Local News

  • Family dealing with stream of sewer backups

    Friday’s sunny weather should have provided Jesse Ray and Kathy Sams a perfect opportunity to spend a few hours in their backyard, picking up limbs and raking debris. It’s one of the prettiest spots in Hodgenville, Kathy said, with plenty of shade trees, shrubs, a dry creek, wooden footbridge and an old rock wall.

    Instead, the couple spent most of the day indoors – disgusted by the sight and smell of sludge pouring into their yard from an overflowing sewer pipe. They believe the dirty water is coming from at least three houses in the neighborhood.

  • Emergency heating assistance available

    The Community Action office in Hodgenville is assisting low-income families with the LIHEAP crisis program.

    To be eligible for crisis funds, the household must face a heating emergency. The residents must have received a past due or disconnect notice from the electric or natural gas company or be out of bulk fuel within four days. An eviction notice issued by the landlord is another term of qualification if heating expenses are included in the rent.

    The family income level must be at or below the 130 percent federal poverty level.

  • Silver dollar dedicated to Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln doesn’t belong just on pennies anymore – in fact, he’s taken a shine to silver.

    The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission has joined the U.S. Mint in unveiling the 2009 commemorative silver dollar honoring the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. A ceremony took place at Gettysburg National Cemetery as part of the activities centered on the anniversary of the cemetery’s dedication, as the Soldiers National Cemetery, 145 years ago.

  • Better Business Bureau starts new grading system

    The Better Business Bureau is asking businesses to make the grade.

    The watchdog group for ethical business practices has adopted a new grading system for consumers to easily see how businesses rate. Now the bureau gives businesses a grade, from A-plus to F, instead of the “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory” they had previously assigned.

    Bureau officials wanted a system that could be easily understandable by consumers, said Cathy Williamson, the bureau’s Lincoln Trail Area office manager.

  • McConnell becomes longest-serving senator from Kentucky

    From his high-profile spot in the thick of Senate action, Mitch McConnell sometimes glances back to the corner seat he occupied long ago during his days as a Senate newcomer.

    McConnell, just starting his fifth term, has risen from the back bench to minority leader, and now the Republican known as a cunning, hard-hitting political strategist is about to achieve another milestone.

    On Saturday, McConnell surpassed former Sen. Wendell Ford as the longest-serving Kentucky senator.

    Ford served 8,772 days as a senator, according to the Senate historian's office.

  • New Haven works to increase safety on city streets

    In a first reading, New Haven Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to add four additional no-parking zones in the downtown area.

    New restricted parking areas will include South Main Street and North Main Street on either side of East Center Street and on the east side of the E. Center Street entrance to the Five Star gas station, on the south side of East Center Street across from the East Center Street entrance and on North Main Street and East Center Street corner in front of the Five Star.

  • City cuts Main Street budget

    Hodgenville’s Main Street committee met Dec. 17 to discuss an anticipated 25 percent budget cut. The quickly called meeting has led to questions about a possible violation of the Open Meetings Act.

    The Main Street organization, supported by city funds and grants, works to revitalize and preserve historic features of the downtown. Mayor Terry Cruse informed the group’s president, Larry Davis, the city’s contribution would be reduced by $500 per month this year. The city has been supplying $2,000 per month.

  • Two indicted on federal narcotics charges

    A federal grand jury in Louisville returned an indictment against Charles Lamont Moffitt, 32, of Lebanon, and Colby A. Barbour, 31, of Buffalo, on charges of possessing over 500 grams of cocaine with the intent to distribute.

  • Green County may pull prisoners from LaRue

    The Green County Fiscal Court is waiting to hear contract details presented by Taylor County to decide whether to change where local prisoners are held.

    Taylor County has built a new jail and wants to accommodate Green County prisoners. Currently most Green County adult prisoners are held at the LaRue County Jail.

    Green County Jailer James “Buck” Henderson is in favor of using Taylor County.

  • Museum directors looking for bicentennial replacement

    The local celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial birthday already has been planned.

    However, a recent cancellation has left The Lincoln Museum directors scrambling to find a Lincoln-themed program to replace the play “With Malice Toward None.”