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Weather closes court, schools, park

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By Linda Ireland

Bitter cold greeted LaRue Countians Monday as they prepared to leave for work.

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The temperature dropped nearly 60 degrees between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. The thermometer hovered around zero with wind chill about -30, according to the National Weather Service.

The significant snowfall predicted for the Ohio Valley missed the county but there were a few slick spots on roadways. The LaRue County Sheriff’s office did not report any weather-related accidents.

Buffalo firefighters responded to a report of a flue fire on L&N Turnpike about 8 a.m. Monday.

Local stores did a brisk business Sunday as residents bought the standard “bread, milk and de-icer” to see them through the cold blast.

The cold weather caused several closures and delays.

LaRue Circuit Court was canceled Monday, postponing the arraignment of Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse and City Clerk MaDonna Hornback. They have been indicted on several counts, most regarding the alleged misuse of the City’s gas card.

The arraignment has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14.

LaRue County Schools and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College were closed Monday and Tuesday.

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park was closed due to road and walk conditions and extreme cold, according to Superintendent William Justice. 

Lincoln Trail District Health Department operated on a two-hour delay.

A grain bin rescue class for local fire departments was canceled and will be rescheduled.

A “soup and panini” class, sponsored by the LaRue County Extension office was canceled. Extension Agent Theresa Howard said the class will not be rescheduled. A recipe booklet handout is available for anyone interested. Contact the Extension office at 270-358-3401 to obtain a copy.

State and county road crews were out Sunday preparing roads for the arctic blast.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock said the bitter cold presented “obvious challenges, but our maintenance crews battle through frigid temperatures to keep roadways as clear as possible.”