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  • Officers equipped with new body cams

    An investment in new body cameras will help preserve evidence gathered by Hodgenville City Police.

    Police Chief Steve Johnson told City Council last week that the Taser cameras cost more than the previous models – but are sturdaier and more efficient.

    Chief Johnson said the cameras are to be removed and placed in a charger at the end of each officer’s shift. The camera’s contents will download to the computer where the officer or court officials can review them.

  • Free symphony performance is Saturday

    The Louisville Civic Orchestra will perform a free concert 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at First Baptist Church, Hodgenville.

    Two of the performers, Director Aaron Boaz, a music professor at Bellarmine University, and 14-year-old John McCaffrey were in town last week to promote the event. They visited local schools, putting on a short performance and offering a brief history lesson as they encouraged students to attend.

  • The Legacy Lives on

    1954 was a busy year in LaRue County.

    President Dwight D. Eisenhower visited the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park, placed a wreath at the foot of the seated Lincoln statue and dined at the Hodgenville Woman’s Club where he requested seconds of – and the recipe for – the sumptious cheese pudding.

    An up-and-coming Everett G. Sanders was named principal of Hodgenville High School. Sanders was later hired to be superintendent of schools – a position he held for decades.

  • School board spars over tax

    The LaRue County School Board met Thursday night to discuss the tax rate for the 2014-15 school year. Prior to the meeting, the board held a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. No one from the public attended.

    The decision for the board was to either take a compensating rate, which is determined by the state and would allow for the district to bring in the same amount of revenue as last year, or to take a 4 percent increase.

  • Woman, child in hospital following crash on George Lee

    A Mount Sherman woman and her son were seriously injured Saturday in a single vehicle crash.

    Rhiannon Mott, 36, was driving a Pontiac Grand Am north on George Lee Road just before 7 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree, according to LaRue County Deputy Robbie Brownfield.

    Mott and her 13-year-old son were trapped in the vehicle for 40 minutes while crews from Buffalo, Magnolia and LaRue County worked to extricate them. Two LaRue County ambulances were at the scene.

  • Historic home burns on Greensburg

    A house fire erupted Monday afternoon at 206 Greensburg Street in Hodgenville. The large blue frame house was quickly swallowed by the flames, despite efforts by several fire departments.

    Roger Bird’s historic house – known for its split rail fence in front and its wide, shady porch – was destroyed.

    Hodgenville Fire Chief Wally Sparks said the fire began at the back of the house. He’s unsure what started the blaze.

    Bird was at home when the fire began. He is staying with relatives, according to Sparks.

  • Grayson youth makes donation to Lincoln Museum

    Dylan Ray Decker, a student in Kim Dennison’s third grade class at Clarkson Elementary, presented a display of Civil War and Abraham Lincoln artifacts to The Lincoln Museum in Hodgenville. Iris LaRue, director of the Museum, accepted the donation on behalf of the museum’s board of trustees.

    LaRue expressed appreciation to Dylan and his parents, Billy and Tiffany Decker of Big Clifty, for their gift and for encouraging Dylan in his study of Lincoln.

  • Hodgenville United Methodist plans 175th anniversary

    In 1839, a small upstart church in Hodgenville was the destination for Robinson E. Sidebottom, a pastor from the governing body of Methodist churches. The church, then called The Methodist Episcopal Church South, is still around.

  • City raises tax rate, revenue stable

    Hodgenville City Council voted Monday to increase the tax rate.

    Mayor Kenny DeVore said property assessments are down “quite a bit” from last year. Some new homes were built, but existing ones lost some of their value.

    In order to bring in the same revenue as last year, the rate would need to be raised from .127 (12.7 cents) per $100 assessed valuation of taxable real property and tangible personal property, to .132 (13.2 cents) per $100.

    The rate will bring in about $425 more to the City than last year, said DeVore.

  • Red Hill loses $38,000 for second year

    Red Hill Cemetery lost $38,000 for the second year in a row, according to Hodgenville City Hall.

    Mayor Kenny DeVore said the situation isn’t apt “to get any better.”

    “It’s just the cost of doing business.”

    The city-owned cemetery, which is overseen by the Red Hill Cemetery Commission (consisting of city council members, the city clerk and city attorney), brought in $36,995.09 between July 2013 and June 2014. However, expenses were $75,374.64 for the same period.