Prepared by - Tony Bruscato
The National Weather Service's preliminary investigation has confirmed it was an EF-1 tornado that touched down Thursday night in LaRue County. The tornado traveled four miles from Carter Brothers Road near the Hardin-LaRue county line to Shepherdsville Road on to Spencer School Road...damaging a half dozen barns and uprooting several trees. More barns sustained roof and sidewall damage along Dan Dunn Road in the Roanoke area of LaRue County. Three mobile homes near the Hardin County Fairgrounds were also damaged.
The Etown Police Department will purchase new body cameras for 50 patrol officers and all patrol cars with cameras...with the help of a $250-thousand donation from Magnolia Bank. Magnolia Bank President and COO Deena London said in a news release, that “building trust with the community and ensuring that Elizabethtown officers are well-equipped is incredibly important.”
A Shepherdsville retreat that helps military families is preparing for an open house next weekend. Active Heroes Retreat aims to help US military service members, veterans, and their families through physical, educational and emotional programs. The nonprofit hopes to help them get away from the toll of serving in the armed forces. The center is hosting an open house on Saturday, April 3 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
American Battlefield Trust is looking for volunteers to clean Fort Duffield Park and Historic Site in West Point. While the park has been open most of the time and regularly used by hikers, bikers and those interested in Kentucky Civil War history...the April tenth clean-up will be the first public event since the pandemic began. Volunteers also are needed for general maintenance, trash removal and cleaning trail signage.
The city of Louisville is backing down on its decision to clear homeless camps near Wayside Christian Mission ahead of the Kentucky Derby. Instead, the campsite will be cleaned. About 50 homeless people stay in the area and clearing the site would contradict CDC guidelines, which say unsheltered people should stay where they are.
Starting today, Kentuckians age 40 and older will be eligible to register to get their shot. Governor Andy Beshear has said anyone over the age of 16 can sign up to get vaccinated starting April 12. The governor said the hope is to get all adult Kentuckians who want the shot their first dose by the end of May.
A Louisville non-profit organization, Game Changers, has announced a partnership with the Galt House hotel, offering communities affected by gun violence a location for support. The “Voices of Survivors” outreach program will offer gun violence survivors and families of victims to get them the help they need, offering therapy services and professional guidance.
The city of Nashville remains under a state of emergency after flooding left at least four people dead. Mayor John Cooper says he's asking for state and federal help to deal with the flooding. Nashville first responders rescued at least 130 people from vehicles and homes as water rose.
Prepared by - Tony Bruscato
Those who served in the United States military in Vietnam were honored by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Elizabethtown on Monday. Command Sergeant Major Greg Bethards president of Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 454 in Louisville, says events like the one held in Etown are meant to give Vietnam veterans the thanks they didn't receive when they came home in the 1970s. Vietnam Veterans of America works to make sure future generations of veterans get the help they need and receive recognition for their time overseas.
Elizabethtown Independent Schools Superintendent Kelli Bush says Elizabethtown High School and Morningside Elementary School are searching for new principals. EHS and Morningside have had or will have site-based decision making council meetings this week...the first step in the principal selection process to determine when they want to have principal training and who the trainer will be. Bush would like both positions filled before the end of the school year.
A 20-year-old Louisville man is bieng held on a $10-thousand bond after leading Kentucky State Police on a high-speed chase in a stolen Hummer through Etown and Radcliff. Etown police spotted the stolen vehicle on East Dixie Avenue and attempted a traffic stop. The suspect sped off on Ky 313 toward Radcliff, and eventually crashed into a ditch. He was caught while attempting to escape on foot. The man is being held on a $25-thousand cash bond in the Hardin County Detention Center.
Churchill Downs, through a partnership with Norton Healthcare, Monday opened the Second Floor Clubhouse as a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The goal of the three-day event is to prioritize backside workers and people who live in the neighborhoods around Churchill Downs.
Kentucky lawmakers finished work Monday night on a bipartisan election measure to make early voting a Bluegrass state fixture...giving Kentucky voters three days of no-excuse, early in-person voting — including a Saturday — before Election Day. The proposal also aims to strengthen election security protections.