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  • Old courthouse relics in rubble

    In 1967, the old LaRue County courthouse near the center of downtown Hodgenville was demolished.
    A need for space and deteriorating conditions led to the construction of a new courthouse on West High Street.  
    The county was not wasteful; many of the items that made up the old building were distributed amongst other agencies, facilities and citizens.

  • Wi-Fi available in downtown Hodgenville

    Downtown Hodgenville is now a Wi-Fi hotspot.
    The LaRue County Middle School Problem Solving Team began meeting in January and quickly decided to take on the task of making Wi-Fi accessible to LaRue County residents and tourists alike.
    The team, headed by Doris Jean Holleran and Tom Rossi, won the State Governors Cup competition in March for their problem-solving plan.
    With the help of Lincoln National Bank, team members have successfully implemented their problem solving strategy, allowing downtown visitors to reap the benefits.

  • LaRue County Schools closed Tuesday

    LaRue County Schools were closed Tuesday as a safety precaution. The school system reports that flooding had made some main roads impassable.
    Record April rain followed by more than an inch each day this month has caused flooding.
    The Rolling Fork River along the Nelson County line already is out of its banks and is expected to crest today. Roads in some low-lying areas also are underwater or threatened by high water.

  • Raw sewage: Causes, costs and complications

    A recent sewer line collapse has caused several issues for residents on Orchard Street in Hodgenville.
    A failing clay sewer pipe, 15 feet below the surface, has demanded the attention of city officials since torrential downpours have plagued the county.
    City officials began having issues with the pipe around April 25 and knew instantly that it was one of two problems, either a clog or a failure in the line.

  • LaRue Schools closed today; Several roads closed

    LaRue County Schools are closed today as a safety precaution. The school system reports that flooding has made some main roads impassable.

    According to Phil Fulkerson, director of transportation and maintenance, the following roads are closed due to flash flooding: Peak Road, Airline Road, Hawkins Road, Cruse Road, Brooks Road, Blanton Road, Walter Reed Road, Ky. 222, Fork Road, Ferril Hill Road, Cannon Lane and U.S. 31E at Abraham Lincoln Elementary.

    Record April rain followed by more than 1 inch each day this month has caused flooding.

  • Fiscal Court hears storm damage reports, discusses mesonet

    Strong winds early Tuesday morning toppled four trees onto county roads, according to Clyde Veirs, LaRue County road supervisor.
    Veirs told LaRue County Fiscal Court magistrates meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville Tuesday that crews cleared two trees off Hawkins Road, one on Goodin-Williams, and another on Dan Dunn Road.
    He said his department has been busy throughout the county cleaning out leaves and brush that have washed into tiles because of the recent heavy rains.    

  • Annual unemployment rate improves

    Annual unemployment rates were lower in 76 Kentucky counties, including LaRue County, in 2010 than in 2009, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training in the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
    In addition, 38 Kentucky counties had a higher annual unemployment in 2010 than in 2009 while Bourbon, Hickman, McCreary, Morgan, Pulaski and Taylor counties each had the same rate for both years.
    In 2010, 90 Kentucky counties had an annual jobless rate at or above 10 percent compared to 98 counties that recorded double-digit rates in 2009.

  • Two men sentenced in church burglaries

    Two men accused of break-ins of several churches last summer received diverted sentences in LaRue Circuit Court.
    In each instance, a small amount of cash was taken and damage to the building reported.
    Cullen Thomas Logsdon, 19, of Hodgenville, pleaded guilty to several counts of third-degree burglary and complicity. He was sentenced to six months, diverted for five years and fined $555. He was credited with seven days served.

  • Rape is one of 3 charges

    A man employed as a LaRue County school bus driver is in jail facing numerous felony charges, including first-degree rape.
    Donald Wilson, 54, of Harmon Drive, was arrested April 15 by LaRue County Deputy Eric Williamson and lodged in LaRue County Detention Center.
    The indictment says Wilson engaged in sexual intercourse by the use of forcible compulsion. Although he faces only one count of rape, the grand jury’s statement says the allegation occurred sometime between April 1, 2009, and March 6, 2011.

  • Hodgenville takes futuristic step with new water meters

    Hodgenville residents will be receiving an upgrade to digital water meters in the future.
    The project, which has cost roughly $19,000 so far, will provide precise billing on statements for customers and reduce manpower required to perform meter readings, according to City Clerk MaDonna Hornback.