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  • Pat Meers, long-time deputy clerk, dies at age 63

    Parthenia “Pat” Meers, a familiar face at the LaRue County Courthouse for three decades, died Sunday, July 31, after suffering a heart attack.

    It was just short of the anniversary (Aug. 1, 1983) she started her career at the courthouse and 364 days since her retirement from the circuit clerk’s office.

    Meers, 63, worked as chief deputy, handling juvenile casework. She was friendly, but firm in handling the confidential nature of the court files. It was common to see families asking for her assistance and advice in the office.

  • Page of Lincoln's early writing on display

    The oldest known sample of Abraham Lincoln’s writing will be on display during August at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., according to Myjournalcourier.com

    It's a page from teenage Lincoln's sum book, a homemade booklet of scratch paper Lincoln used to practice math.

    Lincoln's stepmother, Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln, saved the book for 35 years. After the president's death, she gave it to his law partner, who gave away pages to Lincoln's friends. Ten pages still exist.

  • Mount Sherman post office could close

    Those who get their mail at Mount Sherman Post Office could soon have a change of address.

    The post office is one of about 3,700 being studied for possible closure by the U.S. Postal Service. More than 130 of the locations are in Kentucky.

    Last week, USPS announced in a press release that because more and more customers are conducting postal business online, on smart phones and at other retail stores, the need for post office locations, which is the largest retail network in the country, is declining.

  • Traditional lightbulbs on the way out

    Federal regulations will soon change the way residents light up a room.

    Beginning next Jan. 1, the new regulations will prohibit the sale of standard 100-watt incandescent light bulbs.

    On Jan. 1, 2013, the traditional 75-watt bulb will no longer be available, and on Jan. 1, 2014, the traditional 60- and 45-watt bulbs will no longer be sold. California began the transition this year.

  • PHOTO: Miss Teen 2011

    Miss Teen LaRue County Fair and Miss Congeniality Cayleigh Allen, Hodgenville, daughter of Cassie and Joe Allen; first runner up Morgan Miller, Breckinridge County, daughter of Philip and Britney Miller; second runner up Ansley Stalcup, Clinton County, daughter of Patricia and JR Stalcup; Miss Photogenic, Patricia Ann Gibson, Hodgenville, daughter of Melanie Wells and Roger Wells, and the late Denver Gibson.

  • One transported in car vs. garbage truck crash

    A Hodgenville woman escaped serious injury July 20 when she drove her car into the rear of a garbage truck.
    Angela Ballard, 25, was driving a 2001 Toyota Camry south on Bardstown Road in the Ovesen Heights community about 9 a.m., according to Chief Deputy Russell McCoy.
    The vehicle struck a southbound garbage truck owned by Waste Transport LLC of Elizabethtown and driven by Charles Robertson, 50, of Elizabethtown.

  • Varney named Mother of the Year

    Paula Varney was named Mother of the Year Monday at the LaRue County Fair. The award, sponsored by the LaRue County Extension Homemaker organization, is presented each year to a nominee from the community.
    Varney, the owner of Paula’s Hot Biscuit in Hodgenville, said the honor was made more special because her mother was named Mother of the Year at the fair 30 years ago.

  • Pair of queens crowned at fair

    Two young women were crowned queen Monday night at the 104th LaRue County Fair.
    Allison Cooper Carroll, 19, of Danville, was crowned Miss LaRue County Fair among the field of 31 contestants. She also finished third runner-up in the Miss Kentucky County Fair 2010 contest representing Marion County; and was a semifinalist in the Miss Kentucky Teen USA 2010 pageant. Carroll will represent LaRue County at the state pageant.

  • 'Freedom Drive' arrives at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace on July 27

    It's difficult to escape the subject of slavery when discussing the legacy of Abraham Lincoln.

    Although slavery was outlawed with the passage of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, human trafficking is now the world's fastest-growing criminal activity.

  • Hodgenville man struck by lightning

     According to LaRue County 911, a Hodgenville man was struck by lightning during a storm about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday.

    Steve Druen, 42, was sitting in a metal lawn chair outside his home on S. Lincoln Boulevard when lightning struck a nearby light pole, according to City Police Chief Steve Johnson. The lightning "came across the yard and got him," Johnson said.

    Druen was able to walk to the ambulance that transported him to Hardin Memorial Hospital. He was treated and released.