He is described as a white male, 5′10″ tall, 165 pounds, with strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes. He is serving a sentence for first-degree enhanced trafficking, trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. Police indicate it is possible he has traveled back to the general vicinity of Barren, Hart, Warren or Hardin Counties. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call 911.

 

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Tuesday May 7th, 2024

Trooper Arrests Man Who Interferes With Traffic Stop On I-65

A Barren County man who pulled up in a vehicle during traffic stop along I-65 Saturday afternoon faces charges after interfering with police. The incident happened near the Cave City Interchange. A State Trooper was working on the outside shoulder when 37-year-old Jeremiah Smith parked in front of the pulled over vehicle and the trooper.  Smith exited his van and approached the trooper, ignoring warnings to stop. Smith was tased and pepper sprayed while continuing to be uncooperative during his arrest. EMS transported Smith to the Medical Center at Caverna for treatment and evaluation before being taken to Barren County Detention Center.  He was booked for obstructing governmental operations and resisting arrest.

 

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Tuesday May 7th, 2024

Vehicle Collision Results In Death Of Magnolia Man

A single vehicle crash claimed the life of a Magnolia man Sunday night.  Emergency responders were called to a location on Greensburg Road (KY 61) between Mount Sherman and Buffalo. A preliminary report from Kentucky State Police says 59-year-old Bobby Sexton was driving south when his vehicle drifted onto the shoulder. Sexton overcorrected and overturned several times before coming to a rest. Sexton was pronounced dead at the scene. An adult and juvenile in the truck were transported to Louisville for treatment of serious injuries.

 

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Grayson County Man Fires Gun At Distillery

A Grayson County man faces charges after firing a rifle inside Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort over the weekend. Police responded Saturday morning and located James Ande of Caneyville, who appeared to be intoxicated. He was arrested without further incident and booked in Franklin County Jail for aggravated wanton endangerment, public intoxication, firearm enhanced trafficking in marijuana and possession of an open alcohol container in a motor vehicle. Investigators say the incident was isolated and no additional motive is suspected.

 

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Monday May 6th, 2024

Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month and Hart County Fiscal Court is looking to recognize centenarians within our community. If you know anyone who is 100 years old, please contact Hart County Judge Executive Joe Choate’s office by calling 270-524-5219. There is a simple contact and information form to fill out.  Hart County Fiscal Court is teaming up with Barren River Area Development District in these recognitions throughout this month.

 

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Monday May 6th, 2024

Traffic Checkpoint Results In Arrest

A Magnolia man is facing drug related charges after being stopped at a weekend traffic safety checkpoint. Police in LaRue County arrested Thomas McCubbins at the roadblock setup between Magnolia and Buffalo Saturday night.  An ID check revealed an active warrant and a suspended license. Additional investigation revealed theft of a registration plate, no insurance, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.  McCubbins was booked at LaRue County Detention Center.

 

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Monday May 6th, 2024

Ferry Closure This Week

Motorists who use Green River Ferry in Mammoth Cave National Park will have to make alternate travel plans Tuesday and Wednesday.  The ferry will be closed from 9am Tuesday until 6am Thursday.  Park officials say the Echo River Springs Accessible Trail and the canoe and kayak launch located in the Green River Ferry parking lot will remain open. Park info and ferry status are available at the nps.gov/maca website.

 

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Monday May 6th, 2024

Two Charged In Weekend Shooting That Injures One

A street shooting in Campbellsville over the weekend resulted in one man being seriously injured and two others being arrested.  Around Noon Saturday, Campbellsville Police responded to a call of shots fired at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Baptist Street. A preliminary incident report says 27-year-old Brandon Berry and 25-year-old Dasean Murdock both of Campbellsville became involved in a verbal altercation. Murdock pulled a gun and began shooting at Berry, striking him one time. Murdock was a passenger in a vehicle being operated by 44-year old Karen Wilcher also of Campbellsville. Murdock and Wilcher fled the scene. About three hours later, law enforcement executed a search warrant at a local residence, where they arrested Wilcher and Murdock.  Both are charged with 1st degree assault. Brandon Berry was flown to University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment.

 

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Friday May 3rd, 2024

Caverna's Athletic Director resigns

Caverna Athletic Director and Head Boys basketball coach Steve Barker has informed Studio 101 / WLOC News that he has resigned. The opening has now been posted on the Caverna Independent Schools website. For more information, individuals may contact Nicole Riley at 270-773-2530.

 

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Friday May 3rd, 2024

McConnell Secures Over $37 Million to Fight Opioid Addiction in Kentucky

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced Thursday the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will distribute $37,207,505 in federal funding to the Commonwealth of Kentucky through the State Opioid Response Grant Program.

Senator McConnell helped secure $1.575 billion for this program in this year’s government funding bill, which the Senate passed and the President signed into law this March. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator McConnell fought to secure robust funding and to ensure that resources through this program were targeted toward states with the highest overdose mortality rates, like Kentucky. As a result, Kentucky received an increase in funding this fiscal year.

 

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Friday May 3rd, 2024

Drug arrest in Glasgow

A drug arrest was made Thursday by Glasgow Police Department. 41-year-old Brian Brown was charged with possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree,1st offense, (methamphetamine). Brown was lodged in Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Friday May 3rd, 2024

Crash involves Barren County school bus

An accident with injury happened Friday morning on Trojan Trail. Glasgow Police Department responded to the scene and discovered three vehicles involved in the crash, including a Barren County School bus. Authorities say that a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder attempted to make a left turn out of the Barren County School parking lot onto Trojan Trail. The driver of the Nissan pulled into the path of a 2007 Chevy Trailblazer which caused the Chevy to then collide with the school bus. The driver of the Chevy Trailblazer was treated for facial injuries and a student was treated for back pain. No other injuries were reported.

 

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2024

New Amphitheater coming to Park City

Park City will soon be the home of a brand-new amphitheater and drive-in movie theater. Larry Poteet, the Mayor of Park City, said he wants to take a unique approach to designing the amphitheater by taking inspiration from the surrounding area. One idea is converting a traditional grain bin into the facility's concession stand. According to Poteet, "We don't want it to just look like everybody's you know. I'd like for it to be something that looks like it belongs inside our park area since we're close to Mammoth Cave National Park." According to the mayor, the feedback thus far regarding the project has been overwhelmingly positive. He hopes to see the project completed within the next three years.

 

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2024

Man charged with assault in Metcalfe County

A man has been charged with assault in Metcalfe County. 42-year-old Todd Shive was arrested Wednesday by authorities in Metcalfe County

and charged with Assault, 4th degree, (domestic violence) minor injury. Shive was lodged in the Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2024

Glasgow Police make a child abuse arrest 

Glasgow Police Department arrested a man for child abuse Wednesday.  20-year-old Christopher Rye was taken into custody and charged

with Assault, 4th degree, (child abuse) and was transported to Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2024

Barren County man arrested fleeing on foot

22-year-old Anthony J. Hubble was taken into custody by the Glasgow Police Department early this morning. Hubble was charged with fleeing

or evading police, 2nd degree (on foot) and resisting arrest. He was lodged in Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2024

KSP investigates Fatal Collision in Warren County

Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 3 requested the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) to investigate a two-vehicle collision that occurred Tuesday on Nashville Road near the intersection of Fortuna Avenue in Bowling Green. The preliminary investigation indicates that Trooper Jonathan Johnson, age 48, of Bowling Green, while off-duty, was operating a 2003 Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle traveling south on Nashville Road. Zeljka Meskovic, age 53, of Bowling Green, was operating a 2008 Toyota Camry, traveling north on Nashville Road in the center turning lane. Mrs. Meskovic made a left turn into the travel path of Trooper Johnson, who was unable to stop or avoid the collision. His motorcycle collided with the Camry, and he sustained fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported. Trooper Johnson was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Warren County Coroner. The investigation remains ongoing by KSP CIRT.

 

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Wednesday, May 1st, 2024

KSP offering $67,500 starting salary for Cadet Class 105

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Tuesday that Kentucky State Police is accepting applications from individuals who want to join an exemplary law agency that is “Built by Tradition. Trained to be the Best,” with a mission of creating a better, safer Kentucky. Individuals accepted to join Cadet Class 105, which is slated to begin in November 2024, will earn $67,500 annually and have access to an improved retirement system with a sick leave

buyback program. Interested applicants should visit the online portal to submit their application. Applications are due by close of business on June 30th.

 

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Wednesday, May 1st, 2024

Barren County arrests

26-year-old Vincent Parker was arrested Tuesday by KSP in Barren County. Parker is facing several charges including: reckless driving, speeding 26mph or more over the speed limit, improper passing, permitting operation of motor vehicle with improper registration, failure to produce insurance card, fleeing or evading police, 2nd degree, (motor vehicle) and no motorcycle operator's license. Parker was lodged in the Barren County Detention Center.

 

In a separate incident in Barren County Tuesday,  62-year-old Timothy Nunn was arrested by Glasgow Police Department on charges of trafficking in marijuana, 2nd offense, possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, 2nd offense (methamphetamine), drug paraphernalia-buy/possess and possession of controlled substance, 2nd degree, Hallucinogen. Nunn was lodged in Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Wednesday, May 1st, 2024

A KSP Trooper has died in a motorcycle crash

Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 2 is mourning the loss of Trooper Jonathan Johnson, age 48, of Bowling Green, who was involved in an off-duty fatal motorcycle crash Tuesday morning.  Trooper Johnson was a nine-year veteran of the agency, assigned to Muhlenberg County. He graduated from Cadet Class 92 and served at both the Madisonville and Bowling Green posts during his tenure with the agency. He received the post-level Detective of the Year honor in 2019. Trooper Johnson is survived by his wife and two children.

 

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Wednesday, May 1st, 2024

Hart County man arrested for burglary & assault

A Hart County man has been arrested on burglary and assault charges. Munfordville City Police made the arrest Tuesday and charged 26-year-old Robert Jackson with Burglary, 2nd degree, and Assault, 4th degree, domestic violence with no visible injury. Jackson was lodged in Hart County Detention Center.

 

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Tuesday, April 30th, 2024

T. J. Regional Health Announces 2024 Scholarship Recipients

Three local high school seniors who plan to pursue careers in healthcare will receive scholarships from T. J. Regional Health to assist with their college expenses. The three students chosen to receive $2,000 in scholarship money in 2024 are:

 

Anna Grace Blythe, a senior at Metcalfe County High School who plans to attend Lindsey Wilson College to study nursing.

 

Kensey Johnson, a senior at Glasgow County High School plans to attend Western Kentucky University this fall to study exercise science with the ultimate goal of becoming a physical therapist.

 

Alexandrea Barbour is a senior at Hart County High School and will be attending Lindsey Wilson College  this fall to study Nursing. Congratulations to each of these deserving students.

 

 

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Tuesday, April 30th, 2024

Veteran's home destroyed by fire

A 79-year-old Hart County veteran's home was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning. Tony Smith home just off highway 357 at 350 Munfordville- Linwood Road was completely destroyed by the blaze. Smith who lost everything had no insurance, has no vehicle, and according to Hart County veterans committee President Derek McClure is in need of clothing size 36/30 pants, Size 9 1/2 shoes, and wears large shirts. All items and donations may be dropped off at Daisy’s Deals at 1217 Main St. in Munfordville. According to McClure, they are searching for a low-cost RV or some type of cheap housing for Mr. Smith to live. Smith has no local family. All donations would be greatly appreciated.

 

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Tuesday, April 30th, 2024

Glasgow City Schools name new head coach

2002 Mr. Ky Basketball is now head coach of the Glasgow Scotties Boys Basketball team. The announcement was made during a press conference Monday in the school's cafeteria. Brandon Stockton is a Glasgow native and has been part of the Glasgow basketball program since 2010. Congratulations to Brandon Stockton in his new role.

 

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Monday, April 29th, 2024

Man suffers burn injuries after truck fire

A Big Meadow man sustained burn injuries Sunday after his truck caught fire at Hiseville Auto Parts store. 60-year-old Jimmy Waters was attempting to fuel up his 1966 GMC pickup at the gas station when the truck caught fire destroying fuel pumps as well as the truck. Waters was taken to T J Samson Regional Hospital and then transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is being treated for 2nd and 3rd degree burns. Hiseville Volunteer Fire Department and Cave City Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. Hiseville Auto Parts store is open, however, there will be no fuel sales until the gas pumps are replaced.

 

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Monday, April 29th, 2024

Woman dies in Warren County crash

A one-vehicle crash in Warren County has claimed the life of the driver. The accident occurred Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Plum Springs Road and Grogan St. The female driver was pronounced deceased by the Warren County Coroner and an investigation is ongoing.

 

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Monday, April 29th, 2024

Edmonson County weekend arrests

Sunday morning, 27-year-old William Parsons was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree (methamphetamine) and drug paraphernalia buy/possess. He was transported to Hart County Jail. 41-year-old Lee Ann Doyle was arrested over the weekend for possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, and drug paraphernalia (buy & possess), along with menacing. She was also lodged in Hart County Jail

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Friday, April 26th, 2024

Kentucky State Police Upping Incentive For New Troopers
Kentucky is upping the offer to recruit troopers for state police. Applications are being accepted for Cadet Class 105, which is set to begin training in November. The annual starting salary will be $67,500 with an improved retirement system and a sick leave buyback program. Interested applicants should can visit kentuckystatepolice.ky.gov to learn more and apply. Applications are due June 30th. The agency is seeking both new officers and currently certified peace officers for the law enforcement accelerated program (LEAP) into this fall's cadet class. To qualify for the 14-week accelerated program, a candidate must have been a full-time certified law enforcement officer for a minimum of two years and the candidate must not be under a local government contract with their current or previous police agency.
 

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Friday, April 26th, 2024

Bids Being Accepted For Sinkhole Repair At Hart County High School

At last week's regular monthly meeting, Hart County’s Board of Education set funding in motion for letting a contact to repair a sinkhole near the northern end zone of the football stadium. A proposal for the work was issued by the school system on Friday. The repair project will have to be closely coordinated with the newly approved turf project but is not expected to be in conflict. Perspective construction company bidders have until 2pm Friday, May 10th to make submissions. Bids will be opened immediately after the deadline. An agenda item for approving to award a contract will be set for the May 16th regular monthly board meeting, which is scheduled for 6pm at Hart County High School. Plans and specifications for perspective bidders on the sinkhole project are available through the board office.

 

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Friday, April 26th, 2024

Sports Ticker

In high school softball, Hart County lost to Green County Thursday afternoon, 9-5. Caverna lost to LaRue County, 18-0. This afternoon, Hart County hosts Metcalfe County and Caverna hosts Washington County.

 

In high school baseball, Hart County lost to Green County, 7-3. This afternoon, Hart County hosts Allen County. The Reds had to settle for a split in their four-game series with the Phillies, being shut out Thursday afternoon, 5-0. That wraps up a week-long homestand. The Reds are in Texas this weekend for a series with the Rangers. Tonight's game starts at 7:05 central here on WLOC Sports. Coverage begins at 6:35 p.m.

 

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Friday, April 26th, 2024

New Circuit Court Clerk

The announcement of former state police dispatcher and trooper Daniel Priddy filling the unexpired term of retiring Edmonson County Circuit Court Clerk Tanya Hodges was made earlier this year when Judge John Grise signed an order making the appointment. Thursday afternoon, Priddy officially assumed the role after being sworn to the office. Priddy left his job with KSP as the Post 3 Public Affairs Officer to run for the office. Priddy left his job with KSP as the Post 3 Public Affairs Officer to run for the office. After filling in the unexpired term, he is unopposed in this fall's general election. With the circuit court clerk being a six-year term, Priddy will not have to run again until 2030.

 

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Friday, April 26th, 2024

Signs Not Allowed On Right Of Way

Mowing cycles are under way and illegally placed items along state maintained right of way areas are being removed. Residents, business operators and property owners along US and KY routes are reminded no signage is allowed on right of way other than official highway signs and items approved through a permit process. Particularly, with yard sales and property sales commonly taking place in spring along with the May Primary, related signs must be placed beyond right of way limits. Crews will not mow around illegally placed items. They will be removed. Items place on right of way areas create significant delays for mowing crews and are potential hazards for mowing operators and passing motorists. They can create additional hazards by blocking sight distance or distracting drivers, particularly at intersections. All sale activities including parking should be off right of way limits. It is also illegal to attach items such as flyers, posters, balloons or streamers to stop signs, highway markers or any other road sign or utility pole. Illegal placement on utility poles presents additional obstacles and potential dangers for utility crew workers. Removed items will be taken to each county's KYTC maintenance facility and held for a short period of time. Unclaimed materials will be trashed and recycled.

 

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Friday, April 26th, 2024

Work on KY 70 Bridge

A project to repair sidewalk and railing on the KY 70 bridge over Green River in Brownsville begins Monday. The bridge will be down to one lane during daytime hours. Motorists should expect delays during these lane closures. The project is expected to take about a month to complete. Slow down and use additional caution while traveling in the area.

 

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Thursday, April 25th, 2024

KSP Charges Edmonson Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested 24-year-old Austin Douglas Hubbard Tuesday on charges related to child sexual abuse material. Mr. Hubbard was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online. The investigation resulted in a search warrant in Mammoth Cave on April 23rd. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. Mr. Hubbard is currently charged with ten counts of distribution of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance under twelve years old and ten counts of possession of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance under 12 years old. These charges are Class-C felonies punishable by five to ten years in prison. Mr. Hubbard was lodged in the Hart County Detention Center.

 

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Thursday, April 25th, 2024

Could The City of Bonnieville be Dissolved?

Some citizens of Bonnieville are being asked to consider if they would like to un-incorporate the city.  Discussions have been brought up by the public at recent council meetings and some in the community say they have been asked if they would sign a petition to dissolve Bonnieville City Government. In speaking with Mayor Marie Whitlow, she said no such documentation has been received but expects a petition will be presented. In speaking with officials in the Hart County Clerk’s Office, they have not been notified of any petition. In simplest terms, Kentucky Revised Statutes indicate a petition must include a number of verified voters’ names which total at least 20% of the number of votes cast in the city from the most recent presidential election. Any such petition must make its way to the mayor and the county clerk. If the minimum of petition signatures are verified, the clerk shall add the question on all city precinct ballots, “Are you in favor of dissolving the City of Bonnieville?” The question would be set to appear during the next general election, provided the petition is certified by the second Tuesday in August prior to the general election. Given recent public discussion, Mayor Whitlow addressed citizens and explained several general results of un-incorporation. She says city services would cease and assets become property of the county along with past debts owed to the city such as back taxes. Street maintenance and lighting would become responsibility of the county. Hart County Judge Executive Joe Choate says he is aware of the potential un-incorporation and ramifications. Mayor Whitlow says there is still some question as to how Memory Park Cemetery would be operated and maintained but says she if confident any issue will be resolved. Bonnieville Elementary School and the US Post Office would not be affected. She says questions and concerns are welcome.  City hall is open Monday and Wednesday from 8am until 4pm and the city council meets monthly on the second Monday at 6pm.  Bonnieville Fire Chief, Dennis Amos also provided a reminder to citizens that the fire department would not be affected if the city is dissolved. Bonnieville Fire Department has been an independent entity for nearly 25 years. He says fire coverage or rating will not be affected regardless of Bonnieville’s incorporation status.

 

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Thursday, April 25th, 2024

Sports Recap

Congratulations to Hart County's Kaycee Pedigo for finishing runner-up in the 2024 Heartland Tennis Conference Girl's Singles Championship Wednesday.

 

Congratulations to Hart County's Johnathan Gardner and Jacob Shoulders for finishing runner-up in the 2024 Heartland Tennis Conference Boy's Doubles Championship Wednesday.

 

In high school softball, Hart County heads to Green County and Caverna heads to LaRue County.

 

In high school baseball, Hart County hosts Green County.

 

The Reds defeated the Phillies 7-4 Wednesday night in game three of their four-game set. The Reds go for the series win this afternoon.  Game four is this afternoon at 12:10.  Our coverage begins at 11:40 here on WLOC Sports.

 

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Thursday, April 25th, 2024

Former Police Chief Suit Against City

Former Glasgow Police Chief, Jennifer Arbogast, is suing the city on the basis of gender discrimination. She retired in April of 2023. Her complaint filed last month states the mayor gave her an ultimatum to retire or be fired, which she publicly alleged as she left the chief position last year. The suit claims routine comments of her being unable to handle the job or unwanted in the position because she is a female. She says her retirement was based on her believing further retaliation would occur if she remained chief.  The mayor and city council claim multiple concerns and complaints had been raised by those in the department under Arbogast’s leadership. The mayor said during published interviews at that time, he asked her to resign because there were several personnel departures over a short span at the beginning of the year.

 

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Thursday, April 25th, 2024

Work On Boyd's Knob Road

Preliminary work to resurface KY 1854 (Boyd's Knob Road) is underway. Crews are completing base failure repairs along the stretch between KY 88 and US 31E in Canmer.  Flaggers are directing traffic around work crew operations. The asphalt resurfacing phase of work is not confirmed but could begin as early as next week. The project has an overall completion deadline of June 30th. Motorists are encouraged to travel along the route with additional caution and pay close attention to work zone signage.

 

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2024

Sports Recap

Congratulations to Johnathan Gardner and Jacob Shoulders for advancing to the 2024 Heartland Tennis Conference Boy's Doubles Championship. They defeated the overall #1 seed from Taylor County Tuesday. They will play Marion County in the finals this afternoon at Miller Park in Campbellsville.

Congratulations to Kaycee Pedigo for advancing to the 2024 Heartland Tennis Conference Girl's Singles Championship. She defeated her Taylor County opponent Tuesday. She will play her Marion County opponent in the finals this afternoon at Miller Park in Campbellsville.

In high school softball, Hart County lost at Barren County Tuesday afternoon, 15-0.  Caverna lost at Bardstown, 16-6.

In high school baseball, Hart County hosted Caverna and defeated the Colonels,10-0

The Reds defeated the Phillies 8-1 Tuesday night in game two of their four-game set. Game three is tonight at 5:40.  Our coverage begins at 5:10 here on WLOC Sports.

 

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2024

Fiscal Court Recap

In Tuesday’s Hart County Fiscal Court meeting, a salary increase was approved for county employees. For hourly workers, the bump will range from $1 to $2 per hour.  In other business, a second reading was passed to set a 35mph speed limit for Flat Rock Road. Bids were accepted for county road materials and services. A service agreement extension with Trane for the judicial center was approved. In the jailer’s report, Israel Bergenson says there are currently 162 inmates at the facility. Also in jail news, approval was given to move forward with a $44,000 equipment grant and jail policies were accepted with no changes. An appointment was made for Crystal Thompson to replace Mary Beth Sallee on the Hart County Extension Board for a term ending in 2025. A resolution was passed in support of the Cave Area Agricultural Exposition Center in Cave City. Several routine items such as transfers were conducted and a first reading was accepted for the 2024-2025 county budget. A second reading is scheduled for the next court meeting, which is set for May 14th.

 

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2024
State Highway Department Worker Killed

A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet highway worker has been killed while flagging traffic for a maintenance crew in LaRue County. Kentucky Sate Police investigators say around 9am Tuesday, a van driven by 74-year-old Henry James of Louisville was eastbound on KY 210 between Elizabethtown and Hodgenville near Tonieville. Henry continued through a one-lane section of road and hit 22-year-old Blake Barnes, who was standing in the east bound lane. Barnes was pronounced deceased at the scene by the LaRue County’s Office. Henry was not injured. Reconstruction of the incident closed the road for several hours. An investigation into why Henry failed to see Barnes flagging traffic continues.

 

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2024

Board Votes To Award Turf Project Contract

Hart County’s Board of Education approved a contract Tuesday night for a new turf football and soccer field at the high school’s athletics complex. The agreement with Austin, Texas based Hellas Construction is in the amount of $1.46 million. After an informative round of questions by the board and answers provided by a Hellas Construction representative, a motion was made by Sonya Gedda with a second made by Tina Rutlege to award the contract.  The motion passed 3-2 with Sheryl Shirley also voting in favor of the motion. Tyler Holthouser and Wesley Hodges voted against the awarding. Passage is subject to any unexpected and unforeseen circumstance upon completion of a review by the board attorney. Timing of Tuesday night’s special meeting and awarding will allow the contractor to get the facility ready for the upcoming school year.  Construction is estimated to take 105 days for completion with a tentative work start date set for May 5th.

 

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024

Sports Recap

The Reds were shut out, 7-0, in their series opener hosting the Phillies Monday night. Both teams are back at it tonight for game two of the four-game set.  Game time is 5:40 Central with coverage beginning at 5:10 here on WLOC Sports.

In high school softball, Hart County lost to Russell County Monday night, 20-2. The Lady Raiders travel to Barren County for a 5:30 first pitch tonight.  Caverna travels to Bardstown tonight for a 5:30 first pitch.

In high school baseball, Hart County picked up a road win at Caverna Monday night, 7-1.  The two teams are back at it tonight in Munfordville with 5pm first pitch.

Congratulations to Hart County’s Morgan Chenoweth and Lexie Barbour on their second round win over Taylor County 8-1 at the Heartland Conference on Monday! They advance to this afternoon’s semifinals round.

 

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024

Weekend house fire in Horse Cave

Several agencies responded to a house fire in the 1900 block of South Dixie Street, just north of Caverna High School early Sunday morning.  Horse Cave Fire Chief Adam Sloan says the suspected electrical fire appears to have started in an attic.  His department was called just after 1am.  Munfordville Fire Department also responded along with Hart County Ambulance Service, Horse Cave Police and the Hart County Sheriff’s Department. Law enforcement provided assistance in blocking US 31W for fire crews to run equipment across the street. No serious physical injuries were reported, though one firefighter was taken to the hospital as a precaution following smoke inhalation.  Emergency responders were on the scene until about 10am Sunday.

 

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024

Hart County Board of Ed Special Called Meeting

Hart County Board of Education has announced a special called meeting for 5:00 this evening at the board office. The lone business item on the agenda deals with a football and soccer field turf project. As reported from our Friday newscast, counsel was provided to board members at last week’s regularly scheduled meeting regarding capital project potential and bonding potential for the district. The board voted 3-2 in favor of place holding $1.8 million for conversion of the current football and soccer field at the high school to an artificial turf surface. The measure activates and provides a bond funding avenue to advance the project. At tonight’s meeting, the board is expected to discuss and possibly vote on awarding a contract.

 

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024

Arrest made in Glasgow restaurant theft

A man broke into a Glasgow restaurant early Monday morning and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.  Police responded to Los Mariachis after a broken window and large hole in the wall were discovered. Surveillance captured 50-year-old Allen Ray Lauderman of Glasgow in the act.  He was arrested and booked at Barren County Detention Center on charges of burglary, criminal mischief and tampering with physical evidence. Lauderman appears in court on Thursday.

 

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Monday, April 22nd, 2024

Hart County Fiscal Court meeting scheduled

Hart County Fiscal Court will meet Tuesday, April 23rd, at 9:00 a.m. on the 2nd floor of the Courthouse. Studio 101 WLOC will have details from that meeting Tuesday morning.

 

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Monday, April 22nd, 2024

Runaway Horse And Buggy Collision

A runaway horse and buggy collided with a motorist Saturday night near Upton.  Deputies with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department responded just after 9pm to the incident location along Millerstown Road near Skaggs Lane. The horse pulling the buggy had escaped from nearby farm and was running down the roadway when it was struck. The motorist was not injured.  The horse received non-life threatening injuries.

 

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Monday, April 22nd, 2024

Hart County High School Group Represents On National Stage

Hart County High School's indoor marching group, Hart County Winds performed in Winter Guard International’s world championships in Dayton Ohio this weekend. After advancing from Saturday’s preliminary round as one of the smallest groups in the field, Hart County placed ninth Sunday in “Winds Scholastic A” Finals Competition. Cameron Johnson, Director of Hart County High School’s music programs, expressed how proud he was of everyone who contributed, from students to staff and parents. He said it was a David vs. Goliath atmosphere and his performers didn’t shy away from the occasion. The weekend wraps up a successful indoor winter performance season.

 

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Monday, April 22nd, 2024

Shots Fired Leads To Arrests

Deputies and detectives in LaRue County responded to Old L & N Turnpike in Magnolia on a call of shots fired late last week. Once on-scene, Clinton Harper of Magnolia was identified as the suspect who shot a weapon into the air during an argument. When deputies knocked on the door another subject came to the door and started arguing with law enforcement. Further investigation led to the arrest of Harper for wanton endangerment, terroristic threatening, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. The other subject, identified as Robert Devazier of Magnolia, was taken into custody and charged with menacing and was served with an outstanding warrant.

 

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Friday, April 19th, 2024

Highland Games Postponed

Revival of the Highland Games is delayed until next year.  The goal of bringing back the once popular event to Park City was set for this summer but a spokesperson for the games says due to scheduling conflicts with participating athletes, the traditional three-day schedule is postponed until May 30th through June 1st of 2025. Pushing the inaugural Southern Kentucky Highland Games into next year will also allow organizers to include additional features that would not have been possible with a smaller festival this year. Anyone wishing to keep up with news of the event can visit the southernkyhighlandgames.org website.

 

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Friday, April 19th, 2024

Munfordville Principal Takes Position In Grayson County

Munfordville Elementary will be getting a new principal next school year.  Current Principal Adam Smith has accepted the position of principal at Clarkson Elementary in the Grayson County School System beginning this fall.  After earning his teaching degree at Campbellsville University, Smith started his education career in 2007 as a teacher at Memorial Elementary – just down the road from where he grew up in Hardyville – and then moved to LeGrande Elementary in 2011. After obtaining his Rank 1 from WKU, he became assistant principal at Munfordville Elementary in 2018 and has spent the past two years as principal of the school. Smith says Hart County holds a special place in his heart and always will and he is grateful for relationships built with coworkers, students and the community.  The position in Clarkson presents an opportunity to be closer to his family and home. His wife is a Grayson County native and their family currently lives in the Horntown community.  Their daughters – one a 5th grader and the other a 2nd grader – attend Clarkson Elementary.  The process to select a new principal at Munfordville Elementary is beginning, with a successor to Adam Smith possibly being named around the end of May.

 

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Friday, April 19th, 2024

Voter Registration Deadline

Kentucky’s primary is just around the corner on Tuesday, May 21st.  The deadline for registering to vote in the primary is 4pm Monday.  Anyone with questions in Hart County can contact Clerk Felicia Shelton’s office at 270-524-2751.

 

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Friday, April 19th, 2024

Hart County Board Of Education Meeting

Several large budget items were topics of discussions and actions at Thursday night’s Hart County Board of Education meeting at the high school.  Counsel was provided to board members regarding funds available for district personnel raises from the state’s new biennium budget. The board unanimously approved a total of approximately $550,000 in salary increases district-wide (1% for certified staff, 4% for classified staff and 2% for stipends). Counsel was also provided to board members regarding capital project potential and bonding potential for the district.  The board narrowly voted 3-2 in favor of place holding $1.8 million for conversion of the current football and soccer field at the high school to an artificial turf surface. The measure activates and provides a funding avenue when a decision is made to advance the project. The board unanimously voted in favor of place holding $1.6 million for a new bus garage. The current design under consideration is three-bay 5,500 square feet facility. Like the turf project, passage of the item provides a funding avenue for letting and awarding.

 

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Thursday, April 18th, 2024

Park Cleanup Planned

Mammoth Cave National Park is planning a volunteer cleanup event Saturday in honor of Earth Day and National Volunteer Week. Participants will spend the morning cleaning litter and debris along park roadways, trails and visitor use areas, such as campgrounds and picnic areas. The event is 8am until Noon.  Organizers say volunteers should meet in front of the Visitor Center around 7:45 to check-in and receive orientation and a safety briefing. Participants should wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, long pants and bring their own water, snacks, gloves and sun protection. The park will provide insect repellant, cleaning supplies and safety gear. While volunteers of all ages are welcome, those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For details and answers to questions, call the park volunteer office at 270-758-2158.

 

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Thursday, April 18th, 2024
Warrant Results In Drug Arrest

Serving of a Hart County arrest warrant by law enforcement in LaRue County resulted in a drug arrest Wednesday. Officers with Hodgenville Police were called on to serve the warrant at a residence in Magnolia.  The suspect, who is identified as Nicky Chandler, denied being at home via telephone contact but eventually exited the residence, was served the warrant and taken into custody. A legal search of the home resulted in Chandler being charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, along with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. Drug charges are enhanced with the firearm present. Nicky Chandler was taken to Hart County Jail.

 

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Thursday, April 18th, 2024

Highland Games Postponed

Revival of the Highland Games is delayed until next year.  The goal of bringing back the once popular event to Park City was set for this summer but a spokesperson for the games says due to scheduling conflicts with participating athletes, the traditional three-day schedule is postponed until May 30th through June 1st of 2025. Pushing the inaugural Southern Kentucky Highland Games into next year will also allow organizers to include additional features that would not have been possible with a smaller festival this year. Anyone wishing to keep up with news of the event can visit the southernkyhighlandgames.org website.

 

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Wednesday, April 17th, 2024

Sunfish Road Closed For Bridge Replacement

Sunfish Road, KY 187 in Edmonson County, is set to close beginning Thursday for a bridge replacement project.  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 3 Office in Bowling Green says the Whetstone Creek closure will be in place for 60 days.  A detour is signed along KY 70, KY 238 and KY 185.  The contractor is opening the new bridge on KY 70, before closing the bridge on KY 187. Adverse weather could affect the starting date.

 

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Wednesday, April 17th, 2024

Voters To Decide On Constitutional Guidance For Charter Schools

Kentuckians will vote this fall on a measure highly politicized over whether taxpayer money should fund private or charter schools. A proposed school choice constitutional amendment will be placed on the November ballot. If ratified, it would clear the way for lawmakers to decide whether to support private or charter school education with taxpayer dollars after years of political and legal battles. While there has been a fierce debate over charter schools, there was also considerable disagreement on whether or not to even let citizens decide. Legislators who opted to let citizens choose want to find out what voters in the commonwealth have to say at the poll.  Many are Republican supporters of charter schools.  Some Democrat opponents do not want the measure on the ballot, to even provide a chance for passage.  Governor Beshear says he will work to defeat the proposal.  The push for the constitutional amendment follows court rulings that said tax dollars must be spent on the state’s “common” schools — a reference to public schools — and cannot be diverted to charter or private institutions.

 

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Wednesday, April 17th, 2024

Fatality Totals For 2023

Hart County’s annual traffic fatality numbers continue trending downward. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Kentucky State Police announced 2023 final statistics on Tuesday.  Hart County totaled four fatalities for the year, down from five each of the two years before.  In 2019, Hart County totaled nine fatalities, followed by eight in 2020.  The last five-years total is 31.  Numbers also either stayed nearly the same or decreased in each of our surrounding counties with the exception of Hardin County, where 26 roadway deaths occurred in 2023.  The annual Hardin County total has consistently trended upward from 15 in 2019.  Transportation officials say an increase of traffic volumes and multiple interstate and parkway routes provide possible explanations for the county’s total. Of counties surrounding Hart for 2023, Grayson County totals nine deaths, Green County had four. LaRue, Metcalfe and Edmonson Counties each had one fatality. Statewide, the final 2023 fatality count is 813, up from 744 in 2022. Approximately half of those killed were not wearing seatbelts.  Pedestrians and bicyclists make up for 137 of the 2023 tally while motorcyclists account for 105.  Preliminary numbers for 2024 are trending in the right direction with 170 roadway deaths, down 13.7% compared with the same time a year ago.

 

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Wednesday, April 17th, 2024

Sports Ticker

In high school sports, the Hart County Raider Baseball Team ends a two-game winning streak while hosting Bardstown Tuesday. Hart County drops the game, 8-5.  The Raiders host LaRue County Thursday evening.

In softball from Tuesday, Hart County snapped a two-game losing streak while hosting Fort Knox.  Hart County wins the game, 18-3. Caverna was on the road and lost at Monroe County, 8-7.  Hart County travels to Caverna, where the two will square off Thursday evening at 5:00.

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Tuesday, April 16th, 2024

Police Search For Man Who Held Woman At Gunpoint

A convicted sex offender is on the run after holding a woman at gunpoint in her Hardin County home.  Around 5:30 Sunday morning, the sheriff’s department was dispatched to the location along South Boundary Road between Radcliff and Elizabethtown. They were unable to get an answer from inside the home and obtained a warrant to search.  After gaining entry, they discovered the victim (who is not named in the police report) hiding. The suspect was identified as 45-year-old June Noel Jordan of Radcliff.  A search of the property could not locate Jordan, but his firearm was found. Police continue their search. He was released from Jail in early April after being arrested and charged for trafficking in meth and tampering with physical evidence in February.  His prior sex offender conviction is in Nelson County where he was originally charged with promotion of a sexual performance by a 14-year-old minor.

 

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Tuesday, April 16th, 2024

Two Arrested During Traffic Stop

A traffic stop led to a drug related arrest of two people last Friday.  Around 5pm, a Cave City Officer on patrol noticed a car being driven recklessly on Gillenwater Street. As the car turned onto North 3rd street, it nearly struck the officers vehicle. A traffic stop was initiated and contact was made with two occupants. The driver provided the officer with false information and was eventually identified as 43-year-old Jeremy Nunnally of Arkansas.  He is listed as a fugitive in his home state. A search of the vehicle turned up suspected methamphetamine.  A purse which belongs to the passenger, 33-year-old Kara Ollis, contained several prescription pills for which she did not have a prescription. Both were taken to Barren County Detention Center, where Nunnally awaits extradition back to Arkansas. He is charged locally with theft of identity and careless driving. Ollis is charged with possession of meth and drugs unspecified.  Both are scheduled to appear in Barren County Court on April 22nd.

 

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Tuesday, April 16th, 2024

KY 88 Closure This Weekend In Munfordville

A project underway to repair and resurface a portion of KY 88 in Hart County will require closure of the road where it meets US 31W in Munfordville. Work began in February with the initial project announcement providing details of a concrete inlay. The improvement is designed to withstand torque and twisting produced as heavy vehicles pull into and out of the intersection. Maintenance crews have continually addressed the area recently, attempting to temporarily fill wheel rutting and potholes. The concrete inlay provides a long-term solution.

Concrete work is planned over the weekend to minimize traffic disruption. Closure of KY 88 between Hart County Bank and Trust Company and the South Central Rural Telephone and Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative building will begin at 6pm Friday (April 19th) and run through 6am Monday (April 22nd). Adverse weather could alter the work and closure schedule.

Signs will be posted to detour traffic for eastbound and westbound KY 88 via Back Street in Munfordville. US 31W will not have closures related to the work.

The overall KY 88 project between Kessinger and Munfordville is scheduled for completion by June 30th. Once completed, safety and ride quality will be increased throughout the five-mile stretch along with the improved intersection at US 31W.

 

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Monday, April 15th, 2024

National Work Zone Awareness Week

Today begins National Work Zone Awareness Week. Last year in Kentucky, there were 1,251 crashes in highway work zones resulting in 247 people injured and 17 people killed.  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet along with Kentucky State Police are teaming up for a state-wide campaign that kicks off today with press event in Lexington.  Work zone injuries and fatalities are inclusive of on-site workers and motorists, alike. Distracted driving continues to be one of the leading causes of incidents in work zones. Officials say put the phone down, pay close attention to signs and slow down. The joint agency effort will include a week long social media blitz and increased focus on active work zones.

 

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Monday, April 15th, 2024

Leitchfield McDonald's is open

McDonald's in Leitchfield is back open after a late Friday fire at the restaurant. Just after 5pm, emergency responders were called to the location on South Main Street after fire was reported in the kitchen. Heavy smoke forced evacuation of the building. Firefighters quickly identified an exhaust hood as the source and extinguished the fire. The restaurant closed the remained of Friday but was open on Saturday.  No injuries were reported, but emergency medical service personnel treated an employee for what is believed to have been a panic attack when the fire was realized.

 

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Monday, April 15th, 2024

New superintendent for Larue County Schools

LaRue County Schools announced their new superintendent last Friday. Adryanne Warren will take over the top leadership position in the school system July 1st. She is currently the LaRue County Middle School Principal. Her previous roles the school system include teaching at Abraham Lincoln Elementary and district-wide curriculum specialist. She is a LaRue graduate who resides with her family on their farm in the southern end of the county. Prior to the search leading to the selection of Adryanne Warren, Superintendent David Raleigh announced his retirement at the December board meeting after six years at the helm.

 

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Friday, April 12th, 2024

Caverna Players Of The Year Recognized

WLOC Sports honored Caverna’s 2024 Basketball Players of the Year on Thursday.  Jaylin Craine and Kadence Brown were recognized for having the biggest impact with their respective teams in delivering outstanding performances during the 2023-2024 basketball season. Jaylin Craine is a sophomore at Caverna.  He averaged 20.5 points per game along with 6.2 assists last season. Jaylin is the son of Jason Craine and Alison Stone.  Kadence Brown is a junior at Caverna.  She averaged 9.7 points per game along with 7.5 rebounds. Kadence is the granddaughter of Shirley Bradley.

 

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Friday, April 12th, 2024

Stuttering Therapies To Be Covered By Insurance

Former basketball star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored a victory Thursday as a leading advocate for a new Kentucky law that will expand insurance coverage for people seeking treatment for stuttering. Kidd-Gilchrist, who played on a national championship team at the University of Kentucky and spent several years playing in the NBA, opened up about his own struggles with stuttering. He appeared before Kentucky lawmakers to endorse the bill, which sailed through the legislature and was signed by the governor. At a bill signing ceremony Thursday, Kidd-Gilchrist spoke about the accomplishment he hopes will have a lasting impact for others striving to overcome speech difficulties.  Speech therapy is the mainstay of stuttering treatment. Globally, 70 million people stutter. The law will require that insurers cover speech therapy costs to treat stuttering.

 

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Friday, April 12th, 2024

Boy Died From Reaction To Fentanyl Not Strawberries

An 8-year-old Kentucky boy died of a Fentanyl overdose last month, not from eating a batch of strawberries, authorities said this week. The family had told police they believed the boy had an allergic reaction and took him to a hospital after he developed a rash. Police in Madisonville charged 33-year-old Antonio Person with manslaughter on Wednesday after investigators determined the boy died of “fentanyl intoxication.” Person was living in the same house as the boy and had Fentanyl in the home. Police did not elaborate on their relationship. Person was charged with drug trafficking and illegal gun possession in late March when police searched the home following the boy’s death. When the boy developed the rash, his family gave him the antihistamine Benadryl and soaked him in a bath at home, but it did not go away. The family took him to the emergency room but brought him home several hours later, according to police. He died the next morning on March 15. The death set off unsubstantiated paranoia regarding fundraiser sales because the strawberries were sold by a high school club. The incident prompted the county’s health department to issue an advisory to dispose of the fruit. On Tuesday, the Hopkins County Health Department said testing on samples of the strawberries by the Food and Drug Administration showed they were safe to eat. Person is in custody at Hopkins County Jail on a $1 million bond.

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Thursday, April 11th, 2024

I-65 Injury Crash

A crash on I-65 just north of Munfordville Wednesday morning sent a Munfordville man to a Louisville Hospital and backed up traffic for several hours.  Kentucky State Police issued a preliminary report on the incident which says Jose Gonzales was driving northbound in a 2017 Ford Fusion around Mile Marker 67 and lost control before striking the inside barrier wall and deflected back across all three lanes of the interstate and was hit by a commercial vehicle being driven by Shawn Wentworth of Mount Washington. Gonzales was transported from the scene by Hart County EMS to University of Louisville Hospital with serious injuries.  Northbound traffic began backing up around 7am and reached a queue of about eight miles to near the Horse Cave interchange at its peak. Detour congestion along US 31W also caused delays between Horse Cave and Upton. A noticeable increase in volume was also reported along US 31E as motorists attempted to avoid being stuck in traffic. The scene cleared and traffic flow returned to normal just after 10am.

 

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Thursday, April 11th, 2024

Reckless Driving Results In Drug Arrest

A Cave City woman is jailed in Grayson County after a reckless driving complaint Monday night.  A caller informed dispatch of a gray Scion being driven along Western Kentucky Parkway and followed it into the Leitchfield Taco Bell.  Police arrived and made contact with the subject car’s driver, identified as 43-year-old Cheryl McMillen. After field sobriety tests, she was arrested for DUI.  A K-9 search of her car resulted in the discovery of a large quantity of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  She was taken to Grayson County Detention Center and booked for DUI as well as possession and trafficking charges.

 

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Thursday, April 11th, 2024

Vehicle Registrations Available Online

Registration renewals typically sent in March to applicable Kentucky vehicle owners have been delayed to mid-April due to complications with the state’s new KAVIS system. Vehicle owners have options to pay registration fees and taxes before receiving the mailed notice, including online renewal or visiting their local county clerk’s office. Kentuckians with vehicle registrations expiring in April 2024 can visit drive.ky.gov to renew online by entering the title number found on a previous year’s registration document and their license plate number. Online renewals are not available if previous balances are owed or if insurance information is not on file. Kentuckians always have the option to pay in person or check balances at their county clerk’s office. Those visiting offices ahead of receiving the April notice are asked to bring their ID, proof of insurance and last year’s registration document for the same vehicle.  A majority of issues identified after making the new system available statewide have been addressed. Processing times at county clerk’s offices will continue to improve throughout the year.

 

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2024

Kentucky State Police Investigates Injury Collision on I-65 in Hart County

On April 10th, Jose Gonzales of Munfordville, was operating a 2017 Ford Fusion in the area of the 67 mile marker of northbound I-65. Gonzales' vehicle left the roadway and struck the inside barrier wall, before traveling across all three lanes of traffic. Gonzales vehicle was then struck by a 2024 International commercial vehicle, operated by Shawn Wentworth of Mt. Washington. Jose Gonzales was transported from the scene by Hart County EMS to University of Louisville Hospital with unknown injuries. The northbound side of Interstate 65 was closed for several hours, but is reopened at this time. This investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by the Kentucky State Police.

 

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2024

Dorm Fire At WKU

There were anxious moments for student residents at Western Kentucky University’s Pearce Ford Tower Monday night.  A fire set off sprinkler systems in the kitchen on the 14th floor of the dorm.  A WKU spokesperson says it was a grease fire.  Around 30 students were displaced for the night because of water dispensed through the suppression system. They have since returned to their rooms.  The fire response resulted in a chaotic scene around the tallest building in Bowling Green, which is visible from miles around.  Emergency vehicles and flashing lights were easy snapshots for capture on social media, also creating anxious moments for relatives and friends seeing posts before knowing details of what was happening at the dorm.  No one was physically injured and there was no structural damage.

 

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2024

Fiscal Court Recap

Hart County Fiscal Court received payments from jail and sheriff’s departments at Tuesday’s meeting in Munfordville.  Jailer Israel Bergenson provided the court with a check from the jail for just over $12,600 and reports 170 inmates currently being housed in the facility.  Sheriff Jeff Wilson presented a property tax collection check for just over $50,000.  Wilson also reports receiving a $164,000 grant for purchasing radios to be used by his department along with Munfordville and Horse Cave Police. The Hart County Clerk’s first quarter report was received and approval was given for the road department to purchase an asphalt hot-box at the state bid price of just over $45,700.  A first reading was approved to establish a 35mph limit on Flat Road.  Kenny Riggs was hired at $14 per hour for judicial center and courthouse maintenance.  Kyle Nunn was hired at $15 per hour to work for the road department.  The court also approved County Attorney Justin Baird to conduct negotiation of a purchase price for an undisclosed land parcel.  In announcements, Judge Executive Joe Choate reminded the court of the upcoming tire amnesty event for May 23rd-25th at Hart County Fairgrounds and he says the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has confirmed dates for closing KY 88 between Hart County Bank and SCRTC/FRECC. The road will blocked Friday night, April 19th through Monday morning, April 22nd for concrete work.  A signed detour will be set up using West Back Street. The next meeting of Hart County Fiscal Court will be Tuesday, April 23rd.

 

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2024

Cruiser Hit By Pickup

A Kentucky State Police cruiser was involved in a two-vehicle crash Monday in Elizabethtown. The collision with a 2011 Chevy Silverado pickup happened just before 8am at the intersection of Saint John Road and US 31W Bypass.  The trooper driving was responded to a call for assistance when he was struck by the pickup on the rear portion of the cruiser’s left side. There were no injuries. KSP’s  Post 4 spokesperson says no charges are involved with the incident.

 

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2024

Hart County Senior Signs To Play College Basketball

Congratulations to Hart County High School’s Khloe Hale. She has committed to play collegiate basketball at Lindsey Wilson College this winter.

 

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Tuesday, April 9th, 2024

City Council Updates

Horse Cave City Council met Monday night at City Hall.  After several routine business items, an appointment of Kendell Ford was made to the Horse Cave Code Enforcement Board to fill the unexpired term of Don Ford through 2027. The council authorized listing of surplus property for sale from police, fire and maintenance departments.  Approval was given for the city to apply for a $50,000 historical grant to be used for repair and improvements of the Thomas House. In wrapping up the meeting, the upcoming tire drop-off for later this month was announced along with a public thank you to participants of the Community Easter Egg Hunt.

Munfordville City Council met Monday night at City Hall.  After several routine business items, an update on limb pickup throughout the city was given.  Discussion was held regarding soccer usage at the city park and a horse ordinance was discussed.  Departmental reports were given and the next meeting date was announced for May 13th.

 

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Tuesday, April 9th, 2024

Man Attempts To Cash Forged Check At Bank

Hodgenville Police arrested an Elizabethtown man after an attempted forgery.  Last week, 57-year-old Jimmy Mitchell visited Magnolia Bank on North Lincoln Boulevard and tried to cash a check written for $3,650.  The circumstances of the check were not released. When arrested, an outstanding warrant from Grant County was flagged. Mitchell is booked at LaRue County Detention Center on charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft by unlawful taking under $10,000.  His bond is $5,000 and he is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

 

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Monday, April 8th, 2024

Eclipse viewing adds heavy traffic

After extremely heavy volume through Hart and adjacent counties along I-65 this weekend --- particularly northbound with spring break traffic returning --- congested travel is expected to continue along the interstate throughout today and into the evening due to today’s eclipse. Even with cloud coverage over portions of the eclipse path in the forecast to interfere with viewing, large crowds are expected to gather in Southern and Central Indiana along with Western Kentucky.  Motorists needing to travel along interstate routes from Nashville to Indianapolis are advised to allow extra time and plan for congestion at interchanges. Motorists are also reminded non-emergency stopping on restricted access roads is unlawful. Locally, the eclipse event will begin just before 1pm and will be at its peak just after 2pm.  About 90-95% blockage of the sun will occur throughout Hart and surrounding counties.

 

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Monday, April 8th, 2024

Woman arrested after Edmonson County pursuit

A woman is in Hart County jail after leading police in Edmonson County on a pursuit Friday in the Wingfield Community. Deputies with the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office observed 48-year-old Ponda Bennett driving northbound in the middle of Wingfield Church Road, nearly striking a cruiser head-on. Bennett began to flee at a high speed when a deputy activated lights and sirens. Bennett was located about a half mile down the road after losing control of her vehicle and hitting a mailbox. A report of the incident says she tried to run from the scene and refused instructions. Bennett was taken into custody. A large amount of methamphetamine, scales and drug paraphernalia were found in her vehicle. She is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, fleeing or evading police in a vehicle and on foot, resisting arrest, wanton endangerment of a police officer, tampering with physical evidence and reckless driving.  Ponda Bennett remains jailed with a $20,000 bond and a court date set for Tuesday.

 

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Monday, April 8th, 2024

Age restricted products investigation

Hodgenville Police conducted multiple controlled buy attempts for age-restricted products last week. Only one illegal sale was completed. Targeting underage vape sales, a 17-year-old investigative assistant visited Hometown Mini-Mart on Lincoln Farm Road. Even though the store has an ID scan requirement in place for age-restricted products, the attending cashier, identified as Jennifer Trimmer of Hodgenville, scanned her own license to circumvent the security measure and make the sale.  Trimmer is charged with unlawful transaction with a minor. A report from Hodgenville Police says the store’s measures are appreciated and notes the ownership and management have completely cooperated with law enforcement investigating the case.

 

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Friday, April 5th, 2024

Dea Bradley Earns All-State Honors

Congratulations to Hart County Lady Raider Basketball Standout, Dea Bradley, who is named to the Lexington Herald-Leader’s All-State First Team. Bradley joins another 5th Region player in Leah Macy of Bethlehem. Other first-team selections include ZaKiyah Johnson of Sacred Heart, Trinity Rowe of Pikeville, Claire Johnson of McCracken County, Grace Mbugua  of Danville Christian, Shaelyn Steele of Russell High School, Reagan Bender of Sacred Heart, Ciara Byars of George Rogers Clark and Maria Knight of Butler.  The Herald-Leader’s selections are comprised of ballots from coaches all across the state.

 

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Friday, April 5th, 2024

Overdose Treatment Funds Secured For Three Local Counties

A local collaboration by two organizations has secured funds for life-saving drug overdose treatments. The Hart-Barren-Metcalfe Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention (known as ASAP) Coalition and T J Regional Health will be able to purchase around 960 doses of intranasal Narcan and 15 Opioid Rescue Kits through ASAP and Harm Reduction Grants. These doses will be available free of charge to businesses, community organizations and individuals in all three counties.

 

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Friday, April 5th, 2024

Lindsey Wilson College Considers Name Change

Lindsey Wilson College could soon become Lindsey Wilson University, according to the school's President, William Luckey. If all goes according to plan, the change could take place by July of 2025. Luckey said this type of change has been a topic of discussion among administration and faculty members for years, beginning when doctoral opportunities were added. Another factor contributing to the consideration is 60 percent of the overall student body now being graduate students. Many colleges prefer a name change to a university in hopes of changing their public perception, as some people may have negative preconceived notions of the term, “college”. Colleges struggling with admissions may call themselves a university in order to entice more students.

 

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Friday, April 5th, 2024

Local Family Dollar-Dollar Tree Nearly Bare Ahead Of Closure

Amid a dismal report of Dollar Tree’s 2023 fourth-quarter, with losses being above $1.71 Billion, the company (which operates several storefront names, including locally known Family Dollar and Dollar Tree combined stores) announced last month it will close around 1,000 stores as part of their cost-savings plan.  About 600 are in the process of closing now, including the location in Magnolia, which has only been open for around two years.  Sales to clear inventory have been going on for a couple of weeks, with most shelves now bare inside the store.  The company says the remaining approximate 400 stores of the closure plan will be shut down over the next couple of years as lease terms expire.  Locations in Horse Cave and Munfordville are not anticipated for closure at this time.

 

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Thursday, April 4th, 2024

Three Found Deceased Inside Brownsville Home

Three people were discovered deceased inside an Edmonson County Residence Tuesday morning. Kentucky State Police released limited information Wednesday on the case. Brownsville Police contacted KSP around 3am requesting investigative assistance at the location on Carder Street. Those deceased include 56-year-old Harold Hendrick of Oakland, 44-year-old Carrie Canady of Bowling Green and 37-year-old William Payne also of Bowling Green. Causes of their deaths are not officially confirmed at this time. Investigation continues.

 

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Thursday, April 4th, 2024

Traffic And The Eclipse

Kentuckians, tourists and commercial truck drivers are being urged to plan ahead for heavy traffic and distracted driving conditions when the moon’s shadow sweeps across the commonwealth and a dozen other states Monday afternoon. The totality phase of the April 8th eclipse enters Kentucky just before 2pm Central in parts of Fulton and Hickman counties before crossing Ballard, McCracken, Livingston, Crittenden, Union and Henderson counties along the Ohio River. Law enforcement agencies will enhance patrol coverage around the event. Motorists are asked to allow extra travel time to ensure a careful drive to their destination as large volumes of traffic are anticipated not only in the total eclipse path, but along major traffic arterials providing access to the path.  That will include I-65 as motorists travel into southern and central Indiana for prime celestial viewing. Those who are planning to observe should do so from designated viewing areas and to avoid stopping on interstates and other roads unless there is an emergency. Plan on arriving early and staying late to help reduce traffic congestion. Police and transportation officials say the key to a safe eclipse experience is planning ahead and exercising an abundance of patience.

 

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Thursday, April 4th, 2024

Hart County Player Signs To Play College Football

Congratulations to Kaden Trent as another member of the Hart County Raider Football Team signs to continue playing at the next level. In a signing ceremony surrounded by friends and family earlier this week, Trent committed to play football this fall at Lindsey Wilson College.

 

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Thursday, April 4th, 2024

Reds Take Series With Phillies

The Reds have won their second consecutive series to begin the 2024 season. They defeated the Phillies Wednesday night 4-1, after the originally scheduled game time was moved from Noon to 3pm and then an additional four-hour rain delay. The Reds take 2/3 from Philadelphia and are now 4-2 on the year. Cincinnati is off today. They begin a week-long homestand with the Mets coming to town for the weekend on Friday night, followed by series with the Brewers beginning on Monday.

 

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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024

Damage From Tuesday Storms

Damage from Tuesday storms was mostly concentrated along a line across northern portions of Kentucky, southern Illinois, Southern Indiana, Southern Ohio and West Virginia.  Several reports also came in across the central and east-central portions of Tennessee but were fewer in number. Tornados rated on the lower EF1 end of the scale were confirmed from Tuesday morning in Nelson County and Anderson County. Thunderstorm wind damage was also heavy Tuesday morning in the Lexington area.  Tuesday evening tornados are suspected in southern Indiana and just east of Louisville.  National Weather Service Teams will continue survey operations today in those and a few other locations around the state.

 

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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024

Man Arrested After Standoff At Storage Business

A man is jailed after brining a firearm into the office of a storage business Tuesday morning in Glasgow.  Police were called to Storage Sense, behind Zaxby's along Happy Valley Road and observed 44-year-old Christopher Safford in possession of a handgun and a woman running out of the building.  Police attempted negotiation with Safford ahead of the arrival of Barren County's Tactical Team. They entered the office and took Safford into custody. He is booked at Barren County Detention Center on charges of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, receiving stolen property as the gun was registered as stolen and wanton endangerment. Safford appears in court today. He has been arrested four other times over the past three years for contempt of court and libel/slander related charges.

 

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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024

Western Names New Men's Basketball Coach

Western Kentucky University's Director of Athletics, Todd Stewart, announced the resignation of men's basketball coach Steve Luts Monday and hinted at having already anticipated the departure for at least some measure of time in advance of the decision for the first-year coach and his move to Oklahoma State. Just a day later, the university has the next coach lined up to take over. Promoting from within, Hank Plona has been named to lead the program. Plona joined the staff of Steve Luts last year at Western and played a vital role in the success of this past season which ended with a C-USA Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance. Stewart says Plona will continue to build on recent momentum, with a proven history of strong recruiting and player development. Plona began his coaching career in 2007, with stops at Providence, Arkansas Fort-Smith, Indian Hills Community College and South Plains College.

 

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024

New Leadership For Hart County's Chamber of Commerce

There is a new President/CEO of the Hart County Chamber of Commerce. Since the deadline for accepting applications at the end of February, the board of directors has conducted interviews and narrowed their list of candidates. Monday, the board announced the hiring of Holly Crain to fill the position. Board Chairperson Whitney Choate says the Hart County Chamber is looking forward to strategic growth under Crain’s leadership.  The organization was formed in 1986 and has played a vital role in bringing industry to the county while serving existing business and individuals with information and tools to cultivate economic growth.  Follow the Hart County Chamber of Commerce on Facebook or visit hartcountyky.org for information on becoming a member.

 

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024

Man Threatens To Kill Responding Officers

A man who threatened officers responding to a domestic disturbance call weekend before last now faces a long list of charges. Police in Edmonson County were called to a location on Sulphur Road where 49-year-old Ronald Holland ignored instructions and became combative with officers. Holland was tazed multiple times with little effect as he gained access to kitchen knives and threatened to kill responding deputies. He barricaded himself in a bedroom.  Kentucky State Police units arrived for assistance and Holland was eventually persuaded to exit through a back window.  He was taken into custody and transported to Hart County Jail.  He is booked on charges of assaulting police, public intoxication of a controlled substance other than alcohol, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, harassing communications, wanton endangerment and disarming a peace officer.

 

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024

DUI Driver Hits Motorcycle

A driver is charged with DUI after a collision on the square in Hodgenville over the weekend. A police report says round 9pm Friday, officers responded and found an F-350 pickup driven by James Coyle of Loretto which had entered the circle and failed to yield to a motorcycle driven by Gary Johnson of Elizabethtown.  The two collided resulting in Johnson and a passenger being transported to Baptist Health Hardin for injuries. Coyle was taken into custody and charged with DUI and having an open alcohol container in a motor vehicle.

 

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024

Reds Recap

The Reds are 3-1 on the young season after their extra innings win against the Phillies Monday Night. Spencer Steer hit a grand slam in the top of the 10th and they held on for a 6-3 victory.  Game two of the series is tonight with our coverage beginning at 5:10 here on WLOC Sports.

 

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Monday, April 1st, 2024

Identity Released Of Victim Of Thursday Night Murder In Barren County

A man is charged with murder in Barren County after a stabbing Thursday night.  Barren County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a location on Fendell Road in reference to an unresponsive male. When deputies arrived, they found 55-year-old Robert Fields dead from apparent stab wounds. Investigators were told someone had fled the scene prior to their arrival. A male subject identified as 26-year-old Dedontae Morrison was located nearby. While being questioned, Morrison told detectives he had entered the victim’s bedroom and stabbed him in bed. Morrison did not say why. The relationship between the two is not confirmed. Dedontae Morrison is currently jailed at Barren County Detention Center. He is charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence.

 

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Pedestrian Strikes And Deaths On The Rise Locally And Nationally

In a noticeable increase in pedestrian strikes around the state recently, a woman has died after being hit by a vehicle last week in Hardin County. Police in Radcliff say 21-year-old Emma Grace Cobble succumbed to injuries sustained from the incident two days prior. An incident report says Cobble was in a crosswalk on North Wilson Road when a truck headed west on Elm Road made a left turn, striking Cobble. The lone occupant of the truck stopped and called 911. Cobble was taken to Baptist Health Hardin before being transferred to University of Louisville Hospital. Police say the driver is in full cooperation with the investigation. Over the past week, a pedestrian was hit and killed on Bardstown Road and another on Preston Highway in Louisville. The week before, four people were hit resulting in three deaths in the city.  In Glasgow, a juvenile was hit on Columbia Avenue last Monday and another was hit on the square Wednesday.  Nationally, pedestrian deaths are topping a 40+ year high at a rate of over 21 people per day, with over 7,500 being killed last year --- the most since 1981.

 

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Friday, March 29th, 2024

Man dies in Glasgow stabbing 

Thursday, at approximately 11:21pm, the Barren County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a residence on Lee Fendell Road in reference to an unresponsive male. After arriving, deputies located a deceased male that had sustained stab wounds. A male subject was located in the area after it was reported that someone had fled the scene prior to deputies' arrival. The male subject was identified as being 26-year-old Dedontae Morrison, of Glasgow. Morrison later told detectives that he had entered the deceased male's bedroom and stabbed him while the victim was in the bed. Morrison did not provide an explanation of why he stabbed the male subject. He was arrested and charged with Murder and Tampering with Physical Evidence. He was lodged in the Barren County Corrections Center. The victims identity is withheld pending family notification.

 

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Friday, March 29th, 2024

Kentucky Unemployment Numbers For February Released

Kentucky's seasonally adjusted preliminary February 2024 unemployment rate is 4.4%. The rate is up one-tenth of a percentage point from January and up four-tenths of a point from one year ago. The US seasonally adjusted jobless rate for February 2024 is 3.9%, also up slightly from January 2024. Employment numbers undergo sharp fluctuations due to seasonal events, such as weather changes, harvests, holidays, and school openings and closings. These seasonal adjustments eliminate these influences and make it easier to observe statistical trends.

 

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Friday, March 29th, 2024

Man Killed In US 68 Wreck

A Greensburg man died Wednesday morning after colliding with a car turning left in front of him just east of Greensburg on US 68.  Police were called just before 8am to the location near the local store, Taste Like Home at the intersection of Marshall Ridge Road.  A preliminary report says 18-year-old Kathleen Yoder of Greensburg was westbound in a 2013 Toyota Camry and turned into her workplace.  She entered the path of an eastbound Chevy Cobalt driven by 61-year-old Timothy Berry also of Greensburg.  Berry was transported to Jane Todd Crawford Hospital where he was pronounced deceased a short time later.  Yoder was not physically injured in the collision. US 68 was blocked for about two hours as clearing and reconstruction was completed.  Investigation into the crash continues.

 

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Friday, March 29th, 2024

Shooter Identified In Glasgow Incident

Additional details have been confirmed regarding a Wednesday night double shooting in Glasgow.  The man police initially said was in custody is now confirmed as 21-year-old Eric Dominguez.  He is accused of shooting a female in the hand and a male in the groin.  Both victims were transported to T J Samson Community Hospital and transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries.  When police arrived at the residence on Meadow Drive, Dominguez was taken into custody with no further incident.  He is jailed with a $250,000 bond at Barren County Detention Center, where he is booked on two counts of first-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment.

 

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Friday, March 29th, 2024

Semi Hauling Lumber Overturns

The driver of a tractor trailer escaped serious injury Wednesday morning after overturning and taking out a utility pole on Wax Road.  Police and other first responders in Grayson County responded to the 4200 block around 7:30 and located the Freightliner loaded with lumber which had exited the road and traveled down an embankment.  The driver, who is from Louisville but not officially identified by name, reported general soreness but refused EMS transport.  Wax Road was blocked for several hours while the semi was removed and the utility pole was replaced.

 

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Friday, March 29th, 2024

Reds Win Opener

The Cincinnati Reds are winners of their 2024 season opener.  They defeated the Washington Nationals Thursday afternoon, 8-2.  Today is an off-day.  They resume the series with Washington Saturday afternoon at 3:10.  Catch the game here on WLOC Sports.

 

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Thursday, March 28th, 2024

Attraction Reopens In Mammoth Cave National Park

After being closed last fall, Sloan’s Crossing Pond trail and picnic area at Mammoth Cave National Park is now open for public use.  A rehabilitation project to the wooden boardwalk that circles the pond is complete. New decking is installed along with repair of existing overlook and seating areas. The nearly half-mile boardwalk provides access to the marshy area surrounding the pond. A press release from the National Park Service says the boardwalk and adjacent picnic area are wheelchair accessible. Exhibits along the walkway interpret the pond’s unique environment where wildlife such as turtles, frogs, red-winged blackbirds and various waterfowl are often viewed.

 

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Thursday, March 28th, 2024

Man In Jail For Murder Attacks Deputies

An altercation broke out Wednesday morning at Adair County Regional Jail between jailers and the man who was recently booked for shooting and killing his landlord. Columbia Police responded around 6am after 57-year-old Joseph South of Columbia became aggressive and refused verbal instructions before attacking multiple deputies. South is charged with three counts of assaulting a correctional employee. His original booking at the jail is for murder in connection to the Saturday shooting which resulted in the death of 87-year-old Earl Coffey in Adair County.  South was in the process of being evicted from his rental when the murder took place.

 

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Thursday, March 28th, 2024

Wednesday, March 27th, 2024

A man who should not have been driving was behind the wheel when his vehicle hit a juvenile pedestrian.  Police in Glasgow responded to Cleveland Avenue on Monday after the driver of an eastbound car struck the female with the vehicle's mirror as she walked westbound.  The driver is identified as Anthony Hoag. He was operating on a suspended license.  He was also cited for not having vehicle insurance.  The juvenile was transported to TJ Samson Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

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Tuesday, March 26th, 2024

THE HART COUNTY FISCAL COURT MET TUESDAY MORNING IN THE COURTROOM. AFTER JUDGE JOE CHOATE CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER, BROTHER DAVE SHEPPARD, PASTOR OF MUNFORDVILLE CHURCH OF GOD, OPENED THE MEETING WITH PRAYER.

 

JAILER ISRAEL BERGENSON STATED THERE WAS A TOTAL OF 157 IN THE COUNTY JAIL. THE COURT APPROVED FOR JAILER BERGENSON TO ADVERTISE FOR A NEW VAN AND TAHOE FOR THE JAIL. SHERIFF JEFF WILSON REPORTED THAT THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAD PARTNERED WITH THE MUNFORDVILLE AND HORSE CAVE POLICE DEPARTMENTS TO GET HART COUNTY APPROVED AS A HIDTA COUNTY.

 

THE COURT APPROVED RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT GRVWD FOR A GRANT APPROVAL, RESOLUTION TO APPLY FOR THE CLERK TO APPLY FOR $10,700 GRANT, APPROVED FINAL APPROPRIATION OF $309,930 FOR THE HART COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND $306,430 FOR THE HART COUNTY EXTENSION BOARD, AND APPROVED TO PAY SCOTTY'S PAVING $154,000 FOR PAVING QUARRY ROAD OF WHICH ALL BUT $4,000 WOULD BE REIMBURSED BY THE STATE.

 

THE COURT'S NEXT MEETING WILL BE TUESDAY APRIL 9th, AT 9 AM IN THE COURTROOM.

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Tuesday, March 26th, 2024

Hart County Business Owner Honored

A Hart County business owner is being recognized nationally.  Debra Dudley, founder of Oscarware is the recipient of the 2024 Gail Adinamis WEGG Award for exemplary global leadership.  The honor is given by the Chicago-based nonprofit organization, Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global, with a mission to educate, inspire and nurture women business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide. Oscarware is located just outside of Bonnieville and is known for manufacturing a full line of both disposable and porcelain coated steel grill toppers. The business is family-based.  Debra Dudley and her daughter, Vice President Kelly Dudley Busick, lead the 25-employee enterprise, which distributes its products across the US, Europe and its oscarwareinc.com website.  In honoring those like Dudley  who have gone out of their way to connect, create, contribute and collaborate with WEGG and forge alliances, the award is named after Gail Adinamis, founder of Global Care Clinical Trials, LLC, a leading global provider of ambulant health care services for clinical trials. The company was acquired by LabCorp in July 2020 to further expand its decentralized clinical trials capabilities globally.

 

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Tuesday, March 26th, 2024

Horses Die In Crash, Driver Injured

Three horses are dead and a semi driver is seriously hurt after a crash on Bluegrass Parkway at the US 150 Bardstown Exit early Monday morning.  The driver was enroute from Arkansas to Keeneland in Lexington when he ran off the eastbound left side, crossed the median and westbound side, then crashed into an embankment leading up to the US 150 overpass.  The driver was flown to University of Louisville Hospital with serious lacerations. Animal rescue specialists from Anderson County were called and recovered four surviving horses, which were transported to an animal hospital.  Westbound Bluegrass Parkway was completely blocked for about nine hours as traffic bypassed the incident scene via the Exit 25 exit ramp and entry ramp.  The scene was completely cleared around 8:00 Monday night.  Monday’s crash is just a few miles away from the location of an incident last summer on Bluegrass Parkway, where a trailer caught fire and killed four horses on June 19th.

 

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Tuesday, March 26th, 2024

Legislative Session Wrapping Up

We are coming to the end of the 2024 legislative session in Frankfort.  After this week, lawmakers will take a ten-day break for the governor’s veto period. Following that period, they will return for two more days to consider any vetoes that come forward and finish up any other business. Those two days will conclude the legislators’ 60-day session.

 

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Tuesday, March 26th, 2024 

Rexroat Signs With Hanover College

On Monday, Clark Rexroat made his college choice official.  Rexroat is another key player from the 2023 Hart County State Tournament Raider Football team who will continue his football career at the next level. Surrounded by family members, he signed his letter to play this fall with the Hanover Panthers. The school is located in southern Indiana.  Congratulations, Clark Rexroat.

 

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Friday, March 22nd, 2024

Update on Possible Bomb Threat at Area School

Hart County High School received a report of a possible bomb threat shortly before 1:00 p.m. on Friday. Administration notified law enforcement and took immediate action to ensure the safety and well-being of all students and staff. The threat was thoroughly investigated and cleared by Kentucky State Police and the Hart County Sheriff's Department around 5:00 p.m. on Friday. The safety and security of students and staff remain the school district's top priority. School operations will resume as usual.

 

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Friday, March 22nd, 2024

Boys Sweet 16 Tournament continues

In Thursday's games:

 

Harlan County 67 to Warren Central 59

Evangel Christian 71 to Butler County 71 to 60

St. Xavier 50 to Pulaski County 43

Campbell County 43 to Newport 40

 

The Boys Sweet Sixteen Tournament continues on Studio 101 WLOC with the semi final and championship games Saturday.

 

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Friday, March 22nd, 2024

Man faces more than a dozen charges after arrest in Hart County

KSP made an arrest Thursday in Hart County after a pursuit. 33-year-old Nathaniel Thompson was charged with 2 counts of fleeing or evading police, 1st degree, (both motor vehicle and on foot), 2 counts of wanton endangerment, 1st degree-police officer, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance, 2nd degree-hallucinogen, operating on a suspended or revoked operator's license, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, improper display of registration plates,

disregarding a stop sign, reckless driving, failure to or improper signal, speeding 26 mph or more over the speed limit, along with failure to produce insurance card

and no registration receipt. Thompson was lodged in Hart County Detention Center.

 

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Friday, March 22nd, 2024

Horse Cave Police make EPO arrest

Horse Cave Police made an arrest Thursday. 27-year-old Jacob Guinn, was charged with violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO as well as criminal mischief, 3rd degree. He was lodged in Hart County Jail.

 

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Friday, March 22nd, 2024

Woman arrested in Edmonson County

Brownsville Police Department arrested a 23-year-old woman Thursday. Gillian Vincent was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, possession of marijuana, wanton endangerment, 1st degree and drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. She was lodged in Hart County Detention Center.

 

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Thursday, March 21st, 2024

Theft arrest made in Hart County

Horse Cave Police made a drug and theft arrest Wednesday. 27-year-old Samuel Miller was taken into custody and charged with theft by unlawful taking or disp,  shoplifting, public intoxication - controlled substance (excluding alcohol), and possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, 2nd offense (Methamphetamine). Miller was lodged in the Hart County Detention Center.

 

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Thursday, March 21st, 2024

Glasgow Police arrest a man for stalking.

37-year-old Robert Burton III was arrested Wednesday and charged with 1st degree Stalking. Burton was lodged in the Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Thursday, March 21st, 2024

Glasgow City Clean-Up Week 2024 

Glasgow is Clearing the Clutter for a Cleaner Community during City Clean Up Week, March 25th-29th. Curbside collection allows residents to place large items by the curbside during the regular garbage pickup schedule. All small items must by bagged or boxed. Tree & shrub trimmings must be no more than 3 ft and tied in a bundle. Appliances will not be accepted, however, they can be taken to the landfill all year long at no charge.

 

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Thursday, March 21st, 2024

2024 Boys' Basketball Sweet 16

The first round of the 2024 UK HealthCare Boys' Basketball Sweet 16began Wednesday:
 

Magoffin County 54, Perry County Central 47

Lyon County 45, Ashland Blazer 43

Adair County 72, Marshall County 55

Great Crossing 62, Spencer County 48

 

Studio 101 WLOC continues complete coverage of the Boys Sweet 16.

 

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Wednesday, March 20th, 2024

Stolen Trucks Recovered And Suspect Arrested

Two stolen vehicles have been recovered and a man is jailed after an investigation led by Cave City Police.  A service truck was reported stolen from a location on Wall Street last Thursday and a Chevy pickup was reported stolen from a location in Northside Estates on Saturday.  Police had information leading them to believe the same individual, later identified as 32-year-old Charles Ethan Clay of Cave City, was involved with both thefts.  Using surveillance video, officers observed him fleeing.  The department’s K9 unit led officers to find Clay hiding under a semi-trailer.  He was arrested and booked at Barren County Detention Center on multiple charges of theft by unlawful taking, criminal mischief and failure to appear.  Both trucks were recovered and returned to their respective owners.

 

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Wednesday, March 20th, 2024

Special Election Results

Results from Tuesday night’s special election for the 24th House District race are in:

All House District 24 Counties (Final):

Courtney Gilbert – 1025

Jonny Pennington - 372

Craig Astor - 244

 

Hart County Totals:

Courtney Gilbert - 319

Jonny Pennington - 194

Craig Astor - 29

 

Green County Totals:

Courtney Gilbert - 315

Jonny Pennington - 59

Craig Astor - 40

LaRue County Totals:

Courtney Gilbert - 391

Jonny Pennington - 119

Craig Astor - 175

 

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Tuesday, March 19th, 2024

Circumstances Of Sunday Shooting Released By Police

Additional details have been officially released regarding a Sunday afternoon shooting incident in Barren County.  The man arrested has been identified as 59-year-old Kevin Abner of Glasgow.  Abner learned his daughter was at a residence along Park City-Glasgow Road and was possibly being held there against her will.  He arrived at the location and met two men who are brothers, identified as 42-year-old Anthony Wheat and 32-year-old Shane Wheat.  A verbal altercation began and Abner revealed a shotgun and fired two rounds, striking each of the brothers who were taken by private means to TJ Samson Community Hospital.  Kevin Abner parked his truck along the road just down from the residence and waited for police to arrive before being taken into custody. The two men who were shot were both transferred to Louisville for treatment of injuries.  One of them is in critical condition.  Police interviewed Abner’s daughter who indicated she was not being held against her will and was free to leave anytime.  As a result, Abner was charged with two counts of assault and booked at Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Tuesday, March 19th, 2024

House Seat To Be Decided Tuesday By Special Election

Today is the special election to fill the reminder of State Representative Brandon Reed’s seat in Frankfort.  January 5th, he withdrew his filing for re-election in the spring primary. He also stated his resignation in conjunction with accepting a position as Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Agricultural Policy under newly elected Agriculture Commissioner Jonathan Shell. There were multiple complications to the timing of Reed’s withdrawal and resignation.  Among them, that January 5th date was also the last day for new candidates to file for the primary, making the perceived window of opportunity for any o pposition very narrow.  Also, state legislature is in session.  Reed’s resignation became effective January 15th, leaving the 24th House District of Hart, Green and LaRue Counties without practical representation to date with the general assembly.  Nominated by their respective parties, Republican Courtney Gilbert of LaRue County and Democrat Johnny Pennington of Hart County are on today's ballot. Craig Astor will also appear as a qualified Independent write-in candidate. Voting for Hart County residents will take place only at the courthouse in Munfordville and at Horse Cave Fire Department until 6pm.  Other regular polling locations will not be open. Anyone with questions can contact the Hart County Clerk’s Office in Munfordville.  Residents in LaRue and Green Counties are also voting today.  Join us for results tonight.  We’ll have them posted on our Facebook page and will provide condensed voting totals here on WLOC after polls close at 6pm.

 

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Monday, March 18th, 2024

Man Arrested After Break-In At Residence

Police in Elizabethtown answered a theft call along Diecks Drive around 11pm Friday resulting in an altercation between an officer and a suspect.  After arriving, the officer observed two men fighting inside the residence.  One of the men was calling out for help.  The officer entered and the uncooperative suspect assaulted the officer.  A report from Elizabethtown Police says 46-year-old Joel Ray Hammack of Crossville, Tennessee was tased and then restrained.  The officer was not injured but the victim of the residence suffered several bruises. Hammack was transported to Hardin County Detention Center and booked on charges of strangulation, assault with injury, assault of an officer and resisting arrest. He is jailed with a $10-thousand bond.

 

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Monday, March 18th, 2024

Two Shot In Sunday Afternoon Shooting

Two men were shot Sunday afternoon at a residence along Park City-Glasgow Road in Barren County.  Both were immediately transported to TJ Samson Community Hospital by private means. The person who fired the weapon used in the incident was taken into custody without any further incident.  Police were dispatched around 3:30 and soon after arriving determined the shooting was an isolated event with no additional danger to the general public.  Names of those involved have not been officially verified for release.  Additional details are expected as the investigation continues.

 

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Monday, March 18th, 2024

Traffic Stop Results In Drug Arrest

A traffic stop resulted in an arrest Friday night in Hodgenville.  An officer stopped 34-year-old Summer Joy Smith of Hodgenville and a K9 unit indicated the presence of drugs.  A search turned up more than 20 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Smith was transported to LaRue County Detention Center and booked on charges of possession of these substances and items, along with trafficking and tampering with physical evidence.

 

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Monday, March 18th, 2024

Four In A Row For Girls Sweet 16 Champs

Sacred Heart is the 2024 Girls Sweet 16 Champion.  The victory marks a record-setting four state titles in a row for the Catholic Preparatory School located in Louisville.  Their Saturday night matchup with McCracken County in Rupp Arena was a rematch of last year’s championship game.

The Boys Sweet 16 begins Wednesday in Lexington.  Adair County plays the first game of the night session with tip-off set for 5pm Central.  Warren Central plays the first game Thursday morning with tip-off set for 10am Central.  We’ll have the broadcast of each game of the
Boys KHSAA Sweet 16 from Rupp Arena.

 

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Friday, March 15th, 2024

Man Missing From Tennessee Crashes Vehicle On Hodgenville Square

An elderly man reported missing from a nursing facility in Tennessee ran through the Hodgenville Square Tuesday evening and collided with the Abraham Lincoln Statue in the middle of the traffic circle.  Police responded after a hit-and-run call was received around 9pm.  Officers located the man (whose identity was not released) and his vehicle a short time later. He appeared lost and confused. Further investigation revealed the man had left the Tennessee nursing facility around 1pm that afternoon and had not been seen since.  He appeared uninjured from the collision.  The statue was slightly moved from its base. Hodgenville police provided the man with dinner before a neighbor from Tennessee arrived to transport him back home.

 

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Friday, March 15th, 2024

Glasgow Airport To Upgrade Runway Lighting System

Glasgow Municipal Airport will be getting a needed runway lighting update.  The current system is not comparable to modern LED standard lighting.  During low light and reduced visibility conditions, runway and adjacent lighting equipment provide essential guidance for takeoffs and landings. In addition to increasing the level of safety, the new LED system will also improve reliability from maintenance requirements of older lighting and will be more energy efficient, resulting in lower electric consumption and lower operation cost.  The City of Glasgow announced an award from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Aviation in the amount of $750-thousand. The city will be required to provide matching dollars for the project. Funds will come from KYTC’s Airport Improvement Program.  While small, the Glasgow Airport is vital to the area in economic growth in business and tourism, providing aviation connectivity without a need for extended drive times to and from other airports in the region.

 

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Friday, March 15th, 2024

Man Arrested Another Wanted After Suspicious Activity At Sports Complex

A man trying to sell suspected power equipment was arrested on drug charges Monday at Chalybeate Sports Complex. Deputies with the Edmonson County Sheriff's Department were called around 4:30pm after a witness claimed two men tried to sell him a drill press.  When officers arrived, two men were observed running across a baseball field at the facility. One man, identified as 28-year-old Richard Russell, was captured.  Another man, later identified as Kristopher “Duck” Mallard fled.  Russell was in possession of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia items.  A report says Russell initially refused to provide information regarding Mallard’s identity but later complied. The described drill press was also located nearby. A subsequent search of Russell’s nearby residence revealed additional methamphetamine along with various suspected stolen tools and equipment. Police continue looking for Kristopher Mallard.  Richard Russell is booked at Hart County Jail and charged with trafficking within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of methamphetamine, buying or possessing drug paraphernalia and hindering prosecution or apprehension.

 

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Thursday, March 14th, 2024

Homeless Man Accused Of Assault

A homeless man is charged with assault.  Police in Elizabethtown responded Sunday around 1am to a call of two men fighting at a location near the intersection of Dixie Highway and New Glendale Road. They say 50-year-old Taven Jamal Smith had been arguing with the victim over a cellphone when the incident escalated. Smith slashed the other man in the face with a knife and then fled the scene. The victim was taken to Baptist Health Hardin. Taven Jamal Smith was located a few hours later several yards away from where the incident occurred and was taken to Hardin County Detention Center.  He remains jailed with a $10,000 bond.

 

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Thursday, March 14th, 2024

Semi Driver Killed In I-65 Crash

A semi driver is dead after a fiery collision on I-65.  Kentucky State Police responded to Milepoint 9.8 just north of Franklin around 2am Wednesday after a southbound semi was rear-ended by another semi driven by 77-year-old Roger Lee Hook of Ohio. The crash resulted in Hook's death. Preliminary investigation does not reveal the reason for the collision.  I-65 southbound was blocked for several hours as firefighters extinguished the blaze and crews cleared the scene.

 

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Wednesday, March 13th, 2024

Sports Ticker

In Boys 4th Region Boys Basketball Tournament action, Warren Central defeated Bowling Green 64-57 in the championship game from WKU's Diddle Arena Tuesday night. Warren Central, as defending state champ, will take on Harlan County Thursday, March 21st in the first round of the KHSAA Boys Sweet 16 from Rupp Arena in Lexington.

Hart County's Jerry Taylor is the newest member of the 5th Region Athletic Directors Hall of Fame. Sunday, he was recognized during a ceremony at the 5th Region Boys Basketball Championship game. Taylor served as teacher, coach and athletics director for a combined total of 57 years in Hart County.  He became AD in 1983, serving 39 years in that role before retiring in August of 2022. He served 20 years on the 5th region policy board. Jerry Taylor has been instrumental in shaping athletics for high schools in the state, working eight years on the KHSAA Board of Control, over which he served as vice president and president.

 

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Wednesday, March 13th, 2024

Homeless Man Accused Of Assault

A homeless man is charged with assault.  Police in Elizabethtown responded Sunday around 1am to a call of two men fighting at a location near the intersection of Dixie Highway and New Glendale Road. They say 50-year-old Taven Jamal Smith had been arguing with the vicitm over a cellphone when the incident escalated. Smith slashed the other man in the face with a knife and then fled the scene. The victim was taken to Baptist Health Hardin. Taven Jamal Smith was located a few hours later several yards away from where the incident occurred and was taken to Hardin County Detention Center.  He remains jailed with a $10,000 bond.

 

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Wednesday, March 13th, 2024

Hart County Fiscal Court Recap

Tuesday's Hart County Fiscal Court meeting involved mostly routine business. In departmental reports, Jailer Israel Bergerson stated 163 inmates currently reside in the facility. Animal Control Officer Tony Roberts stated the animal shelter handled 513 dogs in 2023 and they are currently averaging 20 adoptions per month. The court accepted a $1,575 bid in selling a 2019 Dodge Charger.  Diane Choate, Carla Wuertzer, Cindy Scott, Mary Beth Sallee, Andre' Barbour and Billy Smith are appointed to the Hart County Extension Board. The Judge Executive was given approval to sign an agreement with Farmers RECC for siren poles and to apply for discretionary funds.  The court voted to advertise for road materials bids and approved the Hart County Conservation District budget for the next year. The court also approved to advertise for a full time maintenance/janitorial position to work the court house and judicial center along with a full time employment position with the road department. The next Hart County Fiscal Court Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26th.

 

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Tuesday, March 12th, 2024

Funding Assistance Requested For Horse Cave City Street Repair

Horse Cave is requesting funding from the Kentucky Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for repairing one of the heaviest traveld routes in the city's road system. At Monday night's city council meeting, members approved making the petition to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet division for Top Quality Drive, which provides access to the industrial park off of US 31W.  With constant truck traffic and degrading pavement conditions, the .7 mile stretch is estimated to cost just over $157-thousand to resurface.

 

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Tuesday, March 12th, 2024

High School Basketball Ticker

In Boys 4th Region Boys Tournament action, Bowling Green defeated Cumberland County and Warren Central defeated Glasgow in Monday night's semifinals.  Both games were blow outs.  Tonight's championship game from WKU's Diddle Arena tips off at 6pm between defending State Champion Warren Central and Bowling Green with a spot in the KHSAA Boys Sweet 16 on the line.

 

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Monday, March 11th, 2024

Deceased Voters Purged

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams says just over 15,000 deceased voters have been removed from Kentucky's roll. He states the action demonstrates his seriousness about election integrity in the Commonwealth.  The number of voters removed outpaces the approximate 7,500 added for February by about double. Kentucky's roll is currently registered 46% Republican and 43% Democrat. Those numbers are heavily weighted by a urban-rural divide. The states larger cities and the greater Cincinnati area in northern Kentucky are heavily weighted Democrat while rural populations are heavily weighted Republican. The urban-rural divide continues trending toward further widening with new voter registrations.

 

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Monday, March 11th, 2024

Sexual Abuse Investigation

A man from Cave City is in custody in connection to a Metcalfe County attempted sexual abuse investigation.  Kentucky State Police arrested 23-year-old Richard Cecil Armstrong last week. He attempted inappropriate physical contact with a juvenile.  Units with state police and the Metcalfe County Sheriff’s Department were able to locate Armstrong and transport him to Barren County Detention Center, where he is booked on charges of third-degree rape, fleeing from police on foot, resisting arrest, wanton endangerment, criminal mischief and providing police with false identification information. He is also charged with parole violations. Richard Cecil Armstrong is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

 

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Monday, March 11th, 2024

High School Basketball Ticker

Saturday night at Hart County High School, Bethlehem won the Girls 5th Region Tournament title by defeating Bardstown in a blowout, 72-44. Bethlehem will play Thursday in the Girls Sweet 16 from Rupp Arena.  They tip off in the first game of the day at 10am Central. Bowling Green won the 4th Region Tournament title over the weekend.  They will play the first game of the Sweet 16, taking on Owsley County Wednesday morning at 10:00.  We'll have the entire Girls Sweet 16 from Lexington here on WLOC Sports.

In Boys 5th Region Basketball Tournament action from Sunday afternoon at Green County High School, Adair County defeated Bethlehem, 80-62. Adair County gets a long break before playing Marshall County on Wednesday night, March 20th in the Boys Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena.  The 4th Region Boys Tournament is not yet decided. Cumberland County plays Bowling Green in game one of tonight's semifinals at Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.  Glasgow plays Warren Central in game two.  The 4th Region Boys Final is set for Tuesday night.

 

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Friday, March 8th, 2024

Shoplifters Arrested In Traffic Stop

A pair believed to be involved in multiple shoplifting cases across the region has been captured after attempting to flee from police in Hodgenville. Around 6pm Thursday, an officer observed a Kia Soul on KY 210 which had been flagged in connection to a case in Campbellsville. When police units attempted to stop the vehicle, it sped away. It was stopped a short time later in a field near Keith Road. The driver is identified as 36-year-old Dominic Meriwether of Elizabethtown. He was taken to LaRue County Detention Center and booked for fleeing police, wanton endangerment of an officer, criminal mischief and several traffic related offences. When booked, Meriwether was found in possession of concealed drugs, leading to additional charges of promoting contraband, trafficking and tampering with evidence. A passenger in the vehicle, identified as 39-year-old Hasina Prince also of Elizabethtown, was booked for intoxication of a substance other than alcohol. Both suspects are scheduled to appear in LaRue District Court on Wednesday.  Police will be investigating the pair’s connections with a number of thefts from Kentucky and Indiana.

 

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Friday, March 8th, 2024

Burglary At Local Dollar General

Police answered a burglary call at the new Dollar General location on US 31W in Cave City Monday. Officers arrived just before 8am. The front glass door of the store had been broken out. Investigation indicates a suspect, identified as 27-year-old Cecil Cornwell, entered the business several hours earlier, around 2:30am. Cornwell has since been arrested and booked at Barren County Detention Center on a charge of third-degree burglary.

 

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Friday, March 8th, 2024

Traffic Stop Results In Drug Charges

A man faces drug charges after a traffic stop Wednesday in Cave City.  Police observed a pickup being driven in a reckless manner along US 31W and attempted to pull the driver over. The driver, identified as 38-year-old Tracy Dale Wright, turned and continued traveling along East Owens Street. Police say he threw items out of the window before eventually stopping. Items retrieved are suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Wright is booked at Barren County Detention Center on charges of tampering with evidence, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, along with fleeing police and reckless driving. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 28th.

 

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Friday, March 8th, 2024

High School Basketball Ticker

In Girls 5th Region Tournament action from Hart County High School Thursday night, the first semifinal game was nearly a 40-point rout as Bethlehem came a point shy of the century mark in defeating North Hardin, 99-62.  In game two, Bardstown defeated Taylor County, 61-56. This sets up a rematch of the 19th District Championship from just a week ago where Bethlehem won a close game by three points. As the top two girls teams in the region, Bethlehem and Bardstown meet Saturday night to decide the 5th Region Girls Championship.

In Boys 5th Region Basketball Tournament action, semifinals are set for tonight at Green County High School. Adair County plays North Hardin in game one followed by Bethlehem and LaRue County in game two. The championship game is Sunday afternoon.

 

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Thursday, March 7th, 2024

High School Basketball Ticker

In Boys 5th Region Basketball Tournament Action Wednesday night, Bethlehem defeated Taylor County, 58-54 and LaRue County defeated Elizabethtown, 57-51.  Semifinals are now set for Friday night. Adair County plays North Hardin in game one followed by Bethlehem and LaRue County in game two. The championship game is Sunday afternoon at Green County High School.

The 5th Region Girls tournament resumes tonight at Hart County High School.  The first semifinal features North Hardin and Bethlehem, followed by Taylor County and Bardstown.  The girls championship is Saturday night.

 

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Thursday, March 7th, 2024

Missing Teen Found Safe

The missing teen from Glasgow has been located and is safe. Tuesday, police asked for public assistance in finding 14-year-old Lincoln Jewell.  No details were officially released regarding circumstances of his disappearance early that morning. Likewise, no details are available from officials regarding his discovery.

 

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Thursday, March 7th, 2024

Bypass Construction Officially Begins

Construction begins this week on the new connector between US 31W and KY 218 on the southwestern side of Horse Cave.  Officially introduced for planning in 2016 with the designed route selected in 2018, utility relocation work has been recently completed and a project awarded January 4th in the amount of $8.85 Million to Scotty's Contracting and Stone, LLC.

Improving safety and efficiency, the connector will help relieve truck traffic issues at the intersection of US 31W/KY 218 downtown and the adjacent KY 218 railroad crossing. The project provides better access to and from Interstate 65 and industrial facilities located on the southern end of Horse Cave. It also includes a bridge over the railroad, eliminating tight turns and reducing the potential for railroad crossing collisions. Shifting truck volume to the new route will reduce wear and tear and allow local traffic to move more freely through the downtown intersection.

The connector ties to KY 218 just west of the KY 335 split and US 31W approximately one-half mile south of the downtown intersection.

Initial work includes installation of construction signage along KY 218 and KY 335. Excavation and ground clearing will be taking place over the next several weeks. Construction will be phased over the next two years with a June 30, 2025 completion date specified in the contract.

 

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Thursday, March 7th, 2024

Voting Begins For Special Election

Absentee voting is underway for a special election to fill the reminder of State Representative Brandon Reed’s term in Frankfort.  January 5th, Reed withdrew his filing for re-election in the spring primary. He also stated his resignation in conjunction with accepting a position as Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Agricultural Policy under newly elected Agriculture Commissioner Jonathan Shell. The now vacant 24th House District covers Hart, Green and LaRue Counties. The special election will be Tuesday, March 19th.  Republican Courtney Gilbert of LaRue County and Democrat Johnny Pennington of Hart County will be on the special March 19th ballot.  Voting for Hart County residents will take place only at the courthouse in Munfordville and at Horse Cave Fire Department from 6am until 6pm on that day.  Other regular polling locations will not be open on the special election date. Early voting will be available at the courthouse only, March 14th, 15th and 16th from 8am to 4pm.  Excused Absentee Voting began Wednesday and continues today and Friday, as well as Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week from 8am-4pm. Anyone with questions can contact the Hart County Clerk’s Office in Munfordville.

 

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Wednesday, March 6th, 2024

High School Basketball Ticker

In High School Basketball, the Boys 5th Region Tournament at Green County began Tuesday night with two first round games.  In the first, Adair County defeated Washington County 70-62 and the season comes to an end for Hart County.  The Raiders were defeated by North Hardin in the second game, 65-33. Hart County’s final record stands at 17-13.  Tonight, first round boys action continues with Taylor County and Bethlehem in game one.  LaRue County and Elizabethtown play in game two. Semifinals games will be Friday night. The championship game will be Sunday afternoon from Green County.

 

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Wednesday, March 6th, 2024

Missing Teen Search

Police in Glasgow are asking for assistance from the general public in locating a missing teen. A release from the agency identifies the 14-year-old male as Lincoln Jewell.  He was last seen on McFarland Drive around 4am Tuesday. Lincoln Jewell is approximately 6 feet, 130 pounds, has blonde hair and has blue eyes. He was wearing a black shirt and black pants. Anyone with information should call 911 to relay information to law enforcement.

 

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Wednesday, March 6th, 2024

Woman Arrested For Burglary, Assault And Other Charges

Police from Hodgenville and LaRue County Sheriff’s Department responded to a burglary report Monday night at an address in the 2,000 block of Greensburg Road. Upon arrival, officers discovered 28-year-old Patricia Gibson of Magnolia. Further investigation led to her arrest.  She was taken to LaRue County Detention Center and booked on charges of burglary, domestic assault, criminal mischief and alcohol intoxication.

 

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Tuesday, March 5th, 2024

High School Basketball Ticker

In girls 5th Region Basketball Tournament first round action Monday night, Taylor County defeated John Hardin, 52-38 and Bardstown becomes the only district runner-up to defeat a district winner in Green County, 52-49.  Girls semifinals will be Thursday night at Hart County High School. The championship game will be Saturday night.

Boys 5th Region Tournament games begin tonight at Green County High School.  Washington County and Adair County tip off at 5:00 followed by Hart County and North Hardin at 7:00. We’ll have the broadcast here on WLOC Sports with coverage beginning at 6:40.

 

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Tuesday, March 5th, 2024

Man Booked For Stealing And Drug Possession After Taking Items At Rural King

A man seen stealing items from Rural King on surveillance video has been arrested. Police in Glasgow were notified of the theft Sunday and located the suspect, identified as 29-year-old Dusty Smith, walking along McKenna Street. Upon being searched, he was found in possession of methamphetamine and arrested.  He was taken to Barren County Jail and booked on drug and burglary related charges.  Dusty Smith is scheduled to appear in court next Monday afternoon.

 

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Tuesday, March 5th, 2024

Bike Rider Seriously Injured In Collision

A man suffered serious injuries Sunday evening after colliding with a car while riding a bicycle at the intersection of KY 224 (Millerstown Road) and 1st Street in Clarkson. The incident happened around 5:30 and blocked KY 224 for about two hours. Preliminary investigation indicates the rider (who is not officially identified) entered the intersection and hit the passenger door of the car with a heavy impact.  The rider was transported by helicopter from the scene to University of Louisville Hospital. No other injuries are reported.

 

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Tuesday, March 5th, 2024

Annual Employment Data Shows Net Jobs Loss For 2023

With 2023 annual employment data now compiled and aggregated, Kentucky is near the bottom at 44th in the United States.  The national annual unemployment rate sits on 3.6%, while Kentucky’s number for 2023 is 4.2%. To put these numbers in perspective, the worst and highest rate in the country is Nevada at 5.1%. The best and lowest is North Dakota at 1.9%.  Kentucky’s 4.2% unemployment rate for 2023 is an increase of approximately one quarter of a percent from 2022’s final number. Of surrounding states, only Illinois is higher. The national rate from 2022 to 2023 is unchanged.  In applying a quantitative number to Kentucky’s rate, the estimate for overall net loss of jobs is approximately 6,300. The ultimate number is a give and take in workforce sectors.  In a positive light, with highly touted jobs creation in infrastructure and building of new manufacturing facilities, that sector is booming in Kentucky with a 7.3% gain, outpacing the national construction sector growth by more than double. Loss in jobs is mostly combined from subsectors of other areas including administrative and support positions, finance and insurance positions and retail positions.  Overall figures include agriculture and self-employment data.  Public and private sector numbers are combined in the annual report. For deeper analysis and explanations of criteria used in these figures, visit the kystats.ky.gov website.

 

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Monday, March 4th, 2024

High School Basketball Ticker

The Lady Raiders of Hart County were defeated Sunday afternoon by North Hardin, 74-43, in the first round of the Girls KHSAA 5th Region Basketball Tournament at Hart County High School.   The loss closes the book for 2023-24, with a final record of 18-13 for the Lady Raiders.

In Sunday afternoon’s second game, Bethlehem defeated Marion County, 77-34. North Hardin and Bethlehem will play each other in the first game of Thursday night’s semifinal.

Tonight, girls 5th Region first round action continues with Taylor County and John Hardin in game one, followed by 18th District winner Green County taking on Bardstown.  Winners will square off in Thursday night’s second semifinal game.  The championship game will be Saturday night at 6:00.

Boys 5th Region Tournament games begin Tuesday night at Green County High School.  The Raiders of Hart County also drew North Hardin for their first round opponent.  They square off in the second game of the night, with tip off scheduled for 7:00. We’ll have the broadcast here on WLOC Sports.

 

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Monday, March 4th, 2024

Severe Weather Awareness Week And Annual Tornado Drill

The first week of March is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky.  Each day, a different aspect of severe weather is highlighted by the state’s National Weather Service Offices in Paducah, Louisville and Jackson.  The statewide tornado drill is also featured during this week. The annual exercise will take place Wednesday morning at 9:07 Central Time.  Area emergency management, other government agencies, schools, businesses and broadcast media will participate. Visit weather.gov/lmk for details on Severe Weather Awareness Week and planning resources for tornado safety to review for Wednesday’s drill.

 

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Monday, March 4th, 2024

Driver Of Pickup Parked On Roadside Arrested

Deputies in LaRue County observed a truck parked on the side of J.E. Jones road Thursday.  When they approached the 1991 F-250, they say 33-year-old Joshua Meadows of Louisville was behind the wheel. An ID check revealed two active warrants from Jefferson County.  A subsequent search resulted in the discovery of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Meadows was taken to LaRue County Detention Center and booked on possession charges of the same, along with no operator’s license and expired registration. He remains jailed with a $5,000 bond.  He is scheduled to appear in LaRue District Court Wednesday morning.

 

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Friday, March 1st, 2024

Woman Arrested After Wreck

A woman who wrecked in Glasgow Thursday morning was arrested for impaired driving.  Police say 42-year-old Stephanie Stephenson crashed her vehicle at the intersection of West Front Street and North Race Street.  She failed field sobriety testing and was found with a plastic bag containing methamphetamine. She was taken to Barren County Detention Center and booked on charges of driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance.

 

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Friday, March 1st, 2024

Another Threat At Glendale Site

Another bomb threat was made at BlueOval-SK on Thursday.  Similar to last week’s incident, a written message was found in a Porta-John.  After a massive evacuation last week where getting the site cleared of personnel resulted in extreme congestion on surrounding exits and roads, site administrators moved workers to a safe location on-site instead of sending them away. Last week, a message was the only item found.  During this incident, officials located a suspicious device around some machinery which appeared to be constructed for mimicking an explosive. Closer examination of the device by investigators determined the device was no threat and shortly after, workers were released from the safety area back to work. Police have not commented on any leads for finding the person or persons responsible for either threat.

 

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Friday, March 1st, 2024

Jeep Grand Cherokee Recall

Chrysler is recalling more than 330,00 Jeep Grand Cherokees because of a steering wheel issue that may cause drivers to lose control. The recall involves 2021-2023 certain Jeep Grand Cherokee models. The automaker says the upper control arm ball joint and steering knuckle may separate and cause the wheel to fall outward. Owners with affected vehicles will be able to visit Chrysler dealerships to have upper control arm pinch bolts replaced free of charge.

 

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Friday, March 1st, 2024

High School Basketball Ticker

Green County defeated Hart County, 66-40 in the Girls 18th District Championship Thursday night at Green County High School.  Both teams will advance to play in the 5th Region Tournament.

Tonight, Hart County plays LaRue County for the boys title. Game time is 6pm.  Our coverage begins at 5:40 here on WLOC Sports.

 

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Thursday, February 29th, 2024

Crash Claims Life Of Upton Woman

Details have been released from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department about the Tuesday morning collision which claimed the life of 23-year-old Destiny Dawn McCawley of Upton. The preliminary investigative report says her westbound Ford Focus entered the eastbound lane of North Pleasant Hill Road in the 1600 Block just after 7am and hit a Kia Soul driven by Taylor Riggs also of Upton. McCawley was pronounced deceased at the scene. Two juvenile passengers in her car were taken to Baptist Health Hardin with non-life threatening injures.  Riggs was also transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

 

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Thursday, February 29th, 2024

Animal Shelter Burglary Arrest

A man is charged in connection to the Leitchfield Animal Shelter burglary early Tuesday morning.  The facility was closed Tuesday but reopened Wednesday.  Police arrested 43-year-old Michael Baker at his residence in Falls of Rough after a review of surveillance video.  Baker let several dogs loose after gaining entry.  As previously reported, some were injured and one died.  It is suspected (that) injuries and the death are a result of scuffling between the animals.  Two dogs were reported as missing but according to the shelter, both have now been located and are back at the facility. Upon Baker’s arrest, he was booked at Grayson County Detention Center on charges of trespassing, burglary, cruelty to animals and several other animal related offences.

 

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Thursday, February 29th, 2024

High School Basketball Ticker

Championship games for the 18th District High School Basketball Tournament begin tonight at Green County High School.  Hart County will take on Green County for the girls title.  Game time is 6pm.  Our coverage begins at 5:40 here on WLOC Sports.  Friday night, Hart County plays LaRue County for the boys title.

 

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Wednesday, February 28th, 2024

High School Basketball Ticker

Championship games for the 18th District High School Basketball Tournament are now set.  In Tuesday night’s girls game, Green County defeated LaRue County, 67-41.  Thursday night, Hart County will take on Green County for the title. In Tuesday night’s boys game, LaRue County defeated Caverna, 70-63.  The Colonels finish their season at 17-11.  Friday night, Hart County plays LaRue County for the title.  We’ll have both games here on WLOC Sports.  Game time is 6:00 both nights from Green County High School.

 

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Wednesday, February 28th, 2024

Customer Robbed While Pumping Fuel

A robbery was caught on video at the Marathon Station just off I-65 at Upton last week.  A male subject on foot approached a man fueling his vehicle. Video shows what appears to be a weapon concealed within the hoodie being worn.  After robbing the individual and a passenger, the suspect runs away toward the road leading back to the Lion’s Den Adult Store.  The suspect is around 5′10″ and 140 pounds.  Information released by Kentucky State Police in Elizabethtown indicates the man drove away in a vehicle tagged with a Georgia plate. Anyone who has information that may help with the investigation is asked to contact Post 4 at 270-766-5078.

 

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Wednesday, February 28th, 2024

Timber Theft Arrest

Two men are in jail after being arrested for stealing timber from a property along Anneta Road in Grayson County.  Police received a call early Tuesday from a property owner who said trees were being taken. When officers arrived, they discovered a suspect vehicle and trailer in the caller’s driveway. Contact was made with 48-year-old Douglas Saltsman of Bee Spring and 54-year-old Charles Ford of Anneta. Equipment and tools for tree cutting and working at night were found in the trailer. Saltsman and Ford were booked at Grayson County Detention Center on charges of criminal trespassing, burglary and theft by unlawful taking.

 

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

Teen Dies In Car Wreck

A Glasgow teen died Sunday night after running off of a road and into a creek.  A release from the Barren County Sheriff’s Department says the incident happened around 8pm at Skaggs Creek Bridge along Matthews Mill Road. The driver, identified as Kyle Ollig, was operating a 2013 Honda car and lost control approaching the bridge and traveled down a bluff into the water.  A passenger was able to escape but Ollig was pronounced deceased at the scene. It is unclear what caused him to lose control of the car.

 

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

Additional Details Released In Campbellsville University Death

Additional preliminary details have been officially released following the weekend death of 18-year-old Campbellsville University Student Josiah Kilman.  A coroner’s report lists strangulation as the cause of death.  Kilman was found unresponsive in his dorm and transported around 1am Saturday to Taylor Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. A suspect was quickly identified as 21-year-old Charles Escalera.  Around 5pm that evening, Escalera was found in a barn near the Green/Taylor County Line. Escalera remains jailed at Taylor County Detention Center, charged with murder and burglary. He is listed with a $2 Million bond.  Josiah Kilman was a Biblical Studies Major from Montana.  Both Kilman and Escalera were teammates on the Campbellsville University Wrestling Team.

 

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

VFW Meeting Provides Positive Outlook

Monday night’s turnout at the courthouse in Munfordville filled the fiscal court room.  A mix of veterans and other community members answered the call of Hart County Fiscal Court to begin working on a plan to provide attention to the VFW property at Rowletts, which has been the subject of more questions than answers in recent years.  Judge Executive Joe Choate began the meeting with a brief summary of fiscal court’s recent exploration of who owns the property and who is willing to take on the responsibility for upkeep and providing associated services.  Veterans in attendance came to a general consensus to move forward in devising a plan for the property.  Monday night’s meeting was the first of two public forums scheduled by fiscal court, but the veterans group in attendance is willing to conduct the second meeting. Judge Choate offered the fiscal court room as a venue and with the second date of March 11th already scheduled, it was decided to keep the date, time and place for the next meeting.

 

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

High School Basketball Ticker

In 18th District High School Basketball Tournament Action from Monday night, the Hart County Lady Raiders defeated the Caverna Lady Colonels, 86-20.  The loss marks the end of the season for Caverna’s girls.  Hart County’s girls advance to play in Thursday night’s championship game against the winner of tonight’s girls matchup between LaRue County and Green County.

In the boys game from Monday night, the Hart County Raiders edged out the Green County Dragons, 64-57.  Hart County’s boys advance to play in Friday night’s championship game against the winner of tonight’s boys matchup between Caverna and LaRue County.

Join us here on WLOC Sports for both games tonight from Green County High School.  Coverage of the girls game will begin around 5:10 with the boys game to follow.

 

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Monday, February 26th, 2024

Legislators Consider Work Restrictions For Teens

A bill to remove state restrictions on child labor, allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to work all night and during school hours has passed the Kentucky House and now heads to the Senate. House Bill 255 repeals Kentucky's state-specific restrictions on employment for 14 to 18-year-olds and removes the power of the state commissioner for workplace standards (part of the governor's administration) to issue regulations. Supporters said it will be easier for employers to comply with federal law that applies nationwide concerning child labor rather than Kentucky's more restrictive policies. Opponents argue the policy opens a door to child exploitation for the convenience of fast-food and other low-wage employers who have trouble filling shifts. Kentucky currently allows 16 and 17-year-olds to work from 6am to 10:30pm on school nights and until 1am other nights, with no restricted hours during summer or school breaks. Current state law also caps the number of hours teens can work at 40 per week with parental permission and a 2.0 grade-point average in school, whereas there would be no restrictions under HB 255.

 

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Monday, February 26th, 2024

Suspect Charged With Murder In Campbellsville University Death

The man wanted for murder on campus at Campbellsville University early Saturday has been captured.  Around 5pm Saturday, the Green County Sheriff's Department and Kentucky State Police received a call of a suspicious male inside a barn in Green County near the Green County/Taylor County line. State police responded and located 21-year-old Charles Escalera. He was served a warrant for murder and taken to Taylor County Detention Center. The initial incident goes back to early morning hours of Saturday when just before 1am, police responded to Campbellsville University in reference to an unresponsive male, identified as 18-year-old Campbellsville University Student Josiah Kilman who was taken to Taylor Regional Hospital and pronounced deceased. Charles Escalera is listed with a $2,000,000 bond at Taylor County Detention Center. In addition to murder, he is also charged with burglary second degree. An initial court date is not yet posted on his inmate listing.

 

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Monday, February 26th, 2024

High School Basketball Ticker

In high school basketball, the 18th District Tournament begins tonight at Green County High School. The Lady Colonels of Caverna play the Lady Raiders of Hart County at 5:30. The second game tonight is a boys first round matchup between Hart County and Green County.  We'll have the broadcast of both games with our coverage beginning around 5:10 here on WLOC Sports.

Tuesday night, Green and LaRue girls play game one, followed by Caverna and LaRue County boys. The girls championship is Thursday night and the boys championship is Friday night.

 

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Friday, February 23rd, 2024

Fiscal Court Recap

Hart County Fiscal Court met Thursday and welcomed Leah Thompson with Barren River Area Child Advocacy Center to talk about involvement in the local community.  She made a request of the court for $6,000 to assist in counseling abused children. The court will consider the request at the next court meeting. In other business, Jailer Israel Bergenson reported 177 inmates currently at the facility and presented the court with $35,000 from litter abatement. The 2024/2025 jail budget was also approved. Sheriff Jeff Wilson asked the court to take sealed bids on a damaged 2019 Dodge Charger. The Court approved the request. Wilson also reported Brian Key will begin working security at the Justice Center in March. Among announcements made, tire amnesty is set for May 23rd through 25th at Hart County fairgrounds, and free large item drop off dates for the year were given out for Hart County Solid Waste. The first public hearing regarding the VFW property near Rowletts will be held Monday evening, February 26th in the court room beginning at 6:00pm. And, in scheduling of future meetings, court dates have been set for 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. The court’s next meeting will be Tuesday, March 12th.

 

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Friday, February 23rd, 2024

Evacuation At BlueOval-SK

A threat found in a “porta-john” caused a massive evacuation of the BlueOval-SK construction site in Glendale Thursday.  Around noon, authorities were notified of a cleaning inspection sheet which contained writing that said a bomb would go off at the site at 1pm. With about 4,000 workers on-site, outflow quickly bogged down surrounding roads and intersections along KY 222, KY 1136, the I-65 interchange and intersections along US 31W. As of 2pm, traffic was still leaving the site with no reports of any detonations. Nearly all of the current daily workforce is from the company (and its subcontractors) constructing the facility. Special explosive disposal units from Fort Knox and Louisville Metro Police responded to search and clear the site.

 

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Friday, February 23rd, 2024

Wireless Carrier Outages Restored

Service was disrupted for many wireless carrier  customers early Thursday.  The hours-long outage mostly affected AT&T users along with a handful of low-cost service providers who use AT&T’s network infrastructure.  Some customers of other carriers were affected indirectly.  By mid-afternoon, AT&T issued a statement that service had been restored. Along with wireless services to individual customers, the company also provides communication links for many agencies like 911 call centers and various businesses. Some of those services were also disrupted during the outage. With around 240 million subscribers, AT&T is the largest carrier in the US. The company has not specifically defined the cause of the issue, but preliminarily indicated it is not related to any malicious activity. Industry experts also say it is unlikely recent solar flare activity is connected to the outage.

 

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Friday, February 23rd, 2024

Thursday Crash Injures One

One person was injured following a multi-vehicle crash on KY 90 between Cave City and Glasgow Thursday.  The incident happened at the intersection of Flint Knob Road and involved three vehicles.  According to the Barren County Sheriff’s Department, the injury was non-life-threatening and the subject was transported to TJ Samson Community Hospital for treatment. The road was blocked for about an hour.  Details of the collision have not been officially released.

 

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High School Basketball Ticker

In high school basketball, Caverna's Lady Colonels lost to Metcalfe County Thursday night, 77-21.  The Colonels picked up a win in the second game of the varsity double header, 77-61.  This finishes up the regular season for Caverna. Both teams move on to district tournament play next week at Green County. The Lady Colonels play Hart County Monday night and the Colonels play LaRue County Tuesday night.

 

Tonight, Hart County wraps up the regular season as they travel to Adair County for a varsity double header. The girls game is set for 5:30.  Our coverage begins at 5:10 here on WLOC.

 

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Thursday, February 22nd, 2024

Hart County Fiscal Court Meeting

The Hart County Fiscal Court met Thursday morning. After Judge Joe Choate called the meeting to order, pastor Anthony Marts of Mt. Beulah and Munfordville Methodist Church opened the meeting with prayer.

Leah Thompson with Barren River Area child advocacy center asked the court for $6,000 for the center to help counseling abused children. The court will consider and address it at the next court meeting.

 

Jailer Israel Bergenson reported there was a total of 177 in the county jail. Jailer Bergenson also presented the court with a check for $35,000 from litter abatement. Sheriff Jeff Wilson asked the court to take sealed bids on a damaged 2019 Dodge Charger. The Court approved the request. Sheriff Wilson also reported that Brian Key will be employed as security at the Justice Center beginning in March.

 

The court approved the 24/25 jail budget, budget amendment, fiscal court 2022 single audit, tire amnesty May 23-25 at Hart County fairgrounds, and court announced free large item drop off dates
Saturdays March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 13, and August 3. Times are from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

The court also announced the first hearing about veterans property will be held Monday, February 26th, in the court room beginning at 6:00 p.m.

 

The court approved new meeting days as the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. in the court room. The court’s next meeting will be Tuesday, March 12th, at 9:00 a.m. in the courtroom.

 

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Thursday, February 22nd, 2024

KY 88 Roadwork Begins Thursday

Preliminary work begins Thursday on a road rehabilitation project along KY 88 between Kessinger and Munfordville. The initial phase includes replacement of culvert pipes, slope corrections and base failure repairs. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says work will take place between 7:30am and 5pm central time each day.  Flaggers will direct alternating one-lane traffic around construction operations. Motorists should expect short delays and be prepared for slowly moving and/or stopped traffic ahead. Final surfacing of the project is scheduled for completion by June 30th. Once completed, safety and ride quality will be increased throughout the five-mile stretch. Additionally, the KY 88 approach to US 31W (Main Street) will be reconstructed with a concrete inlay (Between Hart County Bank and SCRTC/FRECC) which is better suited to withstand torque and twisting produced as heavy vehicles pull into and out of the intersection.

 

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Thursday, February 22nd, 2024

Search For Stolen Equipment Trailer

Police are looking for public assistance in finding a stolen box trailer from a Leitchfield construction site. Last Thursday, officers responded to the new Save-A-Lot location on Mill Street. They were told the 24-feet enclosed trailer contained tools, HVAC parts and equipment. Surveillance footage from a nearby camera shows the trailer leaving around 1:30 that morning, being towed by a white SUV. They believe a male suspect was driving. Anyone with information is asked to contact Leitchfield Police at 270-259-3850.

 

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Thursday, February 22nd, 2024

High School Basketball Ticker

In high school basketball, the regular season winds up this week. Caverna is on the road tonight as they travel to Edmonton to take on Metcalfe County for a varsity double header. The girls game starts at 6pm. We'll have the broadcast here on WLOC Sports. Coverage begins at 5:45.

Hart County wraps up the regular season Friday night as they travel to Adair County for a varsity double header.

 

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Wednesday, February 21st, 2024

High School Basketball Ticker

In high school basketball Tuesday night, the Lady Colonels lost to Adair County in the first game of a varsity double header, 72-22.  The Colonels went to overtime but couldn't get the win, falling 72-68.

Hart County's girls and boys were on the road to take on Nelson County Tuesday night. The Lady Raiders overcame a half-time deficit to win a low-scoring affair, 48-38.  The Raiders also won their matchup, 65-47.

Honors keep coming for Hart County's Dea Bradley.  She has been named as the Girls Region Player of the Year by the 5th Region Basketball Coaches Association. Among coaches’ selections on the boys side, Caverna's Jaylin Craine is named to the 2024 Coaches All-Region Team.

 

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Wednesday, February 21st, 2024

New Cave City Officer Introduced

Cave City Police introduced a new addition to the department this week. Billy Courtway has been a resident of Barren County since 2014, after moving here from Maine. He is married with two children. His military experience includes six years as an Apache Helicopter Crew Chief and two combat tours in Afghanistan. He is a graduate of South Central Kentucky Community and Technical College. He is set to attend the Department of Criminal Justice Training Program in Richmond.

 

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Wednesday, February 21st, 2024

Short Standoff In Grayson County

A Big Clifty man is in jail after a short Monday standoff with police. Grayson County Deputies received a trespassing related call and (shortly after) a complaint of a man standing on Morrison Road holding a gun while making threats. Upon responding, they found 50-year-old William Litteral and identified him as the suspect connected to both calls. Litteral refused directions to drop his weapon while walking away from responding units. After several minutes of attempting negotiations, Litteral laid the gun to his side as he was given additional instructions to put his hands up and move away from the weapon. Police say he refused those additional commands, resulting in deployment of a taser. William Litteral was taken to the Grayson County Detention Center and booked on charges of menacing, disorderly conduct, fleeing or evading police on foot and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

 

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Wednesday, February 21st, 2024

Man Arrested At Cave City Motel On Out-Of-State Warrant

A Cave City Police Patrol located a man wanted on an out-of-state warrant during a traffic stop early Tuesday. Officer Wesley Hicks noticed a blue Chevy Trailblazer parked with the door open at Econo Lodge. Upon making an ID check on the owner, who is identified as Robert J. Bilyeu, the warrant from Kansas was verified, resulting in his arrest. Additional searches resulted in the discovery of a crystal-like substance in a plastic baggie. Additional suspected methamphetamine was found in Bilyeu's motel room. In addition to the warrant, Robert Bilyeu is charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

 

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2024

Area Sports Ticker

In high school basketball, the Lady Colonels lost to Monroe County Monday night.  The girls and boys teams of Caverna are back in action tonight as they travel to Adair County.  We’ll have the broadcast on WLOCplus. Find a link on our Facebook page @wlocradio or the wloconline.com website. The Lady Raiders and Raiders are also on the road tonight as they visit Nelson County.  Catch the broadcast here on WLOC. Tip off of the girls game is set for 5:30 central from Bardstown.

 

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2024

Metcalfe Board of Ed selects chairman

Metcalfe County Schools has selected a chairman for the board of education.  John Caffee takes the vacancy created by the resignation of Joey Shive earlier this month. The Metcalfe County Board of Education met in special session Monday night to accept the resignation and appoint new leadership.  The other item business on the agenda was consideration of contract renewal for Superintendent Josh Hurt.  The renewal received a unanimous vote.

 

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2024

Hart County Training Exercises

Training exercises at Fort Knox have historically been heard several counties away, including here in Hart County. The base’s public affairs office has announced increased military training activity through March 4th and they say it will be louder than normal at times. That may lead to audible distant booms, especially for those in the northern part of Hart County. Exercises involving aircraft and ground combat maneuvers will take place in both daytime and nighttime hours. The public affairs office says this training is an important aspect of maintaining critical capabilities and readiness.

 

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2024

Man Claims To Set Fire After Questioned By Police

Emergency responders were called to a fire in Hodgenville along KY 210 early Monday morning near the fairgrounds.  Shortly before that, police had been called to the area for an assault and noticed fire coming from a garage on Miami Court.  Officers called fire units, but the blaze spread to an adjacent trailer and damaged other nearby homes before being extinguished.  While investigating, police questioned a man identified as Jimmy Puckett who stated he set the fire so he could be taken to jail. Puckett was booked at LaRue County Detention Center on charges of arson. Police say no injuries occurred.

 

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Monday, February 19th, 2024 

Glasgow Plant Closes With 65 Jobs Lost

Barren County Economic Authority is looking for a new tenant for their 14-thousand square feet facility on Carroll Knicely Drive in Glasgow.  JNM, an automotive industry supplier, had occupied the location since 2017. About 65 employees lost full-time jobs with the closure.  JNM told economic leaders with Barren County Economic Authority that the company decided to consolidate operations in Canada.

 

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Monday, February 19th, 2024 

Local Sports Ticker

In high school basketball, the Lady Raiders defeated Washington County on Saturday, 54-43 while the Raiders lost, 62-48.  Saturday’s double header ended the 2023-24 home schedule for Hart County.  Both teams travel to Nelson County for a double header on Tuesday night.

Caverna’s Lady Colonels travel to Monroe County tonight.  The Lady Colonels and Colonels travel to Adair County Tuesday night for a double header.

Hart County High School Senior Jaxon Shoulders will be a Georgetown Tiger this fall.  He has committed to play college football with the 2023 Mid-South Conference Champions.  Shoulders played a key role in the success of Hart County’s State Playoffs run last fall. Congratulations, Jaxson Shoulders.

 

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Monday, February 19th, 2024 

UAW And Ford Working Toward Agreement As Strike Looms

United Auto Workers says around 9,000 at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant will strike February 23rd unless there is a resolution to disputed local contract issues. Union leadership made that announcement Friday citing health and safety concerns, including minimum in-plant nurse staffing levels and ergonomic issues, as well as Ford’s continued attempts to erode skilled trades. Ford says negotiations continue and company leadership looks forward to reaching an agreement with UAW. Last fall, Ford and UAW reached a national agreement covering wages, benefits and other key terms through 2028, but each of Ford’s US plants has separate agreements with the company covering issues specific to local facilities. Kentucky Truck Plant’s is one of 19 unresolved local agreements. Ford’s other Louisville plant, the assembly facility at Fern Valley Road, resolved its local agreement in January.

 

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Monday, February 19th, 2024 

Search For Man With Mental Illness

Police in Hodgenville are assisting in a search for a man who suffers from mental illness and has difficulty with socialization.  A release Saturday from the department says 50-year-old Gilbert Herrera has been missing since February 8th and was last seen near I-65 at the LaRue-Hardin County Line. It also says anyone who comes in contact with Herrera should not engage him any more than necessary, but should contact law enforcement immediately.

 

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Friday, February 16th, 2024

Chemical Leak From Cargo At Rest Area

A flammable chemical cargo leak was reported at the Hart County Rest Area Thursday evening. Involved substances were initially identified only as flammable hazardous waste.  A neutralizer was applied and cleanup operations began.  An estimated 15 gallons were involved. Southbound and northbound rest areas were closed and parking lots were evacuated during cleanup as a precaution while the interstate remained open.

 

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Friday, February 16th, 2024

Woman Indicted In Death Of Her Three-Year-Old

A grand jury in Adair County has indicted a woman for murder in the death of her child. Kentucky State Police presented extensive investigation results in charges against 24-year-old Jamie Hendriksen of Columbia. Charges stem from the death of her 3-year-old last August at a residence on Jay Wheeler Road. After the indictment, Hendriksen was taken into custody and booked at Adair County Detention Center.

 

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Friday, February 16th, 2024

Hart County Schools Virtual Learning Friday

Thursday afternoon, Hart County Schools announced virtual learning only for Friday Classes due to staff shortages.  Today’s school closing marks NTI Raider Day Number 6 for the year.  The school system will also be closed on Monday in observance of Presidents' Day.

 

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Friday, February 16th, 2024

Local Sports Ticker

In high school basketball from Thursday night, Hart County’s Girls and Boys were on the road to take on Metcalfe County.  The Lady Raiders defeated the Lady Hornets, 60-41 and the Raiders won their game with the Hornets, 66-55.  Hart County plays Washington County Saturday afternoon in a varsity double header. The girls game starts at 1pm with the boys to follow.  Saturday’s matchups are the final home games of the year for the Lady Raiders and Raiders, with seniors being honored.

The Lady Colonels and Colonels of Caverna are off this weekend.

LaRue County High School’s head girls and boys soccer coach passed away Monday.  Derek Bell of Hodgenville, who was a native of England, played a major role in local expansion of the sport through the early 2000s with the LaRue County Youth Soccer Association. Bell died Monday evening at Baptist Health Hardin after suffering an asthma attack, which caused respiratory and cardiac arrest.  Derek Bell was 61.

 

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Thursday, February 15th, 2024

Law Enforcement Academy Graduates 34

Class 545 graduated last week from the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Basic Training Academy in Richmond, turning out 34 new law enforcement officers to agencies around the state.  Among graduates from our local area, Austin Blevins, Alexander Johnson and Henry Waters, II join the Elizabethtown Police Department and Truman Waddell joins Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office. The academy is committed to providing officers with best practices, the latest technology and legal information to protect the diverse communities they serve. Graduates received more than 800 hours of recruit-level instruction over 20 weeks. Major training areas include patrol procedures, physical training, vehicle operations, defensive tactics, criminal law, traffic and DUI, firearms, criminal investigations, cultural awareness, bias related crimes and tactical responses to crisis situations. The academy provides basic training for city and county police officers, sheriffs’ deputies, university police, airport police throughout the state, only excluding Louisville Metro Police Department, Lexington Police Department, Bowling Green Police Department and the Kentucky State Police --- which each have independent academies.

 

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Thursday, February 15th, 2024

Sports Ticker

In high school basketball, the Lady Raiders and Raiders travel to Edmonton tonight for a varsity double header with Metcalfe County.  The girls game is set for 6pm. Coverage begins at 5:40 here on WLOC Sports.

Hart County High School Senior Joshua Dan Crump is headed for Lindsey Wilson College to play football. Crump was an integral part of a historic season for the Hart County Football team in their 2023 playoff run. Crump announced his commitment to the Blue Raiders on Wednesday, along side his family, friends and coaches.

 

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Thursday, February 15th, 2024

Man Arrested After Knife Assault In Jonesville

The man responsible for cutting a neighbor with a knife Sunday night following a domestic altercation in northern Hart County has been arrested. Police were called around 6:30 to the 10,000 block of North Jackson Highway in Jonesville. When they arrived, a male subject was discovered with knife wounds to his arms, hands and torso.  The victim had attempted to assist with the domestic incident. A report from the Hart County Sheriff’s Department says 34-year-old Brandon Trumble fled the scene after committing the assault. Leads indicated Trumble was headed to the Shepherdsville area.  Police through Hardin and Bullitt Counties attempted to locate Trumble that night and on Monday without success.  Tuesday, Trimble was observed in a vehicle traveling along KY 357 back in Hart County.  Officers located Brandon Trumble and booked him in Hart County Detention Center on multiple assault charges.

 

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Wednesday, February 14th, 2024

Valentine's Giveaway winners

Decades Restaurant (Magnolia) -

buffet for 2 - Ricky Keith

buffet for 2 - Michael Blair

 

Grab-A-Hook Catfish & Paylake -

2 Catfish dinners - Gary Reynolds

 

The Flower Shop -

1/2 dozen roses - Justin Rhodes

1/2 dozen roses - Ruby Harlow

 

Hart Co. Clerk Felicia Shelton

- Wreath - Pamela Walker

 

Bluegrass Floral -

$50 bouquet (choice) - Tonya Howard

 

Overnight lodging at KOA Campground  - Ann Datillo

 

Donated by Donna Wright -

Papparazzi 5-piece jewelry - Jasmine Davis

Papparazzi 5-piece jewelry - Sherry Davis

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Wednesday, February 14th, 2024

Fishing & Hunting Licenses Now Available For 24-25

Licenses and permits to fish, hunt and trap in Kentucky in the coming license year are on sale now. The 2024-2025 license year starts March 1st and runs through Feb 28 of next year. License and permit fees for Kentucky residents and nonresidents are unchanged from the 2023-2024 license year. In Kentucky, a license covers basic hunting or fishing for many species, whereas additional state permits are required when pursuing other species, such as fishing for trout or hunting for migratory birds, deer, wild turkey or black bear. Licenses and permits are sold online through Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s License Sales portal, searchable from the fw.ky.gov website. Licenses and permits also are sold at agent locations across the state. A list of license agents by county is available on the department’s website. The department receives its primary funding through revenue raised by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, as well as federal excise taxes generated by the sale of recreational firearms and ammunition, archery gear and fishing equipment.

 

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Wednesday, February 14th, 2024

Burglary Suspect Search In Hodgenville

Police in Hodgenville are searching for Evin Carter, also known as Evin Conatser. He has an active warrant related to a burglary. Police say during an incident Tuesday morning, his girlfriend took him to a location on Landmark Drive and dropped him off.  He was gone upon arrival of police. His girlfriend, Lindsey Sublett, was arrested and charged with hindering prosecution or apprehension. Police say she lied about his location.  Anyone with information to help find Evin Carter should contact law enforcement.

 

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Wednesday, February 14th, 2024

Outdoor Warning Test Rescheduled

Regular testing of the outdoor warning system in Hart County will take place Friday.  Sirens around the county will sound at 8am and be confirmed in a coordinated effort between those assigned to monitor and report activation with Hart County Emergency Management.  Citizens do not need to take any action for the outdoor warning system test.

 

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Wednesday, February 14th, 2024

Local Sports Ticker

In high school basketball Tuesday night, the Raiders defeated Bullitt Central, 68-50.

 

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Tuesday, February 13th, 2024

Horse Cave City Council Recap

Horse Cave City Council voted Monday night to provide funding to the Hart County Chamber of Commerce in the form of a three-year commitment.  The chamber plays a vital role in soliciting industry, small business and even individuals to the county and its cities. The organization has long-said (that) to be competitive with other counties and chambers, viable candidates to lead are needed. Representatives from the chamber board of directors have previously referenced difficulties in offering pay to not only bring -- but retain chamber leadership. Contributions like the three-year-term $2,500 annual commitment from Horse Cave will go a long way in providing the chamber with ability to make a solid leadership hire. In other business at Monday night's Horse Cave City Council Meeting, departmental reports were given and routine items were covered.

Mayor Randall Curry addressed road conditions along routes through Horse Cave. He notes US 31W and KY 218 are maintained by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and city funds cannot be used to service these roads.  City funds can only be used on city owned and maintained streets. Curry did - in efforts to inform local residents - relay communication from Brad Bottoms, who is Chief District Engineer with the state department of highways. Bottoms was quoted as saying extreme cold with winter precipitation has severely deteriorated US 31W from the Barren County Line to downtown Horse Cave. The stretch had already been programmed for resurfacing this year and is expected to be completely resurfaced by the end of July. A press release from the district recently stated that until resurfacing can take place, maintenance crews will continue patching holes with cold mix. As weather allows, crews will use a hot mix.  These are temporary fixes. Curry also reminded those in attendance KY 218 in front of Horse Cave Baptist Church is scheduled for rehabilitation to provide a smooth ride. Work will be completed there in this upcoming construction season. The mayor said Bottoms mentions a complete project for KY 218 from Horse Cave to the Wigwams at US 31E which has appeared in a draft version of the upcoming highway plan which will be voted on during this year's general assembly.

 

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Tuesday, February 13th, 2024

Corvette Museum 10 Year Sinkhole Anniversary

It has been 10 years since a sinkhole made headlines when it opened up beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. Surveillance cameras captured the moment eight rare Chevrolet Corvettes were swallowed into the ground. The museum didn't allow the damage to its building and its multimillion-dollar collection to put a dent in its operation. Ryan Eichler, director of marketing at the museum said it was a moment in time for the museum bringing a lot of exposure and attention. Over the past 10 years, the museum has created 15 major exhibits, undergone tens of millions of dollars in renovations and improvements and added a Motorsports Park to the campus. It will soon be unveiling a new exhibit to commemorate what it called “Surviving the Sinkhole." In the aftermath, General Motors restored three of the cars, while the others were left to be put on display at the museum as-is. The exhibit will open to the public June 14 and will run through September 15.

 

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Tuesday, February 13th, 2024

Outdoor Warning System Testing Postponed

Testing of Hart County's outdoor warning system originally scheduled for today has been postponed.  Once emergency management coordinates with monitoring personnel who are assigned to verify working conditions, a new date will be announced for testing.

 

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Tuesday, February 13th, 2024

Local Sports Ticker

In high school basketball Monday night, Caverna girls were defeated by Central Hardin 87-29. The Colonels also lost to Central Hardin. The boys final was 97-70. Being Senior Night, Monday's games were the final home games of the season.

Hart County's Lady Raiders were defeated by Elizabethtown Monday night, 77-62.

Tonight, the Raiders play a junior varsity/varsity matchup as they host Bullitt Central. We'll have the varsity broadcast with coverage beginning around 6:45 and tip-off set for 7:00.

 

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Monday, February 12th, 2024

Outdoor Warning System Testing Postponed

Testing of Hart County's outdoor warning system originally scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed. Once emergency management coordinates with monitoring personnel who are assigned to verify working conditions, a new date will be announced for testing.

 

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Monday, February 12th, 2024

Barren County Superintendent Announces Retirement

Bo Matthews is retiring as Superintendent of Barren County Schools. Matthews has been in the position for the past 13 years and has worked in the school district for 33 years. From bus driver, to coach, teacher and administrator, Matthews expressed gratitude for support from others he has worked with and the community, in general. Barren County Board of Education now begins the process of searching for the next superintendent. Bo Matthews’ retirement becomes effective at the end of this fiscal school year.

 

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Monday, February 12th, 2024

Local Sports Ticker

The weekend concluded on a high note for Hart County High School Varsity Cheer.  The group competed Friday in semifinal action of the Universal Cheer Association’s (UCA) National High School Cheerleading Championship Competition at Walt Disney World Resort and advanced as one of six national finalists to compete Sunday. Hart County finished 4th place nationally in their division, moving up five spots from their divisional finish a year ago. 

In high school wrestling, Hart County’s Zac Bailey brings home a 4th place finish in the Region 2 Wrestling Tournament this weekend. With his placement, Bailey heads to the state tournament in Lexington, February 15th and 16th.

On the high school basketball schedule tonight, Caverna plays their final home games of the regular season with senior night. Central Hardin makes the trip to Horse Cave for a varsity double header beginning with the girls game at 5:30 on WLOCplus.

Hart County's Lady Raiders host Elizabethtown tonight for a junior varsity/varsity match-up. We'll have the varsity broadcast here on WLOC Sports with coverage beginning around 6:45.  Tip-off is set for 7:00.

 

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Friday, February 9th, 2024

Hart County Cheer In Florida For National Competition

It’s a big day for Hart County High School Varsity Cheer.  The group is in Orlando, Florida this week, where they have been preparing for today’s performance in the Universal Cheer Association’s (UCA) National High School Cheerleading Championship competition at Walt Disney World Resort.  The group of 25 HCHS students takes center stage at 12:15pm Central in the Medium Coed Game Day Division Semis.  Hart County is looking to improve on their 9th out of 34 placement among national finalist groups in their division a year ago.  You can watch a livestream of today’s competition on the UCA Website, varsity.com/uca.

 

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Friday, February 9th, 2024

High School Basketball Ticker

In high school basketball tonight, the Lady Raiders and Raiders host Green County. The double header wraps up regular season district play for Hart County’s girls and boys.  Tip-off is set for 5:30.  Coverage here on WLOC Sports begins following the 5pm Studio 101 News Update.

Green County’s girls are playing district games back-to-back nights following their defeat of the Caverna Lady Colonels Thursday night, 88-27.  Green and Caverna boys considered their All “A” Classic tournament game in January as their second regular season matchup for district standing purposes. Tonight is homecoming for Caverna.  The Colonels play Russell County in a junior varsity/varsity matchup.  Broadcast of the varsity game is on WLOCplus with pregame coverage beginning at 6:45. Tip-off is set for 7pm.  WLOCplus is available from our Facebook page @wlocradio and through a link on our website, wloconline.com.

 

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Friday, February 9th, 2024

Hart County Fiscal Court Recap

Hart County Fiscal Court will hold public hearings regarding the VFW property Monday, February 26th and Monday, March 11th. Dates were set during Thursday’s regular fiscal court meeting.  At the last fiscal court meeting in January, the court agreed to advertise for a hearing regarding ownership of the park near Rowletts.  Judge Executive Joe Choate and County Attorney Justin Baird spoke about challenges of determining current ownership and said input is needed from area veterans and the general public on a course of action. Meetings both nights will be at 6pm in the courthouse fiscal court room.  In other business at Thursday’s meeting, Jailer Israel Bergenson reported a total of 174 inmates in the facility. Sheriff Jeff Wilson reported Deputy Ben Nichols has been approved as K-9 handler. The court accepted a contract with Constable Dennis Amos, approved appointments of Tony Keithley as an Emergency Management Applicant Agent, Chris Bush as coordinator for Hart County Search and Rescue, agreements with Upton, Bonnieville and Priceville fire departments, approved hiring Marcus Meredith and Nathan Hockensmith as seasonal workers with the road department and hiring Joseph Poynter as deputy coroner replacing Jeremy Glabb. The next meeting of Hart County Fiscal Court is set for Thursday February 22nd.

 

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Thursday, February 8th, 2024

Man Accused Of Murder Appears In Court

George Greer entered a plea of “not guilty” to murder when he appeared Wednesday in court.  He was arrested Monday after admitting that he killed a woman and assaulted two others at a residence in a lake community near Falls of Rough in northern Grayson County.  Investigators say Greer stated he didn’t know what he was doing, being under the influence of drugs. Greer and the three victims lived together in the residence.  His girlfriend, Lauren Tabor and her father, Joseph Boles were the ones severely injured.  Teresa Boles, Tabor’s mother was the victim who died. Greer attacked them with a sword early Monday morning. Neighbors came to assist these victims as George Greer fled the scene and was captured early Monday afternoon by police. He remains jailed at Grayson County Detention Center with a half-million bond.

 

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Thursday, February 8th, 2024

Regional Licensing Office New Location Opening Features A Few Glitches

Monday’s switch to a new location for the Elizabethtown Regional Driver’s Licensing Office involved several glitches.  A number of agent work stations were inoperable, reducing the ability for staff to keep up with appointments.  Agents asked for patience and most visitors were understanding of the situation.  Still, some were agitated --- many being among those who showed up hoping for walk-in availability. The lobby of the new location at 916 North Mulberry is larger than the waiting area at the old State Police Post location, but was filled to capacity with a line extending around the building outside on a Sunny and warmer than usual day in February.  Most bugs of the move have been worked out, said a spokesperson from the Division of Licensing.  The location is still among the busiest regional offices in the state.  Officials recommend an appointment as demand for services increases.  Walks-ins are first come-first served around appointment times.  Visit drive.ky.gov to make appointments.  Residents needing licensing services should also consider visiting an adjacent regional office, especially for those who have a reasonable drive to Columbia or Bowling Green, where demand is not as high.

 

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Thursday, February 8th, 2024

Hart County Government Surplus Sale This Weekend

Hart County Government will be holding a surplus sale this weekend.  Originally scheduled to take place at the sheriff’s department, the sale has been moved to the 4H Building at Hart County Fairgrounds. Several sheriff’s department vehicles headline the auction along with other county equipment.  Registration begins at 9:30. The sale starts at Noon. Hart County Fiscal Court Reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids.

 

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Wednesday, February 7th, 2024

Hart County Road Closure Wednesday

Toohey Ridge Road will be closed today as Hart County Road crews replace a cross-drain. The work location is between Wildlife Road and Thurston Lane. Work begins around 8:30 and should be complete by around noon.

 

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Wednesday, February 7th, 2024

Officer Involved Shooting At Restaurant

No injuries are reported following a shooting involving a police officer at Taco Bell in Bardstown. The incident occurred Saturday evening at the restaurant located near the corner of KY 245 and Frost Avenue. A suspect, who was not named in a Kentucky State Police press statement, was arrested and charged by Bardstown Police Department for a previous outstanding warrant in addition to new charges including disorderly conduct, menacing, wanton endangerment and resisting arrest. KSP has statewide jurisdiction and investigates when officer-involved shootings occur throughout the Commonwealth as requested by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.  They say to protect the integrity of an ongoing investigation, it is standard operating procedure not to release specific details until vital witnesses have been interviewed and pertinent facts gathered.  Timelines to complete investigations vary based on the complexity of the case.

 

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Wednesday, February 7th, 2024

Mother Charged In Relation To Death Of Infant Daughter

A mother is charged in the death of her 6-month-old daughter in Campbellsville.  Police and emergency responders arrived at a residence around 10pm local time on Friday after being dispatched to the call of the child not breathing. After investigation, 24-year-old Haley Jade Fisher was taken into custody and booked at Taylor County Detention Center for criminal abuse of a child 12 years of age or under, manslaughter, wanton endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia. Investigation details and circumstances of the death have not been officially released.

 

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Wednesday, February 7th, 2024High School Basketball Tuesday Night Ticker

Hart County’s Lady Raiders and Raiders picked up wins Tuesday night at home against Fort Knox.  The girls final was 70-4 and the boys score was 82-65. With 23 points, Clark Rexroat joins the 1,000 point club and Jacob Shoulders made 11 3-pointers, setting a new Raider record for most 3s made in a game. The Lady Raiders and Raiders are back in action Friday night when they host Green County.

 

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Tuesday, February 6th, 2024

Preliminary Details Of Pursuit And Crash In Horse Cave

A high speed chase right down the middle of Downtown Horse Cave resulted in a crash Monday night.  The westbound vehicle on KY 218 entered the US 31W intersection and proceeded through the railroad crossing before losing control and crashing.  The vehicle came to rest after hitting the porch of a nearby residence.  No details of the pursuit or suspect have been officially released.  A person was air-lifted for treatment following the crash.

 

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Tuesday, February 6th, 2024

Logging Death In Barren County

A man is dead following a logging incident Monday morning near Fountain Run.  The unidentified 38-year-old was killed around 8am when a cut tree fell on him as tree clearing operations were taking place along Milburn Taylor Road in the southern portion of Barren County.  An autopsy will be performed.

 

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Tuesday, February 6th, 2024

Grayson County Murder Suspect In Custody

A man is in custody following a murder on Monday morning in Grayson County. The incident was reported around 7:30 at a home within Indian Valley subdivision in Falls of Rough.  The suspect, identified as 49-year-old George Greer of Falls of Rough, assaulted three people with a sword and fled. When responders arrived, they found 59-year-old Teresa Boles deceased along with 60-year-old Joseph Boles and 32-year-old Laruen Tabor with severe injuries.  Joseph Boles was flown to Louisville. Lauren Tabor, Greer's girlfriend, was taken to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center.  All of the victims and Greer lived together at the residence.  Greer fled the scene in a van and a massive search involving multiple agencies from as many as five counties began.  State Police reported Greer captured just after 1pm. After abandoning the van, Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins says Greer was able to steal a vehicle that was unlocked with keys inside. A citizen was able to spot the vehicle and report its whereabouts.  The stolen vehicle was found in a field off of Edwards Cemetery Road where Greer was eventually located and arrested with K-9 and air unit assistance. George Greer is charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder, theft of an automobile, burglary and fleeing or evading police in a vehicle and on foot.

 

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Tuesday, February 6th, 2024

High School Basketball Ticker

In Monday night rivalry action from Caverna High School, the Lady Raiders defeated the Lady Colonels, 91-32 while the Colonels defeated the Raiders, 54-38. In the girls game, Hart County’s Dea Bradley scored 38, crossing the 3,000 point mark in her high school career.  Hart County hosts Fort Knox tonight for a girls/boys double header tipping off at 5:30. Catch the action here on WLOC Sports. Caverna travels to Edmonson County tonight for a girls match-up tipping off at 6:00. The Colonels host Russell County Friday night.

Aside from on-court action Monday night at Caverna, it was a memorable night for football recognitions as WLOC's post-season awards were presented. The Caverna Defensive Player of the Year is Jaylin Craine. The Caverna Offensive Player of the Year is Tyson Martin. Congratulations to both players, as well as the rest of the team and coaching staff on a great 2023 football season.

 

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Friday, February 2nd, 2024

Two Hart County Students Win State-Wide Awards

Two sisters from Cub Run are winners in the Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing contests administered by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet.  Thousands of students across the state have participated in these art and essay contests since their introductions in 1974 and 1944, respectively. Emma Sanders, a Junior at Hart County High School is the state’s 1st place winner in the essay contest for her entry, A Walk On Kentucky’s Wildside, focusing on biodiversity.  Essay entries are submitted by students in grades 6-12. Her younger sister, Ella Sanders, is a fourth grader at Cub Run Elementary and placed 2nd in the state for her artwork entitled, Sustain the Wild Side of Life. Art entries are submitted by elementary school students across the state. Johnna McHugh with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet says these contests educate students on soil, water, forestry and wildlife conservation. Students can earn monetary prizes on county, regional and state levels. The contest is made possible through a partnership with Kentucky's Farm Bureau Federation and Kentucky's Association of Conservation Districts.  Emma Sanders has received other major recognition recently.  Last week, she was announced as a recipient of Farmers RECC’s Government in Action Youth Tour award, which earns her trips to Frankfort and Washington DC.

 

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Friday, February 2nd, 2024

High School Basketball Ticker

In high school basketball from Thursday night, the Raiders defeated Bluegrass Blazers of Kentucky Home School, 90-54.  The Raiders and Lady Raiders are back in action tonight as they travel to Bardstown and take on Bethlehem in a varsity double header.  Girls action tips off at 5:30, followed by the boys game here on WLOC Sports.  Coverage begins at 5:15.

High stakes matchups are set for the Lady Colonels and Colonels tonight as they travel to LaRue County in a varsity double header.  Tip off is set for 5:30 for the first game.  Catch the action with coverage beginning at 5:15 on WLOCplus, with links available @wlocradio on Facebook and on the wloconline.com website.

 

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Friday, February 2nd, 2024

Special Election To Fill House Seat In Frankfort

A special election is set in March to fill the reminder of State Representative Brandon Reed’s seat in Frankfort.  January 5th, he withdrew his filing for re-election in the spring primary. He also stated his resignation in conjunction with accepting a position as Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Agricultural Policy under newly elected Agriculture Commissioner Jonathan Shell. There were multiple complications to the timing of Reed’s withdrawal and resignation.  Among them, that January 5th date was also the last day for new candidates to file for the primary, making the perceived window of opportunity for any opposition very narrow.  Also, state legislature is in session.  Reed’s resignation became effective January 15th, leaving the 24th House District of Hart, Green and LaRue Counties without practical representation during proceedings.  Reed had also been very instrumental in crafting state budget framework and this year is a state budget cycle session.  To fill the vacant seat, a special election has been set by House Speaker David Osborne, but it will be Tuesday, March 19th before that happens. Nominated by their respective parties, Republican Courtney Gilbert of LaRue County and Democrat Johnny Pennington of Hart County will be on the special March 19th ballot.  Voting for Hart County residents will take place only at the courthouse in Munfordville and at Horse Cave Fire Department from 6am until 6pm.  Other regular polling locations will not be open on the special election date. Early voting will be available at the courthouse only, March 14th, 15th and 16th from 8am to 4pm.  Excused Absentee Voting will be March 6th, 7th and 8th as well as March 11th, 12th and 13th from 8am-4pm. Anyone with questions can contact the Hart County Clerk’s Office in Munfordville.  Residents in LaRue and Green Counties will also be voting on March 19th.  By the end of this legislative session, the regular May Primary will be just around the corner.  Special election Republican Nominee Courtney Gilbert will not be on that ballot as a registered candidate.  The two Republicans who will be on the ballot in May are Ryan Bivens of Hodgenville and Asa Waggoner of Horse Cave. Each filed to run for the House Seat just hours ahead of the filing deadline the same day Brandon Reed withdrew.  Johnny Pennington, the only Democrat challenger, had already filed to challenge Reed in November.

 

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Thursday, February 1st, 2024

Register to win Valentine's Day prizes

Studio 101 WLOC is gearing up for Valentine's Day with giveaways this year. Register now at:

 

Decades Restaurant (Magnolia) - (2) buffets for 2

 

Grab-A-Hook Catfish & Paylake - 2 Catfish dinners

 

The Flower Shop - (2) 1/2 dozen roses

 

Hart Co. Clerk Felicia Shelton - Wreath

 

Bluegrass Floral - will be announced

 

 

We will also giveaway overnight lodging at KOA Campground (not a registration location).

 

Donna Wright - (2) Papparazzi 5-piece jewelry (not a registration location).

 

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Thursday, February 1st, 2024

New Elizabethtown Regional Drivers Licensing Office

The Regional Drivers Licensing Office beside I-65 Exit 94 in Elizabethtown is one of (if not) the busiest in the state.  Being centrally located within the geographic region, approximately 5,000 residents visit the location monthly for services. Continual comments and criticisms are received by state officials regarding availability of appointments, lack of walk-in opportunities, parking, longer than expected wait times and inadequate space for inside waiting.  Inside space is particularly crucial when weather doesn’t allow visitors to wait in the commons area outside the office entrance.  The Elizabethtown Regional Drivers Licensing Office is a converted space, previously occupied by and originally built for Kentucky State Police Post 4. With a police headquarters design, lobby space for large numbers of visitors was not a need.  As such, the lobby space does not accommodate visitor traffic scheduled each day for licensing services. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, which is the parent agency for the Division of Licensing, has been working to secure a larger and permanent location.  Wednesday, cabinet officials announced the move will take place over the next week, with licensing operations opening at the new location on Monday. The new Elizabethtown Regional Drivers Licensing Office will be at 916 North Mulberry, just west of the current location and is adjacent to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Office. Appointments at any regional licensing office are available at drive.ky.gov.  Walk-in customers are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Driver testing in Hardin County is conducted by Kentucky State Police and will also be located at the new regional licensing office location, but will have a separate entrance to streamline processing for both facilities. Those needing license testing services must schedule an appointment at the kentuckystatepolice.gov website.

 

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Thursday, February 1st, 2024

Leitchfield Police ask for help in burglary case

Police in Leitchfield are asking for help in identifying two people who burglarized the Marathon-Taco Bell location on South Main Street early Tuesday morning.  An employee arrived to open the store around 5:30 and noticed two men inside. Both were wearing dark hoodies and covered their faces. They fled through the back of the store and drove away in a dark-colored pickup. Surveillance video is available and shows them using crowbars on the drive-thru window to gain access.  Lottery tickets and cigarettes were stolen from the Marathon convenience store side of the business. Anyone with information to help with the investigation is asked to contact Leitchfield Police at 270-259-3850.

 

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Thursday, February 1st, 2024

Edmonson County Water supply issues

Water supply issues have been at the front of utility concerns for portions of the region served by Edmonson County Water District. Customers of Edmonson, Grayson and Hart Counties have been affected by issues at a Green River intake site.  These issues have been a result of dam and lock removals by the US Army Corps of Engineers.  Multiple meetings have taken place between local officials and the general public over the past year. Some of them have featured limited representation by the Corps.  To date, remedy proposals and even general response from the Corps have been slow or absent when requested by local officials. Tuesday, US Congressman Brett Guthrie took up the issue in Washington as he questioned Assistant Secretary Michael Connor with the Corps Engineering Civil Division. Guthrie explained the situation with removals being aimed at restoring the river to its original state.  He told Connor the Crops got the information wrong when presenting the removal plan, leading to endangering water supply for the surrounding area. Secretary Connor says he is becoming more familiar with the issue and plans to visit the local Corps office soon.  He is a high-level official, who admittedly stated while having general knowledge, he wasn’t aware of the specifics of dropping levels at the water intake location. He pledged to work with Guthrie’s office and local officials and said the Corps has to continue an understanding of this and other similar locations are not just aquatic ecosystems, flood risk reductions or water supply issues. They all affect each other. Guthrie pushed to communicate not just wildlife, but life (in general) has adapted to river changes over the past century and that notion should be heavily considered. Guthrie noted damming the river happened before it was used for water utility intake and surrounding natural and human features evolved and developed with dependence on dammed river conditions.  Changing it now is showing long-reaching consequences.  Guthrie asked about these considerations while planning.  Connor provided a high-level and general response that dam removal is not an unusual procedure for the Corps and he added a majority of removals are driven by local stakeholder requests, not actions deemed needed by the Corps.  Through his commentary, Secretary Connor’s unfamiliarity with the situation resurfaces. Over the past year or so of meetings and discussions, there has been no revelation of any local stakeholder pushing for dam removals along the river.

 

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Thursday, February 1st, 2024

High School basketball sports ticker

In high school basketball tonight, the Hart County Raiders host Bluegrass Blazers Kentucky Home School.  Our coverage of the varsity game begins at 6:45 with tip off scheduled for 7:00 here on WLOC Sports.

 

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Wednesday, January 31st, 2024

Area high school basketball sports ticker

In high school basketball from Tuesday night, the Lady Colonels of Caverna were defeated by Glasgow, 73-26. The Colonels won the second game of the double header, 73-48. Congratulations to the Colonels' Jaylin Craine, who was honored before the boys game as the newest addition to the 1000 Point Club.

 

Hart County's Lady Raiders lost to Taylor County Tuesday night, 58-45.  The Raiders also lost to Taylor County, 58-49.

 

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Wednesday, January 31st, 2024

Bill aimed at eliminating early voting in KY

A bill introduced in the state senate aims to eliminate general early voting in Kentucky. Introduced during the pandemic to make voting more flexible due to factors surrounding COVID 19 restrictions, early voting has stayed in place, with thousands of voters across the state taking advantage of the three-day period which also includes a Saturday. Senator John Schickel is the sponsor of Senate Bill 61, which (if passed) returns voting to a single election day.  The bill still provides for absentee voting, the same as before the pandemic. Schickel believes that early voting undermines the sanctity of election day and over time, voter turnout will actually decrease because the voting process is more diluted. Secretary of State Michael Adams disagrees and says early voting is extremely important since election day is not an official holiday.  He says it frees up many voters to cast ballots where they were simply unable to do so before.  The bill has not been supported to a large degree at this point by other senators.

 

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Wednesday, January 31st, 2024

Magnolia man sentenced on felony assault charges

A Magnolia man is now sentenced for assaulting law enforcement during the breach of the US Capitol on January 6th of 2021. A release from US District Court says 54-year-old Clayton Ray Mullins will face 30 months in prison and 36 months of supervised release. He is also ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution to the Architect of the Capitol, $30,165 in restitution to a Metropolitan Police Department Officer for medical expenses and $49,764 in fines. Mullins pleaded guilty last September to a felony charge of assaulting, resisting or impeding officers.

 

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Wednesday, January 31st, 2024

Use caution as road work continues

Road crews continue patching broken pavement following deep cold and winter precipitation over the past couple of weeks.  US 31W in southern Hart County is still rough in places, but crews have worked since last Thursday to place cold mix in holes of the roadway along the most broken apart sections.  Potholes in other roads have also been addressed over the past few days.  Today, crews with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are working along I-65 northbound just north of Munfordville to fill an extended section of broken pavement.  While crews are working, the interstate will be reduced to one lane, with the left lane and center lane closed to protect workers and motorists.  Drivers are advised to pay close attention to signs and be prepared to reduce speed upon approaching the Exit 65 Interchange.                                                                                                        

 

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Tuesday, January 30th, 2024

High School Basketball Sports Ticker

In high school basketball from Monday night, the Lady Colonels of Caverna were defeated by Washington County, 74-29.  The Colonels came up just short in the second game of the double header, losing 57-55.

 

Tonight, the Lady Colonels and Colonels host Glasgow for a varsity double header beginning at 5:30. Coverage begins at 5:15 on WLOCplus, available on our facebook page and at wloconline.com.

 

Hart County hosts Taylor County tonight for a girls/boys double header. Tip off of the first game is at 5:30 with pregame coverage here on WLOC Sports beginning at 5:15.

 

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Tuesday, January 30th, 2024

Unemployment rate lowers in Hart County

Hart County’s unemployment rate is slightly lower in December figures released late last week by the Education and Labor Cabinet. The rate is 4%, compared to 4.2% in November. Unemployment is four tenths of a percent higher in the year-over-year comparison, with the December 2022 rate being 3.6%. Hart County’s December unemployment rate is slightly higher than the state average of 3.8%, but is likewise trending slightly downward in direction. Of adjacent counties, Edmonson County’s December rate is highest at 4.6%, followed by Metcalfe County at 4.5%, Grayson County at 4.2%, Barren County at 4.1%, LaRue County at 4%, Hardin County at 3.9% and Green County had the lowest unemployment rate of adjacent counties at 3.4%. Woodford County continues to have the state's lowest jobless rate at 2.8% and Magoffin County has the state's highest rate at 9%.

 

The Kentucky Department of Revenue began accepting state individual income tax returns Monday. Processing of returns will begin next Monday. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) also began accepting federal individual income tax returns Monday. Electronic individual income tax returns typically take four to six weeks to process. Taxpayers may check the status of their state refund by visiting refund.ky.gov.  The deadline for Kentuckians to file 2023 returns is Monday, April 15.

 

Each year, the Department of Revenue partners with the IRS to operate Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites across the state. At these sites, knowledgeable staff provides free tax filing assistance to eligible individuals and families, as well as Kentucky state government employees.  This service is available to help individuals with an annual income of $60,000 or less or any Kentucky state government employee, regardless of income. If you believe you qualify and would like to take advantage of this service, please schedule an appointment by contacting the nearest regional taxpayer service center, which is in either Bowling Green or Louisville for Hart and surrounding counties. Contact information and a complete list of regional taxpayer service centers is available at the revenue.ky.gov website. Any taxpayer who has questions or requires assistance may submit a general inquiry on the website or call 502-564-4581. Representatives are available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7am-3:30pm Central and Wednesday from 7am-4pm Central.

 

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Monday, January 29th, 2024

Wax Water Treatment Plant Advisory remains

While Edmonson County Water District lifted a Water Conservation Advisory early Sunday, a Boil Water Advisory for customers served by Wax Water Treatment Plant remains in effect. The advisory is a result of high turbidity levels. Turbidity refers to the cloudiness of water which could indicate disease-causing organisms remain within the water.  Crews continue to work around the clock to remedy the issue. Areas served by the Edmonson County Water facility include Gap Hill Road in Hart County beginning at the Edmonson County line and all customers from 569 Cherry Springs Road, extending to Cub Run, Big Windy, Kessinger, Priceville and Raider Hollow. Grayson County customers are affected at the intersection of KY 259 and Vanmeter School Road including all of the Peonia and Wax area. The advisory means customers should bring all water to a boil for one minute and let it cool before using it. For more information, residents can call 270-597-2165.

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Monday, January 29th, 2024

Wanted man in Grayson County arrested

Officers used drone technology early Saturday morning to catch a wanted man in Grayson County. The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department answered a domestic violence protective order violation complaint along Armes-Lively Road. The suspect, identified as 40-year-old Henry Harris, had fled approximately 100 yards from the residence to a nearby ditch and was quickly located using a drone equipped with thermal imaging. Harris tried to flee officers and suffered injuries trying to get over a barbed wire fence.  He was transported for treatment and medical clearance and then booked at Grayson County Detention Center on charges of wanton endangerment of a police officer, fleeing or evading, criminal mischief, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of previously mentioned domestic violence protective order. Sheriff Norman Chaffins says this call presented an ideal circumstance to deploy the technology, adding it reduced safety risks to deputes and the K-9 unit.

 

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Monday, January 29th, 2024

ID changes possible for election

Changes could be coming for what is considered an acceptable form of ID at Kentucky polls on election day.  Current law allows a college ID as an acceptable form of identification at polling locations. Senator Adrienne Southworth is proposing Senate Bill 80, to remove college IDs as a primary form but allow it to remain valid as a secondary form. Southworth says college IDs aren't government issued, so it doesn't require the same verification process to receive a college ID as a state or federal issued ID.  Southworth also says people are becoming more aware of potential election loopholes, and Senate Bill 80 addresses a legitimate risk. Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams, disagrees with a need for Senate Bill 80. He says the purpose of photo ID is satisfied by a college ID.  Adams says the state has seen no such fraud involving college IDs. Adams says this is a different security level than the 2020 law (which he supported) requiring a photo ID be presented at voting polls. Senate Bill 80 would also remove credit or debit cards as a second-form of ID at polls. The bill passed in committee last week to advance to the senate floor.

 

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Monday, January 29th, 2024

High School Basketball Sports

Tonight in high school basektball, Caverna's girls and boys host Washington County for a varsity double header.  Tip off for the girls game is at 6pm followed by the boys game.  Catch the action here tonight on WLOC Sports.  Coverage begins at 5:45.

 

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Friday, January 26th, 2024

WLOC Sports Ticker

In the All "A" Classic at Corbin Thursday night Pikeville defeated Caverna Boys 43 to 33. Caverna's Jalen Craine scored 9 points and Tyson Martin scored 8 points.

 

Tonight: Hart County is hosting Larue County in a girl/boy doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. Join Studio 101 WLOC for live broadcasts of both games beginning at 5:15 a.m.

 

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Friday, January 26th, 2024 

Drug Arrest In LeGrande

A search warrant near LeGrande Wednesday resulted in the arrest of a man on drugs and firearms charges.  Officers with the Hart County Sheriff’s Department and the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force executed the warrant at 1230 LeGrande Highway in connection to an ongoing drug trafficking organization investigation of Dillon Maxey. Over two pounds of cocaine were seized, along with 6.5 ounces of methamphetamine, 4.6 ounces of marijuana, a handgun and over $8,000 in suspected drug proceeds. After being arrested, Maxey was booked at Hart County Jail on charges of trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking in marijuana (all enhanced by the presence of a firearm), possession of drug paraphernalia, acquiring property from income by trafficking in controlled substances, having an inadequate silencer and speeding more than 10 miles per hour over the limit. Investigation in the case continues.

 

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Friday, January 26th, 2024 

Golden Alert Canceled

After issuing a Golden Alert, authorities in Glasgow say an 84-year-old man with dementia has been located.  A notice from the Barren County Sheriff’s Department originally said Joseph Pierce left his residence on South Fork Road Thursday sometime before 2pm. He had been reported missing last month and was later found in Springfield, Tennessee. A press release from the Barren County Sheriff's Department does not provide details of where or how Pierce was located.

 

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Friday, January 26th, 2024 

FRECC Frankfort And Washington DC Trips Winners Include Hart County Student

A young lady from Cub Run is among Farmers RECC winners of a trip to Frankfort and Washington. Annual “Government in Action” Youth Tour recipients will travel to the state’s capital in February and the nation’s capital in June. Emma Sanders is daughter to Chris and Christina Sanders.  She joins Cainin Woodard of Glasgow, Emma Warren of Glasgow and Alyssa Ann Williams Edmonton. Kentucky is one of 45 states sending youth delegations to the annual electric cooperative youth tour. Since 1964, the nation’s electric cooperatives have collectively organized trips for more than 40,000 high school juniors and seniors to visit Washington. Farmers RECC was formed in 1938 and is owned by members they serve. Farmers provides electric service to over 26,000 accounts in eleven counties. Today, more than 900 electric cooperatives provide reliable and technologically advanced service to 40 Million Americans.

 

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Friday, January 26th, 2024

Maintenance Crews Making Winter Road Repairs

Highway crews are actively working to address potholes. As weather allows, motorists may encounter District 4 crews performing work on state maintained roads in Breckinridge, Grayson, Green, Hardin, Hart, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Taylor and Washington counties. Potholes increase due to frigid temperatures and precipitation. A cold mix is used to repair potholes during winter months but is generally not a long-term repair. Once spring arrives, potholes are fixed with a hot asphalt mix. To report a pothole on state maintained roads, go to transportation.ky.gov and find the “Contact Us” dropdown menu and select “Report a Hazard”. Visit goky.ky.gov for traffic and travel information in Kentucky.

 

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Friday, January 26th, 2024

Kentucky State Police Investigates Fatal Collision in Barren County

At approximately 3:30 pm, the Kentucky State Police Post 03 Bowling Green was requested by the Barren County Sheriff's Office in reference to a three vehicle collision. Troopers responded to the scene at the 6000 block of North Jackson Highway. A preliminary investigation indicates that Rylee Gibbons, 20, of Glasgow, was operating a silver Hyundai Elantra south bound on North Jackson Highway. Gibbons crossed the centerline colliding with a blue Nissan Rogue, that was operated by Jennifer Hishmeh, 58, of Glasgow. Hishmeh was traveling north bound on North Jackson Highway. Mania Johnson, 32, of Glasgow, was operating a red Jeep Cherokee that was also north bound on North Jackson Highway, collided with the Nissan Rogue following the initial collision. Alveda Jessie, 80, of Cave City was the passenger of the Nissan Rogue and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Barren County Coroner's Office. The others involved were transported to T. J. Sampson Hospital for treatment of their injuries. The investigation is being led by Detective Allen Shirley. He was assisted on the scene by Barren County Sheriff's Office, Glasgow Police Department, Barren-Metcalf EMS and the Barren County Coroner's Office.

 

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Thursday, January 25th, 2024

New Cameras Near Schools Will Help Police Track Vehicles

Law enforcement leaders in Hardin County are set to utilize camera surveillance around area schools. Monday, Hardin County Schools announced 20 Flock Safety Cameras will be mounted at a cost of around $50,000 per year, covered by a combination of grants and general funds. While the district is picking up the cost, police will utilize data from the technology.  Placement around schools expands an existing network of 20 Flock Cameras already in use along several routes in Elizabethtown.  These cameras snap pictures of vehicles passing by, helping locate stolen vehicles or those suspected in crimes and even golden alerts.  They are in use all around the US.  Privacy advocates are voicing concerns, prompting lawmakers to review and enact data collection and retention policies. 

 

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Thursday, January 25th, 2024

KY 70 Closure Planned In Edmonson County

A press release from The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 3 Public Affairs Office in Bowling Green says a long-term closure of KY 70 in Western Edmonson County will take place beginning February 5th.  A bridge will be replaced at Bear Creek, forcing closure for up to 90 days.  A detour will be setup via KY 187, KY 238 and KY 259.

 

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Thursday, January 25th, 2024

Hodgenville Police Explain Social Media Absence

Hodgenville Police Department is known for their candid activity posts via social media. Earlier this week, their Facebook Page disappeared from public view, prompting a wide range of speculation as to why.  The page reappeared Wednesday along with a statement from the department which says rumors the page was deleted or removed are not true. The page was disabled by the page administrator due to a threat that was made. The statement goes on to explain changes will be made in their posting policy moving forward and limits will be placed on comments.

 

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Wednesday, January 24th, 2024

Cave City Police Department makes a DUI arrest

A traffic stop was made Tuesday by Cave City Police Department which resulted in an arrest. 33-year-old Jeffery Stewart was taken into custody and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of Alcohol/Substance, 1st, and reckless driving. Stewart was lodged in Barren County Jail.

 

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Wednesday, January 24th, 2024

A Georgia man is facing assault charges

46-year-old Michael Morgan was arrested Tuesday by the Elizabethtown Police Department. Morgan was charged with Assault, 4th degree, minor injury. He was transported to Hardin County Jail.

 

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Wednesday, January 24th, 2024

Elizabethtown man arrested for terroristic threatening

48-year-old William Hodge was arrested by Elizabethtown Police Department Tuesday and charged with terroristic threatening, 3rd degree, along with resisting arrest. Hodge was taken to Hardin County Detention Center.

 

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Wednesday, January 24th, 2024

A missing Glasgow teen is now back home

14-year-old Giovanni Laveze Allen, of Glasgow, was reported missing Tuesday. He was found safe Tuesday night by Glasgow Police Department and is now back home.

 

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Wednesday, January 24th, 2024

Caverna in All "A" Classic State Tournament at Corbin

Caverna schools will be dismissing early on Thursday and will be closed Friday for the Boys Basketball trip to the All “A” Classic State Tournament at Corbin Arena.  Thursday dismissal will be at 12:30 for the Elementary School and 1:15 for the Middle and High Schools.  Caverna plays Pikeville Thursday night at 7:00 Central.  Coverage here on WLOC Sports begins at 6:40.  If Caverna wins Thursday, they will play the winner of Evangel Christian and Kentucky Country Day on Friday night at 8:30 Central.  The All “A” Semifinal will be Saturday afternoon at 4:30 and the Championship game will be at 1pm Central on Sunday.

 

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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024

New Law Aimed To Reduce Repeat Violent Offences

Sweeping legislation (House Bill 5) that would keep felons locked up after a third violent offense won approval last week from a Kentucky House committee that heard mixed reviews about its potential to combat crime. The measure has emerged as a top priority this year in the House. The proposal cleared the Judiciary Committee after a long and emotional hearing. Lawmakers heard heart-wrenching testimony from people who lost loved ones as a result of violent crimes. Bill critics raise doubts about whether it would make a dent in crime, claiming it fails to address the many complex issues that can lead to criminal activity. The measure advanced on a 13-5 committee vote and now heads to the full House. A key component of the bill is its three-strikes provision. People convicted of three violent felonies would face life in prison. The bill would increase penalties for several other crimes as well.

 

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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024

Popup Licensing Event Registration Opens Today

Appointments for Kentucky Popup Licensing Events book up quickly. Registration for Barren County’s February 7th popup date at Lera B. Mitchell Clubhouse begins today. Popup licensing events allow citizens renew or obtain new credentials (including REAL ID) the same as visiting a regional licensing location. Counties without a regional office have multiple yearly popup events, as dictated by current law. Visit drive.ky.gov to schedule a popup appointment or to schedule a regular appointment in Elizabethtown, Columbia or Bowling Green.

 

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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024

Sports Ticker And Hart County Homecoming

The Raiders defeated the Falcons of Monroe County Monday night, 72-68. The Lady Raiders were defeated in the double header in Tompkinsville, 69-54.

It is homecoming night at Hart County High School.  The Lady Raiders will take on North Hardin Christian at 5:30, followed by the Raiders game against Edmonson County at 7:00. The homecoming ceremony will take place during halftime of the second game.

The Lady Colonesl of Caverna are scheduled to host Campbellsville tonight at 6:30 and the Colonels begin play in the All "A" Classic State Tournament Thursday evening at Corbin Arena.  They take on Pikeville at 7pm Central.  Coverage of the state tournament game begins at 6:45 here on WLOC Sports.

 

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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024

Crisis Heating Assistance Available

Funds are available to help area residents with winter heating costs through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The subsidy phase of the program ended December 15th, but the crisis component of the program is now in effect through March 31st or until funds are depleted.  Those needing help with electric bills for heating can call 270-524-0224 in Hart County, 270-651-8171 in Barren County and 270-432-4006 in Metcalfe County. Details of program requirements and benefits are also available at those numbers or by visiting casoky.org and clicking on the ‘Community Services’ tab.

 

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Monday, January 22nd, 2024

Man Threatens To Kill Woman

Police in Grayson County arrested a Clarkson man for threatening to kill a family member last Wednesday.  Just before 9am, officers responded to a domestic complaint on Peonia road where they found 28-year-old Aaron White had yelled at the female, saying he was going to slit her throat with a knife.  According to police, domestic disturbances have been an ongoing issue with Aaron White. He is charged with terroristic threatening and domestic violence assault. The exact relation between the woman and White is not clear.

 

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Monday, January 22nd, 2024

Annual RV And Boat Show This Weekend

One of the biggest indoor RV and boat shows each year happens in Louisville and it’s scheduled for this weekend at the Kentucky State Fair and Expo Center.  The five-day event takes a year to plan and gathers hundreds of vendors to set up on the convention floor. More than 40,000 people are expected to see the latest outdoor sports and recreation equipment, providing shoppers an opportunity to compare hundreds of different models in one location. The show opens Wednesday and goes through Sunday. Tickets are $14 for anyone 13 years and older. Children 12 years and younger are free.  Online tickets are available at louisvilleboatshow.com with a $2 per ticket discount off the gate admission price.

 

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Monday, January 22nd, 2024

Hunting And Fishing Rights Addressed For Small Acreage Landowners

Two bills introduced to the general assembly aim to reinstate rights of landowners with less than five acres, allowing them to hunt and fish on their land without purchasing a license. During last year’s session, legislators passed Senate Bill 241, which contained language that revoked rights of landowners with less than five acres. Senate Bill 5 and House Bill 217 (this year) restore those rights. They are exactly the same version in both chambers.  The House Bill was passed in committee and is now able to be voted on the house floor.  Legislators believe the language included in Senate Bill 241 a year ago was unintentional, though it still revoked longstanding rights of landowners.  Legislators are confident that hunting and fishing rights of those landowners will be restored by the end of this session.

 

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Friday, January 19th, 2024

Fleeing and evading arrest made in Barren County

The Barren County Sheriff's Office made an arrest Thursday. 30-year-old Colin Matthews was charged with Criminal Trespassing, 3rd degree, Fleeing or Evading Police, 2nd degree, (on foot) and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Matthews is scheduled to be in court Monday at 12:30 p.m.

 

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Friday, January 19th, 2024

Munfordville man has been sentenced in federal court

A Munfordville man was sentenced Wednesday for illegally possessing a firearm after having previously been convicted of a felony offense. 50-year-old Lawrence T. Carter, Jr. was given 4 years and 9 months in federal prison. The sentence will be followed by 3 years of supervised release. The charges stem from Carter illegally possessing a 9mm handgun, and ammunition, on Aug. 16, 2022. Carter had previously been convicted of felony offenses back in March of 2005 for attempt to manufacture methamphetamine, felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of an unregistered shotgun less than 26 inches in length. This case was investigated by the ATF. The Cave City Police Department assisted.

 

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Friday, January 19th, 2024

New Football head coach for Barren County

 

John Myers will be the new Barren County Trojans football coach.

Myers replaces Tommy Muse. And for the past six football seasons, was the offensive coordinator for the Glasgow Scotties. Myers previously was head coach for Russellville Panthers.

 

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Thursday, January 18th, 2024

Fugitive wanted in Arizona found in E-town

A 61-year-old man has been arrested by Elizabethtown Police Department.  Monday night, Craig Steven Russo, of Phoenix, Arizona, was taken into custody after officers determined he was a wanted fugitive. He was lodged in Hardin County Detention Center with arraignment scheduled this morning.

 

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Thursday, January 18th, 2024

Cub Run man arrested as a fugitive

A 43-year-old Cub Run man was taken into custody Tuesday evening by the Edmonson County Sheriff's Department. It was discovered that Troy Coon was a wanted fugitive. Coon was taken to Hart County Jail.

 

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Thursday, January 18th, 2024

E-town man faces felony charges

60-year-old Roy Johnson, of Elizabethtown, was arrested Tuesday night and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (methamphetamine), drug paraphernalia - buy/possess, improper registration plate, no registration receipt, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, no operator-moped license. Radcliff Police Department made the arrest. Johnson was lodged in Hardin County Detention Center.

 

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Thursday, January 18th, 2024

Crews Focus on Next Weather Event

After a five day stretch of pretreating and treating the late weekend weather event, additional winter weather is in the short term forecast. Crews in District 4 counties are prepared to address issues brought on by potential snow, sleet and freezing rain through Friday. The setup of this weather event is different from the previous one. Any snow accumulation is expected to be heavier and wetter at the onset and may be preceded by rain or a wintry mix across portions of the district. With warmer conditions today followed by another drop in temperatures into the weekend, crews will work accordingly across the district to maximize effectiveness. Motorists should be weather-aware and monitor road conditions ahead of travel. Visit snowky.ky.gov for current road condition information.

 

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Wednesday, January 17th, 2024

Man located after Golden Alert issued

A Williamsburg man was reported missing over the weekend with his last known whereabouts in the area of the Eagle Falls trailhead. An investigation ensued as Post 11 London assisted Kentucky State Park Ranger Division, in working a missing person investigation at Cumberland Falls State Park Resort located in Whitley and McCreary Counties. A Golden Alert D was issued as well. The missing man, identified as 35-year-old Walter Dewayne Dale, was located Tuesday afternoon after a civilian called McCreary County 911 reporting that he could hear a man calling for help near Eagle Falls. Dale was rescued by boat by the search and rescue

team. Dale was transported by Whitley County EMS to the Whitley County Airport where PHI air medical transported him to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

 

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Wednesday, January 17th, 2024

Significant Improvement on Roads Tuesday

Treatment and sun drastically improved roads Tuesday across District 4. Conditions vary across our 11 counties with routes generally being clearer in northwestern counties which received less snow. Interstate and parkway lanes are mostly clear. Major local routes are partially clear while lower volume secondary routes are mostly covered.  Today's focus will be on secondary routes with warmer temperatures and good sunshine in the forecast.

 

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Wednesday, January 17th, 2024

Fugitive wanted in Arizona found in E-town

A 61-year-old man has been arrested by Elizabethtown Police Department.  Monday night, Craig Steven Russo, of Phoenix, Arizona, was taken into custody after officers determined he was a wanted fugitive. He was lodged in Hardin County Detention Center with arraignment scheduled this morning.

 

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Wednesday, January 17th, 2024

Arrest man in Metcalfe County

An arrest was made Tuesday morning in Metcalfe County. Anthony Ray Johnson, age 64, was taken into custody by Officer Jared Steele and charged with Public Intoxication- controlled substance - excluding Alcohol. Johnson was lodged in the Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Tuesday, January 16th, 2024

High School Basketball Update

Hart County Lady Raiders JV/Varsity will host Marion County Saturday in a makeup game. The JV game begins at 2:30 p.m. with the varsity game starting around 3:30 p.m. Studio 101 WLOC will have the live broadcast of the Lady Raiders Varsity game.

 

Caverna Lady Colonels and Caverna Boys' games scheduled for tonight against South Warren, have been postponed. Listen to Studio 101 WLOC for updates.

 

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Tuesday, January 16th, 2024

Man Wanted For Death Investigation Turns Himself In

The man Glasgow Police were in search of regarding a death investigation turned himself in and was arrested on an unrelated warrant.  Police say Chadrick Bulle may have information to help in the case of a woman who was pronounced deceased at a location on Lauderdale Drive last Tuesday. The following day, police issued a public request for assistance in finding him.  Bulle’s attorney was present on Friday when he turned himself in.

 

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Tuesday, January 16th, 2024

Search For Missing Teen

Authorities in Hardin County are searching for a missing teen. Sheriff John Ward says 16-year-old Nakiesha “Nikki” Chevalier is a 5’ 1” black female weighing about 100 pounds.  She has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen in the Elizabethtown area wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and black sweatpants. Anyone with information on her whereabouts should call the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department at 270-765-5133.

 

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Tuesday, January 16th, 2024

Trooper Cruiser Struck While Responding On Interstate

A Kentucky State Police cruiser was struck by a passenger vehicle while a trooper was investigating a non-injury collision on I-65.  At approximately 7pm Monday, Kentucky State Police Trooper Evan Smith was investigating a non-injury collision at the 60.2 mile marker north bound on I-65. Trooper Smith's police cruiser was parked on the left emergency lane. While Trooper Smith was outside of his vehicle investigating the non-injury collision, his vehicle was rear ended by a maroon Mercedes Benz causing it to catch fire. The fire was extinguished prior to becoming fully involved. Trooper Smith's emergency lights were activated. Trooper Smith did not sustain any injuries, nor did the operator of the Mercedes Benz.

 

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Monday, January 15th, 2024

Shots Fired, One Dead

Units from Glasgow Police responded to Dellwood Apartments just off of South Green Street after a report of shots being fired Friday morning. Officers arrived just before 10:00 and located a juvenile female who had been shot. An additional shot was heard and 19-year-old Taeron Legg was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The juvenile was transported from the scene for treatment of the gunshot which was not life threatening. South Green Elementary located nearby was placed on lockdown for a short time as police responded.

 

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Monday, January 15th, 2024

Officer Arrested For Threatening Mother Of His Child And The Mother's Boyfriend

A Leitchfield Police Officer is charged with two counts of terroristic threatening after being accused of threatening to kill the mother of his child and her boyfriend. Grayson County Attorney Jeremy Logsdon issued a press release, saying investigators have an audio recording of Officer Ty Whitaker making the threat along with additional evidence of aggressive behavior towards the woman while in uniform. Whitaker was arrested Wednesday of last week by Kentucky State Police. A court date is not available. Whitaker is not currently listed as an inmate at any local jail facilities, including Grayson County Detention Center.

 

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Monday, January 15th, 2024

High School Basketball Ticker

The Colonels of Caverna are the All "A" Classic 5th Region Champions. They defeated Green County Friday night in the tournament final, 59-55 for their fourth win in a row and avenging an earlier loss to the Dragons on the Colonel's home floor back on December 15th.  The Colonels will play the 15th Region All "A" Classic winner on Thursday, January 25th at Corbin Arena. Caverna will have to wait until Thursday night's 15th Region final to find out their All "A" Classic State Tournament first-round opponent.

 

In other Friday night high school basketball, the Lady Raiders and Raiders both picked up wins at Hart County High.  The girls defeated Allen County, 70-64 and the boys defeated Marion County, 52-43.  The Lady Raiders traveled to Bardstown Saturday night, losing 60-42.

The Lady Raiders are back in action tonight for a 6:00 tip off.  Our coverage begins at 5:45 here on WLOC Sports.

 

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Friday, January 12th, 2024

Hart County Fiscal Court Recap

Inmate workers from Hart County Jail spared the county just over $1 Million in labor costs for 2023. Figures were announced in the Jailer’s Report presented by Deputy Jailer Paul Gentry at Thursday’s fiscal court meeting. A large percentage of the savings is with Hart County Solid Waste, which would have to otherwise hire and pay wages. The overall inmate worker figure is also comprised of labor cost savings from the cities of Horse Cave and Munfordville, Hart County Animal Shelter, road departments in Hart County and Edmonson County, Hart County Library and Hart County Senior Center.  Deputy Gentry said inmates logged nearly 70,000 work hours for the year just completed. Currently, the jail is holding 183 inmates.

Also at Thursday’s fiscal court meeting, Sheriff Jeff Wilson reported just over 88% of taxes have been collected. A surplus county property auction will be held at the sheriff’s office on Saturday, February 10th at Noon.

Updated information was presented to the court from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet that construction will soon begin on the $8.8 Million Horse Cave Bypass. A preliminary work schedule for the two-year project should be finalized late next week. Scotty’s Contracting provided the lowest bid, coming in over $2 Million under the state’s estimate.  The court was also informed KY 218 heading east from downtown Horse Cave will be resurfaced to eliminate rough pavement in the eastbound lane in the Baptist Church vicinity. A project is also ready to be scheduled for reworking KY 88 in Munfordville at the Main Street intersection between Hart County Bank & Trust and SCRTC/Farmers RECC.  The project is expected to provide a concrete inlay on the KY 88 approach to Main Street, helping to alleviate extreme rutting of pavement created by heavy commercial vehicles starting and stopping on the eastbound lane.  The project also provides a new roadway surface from the intersection out of town to Macon-Kessinger Road.

In other business, the court reappointed Brad Smith to the Ambulance Board for a term ending in December of 2025. Alexis Yates was appointed to the Assessment Appeals Board for a term ending in December of 2026. Becky Smith was appointed to the Hart County Tourism Board for a term ending in December of 2025. Glen Thomas was reappointed to the Hart County 109 Board for a term ending in December of 2025, Andrew Tucker was appointed to the Planning Commission Board for a term ending in December 2028 and Joe Farmwald, Rebecca Sturgeon, and Ken Russell were appointed to the Tourism Board for terms ending in December of 2026.

The court agreed to advertise for a hearing regarding ownership of Veterans Park near Rowletts.  Judge Executive Joe Choate and County Attorney Justin Baird spoke about challenges of determining current ownership and said input is needed from area veterans and the general public on a course of action.

The court voted to advertise for masonry and other repairs to the courthouse.

The court went into closed session to consider a property transaction. Upon return to an open session, an announcement was made to deed .4 acre on the southeast corner of the KY 88 and KY 677 intersection in Monroe to Regina Burd, who owns the adjacent property. 

The next meeting of Hart County Fiscal Court will be Thursday, February 8th.

 

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Friday, January 12th, 2024

Two Million Powerball Winner Claims Prize

An Elizabethtown woman is new millionaire after playing the Kentucky Lottery.  The winning $2 Million Powerball ticket had been outstanding since the December 20th drawing.  She chose to remain anonymous upon presenting her claim at lottery headquarters, taking home $1.44 Million after taxes. She matched all five of the regular ball numbers but missed the power ball number, good for $1 Million and added the Power Play, doubling her prize. She found out she was a winner when scanning the ticket before making a purchase for the December 23rd drawing. She says the screen popped up a message saying “See KLC” and then she realized five of the matching numbers. She continued buying her next drawing ticket and put the winning ticket in her purse, being stunned by her thoughts and letting reality soak in.  The ticket was sold at FiveStar on North Dixie in Radcliff. The store receives $20 Thousand for selling the ticket. December 20th was the day to buy a ticket in Radcliff. Another $1 Million winning ticket, but without the Power Play, was sold just down the road at Walmart’s Gateway Crossing fuel station.

 

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Friday, January 12th, 2024

High School Basketball Ticker

The Caverna Colonels take on Green County from Green County High School tonight in the final of the 5th Region All "A" Classic.  Tip off is set for 7pm. Catch the game on WLOCplus, available on our Facebook page @wlocradio and on our website at wloconline.com, with coverage beginning at 6:45.

With the All "A"Classic schedule, game changes have been made for both Caverna and Hart County.  The two were originally set to play a girls and boys varsity double header at Caverna tonight. Those games will now be played next Friday, January 19th.

For Hart County tonight, the Lady Raiders will now host Allen County at 5:30 and the boys will follow, hosting Marion County at 7:00.  Catch both games here on WLOC.

 

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Thursday, January 11th, 2024

KSP Cruiser Hit On Parkway

A semi struck a Kentucky State Police cruiser Wednesday morning in Grayson County while a trooper was investigating an injury collision. The initial single-vehicle incident was on the westbound side of Western Kentucky Parkway near Clarkson. Trooper Scott Wheatley’s cruiser was in the emergency lane with lights activated. The semi veered into the emergency lane, causing the impact.  The car sustained major damage while the semi sustained minor damage.  There were no injuries.  A press release from state police did not identify the semi driver and it did not indicate any charges.  A reason for the semi drifting into the emergency lane is not listed.

 

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Thursday, January 11th, 2024

Man Forces Way Onto School Bus

A man was arrested Tuesday after a bizarre incident in Glasgow. Police say 33-year-old Dustin Wooten walked up to a school bus at Glasgow Preschool Academy’s bus parking lot along west Cherry Street, forcibly opened the door and entered the bus. There were no students aboard at the time. The bus driver was able to remove and detain Wooten until police arrived.  Dustin Wooten is booked on charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

 

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Thursday, January 11th, 2024

Clerks Offices Transition To New System

As expected and cautioned by the state, the new vehicle registration system is coming online with a few hiccups. Wednesday, Hardin County’s Clerk’s Office closed their doors, unable to provide services due to complications with the new computer system. The office reopened Thursday but conducting business for citizens was a slow task with some services unavailable.  Today, Hart County’s Clerks Office is opening for the first time with the new system. A release from Hart County Clerk Felicia Shelton says anyone with registration business that is not urgent is asked to wait. She says there are several glitches and issues the state is working to resolve. If you have to come in to the office for a renewal or other transaction, Shelton says they understand, but please be aware of long wait times. The change to new software will be positive, Shelton added, but it takes time for changes to go through while having no control at the county level over implementation problems. Currently, anyone needing registration services must bring in a recent proof of insurance because access to insurance company records is temporarily unavailable.  Also at this time, the clerk’s office cannot process out of state title transfers, order duplicate titles, or update information on active titles.

 

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Thursday, January 11th, 2024

High School Basketball Ticker

The Caverna Colonels defeated Fort Knox 80-47 Wednesday night in the 5th Region All "A" Classic and advance to Friday night's title game against Green County from Green County High School.

With the All "A"Classic schedule, game changes have been made for both Caverna and Hart County.  The two were originally set to play at Caverna Friday night.

For Hart County on Friday, the Lady Raiders will now host Allen County at 5:30 and the boys follow and host Marion County at 7:00.

The Caverna versus Hart County double header is now scheduled for next Friday, January 19th.  Additional schedule changes will be announced ahead of gameday action.

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Wednesday, January 10th, 2024

DUI And Drug Arrests After Cave City Traffic Stop

Last Thursday morning, Cave City Police conducted a traffic stop after observing a car along US 31W with an expired Temporary Registration.  The driver is identified as Reggie Harris and a passenger is identified as Michelle Rogers. Harris appeared to be under the influence of drugs resulting in a field sobriety test and a search of the vehicle. Rogers’ purse contained suspected methamphetamine.  Both were booked at Barren County Jail, where Rogers was observed concealing additional bags of suspected methamphetamine. Reggie Harris is charged with various traffic violations including DUI, along with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Rogers is charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia along with promoting contraband and trafficking in methamphetamine.

 

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Wednesday, January 10th, 2024

Police And Owner Searching Of Stolen Enclosed Trailer

An enclosed equipment trailer was taken from Magnolia over the weekend.  The LaRue County Sheriff’s Department responded to an investigation request around the old Magnolia Elementary School area after a white pickup was seen on surveillance camera early Friday morning just after 4:00. The enclosed trailer is black with a single axle and some body damage. The owner says it had a hitch lock and was partially blocked in position by other vehicles, suggesting the responsible party did not easily hook up and drive off. The sheriff’s department and owner ask anyone along US 31E in the area with security cameras for review of footage from around that time frame to get additional leads. A cash reward is being offered by the owner. The sheriff’s office phone number is 270-358-3120.

 

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Wednesday, January 10th, 2024

Police Looking For Man Who May Have Information Regarding Woman's Death

Glasgow Police Department has issued a public call for assistance in finding an individual regarding a death investigation.  Officials are not saying exactly why they want to speak with Chadrick Bulle, but they believe he might have information to help in the investigation of a woman who was pronounced deceased at a location on Lauderdale Drive after officers responded to an unresponsive person report Tuesday morning. Bulle is described as white, 5’ 6” and 130 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Glasgow Police at 270-651-6165.

 

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Wednesday, January 10th, 2024

Man Arrested After Strangling Woman

A weekend incident landed a Leitchfield man in jail after being accused of strangling his girlfriend and resisting police.  Just after 11pm Friday, officers with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department responded to a domestic disturbance call in Clarkson. A female told officers 24-year-old Matthew Breeden was at the residence on North Patterson Street and was asked to leave because of his drug use.  Breeden did not leave and strangled the woman several times.  A citation indicates she received visible injuries during the altercation. Officers located Matthew Breeden at a residence in Leitchfield.  As they arrived and spoke with a person answering the front door, Breeden attempted to flee from a window at the back of the home before resisting arrest while being apprehended.  He is booked at Grayson County Detention Center on charges of strangulation, endangering the welfare of a minor who was present, dating violence assault, fleeing or evading police and resisting arrest. Matthew Breeden is on probation for prior burglary and drug offences.

 

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Wednesday, January 10th, 2024

High School Basketball Ticker

In girls high school basketball, Hart County's Lady Raiders have dropped two in a row, losing at home Tuesday night against North Hardin, 65-54. Caverna's Lady Colonels did not play Tuesday night.  Their game at Marion County was canceled.

In boys action, the Raiders have dropped three in a row. They also lost to North Hardin Tuesday night with a final score of 73-49.

In semifinal action of the 5th Region All "A" Classic Tuesday night from Green County High School, Green County's girls defeated Campbellsville's girls and Green County's boys defeated Campbellsville's boys. Both Green County teams advance to Friday night's girls and boys finals at Green County High School.

Tonight, the Caverna Colonels play in the other semifinal game of the boys 5th Region All "A" Classic from Green County. They will play Fort Knox at 7pm, following the 5:30 girls semifinal game between Bethlehem and Fort Knox. Winners of tonight's semifinal games advance to play for 5th Region All "A" Classic Championship Titles at Green County Friday night.

 

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Tuesday, January 9th, 2024

Horse Cave City Council January Meeting Recap

Aside from routine business, issues discussed by Horse Cave City Council at Monday night’s meeting include a variety of topics ranging from the reoccurring black vulture invasion to snow removal.  Regarding these birds, they continue to be federally protected and cannot be killed.  Efforts in past years to use US Fish and Wildlife permitted noise disruption to try and push the vultures out of town have proven unsuccessful.  That leaves no additional course of action which can be taken by the city.  Regarding snow removal, the city’s equipment is ready for action when needed.  The council appointed Becky Miller to the Tourism Board for a term ending in 2026 while re-appointments of Sonya Gedda and Rebecca Sturgeon were made to the board for the same term.  Mike Thompson’s resignation from the Library Board was announced.  The council continued previous discussion of obtaining street lighting at Lindsey Street and also discussed a residence along Smith Street where code enforcement is being looked into.  And, before adjourning, Mayor Randall Curry announced information from the state highway department regarding contracts being awarded for the Southwestern Horse Cave Bypass and work for addressing rough pavement along KY 218 heading east from downtown.

 

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Tuesday, January 9th, 2024

Munfordville City Council January Meeting Recap

Munfordville City Council set preparations for hiring a new police chief when current Chief Greg Atwell retires later this year. To put an officer in chief’s training, they must be tiered with a minimum title of assistant chief.  The city did not have such a position on their roster.  The council approved creation of an assistant chief position.  A bid to sell a surplus police cruiser was accepted. Mayor Annie Swift says the city’s new road department salt shed is now constructed.  The facility is located beside the Munfordville Firehouse.  She also said repairs are ongoing to one of the sports complex fields following vandalism.  A vehicle doing donuts heavily damaged the field surface and watering system.  As part of restitution, the responsible individual is paying the city’s insurance deductible for repairs.  Departmental reports were received and an update was given for cemetery tree cleanup. Removal and stump grinding is complete. Grass will be sown closer to spring.  Other routine business was conducted and citizen concerns were heard regarding operation of the city’s new alerting system and undesirable visual and audible conditions by a neighboring resident on the northern end of town. The final item of the meeting was a closed-session discussion before reopening the meeting and adjournment.

 

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Tuesday, January 9th, 2024

Edmonson Circuit Court Clerk Announces Retirement

Edmonson County Circuit Court Clerk Tanya Hodges is retiring.  She says it will be effective at the end of her current term in December, wrapping up a total of 34 years serving various roles within the office. She has been circuit court clerk since 2012. The only qualified candidate for the May Primary is former Kentucky State Police Trooper and Edmonson County Resident, Daniel Priddy, who left KSP in December after serving 19 years with the agency.  Priddy will be the next Edmonson County Circuit Court Clerk by virtue of running unopposed.

 

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Tuesday, January 9th, 2024

High School Basketball Ticker

Hart County's girls and boys basketball teams are at home for the first time in the new year to host North Hardin for a varsity double header tonight. Tip off of the girls game is set for 5:30 with coverage beginning at 5:15 here on WLOC Sports.

Caverna's Lady Colonels were defeated in the opening round of the 5th Region All "A" Classic at Bethlehem High School Monday night, 101-10, while the Colonels defeated Bethlehem in the opening round of the Boys 5th Region All "A" Classic, 83-71.  Caverna's boys advance to play in All "A" Semifinals action against Fort Knox Wednesday night at Green County High School.

 

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Monday, January 8th, 2024

Grieving Families Target Of Phone Scam

Yet another phone scam is circulating through local communities.  This one involves soliciting grieving families and funeral homes.  Scammers are using details from disseminated obituary information and contacting families of deceased individuals, falsely representing the respective funeral home responsible for arrangements.  The scammer will claim to need a deposit for securing funeral home and related services.  Using specific obituary information, these scam calls can be very convincing. A recent flare-up of the scam was noticed in the Louisville area, along with random scam solicitations in smaller communities.  This prompted the Funeral Director's Association of Kentucky to issue a warning to its members urging each funeral home to specifically address payment procedures with families so they are better informed and less likely to fall victim to such scams.  Anyone receiving calls of this nature should contact law enforcement immediately.

 

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Monday, January 8th, 2024

Local State Representative Resigns

State Representative Brandon Reed who serves Hart County and the rest of the 24th House District in the state legislature is resigning to become executive director of the Kentucky Office of Agricultural Policy under Jonathan Shell, the state’s newly elected Agriculture Commissioner.  Friday, Reed withdrew his filing for re-election and made his resignation announcement. Reed is serving as the current vice chairman of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee, which is a key role in the state’s budget process.  Other committee assignments include agriculture, local government and tourism. House Speaker David Osborne praised Reed's legislative service, calling him a staunch advocate for passing responsible state budgets and holding state agencies and programs accountable.  Brandon Reed is in the final year of his current term. While timing of his resignation and change of position are a product of the election cycle and newly sworn office holders, the January 15th effective date comes in the middle of a budget year cycle legislative session. The 24th House District serves Hart, LaRue and Green Counties and will be in need of new representation in the House. Is it likely for a special election to be held ahead of the May Primary, which can be granted under authority of the House Speaker when a lawmaker resigns while the legislature is in session.  Two Republicans (Ryan Bivens of Hodgenville and Asa Waggoner of Horse Cave) filed to run for the House Seat late Friday just hours ahead of the filing deadline to join Democrat (Johnny Pennington of Horse Cave) who had already filed to challenge Reed in November.

 

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Monday, January 8th, 2024

High School Basketball Ticker

Hart County's girls and boys basketball teams had a rough trip to Green County Friday night.  The Lady Raiders lost  67-36 and Raiders lost 78-68. Both teams return home Tuesday night to host North Hardin.

Caverna's Lady Colonels were defeated Friday night at John Hardin and also lost at Butler County Saturday night.  The girls are back in action tonight as the 5th Region All "A" Classic gets underway at Bethlehem High School. We'll have the broadcast for you here on WLOC Sports with tip off set for 5:30.

The Colonels defeated John Hardin in their match-up Friday night, 89-66.  The boys are also traveling to Bethlehem for the 5th Region All "A" Classic tonight.  Catch the Colonels game here on WLOC with tip-off set for approximately 20 minutes after conclusion of the girls game.

 

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Friday, January 5th, 2024

Horse Cave Bypass Project Contract Awarded

Horse Cave's bypass is another step closer to construction. A contract for the project was awarded Thursday to Scotty's Contracting in the amount of $8.85 Million. There were two bids for the project with the other being from Cleary Construction in the amount of $10.45 Million. The state's estimate for the project proposal was $11.24 Million, leaving a $2.39 Million gap in the expected cost versus Scotty's winning bid. The bypass will connect KY 218 and US 31W on the southwest corner of Horse Cave and will divert heavy trucks to and from I-65 and downtown, reduce wear on pavement on the downtown intersection vicinity and provide a bridge over the railroad tracks rather than an at-grade crossing. While details of a construction schedule will not be approved until a meeting between the transportation cabinet and winning contractor takes place, building the bypass will be a two year phased project.

 

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Friday, January 5th, 2024

High School Basketball Friday Night Ticker

Caverna's Lady Colonels and Colonels are back in action tonight for the first time in the new year as they travel to John Hardin for a varsity double header.  The girls game tips off at 5:30 Central.

The Lady Raiders and Raiders have a district showdown in Greensburg tonight.  The varsity double header with Green County starts with the girls matchup at 5:30.  Catch both games here on WLOC Sports.  Coverage begins at 5:15.

 

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Thursday, January 4th, 2024

Stolen Utility Vehicles Recovered In Hart County

Several stolen utility vehicles were recovered Wednesday by the Hart County Sheriff’s Department and Kentucky State Police. A tip was received Tuesday regarding the recent string of thefts, leading police to a location on Eudora Road and another on Rowletts-Cave Springs Road.  A Polaris RZR, three four-wheelers and other items were found resulting in five arrests:  22-year-old Ryan Stinson of Rowletts-Cave Springs Road is charged with receiving stolen property, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of or buying drug paraphernalia; 42-year-old Richard Perry of Louisville is charged receiving stolen property and was served three outstanding warrants for failure to appear and violation of probation; 32-year-old Travis Lee Shepherd of Eudora Road is charged with receiving stolen property, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and was served a warrant for contempt; 27-year-old Jonathan Ray Nunn, III of Bunnell Crossing Road is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of or buying drug paraphernalia; and, 39-year-old Lashauna Wells of Bowling Green is charged with receiving stolen property, possession of methamphetamine and possession or buying of drug paraphernalia. All five also face a charge of engaging in organized crime. Each is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

 

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Thursday, January 4th, 2024

Drug Bust Results In Two Arrests

A drug bust resulted in arrests early Wednesday in Edmonton. Just after 1am, officers with Edmonton Police, the Metcalfe County Sheriff’s Department, Kentucky State Police and greater Barren River Drug Task Force served a search warrant at a residence along South Main Street where approximately 35 grams of crystal meth, marijuana, numerous prescription pills, scales, drug paraphernalia and cash were discovered. Taken into custody were 52-year-old Eric Bullington and 30-year-old Shantelle Wireman. Bullington is charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of controlled substance unspecified and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wireman was served a probation warrant.

 

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Thursday, January 4th, 2024

Bridge Demo Work Southbound I-65

The old bridge of KY 222 over I-65 at Glendale is being demolished. Demo work northbound is complete and southbound started last night. One more night of work is scheduled to begin at 10pm through 5am (all Eastern Time) tomorrow morning. During demo work, southbound traffic will be routed off the interstate over the interchange ramps and back on. Drivers should anticipate slow moving traffic when approaching the interchange on the southbound side. After demolition is complete, construction will begin on ramps for the north side of the new KY 222 interchange which opened just before Christmas.

 

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Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024

Protective Order Was Issued Before Woman's Murder

A man is charged with murder in the shooting death last week of an Elizabethtown woman. Police arrested 34-year-old Chris Bell, Jr. just hours after he visited a residence on Henion Lane where he was allowed inside by 37-year-old Kenyeta McWilliams.  After arriving, Bell was asked to leave. Surveillance video and witnesses indicate Bell shot McWilliams through the door while standing on the porch and then left.  McWilliams had previously been issued an emergency protective order against Bell.  Upon his arrest, he was booked at Hardin County Detention Center with a $1 million bond and charged with murder and violation of the protective order.

 

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Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024

Escaped Inmate Captured

An inmate who drove away from Hardin County Detention Center on December 17th has been captured in northern Kentucky. Covington Police caught 36-year-old Tony Stephens on Christmas Eve.  Stephens stole keys at Hardin County’s minimum security substance abuse program on South Mulberry Street in Elizabethtown, unlocked a door and walked out of the facility before taking the unmarked Hardin County Detention Center vehicle. The vehicle was recovered four days later. Stephens had been serving time for theft and drug possession.  He is now charged with escape and theft of an automobile.

 

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Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024

Huffing DUI Arrest

Hodgenville Police responded to a DUI report Saturday along South Lincoln Boulevard. When officers arrived, they found Jerome Hoffie of Magnolia at the scene who admitted to huffing an intoxicating substance.  He was arrested and booked on a DUI charge at LaRue County Detention Center.

 

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Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024

Tax Penalties Begin Thursday

Today is the final day to pay property taxes in Hart County before late penalties are assessed.  With December 31st falling on a holiday weekend, the deadline was extended.   Sheriff Jeff Wilson says just over 85% of taxes have been paid leading up to New Year’s weekend.  Property taxes are payable at the sheriff’s office in Munfordville.

 

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Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024

Tuesday Night High School Sports Ticker

In high school basketball, the Lady Raiders defeated Glasgow Tuesday night, 61-52.  The Raiders lost to Glasgow, 69-58. Both teams are back in action Friday night as they travel to Green County.

 

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Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024

Train Collides With Car

A passenger vehicle was hit by a train on KY 218 downtown Horse Cave early Sunday morning.  Just after midnight, a westbound 2006 Ford Fusion traveled over the crossing with gates and lights activated.  The southbound train collided with the car, injuring the driver and a passenger.  Both were airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital.  Kentucky State Police investigated and issued these preliminary details in a report released Monday, which did not identify anyone involved.  The report also did not indicate if any citations or charges are expected to be sought against the driver of the car.

 

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Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024

Utility Vehicle Stolen

The Hart County Sheriff’s Department is investigation a utility vehicle theft.  The 2013 Polaris was stolen from the city limits of Horse Cave around midnight on Thursday.  The RZR is red with black trim, gray side guards along with front and rear Plexiglas.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 270-524-2341.

 

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Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024

DUI Collision

Early Sunday morning, Hodgenville Police responded to a collision just north of town along Old Elizabethtown Road.  When officers arrived, they located Loralye Daulbaugh of Hodgenville, hiding behind a tree.  Daulbaugh was headed south when she lost control and exited the roadway. Her vehicle struck a tree on the driver’s side. Alcohol and drug use are contributing factors to the collision. Daulbaugh is facing charges of DUI, having an open container in a vehicle and possession of marijuana.  She was transported to Baptist Health Hardin for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

 

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Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024

Tuesday High School Sports Ticker

In high school basketball, the Lady Raiders and Raiders of Hart County travel to Glasgow tonight for a varsity double header.  The girls game is set for a 6pm tipoff.  Coverage here on WLOC Sports begins at 5:45.  Caverna begins the new year with a girl-boy double header Friday night in a trip to John Hardin.

 

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Friday, December 29th, 2023

One Dead And One Injured In Weekend Wreck

Police investigated a fatal wreck Saturday morning on Millerfield Road in Adair County.  Preliminary investigation indicates 55-year-old Frankie Chumbley of Columbia was traveling east on Millerfield Road in a 2006 Jeep Wrangler when she dropped off the right shoulder of the roadway. She overcorrected and lost control before leaving the left side of the roadway. Frankie Chumbley was pronounced deceased at the scene. A passenger, 53-year-old Dennis Chumbley, was transported to University of Kentucky Hospital with serious injuries. The report does not indicate what caused Frankie Chumbley to initially leave the right side of the road.

 

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Friday, December 29th, 2023

Tax Collection Update

Collection is currently 85% for Hart County Property Taxes this year. The update is a 10% increase from the November 30th Hart County Fiscal Court meeting, when Sheriff Jeff Wilson said collection was 75%. Wilson says the sheriff's office will be closed Monday and Tuesday for the New Year's Holiday. He says because the 31st falls on Sunday, his office will accept on-time payments for 2023 taxes through Wednesday, January 3rd.  Late payment penalties will be assessed beginning Thursday, January 4th.

 

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Friday, December 29th, 2023

Sports Ticker

The holiday tournament trip to Gatlinburg has been record setting for both of Hart County High School's Basketball teams.

Thursday night, the Lady Raiders defeated Dawson County, Georgia by a final of 59-62.  Hart County's Dea Bradley scored 31, passing 2,648 career points scored by Tick Rogers through 1992 to become the all-time leading scorer in Hart County High Basketball History.

For the Raiders, they also won Thursday night, defeating Young American Christian from Georgia, 70-58.  Hart County's Clark Rexroat had eight assists. That gives him 404 in his career, also passing Tick Rogers on the all-time assist list in Raider Basketball History whose 1992 record stood at 397.

The Lady Raiders play their final game in Gatlinburg at 3pm Central (Friday) . The Raiders play their final game at 10:30am Central.  Catch the boys game here on WLOC Sports.

The Lady Colonels of Caverna lost to Russell County Thursday in the Vanous Lloyd Christmas Tournament at Warren Central High School. The tournament wraps up today in Bowling Green.

The Colonels are in Scottsboro, Alabama for the Don Webb Classic basketball tournament. After losing their opening game to Eagleville, Tennessee 73-65 on Wednesday, Caverna defeated Hale County, Alabama, 72-69 in their second round on Thursday. That tournament also wraps up today.

 

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Thursday, December 28th, 2023

Smokey Mtn Winter Classic

In girl's action: Goshen, OH, defeated Hart County Lady Raiders 73 to 52. Hart County's Dea Bradley scored 28 points passing Laura Shelton on the Girls' All-Time-Scoring list, 11 shy of breaking Hart County's All Time Record held by Tick Rogers. The Lady Raiders will take on Dawson, GA at 4:30 p.m. this evening. Join Studio 101 WLOC for the play by play complete coverage of the game.

 

In boys action: Douglas (AL) defeated Hart County Raiders 59 to 56. Hart County's Jaxon Shoulders scored 20 points, Connor Trent had 15 points and Clark Rexroat scored 12 points.

 

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Thursday, December 28th, 2023

56-year-old man facing burglary and drug charges

56-year-old Kermit Hall is facing burglary and drug charges. Hall was arrested Wednesday and charged with burglary, 2nd degree, possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (methamphetamine) & possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (cocaine). He was lodged in the Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Thursday, December 28th, 2023

Russellville man facing Human Trafficking charges

A Russellville man is facing human trafficking charges. 33-year-old Ricky Holder, Jr. was arrested Friday and is facing three counts each of Human Trafficking, 1st degree, Sexual Abuse and using a minor under 16 in a sex performance, along with one count of 3rd degree unlawful transaction with a minor. Holder was taken to Logan County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing by Russellville Police Department.

 

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Thursday, December 28th, 2023

Assault arrest in Metcalfe County

An assault arrest was made early this morning. Edmonton Police Department arrested 30-year-old Gregory Stewart for Assault, 4th degree, (domestic violence)

no visible injury. Stewart was lodged in the Barren County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court January 3rd.

 

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Thursday, December 28th, 2023

Glasgow man sentenced in federal court

Sentencing was handed down to a Glasgow man last week. After an investigation by the ATF office in Louisville, KSP & Glasgow Police, 37-year-old Dwayne T. Smith was sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for crimes involving illegal possession of a firearm. He was given four years and nine months, followed

by three years of supervised release.

 

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Wednesday, December 27th, 2023

Man Steals Department Of Highways Truck

A man stole a Kentucky Department of Highways truck in Adair County Christmas Day and drove it to the regional jail. Columbia Police located 48-year-old Joseph Shafer on jail grounds around 9:30pm.  Shafer had crashed the truck into a gate and continued to drive it while under the influence. Joseph Shafer is charged with public intoxication, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief and theft of an automobile.

 

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Wednesday, December 27th, 2023

Police Respond To Shots Fired

Saturday evening, Hodgenville Police responded to a call of shots fired at a location on South Lincoln and Peak Street.  Upon arrival, officers determined no one was injured and there was no additional threat.  During investigation, Thomas Riggs of Battletown, was identified and a check revealed three outstanding warrants through Breckinridge, Meade and Jefferson Counties for assorted traffic charges on which he failed to appear. He was arrested and lodged in Larue County Jail. Additional charges may be added.  Investigation continues.

 

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Wednesday, December 27th, 2023

High School Sports Ticker

Caverna’s Lady Colonels will be playing this week at Warren Central in the Vanous Lloyd Christmas Tournament.  They take on Christian County today at Noon.

The Lady Raiders of Hart County are in Gatlinburg, Tennessee this week to play in the Smoky Mountain Winter Classic.  They will play Goshen High School of Ohio today at 10:30am Central.  We’ll have that broadcast for you here on WLOC Sports.

In boys basketball, the Colonels of Caverna are in Scottsboro, Alabama this week to play in the Don Webb Classic.  They are set to take the court tonight at 6pm.

The Hart County Raiders are also in Gatlinburg for the Smoky Mountain Winter Classic.  They will play Douglas High School out of Alabama at around 12 Noon today, following the Lady Raiders.  We will also have the Hart County Boys broadcast here on WLOC Sports.

 

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Thursday, December 21st, 2023

Burden Formally Sentenced To Life In Prison

Billy Burden will serve life in prison. The 55-year-old has been officially sentenced in the murder case involving his wife, Erica Burden of Bonnieville.  She was killed in November of 2021. Billy was arrested a couple of days later. He found guilty in LaRue Circuit Court early last month after just 15 minutes of jury deliberation. The life sentence was recommended at that time, which was finalized this past Monday.

 

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Thursday, December 21st, 2023

Grenades Removed From Greensburg Location

Police in Greensburg responded to a location on Main Street Tuesday evening after being dispatched to investigate a report of grenades being located on a downtown property.  For safety, the roadway and adjacent streets were blocked off with assistance by Green County Fire Department while a Kentucky State Police Hazardous Devices Unit worked to determine if these devices were a live threat.  Around two hours later, they were removed for proper disposal.  A report from Greensburg Police does not list any criminal charges or information on origins of these devices.

 

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Thursday, December 21st, 2023

Woman Arrested Days After Giving Police False ID Information

Hodgenville Police arrested a woman Tuesday who had given officers false identification information during an incident involving another arrest from this past weekend.  Jeremy Lewcyk of Hodgenville was taken into custody Saturday on an outstanding warrant.  At that time, Lewcyk had been driving and a passenger in the vehicle identified herself as Elizabeth Waters of New York.  She was allowed to drive the vehicle away following Lewcyk’s arrest. Further investigation revealed the woman’s true identity as Alicia Bishop of Hodgenville.  Bishop had numerous warrants as well as an unserved criminal summons through Hardin and LaRue Counties.  Just after noon on Tuesday, officers arrived at a residence along New Jackson Highway to serve Bishop. After no one answered at the residence, a search warrant was obtained for the premises. Bishop was found inside and was arrested. She was served her outstanding warrants and summons and was also charged with possession of marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. She was booked at LaRue County Detention Center. Additional charges of theft of identity, giving an officer false information and driving on a suspended license are expected for Alicia Bishop. Additional charges for hindering apprehension are expected for Jeremy Lewcyk.

 

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Wednesday, December 20th, 2023

Three Arrested On Drug Charges In Cave City

Cave City Police arrested three people on drug charges Monday following an investigation which began as a suspicion of vandalism. A patrolling officer noticed two of the suspects had been outside a residence on South Dixie Highway with a flashlight and a bag.  Due to recent vandalism activity in the area, the officer continued to observe their activity and made contact inside the residence with 35-year-old Joshua Bryant, 56-year-old Tina Stovall and 44-year-old Melissa Cardwell. As the homeowner, she gave consent to search, resulting in the discovery of a glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine. Cardwell admitted ownership of the pipe and stated she used methamphetamine. No one at the residence, however, claimed ownership of the plastic bag which contained the drug. Bryant and Stovall stay with Cardwell in the home. Each was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  They were taken to Barren County Detention Center where Melissa Cardwell remains jailed with a court date set for Thursday.  Tina Stovall was released Tuesday and also appears in court Thursday.  Joshua Bryant was released Tuesday and is scheduled for a court appearance on January 8th.

 

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Wednesday, December 20th, 2023 

LaRue Superintendent Announces Retirement

LaRue County Schools’ Superintendent David Raleigh is retiring.  He made the announcement at the school system’s board of education meeting Monday night. Raleigh began serving in the summer of 2018 and will wrap up six years in the position at the end of this school year when he steps down.  David Raleigh has spent 36 years in public education.

 

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Wednesday, December 20th, 2023

Friday Road Closure In Glasgow

A section of the downtown US 31E Business route will be closed later this week in Glasgow.  The temporary closure will be in place so core testing can be performed by highway engineers in advance of an upcoming construction project. The Friday closure will be from 7am until about noon between the Glasgow Square and Front Street at Water Street. Access to businesses in the area will be maintained during the closure.

 

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Wednesday, December 20th, 2023

Tuesday Night High School Basketball Recap

In high school basketball Tuesday night, the Lady Raiders of Hart County improve to 6-1 on the season with a 88-61 win at Campbellsville. The Lady Raiders are off until after Christmas, when they begin play December 27th in the Smoky Mountain Winter Classic from Gatlinburg.

 

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Tuesday, December 19th, 2023

Solid Waste Christmas Week Schedule

Hart County Solid Waste will be closed on Monday for Christmas with no trash routes scheduled. Trash pickup for all customers will run one day behind during Christmas week except Friday, which will be a double up day. Friday customers will be picked up later in the day after Thursday routes.  Customers should anticipate varying pickups from their normal time of day. Have your trash out early on your adjusted day. Anyone with questions is welcome to call Hart County Solid Waste at 270-524-3323.

 

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Tuesday, December 19th, 2023

Crash Results In Arrest

A Saturday night single vehicle crash along Wingfield Church Road in Edmonson County resulted in charges against the driver involved.  The Edmonson County Sheriff's Department was dispatched just after 10pm to find 68-year-old Scotty Webb of Wingfield off in a ditch.  He was driving a 2000 Chevy S-10 pickup. As officers investigated Webb's strange behavior, a search turned up over five grams of methamphetamine.  He was transported for medical treatment. He is charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of a substance other than alcohol and trafficking in a controlled substance.

 

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Tuesday, December 19th, 2023

Inmate Escapee Search

Authorities are looking for an escaped inmate from Hardin County Detention Center. Tony Stephens was noticed missing during an early Monday headcount at the jail after a substance abuse program Sunday night. A jail spokesperson says they believe Stephens stole keys while attending the program and then later unlocked a door to exit the facility. He is believed to have stolen an unmarked detention center vehicle. Tony Stephens is serving time for drug possession and theft. Anyone with  information on his whereabouts should contact law enforcement.

 

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Tuesday, December 19th, 2023

High School Sports Ticker

The Lady Raiders take their 5-1 record to Campbellsville tonight. Catch the basketball game here on WLOC Sports.  Coverage begins at 6:45 with tip off set for around 7:00 p.m.

 

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Monday, December 18th, 2023

Cause Of Death Not Determined In Preliminary Report

The death of a man last week in a Nolin Lake area community remains under investigation as authorities await additional details after the release of a preliminary autopsy report failed to provide direct answers.  Emergency responders were called to a residence on Rocky Hill Estates Road in southern Grayson County Sunday morning, December 10th after 49-year-old Alan Lovell of Louisville was found unresponsive. He was pronounced deceased a short time later. The preliminary report indicates no trauma but officials will have to wait several weeks for more detailed analysis, including toxicology results.

 

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Monday, December 18th, 2023

Fatal Wreck Preliminary Report Released

Details were officially released Friday from the Thursday night crash along I-65 in Hart County. The incident occurred around 5:30 at Mile Marker 59 near the northbound rest area. Initial investigation indicates two commercial tractor-trailers were traveling north bound on I-65 in parallel lanes, when the two made minor contact in a side swipe motion. Travis R. Williams, 49, of Sheridan, IN, who was operating one of the commercial vehicles, accelerated in front of the other tractor-trailer and stopped in the travel portion of the roadway causing both commercial vehicles to become stationary in the right lane of travel.  This action caused a chain of collisions including a Ford F-250 being operated by Dallas R Woodard, 18, of Rineyville, KY, who struck the rear of one of the commercial vehicle trailers. Kentucky State Police located a total of six vehicles that were involved in the collision that resulted in Dallas Woodard being pronounced deceased by the Hart County Coroner at the scene of the collision.  Kiarra Padilla, 21, of Battletown, KY, was flown to the University of Louisville Hospital and two other operators were transported by EMS to TJ Samson Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained.  Travis R. Williams was arrested and charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree and has been lodged in the Hart County Jail. The investigation is being led by Detective Michael Waggener.  He was assisted on the scene by Hart County EMS, Hart County Coroner, Air Evac, Kentucky Department of Transportation and KSP Personnel.

 

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Monday, December 18th, 2023

High School Sports Weekend Recap

Caverna's Lady Colonels and Colonels lost a double header against Green County Friday night. The girls score was 112-21 and the boys score was 65-55.

 

Next up for the Lady Colonels is Thursday night game at Warren East. Caverna's boys will play at 11am Thursday in the Barren County Business Supply Holiday Classic, hosted by South Warren High and Middle Schools. The Colonels play Red Bank High School from Chattanooga at South Warren Middle School.

The Lady Radiers and Raiders won their double header against LaRue County Friday night.  The girls score was 88-33 and the boys score was 66-57.

Next up for the Lady Raiders is a matchup at Campbellsville on Tuesday night. The Raiders are off until after Christmas, when they head to Gatlinburg to play in the Smoky Mountain Winter Classic beginning December 27th.

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Friday, December 15th, 2023

Hart County Fiscal Court Recap

Hart County Fiscal Court reviewed departmental budgets at Thursday’s meeting. The sheriff’s budget and clerk’s budget were both approved along with salary caps for each department.  The court recognized Larry Jewell and Greg Sweet for their years of service on the 109 (Solid Waste) Board. Affiliation with Hart County Search and Rescue was approved along with a grant to the Rescue Squad for the amount of $5,347. February 10th has been set as a county surplus auction date, which will take place in the parking lot of the sheriff’s department. Departmental reports were given. The court went into closed session to discuss property acquisition but no action was taken.  The next meeting of Hart County Fiscal Court is set for January 11th.

 

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Friday, December 15th, 2023

I-65 Exit 86 Interchange Traffic Switch Scheduled For This Weekend

As the interchange project along I-65 at Exit 86 nears completion, construction crews are preparing to switch traffic to a new alignment at the new bridge over the interstate and KY 222 intersections with Blue Oval-SK and US 31W.  The current plan moves traffic off the old bridge this weekend. The move is tentatively set for Saturday (December 16th), but adverse weather could delay the schedule.

When the switch is implemented, motorists exiting and entering I-65 on the south side of the intersection will utilize new ramps. Existing ramps remain in use on the north side of the interchange as crews demolish the old bridge and complete construction of new ramps to and from the new bridge. Southbound exiting motorists will have to follow a temporary extended path to the new section of KY 222 and turn right toward Glendale or left toward US 31W until construction of the new southbound exit ramp is complete. There is a new signal (traffic light) at the Blue Oval-SK main entrance and a new signal at the interstate bridge which will become active when the switch takes place.

The KY 222 intersection with US 31W is on a new alignment. There is also a new signal at this intersection.

Motorists are advised to approach the area with increased awareness as this change takes place and as traffic adapts to new movements along these routes, intersections and business entrances. Pay close attention to striping and signage in the area.

 

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Friday, December 15th, 2023

I-65 Crash Closes Interstate And Causes Local Traffic Congestion

One person died in a multi-vehicle crash along Northbound I-65 in Hart County Thursday night. The incident happened around 5:00 near the rest area between Horse Cave and Munfordville exits. A variety of vehicle types were involved with the collision resulting in the hardest impacts being forced into the center barrier wall of the interstate.  In addition to the fatality, there were multiple transports for injuries. An official, preliminary report has not been issued but is expected to be released from Kentucky State Police. The crash remains under investigation. I-65 reopened around 1am Friday morning after being blocked for approximately seven hours.  The closure resulted in frustration for local motorists, as well.  Traffic along KY 218 and US 31W from Horse Cave through Munfordville was at a standstill in several locations.

 

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Friday, December 15th, 2023

High School Sports Ticker

Caverna's Lady Colonels and Colonels host Green County tonight for a district double header. Tip off is at 5:30 and our coverage begins at 5:15 on WLOCplus, available on Facebook @wlocradio and our website, wloconline.com.

Hart County's Lady Raiders and Raiders travel to Hodgenville for a district double header against LaRue County.  Coverage on WLOC begins at 5:15 Central.  Tip off of the first game is set for 5:30

 

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Thursday, December 14th, 2023

Mayor Earns Achievement Award

The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) presented Munfordville Mayor Annie Swift with a Level I Achievement in City Governance award. KLC administers the City Officials Training Center, a voluntary education program. City officials can complete education levels by attending KLC events and submitting outside educational credit from other municipal training. The Level I Achievement in City Governance award requires a city official to attend a minimum of 29 hours of approved training with one additional hour of ethics training.

 

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Thursday, December 14th, 2023

Increase in fees for MCNP

It will cost more to utilize paid features at Mammoth Cave National Park in 2024. Among these increases, fees for cave tours and picnic shelter reservations will change March 1st. Recreational fees are collected under the 2004 Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act and are reviewed and updated every few years to stay in line with privately operated businesses of similar duration and experience. The last fee increase at the park was in 2021. Recreational fees are used to fund projects that address deferred maintenance needs, enhance visitor programs and services, protect resources and improve and rehabilitate visitor facilities.

 

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Thursday, December 14th, 2023

Ruling in Transportation death & injuries

For more than a decade, a lawsuit has been in limbo against engineers with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and private companies involved in a workzone incident that happened during 2012 construction of KY 90 just east of Glasgow. Friday, a Barren County court awarded $22 million to the plaintiffs in the suit which centers around a retaining wall which collapsed, killing one and injuring three. Scotty's Contracting was the prime contractor with VanMeter Contracting working as a subcontractor at the time. As concrete was being poured into a metal form, the men were standing on the wall when it collapsed, killing Kenneth Decker and causing disabling injuries to Jamie Groce, Steve Nelson and John McIntosh. The men all worked for VanMeter. Victims and their families filed suit against several employees of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet who administer contracts for state projects. Barren Circuit Judge John T. Alexander said the court found KYTC employees failed to ensure project contractors were following applicable safety standards. VanMeter is no longer an active company.  Scotty's continues contracting major projects across the region.  Each was named as third-party defendants in the suit.  KYTC internal communications show engineers had identified VanMeter as problematic in certain areas of contractor administration. The suit also says contractors disregarded OSHA orders after being cited for safety violations. Friday's ruling can be appealed by defendants.

 

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Wednesday, December 13th, 2023

Death Investigation In Nolin Lake Community

Authorities in Grayson County are investigating a Sunday morning death at a residence near Nolin Lake. Emergency personnel were called to the 300 block of Rocky Hill Estates Road and found an unresponsive subject described as a male in his 40s with no significant medical history. A deputy coroner arrived and pronounced the man deceased around 11:45.  Identity has not been officially released. Direction of the investigation will depend on autopsy results.

 

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Wednesday, December 13th, 2023

Heating Assistance Available

Financial relief for providing heat is back in place for the winter season.  The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is intended for those in need of help on a first-come, first-served basis.  Applications are open through December 15th or until funds are depleted. For information in Hart County, call 270-524-0224. In Barren County, call 270-651-8171 and in Metcalfe County, call 270-432-4006.

 

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Wednesday, December 13th, 2023

Residential Complaint Leads To Drug Arrest

A Glasgow man was found in possession of a variety of illegal drugs Monday. Glasgow Police responded to a complaint at a residence on McKenna Street. After receiving consent to search, officers located ecstasy pills, marijuana, promethazine, scales and other paraphernalia. As a result, 39-year-old Tyrell Hall is booked at Barren County Detention Center with a $15,000 bond.  He is charged with multiple trafficking counts (including one for being within 1,000 feet of a school), possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of each of the substances found during the search. Tyrell Hall has a court appearance in Barren County scheduled for Thursday.

 

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Wednesday, December 13th, 2023

Tuesday Night Sports Recap

The Lady Colonels of Caverna lost to LaRue County Tuesday night, 60-22. Caverna's girls fall to 0-2 in district play. The Colonels win the second game of the double header, 74-72. Caverna's boys even their district record at 1-1. Caverna hosts Green County for a district double header Friday night.

Hart County's Raiders defeated Meade County Tuesday night, 55-53. The Raiders are back in action Friday night as they travel to Hodgenville for a district girls/boys double header against LaRue County.

 

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Tuesday, December 12th, 2023

Munfordville City Council Recap

A condensed agenda outlined Munfordville City Council’s regular meeting on Monday night. A highlight of discussion centered on crosswalks near Munfordville Elementary School, particularly at Union and Munford as well as Union at North West. Brian Tennyson with the sheriff’s department told council members of recent safety concerns between school kids and motorists at these locations. The discussion concluded with Mayor Annie Swift saying she would be in contact with engineers from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 4 office in Elizabethtown to possibly coordinate an evaluation and consultation to receive input for potential safety improvements. In other action, the council conducted routine business and voted to advertise bids to sell a surplus 2017 police vehicle. The department's new cruiser is now in service. The council welcomed new officer Eddie Dockery to the police department. Dockery brings 14-years of law enforcement experience to Munfordville. Departmental reports were given, including an update from tourism which described positive feedback from the year's concert series and recent Christmas On Main event. An update was provided on cemetery maintenance. Tree removal and associated cleanup is near complete. And, Mayor swift encouraged participation of the city's new service available through Reach Alerts.  It will notify citizens of situations such as boil water advisories and road closures.  For more information on signing up, contact Munfordville City Hall.

 

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Tuesday, December 12th, 2023

Horse Cave City Council Recap

Horse Cave wrapped up a calendar year of business at Monday night’s meeting. A second reading was passed for annexation of the John Buckingham property on Maple Avenue. Departmental reports were given and Mayor Randall Curry updated the council on recent news from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, saying proposals for contracts are being accepted by the state for the Horse Cave Bypass. A contract could be awarded by the end of this month. In other business, one-time pay raises for city employees will be paid out this month and December 18th was announced as the Caveland Marketing Association Annual Legislative Luncheon, which will feature networking opportunities with local officials and legislators.


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Tuesday, December 12th, 2023

High School Basketball Sports Ticker

Dea Bradley outscored Grayson County Monday night, 54-53.  The Lady Raiders won the game, 77-53.  Bradley's 54 points mark a new single game record for the Lady Raiders.  Hart County's girls are back in action Friday night in varsity double header at LaRue County.  Hart County's boys are also in action tonight, hosting Meade County. Varsity tip-off is scheduled for 7pm. Coverage here on WLOC Sports begins at 6:45.

The Lady Colonels were defeated Monday night at Russellville, 45-33. The Lady Colonels and Colonels are back home tonight hosting LaRue County for a varsity double header.  Catch the action on WLOCplus, with pregame coverage beginning at 5:15.  Tip off of the girls game is set for 5:30. WLOCplus is available through our Facebook Page @wlocradio and our website, wloconline.com.

 

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Monday, December 11th, 2023

Dollar Store Robbery

Police responded to a robbery at Chalybeate Dollar General just before 9pm Friday.  An unidentified white male walked into the store and handed a note to the cashier, demanding cash.  The suspect exited the store and fled in an unknown direction.  Investigators are reviewing video surveillance to help with identification.  Anyone with information that might help with the investigation should contact the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Department.

 

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Monday, December 11th, 2023

Bank Info Phishing Scam

As scammers become more creative, consumers have to be more aware and more cautious.  Elizabethtown Police say a scheme currently being promoted involves The Cecilian Bank.  Messages are being sent via text asking customers to verify a debit charge to their account. It asks to click a link if the charge is unauthorized.  The link will ultimately lead to obtaining personal data from the scam victim, which can be used to access accounts.  Experts say such phishing scams are especially aggressive during the holiday shopping season.  Anyone with questions about such scams should call their financial institution or law enforcement.

 

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Monday, December 11th, 2023

Chase Begins In Cave City, Runs Through Hart And Into LaRue Counties

Friday night, a police chase initiated by Cave City Police ended in LaRue County.  Around 11pm Eastern, Hodgenville Police were advised of the approaching pursuit which had also been joined by Kentucky State Police. Tire deflation devices were deployed and the vehicle lost control near South L&N Turnpike and Greenburg Road in Buffalo. After the disabled vehicle stopped, a short foot pursuit occurred.  The driver, identified as 26-year-old Austin Christopher Lewis of Mount Sherman was taken into custody.  He was booked at Barren County Detention Center on charges of multiple counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer, fleeing or evading in a vehicle and on foot, reckless driving, no registration, disregarding a stop sign and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lewis is jailed with a $20,000 bond and appears in court today.

 

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Monday, December 11th, 2023

Sports Ticker

In high school basketball tonight, Hart County's Lady Raiders host Grayson County's Lady Cougars for a junior varsity/varsity match-up. JV action begins at 5:30.  Varsity action tips off around 7pm.  Our broadcast coverage begins at 6:45 here on WLOC Sports.

 

The Lady Colonels are on the road tonight.  They travel to Russellville to take on the Lady Panthers.

 

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Friday, December 8th, 2023

Jerry Taylor Gymnasium Naming

Thursday afternoon, Hart County’s Board of Education met in special session, with an agenda which included naming of school facilities.  Hart County High School is now home to Jerry Taylor Gymnasium, commemorating his 39 years as athletics director and his involvement in sports throughout the county since 1968.

 

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Friday, December 8th, 2023

Rivalry Week Games From Thursday Night

In high school rivalry week action from Thursday night on the hardwood, Caverna visited Hart County for a varsity double header.  In girls action, the Lady Raiders defeated the Lady Colonels, 83-14. Dea Bradley led all scorers with 29. Hart County’s girls improve to 3-1 on the season and Caverna falls to 2-3.

It took 32-minutes to decide the boys game.  With under five seconds to go, Hart County made free throws to take the lead and get the win, 58-57. Caverna falls to 3-1 on the season while Hart County improves to 3-1. Jaxon Shoulders had 18 points for the Raiders. Russell Williams had 19 points for the Colonels.  Hart County will have to make a return trip to Caverna for a double header rematch on January 12th.

 

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Friday, December 8th, 2023

Raider Football Post Season Awards

Aside from on-court action, it was a memorable night for recognitions as post-season awards were given to the Raider Football Team.  The WLOC defensive player of the year is Jaxon Shoulders, a four-year starter with 525 tackles and 50 receptions for 1,015 yards and 12 touchdowns.  Shoulders is also named 3A-District 2 Player of the Year.  The WLOC Offensive Player of the Year was presented to Clark Rexroat, a three-year starter with 259 carries for 2,760 yards and 23 touchdowns.  Rexroat averaged 10.6 yards per carry and ends up with 690 receiving yards in his career.   WLOC’s all season MPV Offensive Line is recognized for outstanding performances over the past three seasons.  Hart County’s offence has been top three in the state for rushing over the stretch, with a total of 11,788 yards.  Hart County’s MVP Offensive Line includes Asher Avery, Tone'vion Crockett, Jaren Jetta, Logan Grider and Kaden Trent.  Hart County Head Coach Chad Griffin is also the State Class 3A Coach of the Year.

 

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Friday, December 8th, 2023

Cheerleaders Head To State Competition

Good luck to Hart County High School’s Cheerleaders as they travel to Winchester for the state cheer competition.  The group performs at 5:45 Eastern this afternoon in the Game Day Small Division at George Rogers Clark High School.

 

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City Clerk Earns Excellence Award

The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) presented Horse Cave City Clerk Joy Bennett with a Level II Excellence in City Governance award.  KLC administers the City Officials Training Center, a voluntary education program with a goal to ensure local leaders have the most up-to-date knowledge and information needed to lead their communities. The award is a testament to municipal service and dedication, said KLC Executive Director James Chaney. The Level II Excellence in City Governance award requires a city official to attend a minimum of 58 hours of approved training with two additional hours of ethics training.

 

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Thursday, December 7th, 2023

Arrest Following Amber Alert

The Amber Alert received by phones and broadcast agencies across the region Tuesday night was quickly resolved and has resulted in the arrest of the father of the young girl who was the subject of the alert.  Authorities in Shelby County say Bradley Price abducted his 10-year-old daughter and was later found by deputies in a Walmart parking lot, where he was arrested at gunpoint. A report from the sheriff’s department suggests he believed his daughter would be removed from his custody after he failed to report to family court in Anderson County. Deputies say Price admitted knowing his parental rights had been suspended and that child protective services had custody of the child. Price is charged with custodial interference, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle and operating a vehicle with an expired license.

 

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Thursday, December 7th, 2023

Another Evidence Search Near Bardstown

An evidence search was confirmed Wednesday, as investigators continue working on unsolved murders in Nelson County.  Special prosecutor Shane Young of the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in Hardin County would not, however, specify which of his three cases from the Bardstown area the search involves. Young was appointed earlier this year to the role for cases of Crystal Rogers, Tommy Ballard and Jason Ellis. Tuesday and Wednesday, local citizens reported seeing excavation equipment and multiple law enforcement officials at a location just off Thompson Hill Road in the Cox’s Creek area.  Witnesses say loads of dirt were hauled off from the site. No comment has been provided by Kentucky State Police or the Louisville FBI Office. There have been breaks in Rogers and Ballard cases this year. Rogers' former boyfriend, Brooks Houck, is charged with her murder.  And, Prosecutor Young says the gun used to kill Ballard (Rogers’ father) is linked to Houck's brother. Rogers disappeared in 2015. Ballard was killed just over a year later. Officer Jason Ellis died more than a decade ago when he was ambushed and shot while removing debris from the roadway. To date, there are no charges in those two deaths.

 

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Thursday, December 7th, 2023

Rivalry Games Set For Tonight

Rivalry week comes to a head tonight at Hart County High School as the Lady Colonels and Colonels battle the Lady Raiders and Raiders.  The double header begins with the girls game at 5:30. Live coverage begins just after 5:00 tonight here on WLOC Sports.

 

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Wednesday, December 6th, 2023

Boil Water Advisory For Edmonson County Water District

Portions of the Edmonson County Water District are under a boil water advisory due to low or no pressure from a main line break.  Areas affected are just south of Brownsville.  Communities of Chalybeate, Rhoda, Pig, Wingfield, Cedar Springs, Rocky Hill, Smiths Grove, Park City and Fairview are all included. The advisory will remain in effect until samples show the threat of contamination has been eliminated. Edmonson County Water District customers with questions can call the department’s office at 270-597-2165.

 

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Wednesday, December 6th, 2023

Burglary Of Residence Results In Two Arrests

Two people are in Hart County Jail after a burglary attempt in Edmonson County Thursday night. Officers with the sheriff’s department answered a complaint at an unoccupied residence on Blue Bird Road near Smiths Grove around 8:30. The back door of the residence had been forced open and locked from the inside. Officers made entry and observed 22-year-old Michael Johnson of Glasgow attempting to hid in an ottoman. Johnson told officers another person, 23-year-old Kristen Matthews of Edmonton was hiding in a bedroom. Suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found in plain view.  Additional searching resulted in the discovery of other paraphernalia and marijuana. Burglary tools were also found.  An ID check indicated existing warrants for both suspects. Michael Johnson is booked on charges of burglary, possession of burglary tools, criminal trespassing, possession of methamphetamine and marijuana along with drug paraphernalia, fleeing police and public intoxication of a substance excluding alcohol. Kristen Matthews is booked on charges of burglary, possession of burglary tools, criminal trespassing, possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Both remain listed as inmates at the jail and are scheduled to appear in court December 12th.

 

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Wednesday, December 6th, 2023

Chase Ends At Rio Bridge On 31E

A stolen vehicle chase beginning in LaRue County ended near Green River Bridge at Rio on US 31E Thursday.  Hodgenville police located the vehicle heading south and attempted a traffic stop when the operator fled.  The chase reached speeds over 125 miles per hour.  The driver lost control at the intersection with Glen Lilly Road.  A 17-year-old who was reported missing was driving the vehicle and upon crashing, got out and jumped over the bridge, falling around 40 feet.  The juvenile was treated by an EMT on-scene and was transported by ambulance for additional treatment. The condition of the juvenile is not officially available. Pending charges include DUI, fleeing in a vehicle, fleeing on foot, wanton endangerment, receiving stolen property, speeding, reckless driving and having an open container in a vehicle.

 

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Tuesday, December 5th, 2023

Amish Produce Stand Robbed

Police are searching for suspects who robbed an Amish produce stand last week in Simpson County.  A release from the sheriff's department says two males pulled up to the stand on Thursday and requested items from the stand and provided payment. When the produce stand operator opened his wallet to make change, a passenger in the suspect vehicle pointed a gun and demanded the wallet. The vehicle fled toward Logan County.  It is described as a dark colored, two-door, sports car with a spoiler and dark tinted windows.  The vehicle did not appear to have a registration plate. Authorities are asking for help from the local community in locating the vehicle.

 

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Tuesday, December 5th, 2023

Fatal US 62 Wreck

One person is dead following a cross-over collision on US 62 near Eastview in Hardin County.  A preliminary report from the sheriff's department says a westbound behicle driven by Jeffrey Stults of Hardin County veered over the center line and hit a vehicle driven by 58-year-old Jeffrey Sheroan of Cecilia.  Sheroan died at the scene.  Stults was flown to University of Louisville Hospital.

 

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Tuesday, December 5th, 2023

Man Posing As Deputy Scamming Citizens

A man is scamming citizens, posing as a deputy with Barren County Sheriff's Department. Several reports have been received concerning the suspect falsely identifying himself and telling potential victims of their failure to report for jury duty, adding a warrant is being issued for their arrest.  The suspect then offers a fine option to avoid the warrant in efforts to collect money. Officials are investigating and they ask anyone with information which may help identify the scammer contact the sheriff's department.

 

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Monday, December 4th, 2023

Truck Versus Buggy Hit And Run

Police in Edmonson County are searching for a diver involved in a pickup versus horse and buggy hit and run from Friday night.  The incident happened around 7pm at Shrewsbury involving a red, early 2000’s model GMC.  After colliding with the buggy, the truck fled the scene.  Multiple children in the buggy received mild injuries.  The horse was killed and the buggy was a total loss. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Chief Deputy Tim Jackson with the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Department at 270-929-3678.

 

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Monday, December 4th, 2023

Sports Recap And Monday Ticker

Hart County’s bid for a football state title game birth ended last week with a loss to the team from Bell County, who was defeated 41-16 Saturday by Louisville Christian Academy, winners of the 2023-3A Kentucky Football Championship.  The weekend brings another year of high school football to a close.  Friday, Pikeville won the 1A title, Mayfield won the 2A title and Boyle County won the 4A title.  In other games on Saturday, Bowling Green won the 5A title and Trinity won the 6A title.

In high school basketball, the Lady Raiders picked up their first win of the season Saturday at Russellville, 84-28. Hart County’s girls are at Central Hardin tonight for a 7pm Central tip-off.  Our coverage here on WLOC Sports begins at 6:45.

The Lady Colonels picked up another win Saturday, defeating Fort Campbell 48-36. Caverna’s girls and boys are back in action tonight as they travel to Barren County for a double header.  The girls game begins at 6pm.  Broadcasts of both games are set for tonight on WLOCplus, which is available on our facebook page @wlocradio and on our website at wloconline.com beginning at 5:45.

 

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Thursday, November 30th, 2023

Two Arrested For Multiple Gas Station Drive-Offs

Two people suspected in several gas station drive-offs have been arrested by Glasgow Police. Officers located a vehicle being operated by Robert Cody Scott of Glasgow. After further investigation, they determined the driver, along with a passenger identified as Courtney Blasdel of Wickliffe, had stolen gasoline from Murphy USA on several occasions over the past two weeks. Scott is charged with theft by unlawful taking of gasoline and failure to produce proof of insurance. An ID check also revealed an already issued warrant for theft of gasoline. Blasdel is charged with complicity to theft by unlawful taking, resisting arrest, wanton endangerment and assault of an officer. Both were booked at Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Thursday, November 30th, 2023

Corvette Plant Tours To Be Suspended

The National Corvette Museum has announced suspension of tours at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly Plant. A press release on Wednesday says tours will pause February 5th. No date to resume tours is listed. The National Corvette Museum is scheduled to remain open during plant tour suspension.  Though specifics are not mentioned, the release says the pause is for manufacturing advancements.

 

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Thursday, November 30th, 2023

Adult Povides Teens THC And Alcohol

Two juveniles were taken to a hospital after being given THC products and alcohol by an adult. Authorities in Grayson County responded to a home in Caneyville last week after being dispatched for possible overdoses of two females, ages 14 and 16, along with a 41-year-old female. All three had eaten THC gummies, which had been purchased at a nearby convenience store. The adult female, identified as Jennifer Cook, made the purchase using one of the juvenile’s money. Cook also provided alcohol for each of the teens. All three were taken to Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center for treatment and were later released. Cook was booked at Grayson County Detention center on charges of second-degree criminal abuse and unlawful transaction with a minor.

 

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Thursday, November 30th, 2023

High School Basket Ball Season Begins For Hart County High School

Tonight, the Raiders host Cumberland County to begin the 2023-24 basketball season.  Tip off of the varsity game is scheduled for 7pm.  Broadcast coverage here on WLOC Sports begins at 6:45.  The Lady Raiders will also play Thursday night as they travel to Warren East.

 

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Wednesday, November 29th, 2023

Hart County Fiscal Court meeting

Hart County Fiscal Court will meet Thursday, November 30th, at 9:00 a.m. on the 2nd floor of the Courthouse.

 

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Wednesday, November 29th, 2023

2% Property Tax discount through Thursday

Today and tomorrow is the final opportunity for property owners in Hart County to receive the 2% early pay discount on tax bills. Beginning Friday, bills will be due at face value. A penalty is applied in January. E-Check, credit card and debit card payments will be accepted online at hartcountysheriff.com.  A drop box is located in the parking lot on the south side of the sheriff’s department building in Munfordville.  And, payments can be made in person during normal office hours at the sheriff’s office on Main Street in Munfordville.  If you are mailing in a payment, please include your tax bill. For more information, contact the Sheriff's Office at (270) 524-2341.

 

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Wednesday, November 29th, 2023

Outdoor warning system tested

Regular testing of the outdoor warning system in Hart County will take place this morning.  Sirens around the county will sound at 8am and be confirmed in a coordinated effort between those assigned to monitor and report activation with Hart County Emergency Management.  Citizens do not need to take any action for the outdoor warning system test.

 

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Wednesday, November 29th, 2023

Cavera Girls and Boys dominate in opener

Caverna’s girls and boys basketball teams opened the season on the road in dominating fashion Tuesday night, with each defeating Fort Knox.  The Lady Colonels picked up a 48-35 victory. The game marks the first career win for new head coach Andre’ Barbour. The Colonels won their game, 83-34.  Both teams play their first home game Friday night, hosting John Hardin.  Catch the action on WLOCplus, available on Facebook @wlocradio and on wloconline.com.

 

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Wednesday, November 29th, 2023

Driver fleas after rollover collision

The LaRue County Sheriff’s Department responded to Leafdale Road Tuesday evening after being dispatch to a rollover collision. Upon arrival, deputies found a Chevy Trailblazer on its side, with heavy damage. The driver fled the area before officers arrived. Anyone with information which may help police locate the SUV operator is asked to call the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office at 270-358-1320.

 

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Tuesday, November 28th, 2023

New Chick-fil-A Ready To Open

Chick-fil-A’s newest restaurant in the region is opening months ahead of the previously announced date.  The new Elizabethtown location is situated at the I-65 Exit 94 interchange on property previously occupied by Ryan’s.  Originally announced to open next spring, the restaurant is now set to open to the public on Thursday. It will be the second location for the restaurant chain in Elizabethtown. Around 130 full and part-time employees will staff the location with 15 of those being leadership positions. Chick-fil-A at the I-65 interchange in Elizabethtown will be open 6am-10pm Monday through Saturday.

 

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Tuesday, November 28th, 2023

Two Captured After Stealing Police Cruiser During Arrest

Police have captured those involved with the theft of an officer’s cruiser in Green County on Sunday. Just after 7pm, Greensburg Police were dispatched to serve an arrest warrant on Jason Marta at an address on Creason Lane. There was a minor altercation during the arrest.  Marta was cuffed and placed into the involved cruiser. While the officer was still attending to the male subject, 30-year-old Alisha Posey of Greensburg placed herself in the driver’s seat. Posey accelerated towards the officer and shots from the officer were fired into the vehicle.  Posey escaped the scene in the police cruiser with Marta still in the vehicle. A short time later, the cruiser was found abandoned along Marshall Ridge Road in Greensburg.  Around 3am Monday, Posey and Marta were found and taken into custody without injury or further incident. Per standard practice when there is an officer-involved shooting, Kentucky State Police is investigating and will issue findings when investigation of the incident is complete.

 

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Tuesday, November 28th, 2023

Record Travel And Lost Luggage

This Thanksgiving weekend was the busiest air travel weekend on record.  TSA says 2.9 million passengers were screened on Sunday, making that the single buisiest air travel day in US history. While many travelers made it to their destination to see family and friends, not all of them had their luggage join them. Between last Wednesday and Monday, an estimated 450,000 bags were misplaced. While most baggage is eventually sorted and forwarded quickly to owners, around 5% of those bags are never found. For the just concluded holiday weekend, that totals an estimated 23,000 bags lost. Travel industry leaders emphasize the importance of arriving for flights on-time, following regulations regarding packed items and clearly communicating any issues to airline personnel as soon as possible.  Taking these steps will minimize the chance for luggage being separated for additional inspections and handling.

 

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Tuesday, November 28th, 2023

Tuesday Night High School Sports Ticker

Caverna High School’s basketball season begins tonight, as the Lady Colonels and Colonels travel to Fort Knox for a double header.  Tip-off is set for 5:30 Central. Join us for both games, beginning with pregame coverage at 5:15 here on WLOC Sports.  Remember if you are traveling to the game on base at Fort Knox, allow extra time to stop at the main gate visitor’s center to obtain credentials and remember to bring ID for everyone attending.

 

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Monday, November 27th, 2023

Holiday Attraction Free To The Public

Christmas in the Park, a regional holiday season attraction beside Elizabethtown’s Freeman Lake, opened ahead of the Thanksgiving weekend, drawing large crowds. Kicking off its 33rd year, early visitors say it seems bigger and better with 105 displays.  Around 29,000 vehicles pass through each season, drawing an estimated 60,000 visitors. The attraction is free and sponsored by the city of Elizabethtown. The city budgets around $60,000 annually for the event. Voluntary donations are accepted at the park’s exit. For 2022, just over $40,000 was collected. Christmas in the Park at Freeman Lake in Elizabethtown is open 6-11pm (Eastern) nightly, through January 1st.

 

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Monday, November 27th, 2023

Raider Football Season Ends, Basketball Begins This Week

A historic run for the Hart County Raider Football Team came to an end Friday night with a loss, one game short of the Class 3A Championship Game.  Bell County defeated Hart County, 30-28 and will advance to play Christian Academy in this weekend’s final at Kroger Field in Lexington. The Raiders look back on a season filled with numerous “first evers” in school history, including a district title, region title and undefeated regular season.  Their final record ends up at 13-1 and a number two state-class ranking.

 

With the close of football season, attention quickly turns to the hardwood.  Hart County’s schedule for boys basketball has been shifted slightly with the first game now scheduled for Thursday night as the Raiders host Cumberland County.  The Lady Raiders will also play Thursday night as they travel to Warren East.  Caverna’s season begins Tuesday night, as the Lady Colonels and Colonels travel to Fort Knox for a double header, tipping off at 5:30 Central.  Join us Tuesday night here on WLOC Sports for the broadcast of both Caverna games.

 

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Monday, November 27th, 2023

Traffic Violation Leads To The Arrest Of Driver And Passenger

A traffic violation led to the arrest of a driver and passenger Saturday in Cave City.  Around 11pm, police pulled over 27-year-old Steven Guffey and determined him to be under the influence and arrested him for DUI and multiple traffic violations.  A passenger, identified as 24-year-old Donald Watson, was also intoxicated and determined to be a registered sex offender in Michigan who is currently non-compliant. Watson was taken into custody based on his sex offender registry status.  Guffey was booked at Barren County Detention Center and released Sunday.  Watson was also booked at Barren County Detention Center with a $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear today in court.

 

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Friday, November 24th, 2023

Escaped Murder Suspect Captured

An Eastern Kentucky murder suspect who escaped while awaiting trial has been captured. A spokesperson with Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department says 24-year-old Samuel Baker was arrested on local charges in El Dorado, Kansas.  Baker is the prime suspect in the 2021 murder of 62-year-old Robert Claunch. Baker was provided a bond reduction in August while awaiting trial and was placed on home incarceration with an ankle monitor. Early Wednesday morning, Baker removed his ankle monitoring device and left his Somerset residence.

 

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Friday, November 24th, 2023

Tree Removal At Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park

Infected trees are set for removal at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park. Officials will remove six ash trees surrounding the Sinking Spring site the week of December 4th which are infected with the Emerald Ash Borer. These trees have developed structural defects and will be removed to provide a safer environment. The Sinking Spring site and adjacent areas will be closed during the tree removal project. The birthplace visitor center and bookstore will remain open during regular park hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Memorial Building is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information about this project, call the park at 270-358-3137 or visit their facebook page.

 

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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2023

Hart County Teacher Named Official Of The Year

A Kentucky High School Athletics Association local sports official is honored as the top official in the state for volleyball.  KHSAA recognizes top officials in each of the 10 sports for which it grants licenses. Finalists in each sport are selected through a combination of on-field performance, local association activity and leadership, training efforts and mentoring of newer officials. Winners are selected following consultation with local assigning secretaries, officials’ observers and coaches throughout the state. The Outstanding Official for the volleyball season is Danny Woosley of Glasgow. With officiating numbers declining at the national level, KHSAA is always accepting applications. To get involved as an official, visit khsaaofficials.org.

 

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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2023

Macy's Parade Will Feature Hart County Retired Teacher

Thursday’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City will have Hart County representation.  Ed Johnson, retired Hart County High School Band Director will be marching in the parade with the Band Directors’ Marching Band, comprised of 384 fellow band directors from all across the county.  The group is staged early in the parade and is expected to be on the NBC televised portion of the route around 9am.  The marching group salutes accomplishments of band directors and music educators who have collectively mentored and taught hundreds of thousands of students.

 

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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2023

Man Wanted For Over A Year Located And Arrested

A man wanted for more than a year in LaRue County has been arrested. James Felker was located Tuesday and served with 2 warrants for flagrant non-support of over $24,000 each and violation of conditions of parole.  Additional charges resulting from his arrest are forthcoming. Hodgenville police received several tips from members of the community to help in locating Felker.

 

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Tuesday, November 21st, 2023

Kentucky State Police Charges Hardin Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

Kentucky State Police (KSP) Electronic Crime Branch arrested 41-year-old Justin Lee Dailey Monday on charges related to child sexual abuse material. Dailey was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination.

Dailey is currently charged with two counts of distribution of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance under 12 years old (Class-C felonies punishable by five to ten years in prison) and one count of distribution of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance, 12 years old and over (Class-D felony punishable by one to five years in prison). Dailey was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing.

 

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Tuesday, November 21st, 2023

Mammoth Cave man arrested on drug charges

Edmonson County Sheriff's Department arrested 38-year-old Quentin Hornback Monday afternoon, charging him with possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense, (methamphetamine), drug paraphernalia-buy/possess, resisting arrest, wanton endangerment, 1st degree - police officer and fleeing or evading police, 2nd degree (on foot). Hornback was lodged in the Hart County Detention Center.

 

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Tuesday, November 21st, 2023

Traffic stop leads to arrest of a Hart County woman

40-year-old Christina Durham was taken into custody Monday afternoon and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, failure to produce insurance card, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, 2nd, 1st offense, disorderly conduct, 2nd degree and terroristic threatening. Durham was lodged in the Hart County Jail.

 

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Tuesday, November 21st, 2023

Fugitive arrest made by Glasgow Police Department

38-year-old Luke Plemel was arrested Sunday on charges of being a fugitive and receiving stolen property $10,000 or more. He was lodged in the Barren County Detention Center and his next scheduled court date is November 27th.

 

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Tuesday, November 21st, 2023

Two Fentanyl drug arrest made Sunday by Glasgow Police Department

35-year-old Christopher Strazzella was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, Fentanyl and drug paraphernalia-buy/possess.

 

In a separate incident, a traffic stop was conducted and the Glasgow Police Department arrested 35-year-old William Shelton. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/substance, 3rd, aggravating circumstance, possession of open alcohol container in motor vehicle prohibited, possession of controlled substance, 1st degree Fentanyl, drug paraphernalia-buy/possess, driving on a DUI suspended license, 1st offense, (aggravating circumstance) and operating a motor vehicle/motorcycle - function without ignition interlock device.

 

Strazzella and Shelton were transported to the Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Monday, November 20th, 2023

E-town man arrested on strangulation and burglary charges

42-year-old Franklin Huffman was arrested Saturday by Elizabethtown Police Department and charged with burglary, 1st degree, strangulation, 1st degree, assault, 4th degree (domestic violence) minor injury, menacing, terroristic threatening, 3rd degree and violation of a KY EPO/DVO.  Huffman was lodged in Hardin County Detention Center.

 

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Monday, November 20th, 2023

Chalybeate man arrested for wanton endangerment

Edmonson County Sheriff's Office arrested 33 year-old Jeremy Hopkins for wanton endangerment, resisting arrest, fleeing or evading police, 2nd degree (on foot), along with 3 counts of failure to appear. Hopkins was lodged

in Hart County Detention Center.

 

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Monday, November 20th, 2023

Assault arrest made by Glasgow Police

On Saturday, 21-year-old Thomas Tomlinson was arrested for assault, 2nd degree, wanton endangerment, 1st degree (police officer), operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, 2nd, aggravating circumstance, leaving the scene of an accident-failure to render aid or assistance and mischief, 2nd degree. Tomlinson was taken to Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Monday, November 20th, 2023

WKU student dies in pedestrian/vehicle accident

A 22-year-old WKU student has died. Bowling Green Police responded to an injury accident Friday night just after 5:15 p.m. on Campbell Lane. Police located a female in the left hand lane. According to officials, Daishyera Chanel Marie Garner was struck by a vehicle entering the turning lane. After impact Garner was knocked into a lane of travel causing her to be struck by another vehicle. Garner was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. An investigation into the fatality continues.

 

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Monday, November 20th, 2023

Congratulations Hart County Raiders!

Our congratulations to Hart County Raiders. 1st Time Regional Champions defeating Union County Braves Friday night, 24-21.Hart County Raiders will host Bell County this Friday night. Studio 101 WLOC will have the play by play broadcast of the game.

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Friday, November 17th, 2023

Mammoth Cave National Park Announces Open Fire Restriction

Due to elevated fire danger, Mammoth Cave National Park officials have placed a burn restriction on all open fires in the park effective immediately. The restriction applies to the use of campfires in the park’s three front country campgrounds and in all back-country campsites and picnic areas. Gas camp stoves are permitted but should be watched closely during use. The fire restriction will be in place until the fire danger becomes less severe and fire weather conditions improve. The restriction is dependent on extended weather conditions, and will be evaluated daily. The restriction placed by the park corresponds with an Executive Order issued by Edmonson County, KY on Nov 15th that declared a ban on all open burning within Edmonson County. Visitors also are reminded to extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, and pipes and dispose of them in appropriate containers.

 

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Friday, November 17th, 2023

Undefeated Hart County Raider Football

It's a big night for the undefeated Hart County Raider Football team. Tonight they will entertain Union County. Pregame show begins at 6:30 p.m. with kickoff at 7:00 p.m. Studio 101 will have live play by play broadcast on WLOC Sports.

 

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Friday, November 17th, 2023

Jury recommends life sentence in rape case

On Thursday, a Warren County Jury found Revak Kalfus guilty of 2 counts of rape, 1st degree, victim less than 12 years of age, along with 2 counts of sodomy, 1st degree, victim less than 12 years of age. The jury recommended a life sentence for Kalfus on each count.

 

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Friday, November 17th, 2023

Stolen Military grave marker sold for scrap

Warren County Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation after a military grave marker was sold to a scrap yard. The scrap yard purchased the marker and got in touch with a local funeral home so the next of kin could be notified and the marker returned. A post on the Warren County Sheriff's Facebook page, states they are aware of the person or persons responsible and will be seeking charges.

 

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Friday, November 17th, 2023

Illinois man arrested by KSP

A 24-year-old Illinois man is in Hart County Jail after a traffic stop by Kentucky State Police Thursday morning.  Kenyatte Wells was charged with speeding 25mph or more over the speed limit, no registration plates or receipt, reckless driving, failure to use child restraint device in vehicle, failure to wear seat belts and endangering the welfare of a minor. Wells has a court date scheduled for Monday morning.

 

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Thursday, November 16th, 2023

Nine Ky tourist development projects approved

Nine new tourist development projects are set to generate an estimated $301.2 million in economic investment for Kentucky. The 9 projects are expected to create a total of 628 jobs, once operational. One project receiving final approval is Hardin County Courthouse Hotel in E-town. The project has an estimated $8.2 million investment and is expected to create 18 jobs.  According to a news release from Gov. Andy Beshear's Office, this marks the most projects granted final approval in a single year by the Ky Tourism Development Finance Authority since the tourism incentive was created in 1996.

 

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Thursday, November 16th, 2023

Munfordville man arrested for alcohol intoxication

Hart County Sheriff's Office arrested 42-year-old Daniel Crain Wednesday for Alcohol Intoxication in a public place, 3rd or greater offense, in 12 months.  Crain was lodged in Hart County Detention Center.

 

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Thursday, November 16th, 2023

Glasgow Police make a drug arrest

A traffic stop was conducted by Glasgow Police Department Wednesday. The driver, 40-year-old Samantha Geralds, was arrested and charged with failure to produce insurance card, improper turning, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, 2nd offense, failure to wear a seat belt, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia buy/possess. She was transported to Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Thursday, November 16th, 2023

Wanted fugitive is in custody

A 31-year-old wanted fugive from another state has been taken into custody by KSP. Michael Tacione was arrested Wednesday for speeding 26mph or more over the

speed limit, failure to produce insurance card, operating on a suspended or revoked

license, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia buy/possess and operating a

motor vehicle under the influence, 1st degree. He was taken to Barren County Detention

Center.

 

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Wednesday, November 15th, 2023

Horse Cave City Council meeting

HORSE CAVE CITY COUNCIL MET AT CITY HALL MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH.

MAYOR RANDALL CURRY OFFICIATING.

KAREN FORD, HORSE CAVE WATER COMPANY MANAGER, WAS ON HAND TO DISCUSS AN INCREASE IN WATER RATES. THE INCREASE WOULD BE 62 CENTS PER 1,000 GALLONS. THE NEW RATE WILL BE $18.79. HORSE CAVE WATER COMMISSION CHARGES ITS' CUSTOMERS TO OFFSET THE GREEN RIVER WATER DISTRICT RATE INCREASE. THIS WAS THE FIRST READING OF AN ORDINANCE APPROVING AN INCREASE IN WATER RATES WAS PASSED AND A 2ND READING WILL BE HELD WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH, AT 12 NOON.


IN UNFINISHED BUSINESS, THE SECOND READING ANNEXATION OF PROPERTY OWNED BY JOHN BUCKINGHAM 321 MAPLE AVENUE, WAS PUT ON HOLD.

AN INTRODUCTION AND SWEARING IN OF 2 NEW POLICE OFFICERS WAS CONDUCTED BY CITY ATTORNEY PAT ROSS. THE TWO NEW OFFICERS ARE JEWLIE ROBINSON  AND JENNIFER. ARBOGAST.

HORSE CAVE CHRISTMAS PARADE WILL BE HELD DECEMBER 2ND AT 10 AM.  GRACE DUNAGAN AND SUE NUNN WILL CO CHAIR THE EVENT.  ENTRIES WILL LINE UP AT HORSE CAVE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT ON EAST MAIN STREET. “MAKE THE SEASON BRIGHT” WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 30TH AT MEDICAL CENTER AT CAVERNA WITH A TENTATIVE START TIME OF 5:OO PM. THE EVENT IS SPONSORED BY MED CENTER FOUNDATION.

 

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Wednesday, November 15th, 2023

Glasgow man faces child sexual abuse charges

On September 8th, a 7-year-old girl stated she was touched by a man close to her family. Police were called September 19th to investigate a suicidal man, identified as 27-year-old Carlos Granados, of Glasgow. Granados had slit wrists and had punctured his throat with a knife. Granados was transported to a Nashville hospital. He was arrested Monday and lodged in Warren County Jail on a charge of sexual abuse of a child under 12. Bond was set at $100,000 cash.

 

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Wednesday, November 15th, 2023

Bullitt County mother claims the death of her two sons was an accident

A Bullitt County detective testified in court Tuesday morning in the case of Tiffanie Lucas, of Shepherdsville. Lucas is the mother of two boys who the detective said were found in a bedroom of a home after two calls of a

shooting were received by police in the 200 block of Brentwood Drive. Police found a neighbor trying to provide medical care to the boys, identified as 9-year-old Jayden Howard and 6-year-old Maurice Baker, Jr.  Both boys died after arriving at the hospital. The detective testified that video surveillance showed Tiffanie Lucas coming over to a neighbors and that no one else was seen coming or going out of the home. In the video, 4 shots are heard. During an interview, Lucas claimed the shootings were an accident. She was arrested after the interview and lodged in Bullitt County Detention Center. Bond was set at $2,000,000.

 

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Wednesday, November 15th, 2023

More counties issuing burn bans

Due to dry conditions continuing, both Metcalfe and Green Counties have issued burn bans, along with Barren County. Officials say the projected weather this week is making conditions more dry and treacherous. Eastern Kentucky has had over 136 fires that the Kentucky Division of Forestry has responded to since November 3rd. Those fires damaged over 27,000 acres of land and resulted in two fire-fighters' deaths. As a precautionary, homeowners are urged to remove dry leaves and vegetation from around the foundation of their homes and report any active fires to the Division of Forestry.

 

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Wednesday, November 15th, 2023

Hart County man arrested on burglary charges

64-year-old Danny Hodges was arrested Tuesday evening by the Horse Cave Police Department. Hodges was charged with burglary, 2nd degree, and possession of burglary tools.  The Hart County Jail's website shows Hodges has a court date scheduled for November 20th.

 

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Wednesday, November 15th, 2023

Nearly 60 dogs rescued in Horse Cave

National non-profit Animal Rescue Corp reported rescuers found a total of 58 dogs Tuesday with most of them chained up with shelters of pallets, barrels, plywood or a horse trailer for cover. Three litters of small puppies were found in small wire cages. The non-profit said some ran loose in and around the property, while others were in small pens. According to Animal Rescue Corps, the owner surrendered all the animals to avoid facing criminal charges.  Hart County law enforcement shut down the facility. The puppy litters, along with their mothers and three other dos were placed with the Kentucky Humane Society and all remaining dogs were transported to Animal Rescue Corps' rescue center in Gallatin, TN.

 

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Wednesday, November 15th, 2023

Fentanyl arrest made in Bowling Green

The Bowling Green - Warren County Drug Task Force has arrested Tyrell Whitney of 580 Moss Creek Avenue, Bowling Green, Age 26. He was charged with:

Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, Class B Felony, over 28 Grams Fentanyl, 2 Counts

Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, Class A Felony, over 28 Grams Fentanyl, Firearms Enhancement, 1 Count

Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Class D Felony

Trafficking in Marijuana, over 8oz to 5 Pounds, Firearms Enhancement, Class C Felony

Following two covert drug purchases of over 1,000 M-30 Fentanyl Tablets from the accused he was arrested in a traffic stop by the Kentucky State Police Interdiction Team on Stonebridge Lane in Bowling Green at 5 PM, November 13 without resistance. During his arrest $2,308 in cash was seized from his person.

Detectives with the Drug Task Force were able to obtain a search warrant though additional surveillance and investigation. The search warrant for the accused residence was executed with assistance from the Kentucky State Police Interdiction Team at 7PM, November 13, at 580 Moss Creek Avenue in Bowling Green.

During the search of the accused residence 1,879 additional M-30 Fentanyl tablets, about 1 pound of high-grade processed marijuana, THC marijuana edibles “gummies”, $29,426 in cash, a money counter, and 2 handguns were seized.

M-30 tablets, “The Fentanyl Pill” is an extremely dangerous substance and has resulted in many overdose deaths in Warren County and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.

The accused was lodged in the Warren County Regional Jail pending arraignment in Warren District Court.

 

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Monday, November 13th, 2023

Friday night area highschool football

Hart County Raiders remain undefeated at 12-0 after holding on to beat Glasgow 28-21 Friday night at Raider Field in the Class 3A playoffs. On offense, Joshua Dan Crump had 14 carries for 54 years and 2 touchdowns and Jacob Shoulders was 3/5 passing for 77 yards and 2 touchdowns. On defense, Connor Walters had 2 pass deflections and 4 tackles. The Raiders will now take on Union County at home Friday night. Pregame will be at 6:30 p.m. with kickoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Studio 101 will have the play by play live broadcast here on WLOC Sports.

 

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Monday, November 13th, 2023

Man arrested in Hart County for wanton endangerment

Hart County Sheriff's Office arrested a Horse Cave man Friday. 39-year-old Joseph Lindsey was charged with wanton endangerment, 1st degree, unlawful

imprisonment, 1st degree & assault, 4th degree (domestic violence), minor injury. Lindsey was lodged in the Hart County Detention Center.

 

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Monday, November 13th, 2023

Fugitive taken into custody by Cave City Police 

A fugitive has been taken into custody. Cave City Police Department arrested the fugitive Saturday. 41-year-old Brian Christopher Legere was transported to the

Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Monday, November 13th, 2023

Canmer woman arrested for promoting contraband

45-year-old Stacy L. Wilson was taken into custody Saturday night by KSP. Wilson was charged with promoting contraband, 1st degree, possession of a controlled substance, 3rd degree - drug unspecified, possession of marijuana, operating on a suspended or revoked operator's license, giving an officer false identifying information and persistent felony offender 1. She is currently lodged in the Hart County Detention Center.

 

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Monday, November 13th, 2023

KSP make an assault arrest

An Elizabethtown man is facing assault charges. KSP arrested 36-year-old Carlos Cruz Friday night. Cruz is charged with assault, 4th degree, (domestic violence) minor injury. He was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

 

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Friday, November 10th, 2023

Man Driving Intoxicated With Children In His Vehicle

LaRue County Deputies received a report of an intoxicated driver in along Campbellsville Road (KY 210) with children in the vehicle.  Chief Deputy Ferrie located the vehicle driving at an extremely slow speed in the opposing lane creating an extremely dangerous situation. The vehicle was stopped in the area of borders curve. The operator was identified as Aaron Hoehler of Elizabethtown.  After a roadside investigation Hoehler was arrested and lodged in LaRue County Detention Center on the following charges:  Careless driving, DUI 2nd offense and Wanton Endangerment x2 for the two children in the vehicle.  The Sheriffs Office asks anyone who suspects a driver may be intoxicated to dial 911 immediately.

 

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Friday, November 10th, 2023

New Grayson County Clerk's Audit Released

The newly released 2022 audit of the Grayson County Clerk’s office says the clerk is paying employees using an improper wage method.  This is a repeat violation from the previous year's report.  During the audit period, employees in the Grayson County Clerk's office were paid on a salary basis regardless of how many hours are recorded on their timesheets. Office employees are supposed to either work 32.5 or 37.5 hours per week on a rotating basis, with all employees working six Saturdays per year. Employees are required to use personal leave for time under these requirements. The audit says no documentation of overtime or comp time was noted for employees who worked more hours, indicating those employees are not receiving the full amount of compensation for actual work time.  In a response to the 2021 audit, Grayson County Clerk Charlotte Willis stated her employees are salaried based on a 32-40 hour work week and she believes as long as employees do not work over 40 hours per week, employees do not need to be compensated any further. When asked about comp time for hours worked over 32.5 or 37.5 in any given week, the county clerk noted that employees kept up with their time and it must be claimed within the same work period.  Willis told the state auditor following last year's report that her office would document work time better and more efficiently. With the release of the new report, the clerk stated with the previous audit being late in that year and necessary corrective actions not being fully explained, changes were not implemented until the next year's audit period had already began. She says compensatory time has always been given just not properly documented and the correction has been made which should lead to no findings for the next audit cycle. The auditor’s office is referring findings to the Kentucky Labor Cabinet’s Division of Wage and Hours.

 

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Friday, November 10th, 2023

Football Friday Night

In one of the most highly anticipated high school football matchups in the state tonight, our undefeated Hart County Raiders host the 9-2 Glasgow Scotties in round two of the KHSAA Class 3A Playoffs.  The game is a rematch of an October 13th regular season contest at Glasgow, where Hart County scored a long-pass touchdown in the game’s closing seconds to secure the win. Tonight’s game is set for a 7pm kickoff.  Coverage here on WLOC Sports begins at 6:30.

 

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Thursday, November 9th, 2023

Hart County Cheer Competition Region Champs

Hart County Middle School Cheerleaders are KAPOS Cheer Competition Region Champs. They competed Wednesday at John Hardin High School to bring home the title.

 

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Thursday, November 9th, 2023

Mobile tax collection dates in Hardin County

As a convenience for Hardin County citizens, the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department is hosting mobile tax collection dates across the county.  On Saturday, mobile tax collection will be open in the southern end of the county.  Payments can be made at Upton City Hall and Fire Department from 9-11am and Sonora City Hall and Fire Department from 11:15am-1:15pm.

 

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Thursday, November 9th, 2023

Bowling Green man arrested in Hart County

A Bowling Green man is in Hart County Jail, after he was found hiding in a vacant building near an Edmonson County daycare center Wednesday morning. The sheriff’s department was dispatched after a complaint call from Sarah's Playschool around 8:30. A report states 59-year-old Richard Spears walked across their property and disappeared into a vacant building.  Spears was located by police and attempted to run away before being detained.  A search resulted in the discovery of suspected methamphetamine, cash and a pipe.  He was arrested and booked on charges of trafficking in controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and fleeing police on foot. An ID check also revealed warrants for violations of probation out of Warren County.

 

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Thursday, November 9th, 2023

Woman arrested for auto theft

A woman has been arrested after stealing a truck in Leitchfield. It’s the second time 34-year-old Kira Mattingly has taken a vehicle.  After receiving a report of a stolen 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, police located the truck along Orchard Street backed into a driveway where Mattingly was placing items in the back. She was arrested and booked at Grayson County Detention Center on a charge of receiving stolen property.  An ID check also revealed a warrant for failure to appear in court. In an incident from April, Mattingly was arrested after stealing a Dodge Ram parked at Wilson and Muir Bank on Main Street while the vehicle owner was inside the bank.

 

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Wednesday, November 8th, 2023

General Election Recap

Voter turnout in Hart County Tuesday was just over 36%, with 4,999 people casting ballots for Kentucky’s General Election.  Hart County voters favored Republican candidates in every state-wide race.  Totals from the county were slanted by a margin of more than 2:1 in each contest except the governor’s race which was slightly under 2:1.  For governor, Daniel Cameron picked up 61% of the Hart County vote over Andy Beshear.  In the Secretary of State Race, Michael Adams won 72% of the Hart County vote over Buddy Wheatley.  For Attorney General, Russell Coleman picked up 70% of the Hart County vote over Pamela Stevenson.  In the race for Auditor, Allison Ball won 72% of the vote over Kim Reeder. For State Treasurer, Mark Metcalf won 68% of the vote over Michael Bowman. And, in the Ag Commissioner’s race, Jonathan Shell picked up 71% of the vote over Sierra Enlow.  Hart County followed in-line with the rest of the state with the exception of the governor selection.  State-wide, Andy Beshear won re-election.

 

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Wednesday, November 8th, 2023

Missing Teen Located

Police say Bailey Baier has been found.  The 16-year-old went missing Sunday night.   A release from Glasgow Police says she has been returned to her home safely.

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Tuesday, November 7th, 2023

General Election Day

Voting is open for the 2023 Kentucky General Election. With no locally contested races, ballots in Hart County are the same for all precincts. Voters will chose a governor, secretary of state, attorney general, auditor of public accounts, state treasurer and commissioner of agriculture. Voters registered in Hart County can vote at any polling location regardless of their precinct.  Voting locations include each of Hart County’s elementary schools, Hart County High School and Horse Cave Fire Department.  Linwood Fire Department has been added to polling locations for the general election. Polls close at 6pm. If early voting provides an accurate estimate for voter turnout, there should be a significant increase of votes cast today versus the May Primary.  Six months ago, just over 150 ballots were cast.  In the three day of early voting last week, 663 ballots were filled out.  Join us here on WLOC for coverage of Hart County results tonight from the courthouse in Munfordville.

 

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Tuesday, November 7th, 2023

Raider Cheer Team Wins Back-To-Back-To-Back

Congratulations to Hart County Raider Varsity Cheer.  They are region champs for the third consecutive year.  The group competed in the KHSAA event Saturday at Valley High School.  Best wishes go out to the Hart County Middle School Cheer Team Wednesday as they compete for the first time in the school system’s history.

 

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Tuesday, November 7th, 2023

Search For Missing Teen

Glasgow Police Department is asking for help from the general public in finding a missing teen. A release from the department Sunday night says 16-year-old Bailey Baier was last seen wearing a black tank top and black sweatpants and may be driving a gray Chevrolet Malibu. She is described as 5′3, weighing 120 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact law enforcement.

 

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Tuesday, November 7th, 2023

Firefighter Receives Minor Injuries Battling House Fire

A firefighter received minor injuries battling a house fire Sunday night.  Cave City Fire Department was called to the home just before 11pm. Units from Park City, Hiseville and Horse Cave assisted. The firefighter was treated on-scene by Barren-Metcalfe EMS. Responders were at the house for about four hours.

 

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Monday, November 6th, 2023

Glasgow Police Dept makes drug arrest

36-year-old Myler Thomas was arrested Sunday by the Glasgow  Police Department. He was charged alcohol intoxication in a public place, 1st & 2nd offense, resisting arrest and menacing. Thomas was lodged in the Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Monday, November 6th, 2023

Cave City Police makes drug arrest

The Cave City Police Department made a drug arrest Friday night. 42-year-old Chadrick Millican was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, methamphetamine; tampering with physical evidence, prescription controlled substance not in a proper container, drug paraphernalia buy/possess and possession of marijuana. Millican was lodged in the Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Monday, November 6th, 2023

Raider Cheer Team Wins Back-To-Back-To-Back

Congratulations to Hart County Raider Varsity Cheer. They are region champs for the third consecutive year. The group competed in the KHSAA event Saturday at Valley High School. Continued best wishes go out to the Hart County Middle School Cheer Team as they compete Wednesday for the first time in the school system’s history.

 

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Monday, November 6th, 2023

Raider Band Wraps Up Season

The Hart County Raider Marching Band wrapped up the 2023 season Saturday at the Mid-State Band Association's Class A Championships in Greater Cincinnati. After performing in semifinals, the band was selected to perform in finals, placing 7th among groups from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.

 

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Monday, November 6th, 2023

Pictures Taken Of People Using Restroom In Glasgow Store

A man taking video of others in the men’s bathroom at Glasgow Walmart has been arrested and charged with video voyeurism.  Police received a complaint of 56-year-old Jasen Crum taking partially nude pictures of people over bathroom stalls. He was taken into custody and booked at Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Friday, November 3rd, 2023

Hart County Sheriff's Department Receives Clean Audit

State Auditor Mike Harmon released the 2022 financial audit of Hart County Sheriff Jeff Wilson’s office on Tuesday with a clean report for business conducted over the previous year. In compliance with state law, the auditor issues two sheriff’s reports each year: one reporting on the audit of the sheriff’s tax account, and the other reporting on the audit of the fee account used to operate the office. The Hart County audit notes zero instances of noncompliance and zero matters involving internal control over financial reporting and operation. Sheriff responsibilities include collecting property taxes, providing law enforcement and performing services for the county fiscal court and courts of justice. The sheriff’s office is funded through statutory commissions and fees collected in conjunction with these duties. The full Hart County report is available through the Kentucky State Auditor website: auditor.ky.gov.

 

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Friday, November 3rd, 2023

Man Missing From Hart County Manor Found

A man who went missing from Hart County Manor early Thursday was located and brought back late in the afternoon.  Emergency management reported 27-year-old Marcus Ratliff left the facility and walked to a business in Munfordville where he requested an ambulance. The EMS unit took Ratliff to The Medical Center at Caverna, where he later left on foot and was seen headed toward Cave City. He was found by Barren County authorities in the Park City area. A police transport from Hart County returned Ratliff, who is autistic.  There is no report of injury associated with the incident.  A source with knowledge of the incident says while Ratliff is subject to the medical condition described, he has no power of attorney and can make his own decisions.

 

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Friday, November 3rd, 2023

Weekend Sports/Activities Ticker

In round one of post season high school football, Caverna hosts their first playoff game in 15 years tonight when Bethlehem comes in for a 7pm Kickoff. The Colonels are 5-5 on the year as Class 1A District 1 Season Champions.  Bethlehem is 3-7 on the year.

Hart County looks to continue a perfect record into the post season. The 10-0 Raiders are Class 3A District 2 Champions and will host Webster County tonight for a 7pm kickoff. The Trojans come into the game with a 6-4 record on the season.  Catch the Hart County broadcast tonight beginning at 6:30 here on WLOC Sports.

The Hart County Raider Band will finish up their marching season this weekend as they compete in the Mid-State Band Association's Championship at Simon Kenton High School in Northern Kentucky. The Raider Marching Band is a former Class A Champion of the event. Saturday's performance will be at 11:30 Eastern.

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Thursday, November 2nd, 2023

Local Coaches And Players Recognized By Kentucky Football Coaches Association

Ahead of an exciting Friday night of local high school football, both local high schools are recognized for success in the regular season.

Caverna coach Trevent Hayes has been named by the Kentucky Football Coaches Association as the Class 1A, District 1 Coach of the Year. While Hayes is no stranger to Caverna, this is his first season as head coach. His 2023 squad is the first district title winner at Caverna since 1985. Caverna’s Tyson Martin is the Class 1A, District 1 Player of the Year.  Martin has been outstanding on both sides of the football with just over 1,300 yards rushing --- good enough for first in all of Class 1A and 10th overall in the state --- and 18 touchdowns.  On defense, he has 80 tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries taken back for touchdowns.  Caverna hosts their first playoff game in 15 years Friday night with Bethlehem comes in for a 7pm Kickoff.

Hart County coach Chad Griffin is named the Class 3A, District 2 Coach of the Year.  He has the Raiders riding an undefeated regular season into the post season.  This is the first undefeated regular season in school history.  Hart County’s Jaxson Shoulders is the Class 3A, District 2 Player of the Year.  As a senior, Shoulders is among state leaders in tackles across all classes at just under 12 per game, putting him at 18th in that defensive category.  Hart County hosts Webster County for a 7pm kickoff Friday night in Munfordville.

 

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Thursday, November 2nd, 2023

Towne Mall Property Sold To Local Group

Elizabethtown’s mall has long been cast as a fading spot for retail shopping in the region.  Once a thriving location for shoppers of stores like Sears, Disc Jockey and Dawhares, those and other retailers (once staples to such shopping centers) have gone out of business, leaving significant floor space for property management to fill. While independent stores and even attractions such as mini-golf and arcade-type gaming have filled these spaces, foot traffic in the mall continues a decline. Several factors are cited by property managers, including a trend toward online shopping, cost of updating facilities, overall economic trends and even location. In efforts to bring new life into Towne Mall, a company is purchasing the property for a reported $9.5 million. The 350,000-square-feet mall was sold through a receiver sale to TDA Properties, a local ownership group.  The previous California-based owner Macerich allowed the Towne Mall property to go into foreclosure, forcing its receivership. Towne Mall opened in 1985 and amid the decline in popularity over recent years, it is still home to several successful retail names such as Belk, J C Penney, American Eagle, Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret.

 

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Thursday, November 2nd, 2023

Burden Sentenced To Life After Being Found Guilty In Murder Trial

The murder charge in a case involving a separated couple ended with a guilty verdict Monday.  William (known as “Billy”) Burden of Upton was arrested in November of 2021 for killing his wife, Erica Burden of Bonnieville, who had been missing for two days after dropping her daughter off at school. Erica Burden’s car was found at the school. Investigators say Billy Burden took her body to a sinkhole a few miles away in LaRue County and then covered her with dirt and debris. He also is accused of concealing a gun, cell phone and purse with the body. The LaRue Circuit Court trial began last Wednesday and wrapped up Monday.  The jury deliberated for only about 15 minutes before returning with a guilty verdict on the murder charge. Billy Burden is sentenced to life in prison.

 

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Wednesday, November 1st, 2023

31E Wreck Injures One

A woman was injured in a collision just north of Glasgow on US 31E Monday.  Glasgow Police responded after the driver, identified as Mindy Bowles, lost control northbound at the intersection of Carl Fox Road.  Her vehicle exited the road and overturned after traveling through a ditch. She was taken to TJ Samson Community Hospital for treatment.

 

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Wednesday, November 1st, 2023

Deputies Find Two Residents Deceased Upon Welfare Check

Two people were found deceased by officers with LaRue County’s Sheriff’s Department on Monday.  Deputies responded to a residence on Alvin Brooks Road near Buffalo following a request for a welfare check where occupants did not answer their door. Upon arrival, deputies forced entry and discovered two residents deceased. The sheriff’s department identifies them as Kenneth and Linda Whitlock. An investigation is ongoing. A statement from the department says no additional information is being released at this time.

 

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Wednesday, November 1st, 2023

Supreme Court Decision Reverses Trial Outcome Of Cave City Man's Case

The question of a juror’s ability to render a fair and impartial verdict in the trial of a Cave City man found guilty of sex crimes against a child has led to a Kentucky Supreme Court decision to reverse his conviction. The trial of 57-year-old Larry Moulder ended in late 2021 with a sentence of life in prison. Since then, he has been incarcerated at the state’s correctional facility in LaGrange. More recently, Kentucky Justices reviewed details of the jury selection process, particularly regarding a female juror who initially indicated her discomfort with pornographic subject matter. As in many jury pool selections, the juror was requested for a bench conference with the judge and case attorneys. State law requires any possible juror to be excused from a trial if there is “reasonable ground to believe” they cannot render a fair and impartial verdict. A transcript of the conference suggests the juror endured a lengthy interrogation into a blurred feeling of duty as a citizen and ability to be impartial regarding the case’s subject matter. Judge John T. Alexander’s account in the transcript informs the juror her feelings were not unusual or inappropriate. She continued insisting she wanted to be a good juror and do what is right but did not know how to determine what that was. When asked if she could be objective given the case’s involvement of a child, the juror indicated it would be hard to be objective under the circumstance. When given a hypothetical situation, the juror said she would not want a juror like her deciding a case if a family member were in Moulder’s shoes. The Supreme Court’s decision summary says the juror had not provided lawyers or the judge with a firm answer to their questioning after five minutes of conferencing and at best, the juror’s answers had placed her within a gray zone, which the court says is not good enough. At the end of the conference, the judge clarified he needed to hear the juror say she could presume Moulder innocent until proven guilty and she replied with, “I believe that I can.”  The judge asked her if she felt as though she was made to answer the question with her response and she replied, “no.”  Ultimately the juror was seated for the trial.  A challenge to the trial claims the juror was questioned until her discomfort and partiality seemed reasonable and valid despite consistent reservations. The Supreme Court cites the judge’s failure to strike the woman from the jury.  The decision means in order to convict Larry Moulder, a new trial will be required.

 

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Tuesday, October 31st, 2023

Burglar Caught After Cutting Fence To Gain Entry To Business

Police in Glasgow arrested a Bowling Green man after a burglary.  Police say Joseph Dearmond, Jr. was caught running away from Shoopman’s Towing. Investigators discovered a fence around the lot had been cut. Dearmond was apprehended a short distance from the scene. He is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of burglary tools, burglary, fleeing on foot and criminal mischief.

 

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Tuesday, October 31st, 2023

Public Comment Period Opens For Changes At Mammoth Cave National Park

As part of the required public input process, Mammoth Cave National Park is seeking comments on an Environmental Assessment (EA) to replace obsolete seasonal housing units with multiplex housing units and additional amenities. Full information on the proposed plan may be found on the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website and during a public open house on Monday, November 13th at the Mammoth Cave Picnic Area enclosed shelter from 4-6pm. Housing units at Mammoth Cave National Park are utilized by seasonal park service staff, interns and volunteers who need short term housing during the busy spring, summer and fall seasons. Current housing units are rapidly deteriorating, have an inappropriate foundation design for their location and are currently being utilized beyond their useful life. The buildings also do not meet certain current standards and do not comply with National Park Service (NPS) quarters policy.  The EA will review a proposed plan to replace these existing housing units with two multi-story buildings. Proposed new units provide additional housing amenities including indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, an outdoor pavilion, options for large item storage, and parking for residents.  Comments on the EA may be submitted at parkplanning.nps.gov and are due by November 29th.

 

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Tuesday, October 31st, 2023

THC Product Advisory For Halloween

The Kentucky Narcotic Officers Association is advising parents to keep an eye out this Halloween for THC edibles in your kids bucket. A release from the groups says THC products can appear very similar and mimic popular candies and snacks. Dupe packaging is often used on candies or snacks that contain THC, Delta-8 or Delta-9. Companies have been warned by agencies like the FDA and FTC to stop selling such dupes, but many are produced outside of the United States where there are different copyright laws. The organization issues this advice as precaution. There are no specific threats or known rings of activity. The Kentucky Narcotic Officers Association urges inspection of all candy received by children and report suspicious products. In the event a child is exposed to or ingests THC, first call 911 and then call poison control.

 

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Monday, October 30th, 2023

Suspected Named In Parkway Pursuit

More information is now available on the Thursday morning pursuit along Western Kentucky Parkway. Police in Hardin County began pursuit of a car driven by 42-year-old Lucas Nosko of Sonora after he attempted to run his estranged wife off of KY 84. The pursuit continued into Grayson County and ended with over and hour-long standoff. During the pursuit, Nosko called dispatch and told the attending telecommunicator he didn’t do anything wrong. A short time later, Nosko entered the construction zone near Clarkson and nearly hit a police cruiser. When approaching slower traffic ahead, he crossed the median and began traveling west on eastbound lanes of the parkway before crossing back to the westbound side. Further communication between Nosko and dispatch led responders to assume a bomb was being transported in the vehicle and he might attempt to hurt himself. He stopped just off the westbound shoulder near mile marker 95. Negotiations continued for over an hour before he was taken into custody and then transported to Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center. The parkway was blocked in both directions for about two hours during the incident. No injuries are reported.

 

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Monday, October 30th, 2023

Battery Plant Construction Schedule Stretched

For now, BlueOval-SK will only complete one of their two battery plants currently under construction near Glendale.  A Ford Motor Company investor call last week outlined plans to stretch out the schedule for battery production because of lower than expected sales of electric vehicles.  Ford says while sales of EVs continue increasing, they are not doing so at the anticipated pace from when Glendale site plans were implemented.  The anticipated workforce of 5,000 included both buildings.  BlueOval-SK plans on opening plant one as anticipated in 2025, comprised of nearly 2,500 workers.  Plant two with the remaining complement of around 2,500 was anticipated for production in 2026 but an updated timeline is not being announced.  Building two will be put under roof and brought to a safe-standing condition and then paused. Local officials are not overly worried about the amended schedule.  Ford made clear statements indicating long-term plans remain the same as the change is simply being made to parallel conditions of an evolving EV market.  Infrastructure plans from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are not affected.  Projects at the I-65 Exit 86 interchange are continuing on their original schedule along with widening improvements to KY 1136 on the southern end of the Glendale site.  The Glendale Mobility Study just released and associated planning of projects will continue on the normal pace of progression.

 

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Monday, October 30th, 2023

Convenience Store Robbery

A Buffalo convenience store was robbed Thursday night.  The LaRue County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident which occurred at Y Not Stop just after 9pm. Kentucky State Police and Hodgenville Police provided assistance.  A suspect in the robbery is described as a black male, wearing black pants, black hoodie and a black face mask. Anyone with information or local surveillance video footage that might have observed the suspect is asked to contact the LaRue County Sheriff’s Department at 270-358-3120.

 

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Friday, October 27th, 2023

Weekend Sports And Activities Ticker

Tonight is the battle of unbeatens between Hart County and Campbellsville as the high school football regular season wraps up.  Both teams are 9-0.  The Raiders are playing for their first-ever unbeaten regular season after locking in their first-ever 3A District 2 Championship with a 21-18 win last Friday night at Franklin-Simpson.  Tonight’s game is set for a 7pm Central kickoff.  Our coverage begins at 6:30 here on WLOC Sports.

Caverna is playing for their fourth win in-a-row tonight as they visit Monroe County for a 7pm Kickoff. A win would be the fifth over the past six games for the Colonels, who also secured a district championship last Friday night with a 52-6 win against Ballard Memorial. Caverna will host a first-round 1A playoff game against Bethlehem on November 3rd.

It is semi-finals and finals weekend for high school marching bands in Kentucky.  Hart County's Raider Marching Band will perform at 1pm Saturday in the class 2A competition from Warren East High School.  First year director, Cameron Johnson says he is proud of his students and their accomplishments on the season.  Finals will be Saturday night from Western Kentucky University.

 

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Friday, October 27th, 2023

Three-Vehicle Intersection Collision Injures All Three Drivers

Glasgow Police responded to a three-vehicle collision at Cleveland Avenue and South L. Rogers Wells Boulevard just before 9:30 Thursday morning.  A 1999 full size SUV operated by Mitchell Lyons of Glasgow was traveling north on South L. Rogers Wells Boulevard and hit a 2009 car operated by Ronnie Hamilton of Glasgow which was traveling west on Cleveland Avenue. Following impact, both vehicles continued in a northwest trajectory and hit a third vehicle being driven by Wade Ford of Glasgow which had stopped in the roadway. Each driver was taken to  T J Samson Community Hospital for treatment. Cleveland Avenue was blocked for around two hours.  The incident remains under investigation by the Glasgow Police Department Reconstruction team.

 

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Friday, October 27th, 2023

County Unemployment Numbers For September Released

Hart County’s unemployment rate is unchanged from August to September. County-by-county numbers were released Wednesday after statewide numbers were released earlier in the week.  Hart County remains at 4.4%, while the state average dropped slightly from 4.3% to 4.1%.  Edmonson County also remains unchanged from the previous month at 5.3%, as does Metcalfe County at 4.8% and LaRue County at 4.5%. Barren County’s rate declined slightly to 4.4% along with Grayson at 4.5% and Hardin County at 4.1%.  Green County is the only county to go the other direction, with their unemployment rate rising slightly to 3.9% while remaining the lowest of any neighboring counties. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 3.2%. Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 9%. Putting Kentucky in perspective with the rest of the US, the nation’s unemployment average for September is 3.6%.

 

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Friday, October 27th, 2023

Parkway Pursuit Ends With Standoff

A westbound pursuit along Western Kentucky Parkway ended with over and hour-long standoff in Grayson County early Thursday. State Police and Hardin County Sheriff’s Department units began chasing the suspect in Hardin County after what was described as a domestic situation. During the pursuit, the male suspect called dispatch and told the attending telecommunicator he didn’t do anything wrong. A short time later, the suspect’s vehicle entered the construction zone near Clarkson and nearly hit a police cruiser. When approaching slower traffic ahead, the suspect crossed the median and began traveling west on eastbound lanes of the parkway before crossing back to the westbound side. Further communication between the suspect and dispatch led responders to assume a bomb was being transported in the vehicle. The suspect stopped just off the westbound should near mile marker 95. Negotiations continued for over an hour with the suspect threatening to harm himself before being taken into custody and then transported to Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center. The individual involved has not been officially identified.  The parkway was blocked in both directions for about two hours during the incident. No injuries are reported.

 

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Friday, October 27th, 2023

Missing Woman Found Deceased

The missing Hardin County woman from a story aired earlier this week has been found dead in Meade County.  The body of 40-year-old Stephanie Ann Bungert was found Tuesday.  She was last seen October 17th leaving her residence in a car. A release from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department previously indicated Bungert may have been battling mental health issues. The cause of death has not been officially released.

 

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Thursday, October 26th, 2023

KYTC Assisting Cave City With Funding For Road Repair

Wednesday, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced $78,800 in assistance for Cave City.  Road Aid Emergency Funds from the state will be used for slide repairs to South Second Street.  The location is just off Broadway Street behind the downtown Gazeebo.  South Second street remains blocked until repair is complete. Cave City Mayor Dewayne Hatcher says preliminary engineering work is underway and he hopes some work will be able to begin within the next couple of weeks.  The city is responsible for administering the repair project which is reimbursed by the KYTC Department of Rural and Municipal Aid.

 

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Thursday, October 26th, 2023

Hart County Clerk's Office Audit Released

State Auditor Mike Harmon released the 2022 financial audit of Hart County Clerk Felicia Shelton’s Office on Tuesday with a clean report for business conducted over the previous year. The audit notes zero instances of noncompliance and zero matters involving internal control over financial reporting and operation. The Hart County summary is one of ten reports issued by the state auditor this week. The general audit process looks at receipts, disbursements and excess fees in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. County clerk responsibilities include collecting certain taxes, issuing certain licenses, coordination of property and vehicle records, coordination of elections and voting records along with other services. Clerk’s office operations are funded through statutory fees collected in conjunction with many of these duties. Hart County Clerk Felicia Shelton says she is proud of her staff and the work they do in running an efficient and reputable operation. She also thanks the citizens of Hart County for trusting the clerk’s office in conducting business. The full Hart County report is available through the Kentucky State Auditor website:  auditor.ky.gov.

 

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Thursday, October 26th, 2023

DUI Wreck Sends Woman To Jail

Police say DUI is the probable cause of a single vehicle collision on KY 210 Monday night. A citation indicates 40-year-old Dianisha Patterson exited the roadway near Stiles Ford Road and ran into a ditch off the eastbound shoulder. Patterson was taken into custody and booked at LaRue County Detention Center on charges of DUI and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. She is additionally charged with violating conditions of a previous release. As of Wednesday night, she remains jailed with a $5,000 bond listed on her booking report.

 

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Wednesday, October 25th, 2023

Man Bags Items Without Scanning Them At Self Checkout

Store security video played a key role in the arrest of a Hodgenville man.  Friday, police charged James Vickery with shoplifting resulting from a recent investigation.  He was shown placing items directly into bags at a self-checkout register without scanning them. Vickery was booked at LaRue County Detention Center. 

 

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Wednesday, October 25th, 2023

Hart County Tax Bills Hit Mail This Weekend

Hart County property tax bills will be mailed Friday and like Barren County, bill recipients will see a slightly different look than in previous years.  Yellow cardstock is not available and Hart County Property Tax Bills will be issued on white cards, with prominent information highlighted in yellow.  Not much else has changed, with a 2% discount applied for payments made in November. Bills will be face value in December.  A penalty is applied in January. E-Check, credit card and debit card payments will be accepted online at hartcountysheriff.com.  A drop box is located in the parking lot on the south side of the sheriff’s department building in Munfordville.  And, payments can be made in person during normal office hours at the sheriff’s office on Main Street in Munfordville.  If you are mailing in a payment, please include your tax bill. For more information, contact the Sheriff's Office at (270) 524-2341.

 

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Wednesday, October 25th, 2023

Fatal Collision Involving An In Tow Portable Shed And Passenger Vehicle On KY 88

A woman died on KY 88 in Grayson County Monday night after her car collided with an oncoming over-dimension load consisting of a portable shed. A report from Kentucky State Police says 56-year-old Lisa Meredith of Clarkson was headed east in a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria and hit the inside facing portion of the westbound shed being towed by a Ford F-450 commercial truck driven by 19-year-old Kaleb Stutzman also of Clarkson.  The collision happened in mostly dark conditions around 6:45pm near the intersection with Old Peonia Loop. Upon impact, the car exited the road and traveled down an embankment. Lisa Meredith was pronounced deceased at the scene. Kaleb Stutzman was not physically injured. The collision remains under investigation. The preliminary report does not indicate if the truck operator and owner were properly permitted and operating within over-dimension regulations.

 

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Wednesday, October 25th, 2023

Wreck On KY 61 Injures Three

Three people were injured in a wreck between Hodgenville and Greensburg on KY 61 Friday night in LaRue County.  A report from the sheriff’s department says a vehicle driven by Randy Prewitt of Jeffersonville and Miranda Osinger of Campbellsville collided at the KY 61 intersection with Bailey Road.  Prewitt was not injured.  Osinger and two passengers were transported for treatment.

 

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Wednesday, October 25th, 2023

Man Charged In Sexual Relationship With Minor

Also on Friday, Hodgenville police arrested a 38-year-old man for having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female. Daniel Roberts of Hodgenville is charged with 3rd degree rape in the case.  He was the subject of a drug investigation in August which led a charge of unlawful transaction with a minor after he allegedly provided a juvenile with THC related products. Continuing investigation into that case led the recent rape charge. Daniel Roberts was booked at Larue County Detention Center but is no longer listed as an inmate at the facility.

 

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Wednesday, October 25th, 2023

Barren County Tax Bills Will Look Different

Barren County tax bills will look different this year.  The sheriff’s department says property owners will no longer receive traditional "yellow" cards.  A press release from the department says they are no longer able to obtain yellow cardstock, resulting in bills being printed on letter sized paper mailed in a white envelope.  Barren County tax bills will be mailed on October 30th.  Residents can pay beginning November 1st.

 

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Wednesday, October 25th, 2023

Search Continues For Hardin County Woman

A search continues to find a missing Hardin County woman.  Over the weekend, the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department issued a public request for assistance in finding Stephanie Ann Bungert.  She was last seen a week ago leaving her residence in a beige colored 2018 Chevrolet Malibu. A release from the department says Bungert may be battling mental health issues. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office at 270-765-5133 or your local law enforcement.

 

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Wednesday, October 25th, 2023

Missing Teen In LaRue County

Authorities in LaRue County are attempting to locate 16-year-old Allison Lyvers.  The teen left her residence in Lyon Station Friday with an unknown male in a black, unknown make/model truck which was last seen heading toward New Haven.  Police say a family member made contact with the girl and urged her to return home to no avail.  Anyone with information regarding the location of Allison Lyvers should contact the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office at 270-358-3120.

 

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Tuesday, October 24th, 2023

Man Charged In Sexual Relationship With Minor

Also on Friday, Hodgenville police arrested a 38-year-old man for having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female. Daniel Roberts of Hodgenville is charged with 3rd degree rape in the case.  He was the subject of a drug investigation in August which led a charge of unlawful transaction with a minor after he allegedly provided a juvenile with THC related products. Continuing investigation into that case led the recent rape charge. Daniel Roberts was booked at Larue County Detention Center but is no longer listed as an inmate at the facility.

 

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Tuesday, October 24th, 2023

Barren County Tax Bills Will Look Different

Barren County tax bills will look different this year.  The sheriff’s department says property owners will no longer receive traditional "yellow" cards.  A press release from the department says they are no longer able to obtain yellow cardstock, resulting in bills being printed on letter sized paper mailed in a white envelope.  Barren County tax bills will be mailed on October 30th.  Residents can pay beginning November 1st.

 

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Tuesday, October 24th, 2023

Search Continues For Hardin County Woman

A search continues to find a missing Hardin County woman.  Over the weekend, the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department issued a public request for assistance in finding Stephanie Ann Bungert.  She was last seen a week ago leaving her residence in a beige colored 2018 Chevrolet Malibu. A release from the department says Bungert may be battling mental health issues. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office at 270-765-5133 or your local law enforcement.

 

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Tuesday, October 24th, 2023

Missing Teen In LaRue County

Authorities in LaRue County are attempting to locate 16-year-old Allison Lyvers.  The teen left her residence in Lyon Station Friday with an unknown male in a black, unknown make/model truck which was last seen heading toward New Haven.  Police say a family member made contact with the girl and urged her to return home to no avail.  Anyone with information regarding the location of Allison Lyvers should contact the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office at 270-358-3120.

 

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Monday, October 23rd, 2023

Woman Flees Domestic Complaint Scene After Being Detained

Hodgenville Police are searching for a woman who fled the scene of a domestic complaint over the weekend.  She is also wanted for unrelated charges in Hart County.  A press release from the agency requests help in finding Jessica Benningfield of Hodgenville.  She was last seen at a location on Fairview Drive.  Police had her detained when she fled on foot wearing pajama bottoms and a white shirt with her hair pulled back into a ponytail. A Hodgenville Police spokesperson says there is no additional danger to the community. Anyone with information on her whereabouts should call police immediately.

 

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Monday, October 23rd, 2023

Man Arrested After Picking Up Teen From School

Glasgow Police arrested 27-year-old Jimmy Angel Friday, following an investigation that involved a search for a missing teen.  Angel is charged with Custodial Interference after picking up a 16-year-old female from Glasgow High School Thursday without permission.  The event led to police issuing a request for public assistance in locating the girl, including surveillance photos of Angel's vehicle used during the pickup. The girl was found safe a few hours later.  Jimmy Angel is booked at Barren County Detention Center.  No bail information is listed.  He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

 

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Monday, October 23rd, 2023

Akebono Elizabethtown Announces Closure

Akebono Brake in Elizabethtown is closing.  After 35 years manufacturing at the western Ring Road facility, plans were announced Friday to cease operations in 2025. The decision impacts 629 employees. Notification of closing to employees was followed by retention incentive and severance package information.  Reducing its North American manufacturing is central to what the company calls a business turnaround plan, adopted in September of 2019. Closure of Akebono plans then occurred in Clarksville, Tennessee and Columbia, South Carolina. Glasgow’s smaller facility remains open. Previously known as Ambrake, Akebono manufactures disc brakes and drum brakes for automobiles.

 

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Friday, October 13th, 2023

Charges Filed In September Crash

Charges have been filed related to a crash in Hodgenville a couple of weeks back.  Police responded to the crash along KY 1618 on Saturday, September 30th, between Lincoln Parkway and Campbellsville Road.  An initial report was called in describing two vehicles being involved with one fleeing the scene.  Police arrived and found both vehicles were still on-site.  A westbound 2005 Ford sedan crossed the center line and struck an eastbound 2002 Chevrolet SUV, causing the SUV to flip onto its side.  The sedan traveled off right-of-way and down an embankment.  The driver of the car, identified as Luis Romualdo of Magnolia, was seriously injured and flown to University of Louisville Hospital. The driver of the SUV, identified as Jonte Flanary of Louisville was not seriously injured and was released after treatment on-scene.  In an updated police report issued Thursday, Hodgenville Police Chief James Richardson says Romualdo is being charged with DUI - aggravating circumstances, wanton endangerment and having no operator’s license.  The report shows results of blood alcohol concentration at .271 with cocaine present.

 

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Friday, October 13th, 2023

Rape Charge Involves Minor

A Grayson County man is accused of rape involving a minor. Charges against 25-year-old Alexander Madison of Leitchfield also include unlawful transaction with a minor.  The rape charge is enhanced with the minor being incapacitated by an intoxicating substance.  Alexander was arrested October 2nd and taken to Grayson County Detention Center.

 

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Friday, October 13th, 2023

Workers May Benefit From Regional Workforce Needs

BlueOval SK is upping the ante on production and maintenance worker pay in competition of regional workforce hiring.  In a press release, the company says they are increasing the starting wage for maintenance technicians and associate maintenance technicians to a range of $24 to $37.50 per hour based on experience.  A company spokesperson says the new range is the result of a wage and benefit benchmarking study. Production operator wages are being hired at $21 per hour. Construction is on schedule at the Glendale site, with production anticipated in 2025.  The company’s preparation for production is expected to draw on workforce numbers at factories from around the region, making wages and benefits more competitive on the whole as workers look for higher compensating opportunities.

 

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Friday, October 13th, 2023

Weekend Sports Ticker

On the weekend sports ticker, the Hart County Raider Football Team takes their perfect record to Glasgow for a big 3A-District 2 matchup tonight with the Scotties.  Both teams had a break in their schedule last week. Glasgow is coming off their first loss of the season, 27-14 when they hosted Franklin-Simpson two weeks ago. All three teams are in the 2nd District, emphasizing games down the homestretch with the Wildcasts also being undefeated heading into tonight’s games.  Hart County and Glasgow are set for a 7pm kickoff.  Our coverage begins at 6:30 here on WLOC Sports.  Hart County travels to Franklin-Simpson next week.

 

Caverna is also on the road tonight.  The Colonels look to even up their record, taking on Russellville.  Caverna is 3-4 on the season while the Panthers are 1-6.  Kickoff at Russellville High School is set for 7pm.

 

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Thursday, October 12th, 2023

River Lake Church Members Back In US

Family and friends began spreading good news early Wednesday as members of the group from River Lake Church of Glasgow left Israel, headed for the United States. Israeli conflicts with the terrorist group Hamas prevented travel out of the country for those visiting from other parts of the world.  The group was transferred to a secure hotel for several days before learning they would be coming home Wednesday. Confirmation of arrival on US soil in Boston began circulating around 1pm as they prepared for their connecting flight back home.

 

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Thursday, October 12th, 2023

Man Falls Asleep At The Week Before Crash

One person was seriously injured in a two vehicle collision Wednesday morning on US 31W just south of Park City. Emergency crews arrived on-scene around 8:30 and determined 41-James Forrester of Bowling Green was southbound in a mid-size SUV and side-swiped a car driven by 65-year-old Teresa Frank of Smiths Grove.  A police report indicated Forrester told an investigating officer he dozed off. After colliding with the car, the SUV exited the left side of the road and hit a tree. Forrester was flown to Skyline Medical Center in Nashville.  Frank was checked out at the scene and waived additional medical treatment.

 

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Thursday, October 12th, 2023

Woman Wanted On LaRue Warrant

Authorities in LaRue County are currently looking for an Elizabethtown woman.  The sheriff’s department is asking for help from the public in locating 44-year-old Bana Goodman.  She has a warrant for her arrest out of LaRue Circuit Court.  If anyone one knows her whereabouts, call the department at 270-358-3120.

 

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Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

Missing Man Found Deceased

A missing man has been found deceased. The Barren County Sheriff’s Department originally asked for help just over two weeks ago in finding 50-year-old John Price. A body found on October 4th near Center in Metcalfe County was suspected to be Price but had not been officially identified. On Tuesday, authorities updated their missing person request with new information confirming Price’s identity. No other details of his death have been released. Kentucky State Police is investigating.

 

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Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

Man Arrested After Foot Pursuit

Hodgenville Police arrested a man after a foot pursuit Tuesday evening. A patrolling unit observed James Brown of Hodgenville sitting on his porch.  Brown had been wanted, with an active indictment. As officers approached, Brown ran from the home on foot. The pursuit lasted around 45 minutes through adjacent neighborhoods before surrender. James Brown was taken into custody and charged with fleeing police and was served the active warrant.  He was transported to LaRue County Detention Center.

 

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Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

Mega-station Construction Ahead Of Scheduled

Construction of the Buc-ee’s along I-65 in Smiths Grove is ahead of schedule and is expected to open earlier than originally announced.  Ground breaking was held in June.  Good weather for construction has helped crews escalate the schedule. Buc-ee’s is now expected to open by the end of May. Passer’s-by will notice significant changes at the site in coming weeks. One of the major time hurdles moving forward will be improving connectivity to the interstate interchange.  KY 101 at the Buc-ee’s entrance will be rebuilt, along with entrance and exit ramps of the interchange.

 

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Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

Fire Quickly Extinguished At Dart

A fire reported at Dart Container Monday night created a localized evacuation.  Horse Cave Fire Department responded and initiated the established industrial emergency protocol. The extruder building fire was quickly extinguished, though it took some time for smoke to clear.  Horse Cave Mayor Randall Curry complemented Fire Chief Adam Sloan and assisting agencies for their timely and safety-minded response. No injuries are reported and there is no major damage. Dart security personnel said late Monday night there are no reported shift changes for operations due to the incident.

 

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Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

18-Month-Old Left In Running Car

Police received a call Sunday of an unattended small child inside a running vehicle.  Hodgenville officers responded to the parking lot of IGA on Shawnee Drive just before 2pm.  Investigation led to the arrest of Ronald Wolford of Hodgenville.  He is charged with 1st degree wanton endangerment and endangering the welfare of a minor. Drug charges are also expected to be filed.  Police say Wolford left the 18-month-old male and went into IGA. As officers attempted to find a suspect in the store, Wolford gave them false identification when he was approached.  As a search continued inside, Wolford returned to the vehicle and attempted to leave before being detained by an off-duty deputy jailer in the parking lot. The child was released to his mother and the vehicle was impounded.  Ronald Wolford was transported to LaRue County Detention Center.

 

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Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

Horse Cave Tax Rates Will Be Lower

Horse Cave City Council passed tax rates at Monday night’s October regular meeting. Compensating rates will be lower in the upcoming year.  Real estate drops from .127% in 2022 to .107% for 2023.  Personal property drops from .2244% to .1918%.  Mayor Randall Curry notes the city has not raised taxes now for the past few years.  In other business form the meeting, Joe Middleton, Executive Director of the Hart County Ambulance Board addressed the council and says the ambulance service will remain separate from Barren-Metcalfe EMS and T. J. Regional Health. A first reading was held and passed for annexation of property at 321 Maple Avenue.  Departmental reports were provided from police, fire and public works.  Resignation of Larry Jewell from the Hart County Solid Waste Board was accepted while Paul Wilson was appointed to the board for a two-year term.  Concerns were brought to the council regarding a lack of lighting along KY 218 between the cemetery and Dollar General area, given significant amount of pedestrian traffic.  The city will look into the matter in conjunction with Magistrate Ricky Alvey and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.  Mayor Curry thanked everyone involved in a successful Heritage Festival and announced recommended Halloween Trick-Or-Treat Hours of 4-7pm on October 31st throughout the city.

 

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Monday, October 9th, 2023

Missing Glasgow teen located

A teen reported missing from Glasgow has been found.  Authorities say 13-year-old Serenity Stockton disappeared from a location along McGrah Avenue Saturday evening. An update Sunday from Glasgow Police thanked the general public for providing information and the young girl was located in safe condition.

 

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Monday, October 9th, 2023

Shots fired Saturday in Hodgenville

A fight involving several suspects ended with shots fired Saturday afternoon. The incident took place at a location in Hodgenville on Tanner Road. When police arrived, the altercation had ended but they were advised shots had been fired into the air and two vehicles fled the scene. Both were located a short time later and were escorted back to the scene. A preliminary police report says one suspect sustained a serious injury during the fight and was taken to Baptist Health Hardin and then transported to Louisville for treatment. Investigation continues and charges are expected to be filed.

 

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Monday, October 9th, 2023

Judge-Executive home after suffering heart attack

Grayson County’s Judge-Executive is back home after suffering a serious medical issue while on vacation in the Smokies last week. Kevin Henderson and family were in the National Park when he suffered a heart attack. He was transported to an emergency facility in Sevier County and then transferred to a hospital in Knoxville. Henderson’s family said he underwent surgery to address 100% blockage in one artery. Before returning home to recover, he spent three days in an intensive care unit. A social media post from Henderson says his doctor called him the “luckiest guy in Tennessee that day.”  He will continue cardiac rehab and is expected to make a full recovery. He urges people to pay attention to signs of a possible heart attack and seek medical attention immediately.

 

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Friday, October 6th, 2023

Water Utility Customer Notice

Attention GRVWD Customers in the Knob Lick area.  Due to routine maintenance on the Knob Lick tank, over the next 7 days you may experience variances in water pressure.  At any time if you lose water, please contact our office, 270-786-2134.  After hours you may call 270-528-2081.  The utility thanks customers for their patience and cooperation.

 

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Friday, October 6th, 2023

Police Respond To Shots Fired

Tuesday, Glasgow Police responded to a location near Adam’s Place after a report of gunshots being fired. Officers arrived and determined there were no injuries and arrested 26-year-old Joseph Keys of Glasgow.  He was taken to Barren County Detention Center where he was booked on charges of possession of a gun by a convicted felon and possession of a controlled substance.

 

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Friday, October 6th, 2023

Hart County Sheriff's Department Activity

Monday,  October 2, Donald Lee Huffman W/M 27 of Cave City Ky and Tammy Keith W/F 49 of Cave City Ky were arrested and lodges in the Hart County Detention Center for the following offenses:

Donald Huffman - Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st Offense (Enhancement), Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession of Marijuana , and Unlawful Possession of Meth Precursor 1st Offense.

Tammy Keith - Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st Offense (Enhancement), Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession of Marijuana (Enhancement), Unlawful Possession of Meth Precursor 1st Offense (Enhancement), and Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possess. The incident was investigated by the Greater Hardin County Drug Task Force and the Hart County Sheriff's Office.

Tuesday, October 3, Taylor Weiser W/M 30 of Canmer Ky was arrested and lodged in the Hart County Detention Center for the following Offense: Attempted Arson 1st Degree. The incident was investigated by Deputy Jonah Carter and Bruce Neville. They were assisted by the Munfordville Police Department and Hart County Ambulance Service.

 

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Thursday, October 5th, 2023

Voter Registration Wrapping Up Ahead Of Election

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