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  • Teachers offer best advice

    When Mitzi Allen and Daniel Beams met for the first time last week, both instantly found a common bond, though from different perspectives.

    Beams, from Taylor County, entered his first year of teaching as the band director at LaRue County Middle School this week. Allen retired in June after 30 years as an elementary teacher in the LaRue County School System.

    A Campbellsville University graduate, Beams acknowledged having some anxiety.

  • Unemployment rates lower in LaRue

    According to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, unemployment rates in LaRue County fell from 6.6 percent in June 2014 to 5.3 percent in June 2015.

    Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.7 percent. It was followed by Fayette, Owen and Shelby counties, 4.1 percent each; Boone, Oldham and Scott counties, 4.2 percent; Spencer County, 4.3 percent; and Anderson, Campbell and Jessamine counties, 4.4 percent each.

  • Gas prices projected to drop

    2015’s second half represents a strong commitment that motorists will spend even less on gasoline this year than they did in 2014. GasBuddy experts say that before Christmas, as many as 20 states could have average gas prices below $2 per gallon as the national average for December slips to $1.98.

    “We’re confident that our projections give consumers more than accuracy; we think they’ll help them identify some savings that should come in handy at Thanksgiving and Christmas,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.

  • Work Matters - TRACK prepares students

    It’s no secret that many businesses in Kentucky and across the country face challenges in finding the skilled employees they need. Employers, educators and others agree that part of the solution is the development of career pathways for secondary students.

    Tech Ready Apprentices for Careers in Kentucky, or TRACK, is a statewide program helping local industries and school districts in the Lincoln Trail region do just that.

  • AGstravaganza a huge success

    Thousands of people came out to the third annual AGstravaganza event Wednesday, July 29 through Saturday, August 1.

    Agstravaganza was held by the LaRue County Farm Bureau Board at the LaRue County Fairgrounds in Hodgenville. Boardmember Ryan Bivens said that they estimated around 2,000 people came out to AGstravaganza during the four day period.

    “We had around 1,000 people come through the gate for the KTPA tractor pull,” Bivens said. “As far as we can tell, our numbers are way up from last year. We are extremely happy with the turnout.”

  • Genealogical society revamping Civil War history

    The LaRue County Genealogy Society is looking to increase interest in the Civil War historical sites in the county,

    Vice-President Beverly Heath said there were several Civil War skirmishes in the county and some of the churches in the county were used as hospitals during the war. Most notably, she said there was a training camp for Union soldiers in LaRue County called Camp Wickliffe.

  • Flooded businesses reopening

    The city park and several other flooded businesses in Hodgenville have reopened or are planning to reopen in the near future after the city received more than five inches of rain in three hours on July 3.

    Hodgenville Mayor Kenny Devore said everything is open to the public at Creekside Park except the playground. Devore said contractors are scheduled to re-mulch the playground on Thursday, August 6 and that it will be reopened as soon as the work is completed. However, Devore said the time frame could be postponed for inclement weather.

  • KYTC makes road upgrades

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has recently made several road and traffic improvements in LaRue County.

    According to KYTC Public Information Officer Chris Jessie, state highway crews recently extended the shoulder near the intersection of Lincoln Parkway (Hwy 1618) and South Lincoln Boulevard (Hwy 31E). He said the improvements also include a defined left, thru and right turning lanes.

  • Fiscal Court sets tax rates

    LaRue County Fiscal Court set its 2015-16 tax rates as magistrates met at the courthouse in Hodgenville July 28.

    “All rates are less than those approved by the Department for Local Government,” Tommy Turner, LaRue County judge-executive, told magistrates.

    The rates, in cents per $100 assessment, were: real property, 20.35; personal property, 29.85; water craft, 25.15; motor vehicles, 25.15; aircraft, 25.15; inventory in transit, not taxed. The rates go into effect in the November billing, according to Turner.

  • Man caught burglarizing store

    A burglar was caught red-handed on July 23 after the Kentucky State Police responded to a burglary complaint around 3:40 a.m. at Jones Home Center in Upton.

    According to state police reports, officers responded after receiving a burglary in progress complaint at Jones Home Center. Once officers arrived, they noticed David R. Wolfe, 35, of Oakland was still inside the business and they announced for him to “come out with his hands up.”