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Local News

  • Extension Expo is Saturday

     The 32nd annual Extension Expo will be held Saturday, March 15, in the LaRue County High School gym.

  • Food and water safety ensured 'behind the scenes'

     Dealing with bedbugs, dog bites, raw sewage and public restrooms isn’t a glamorous job. But the importance of our health and safety makes it a necessary one.

  • Statewide salt supplies reach critical level

    Despite a lull in the winter storms that have pounded the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has advised its 12 highway districts to conserve salt supplies and focus on other conservation efforts in combating further snow and ice this season.

     “Our snow plow operators are carrying a heavier burden in clearing our highways,” said KYTC Secretary Mike Hancock. “It’s a real challenge, but our crews are working hard to ensure our roads are safe and passable.”

  • Sawmill: Neighbors weigh in at BOA meeting

    About three dozen people attended last week’s meeting of the Land of Lincoln Board of Adjustments to voice their opinion on a pair of sawmills. The meeting, usually held in the small fiscal courtroom of the LaRue County Courthouse, was moved to the larger upstairs courtroom to accommodate the crowd.
    Several of them expressed their disappointment with the proceedings when the requests were tabled until the next quarterly meeting on June 2.

  • Weather: Icy roads and wildfires

    Local firefighters have been busy the last two weeks fighting field and brush fires.
    LaRue County Fire Chief Jason Sadler estimates that his crew of volunteers has been on nine runs – some of them back-to-back. Almost every area of the county has been affected, from Hibernia to Gleanings to Parkers Grove Road to Salem Church Road to Castleman Road.
    The spate of fires was preceded by a barn fire, believed to have been caused by an electrical short, said Sadler. Darrell Sprowls’ barn and several farm implements were a complete loss.

  • Roads are slick, use caution

    Roads in LaRue County are treacherous, thanks to a coating of ice and covering of snow.

    Road crews are out - but motorists should use extreme caution.

    The majority of roads across all Kentucky counties were covered with snow and ice this morning. Crews have been working around the clock to keep routes passable.

    Condition reports on major routes are available by calling 511 or by logging onto the 511 traffic and travel information website, 511.ky.gov.

  • As Bluegrass Pipeline gets attention, competing project looms

    Standing next to a herd of cows and their calves on his family’s farm in eastern Franklin County, Kevin Hockensmith pointed to a sinkhole — a visible sign, he said, that Kentucky’s underground limestone terrain isn’t suited for a pipeline.

    Hockensmith, who tends more than 100 cattle on the 500 acres, said he recently turned down an offer of $190,000 for an easement to allow construction of the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline through his property, worried a leak could harm his cattle and his farm’s water.

  • PSC: Improper use of generators is dangerous

     With a winter storm bearing down on Kentucky today, the Kentucky Public Service Commission is urging residents who lose power to exercise caution when using portable generators or clearing storm debris.

    The National Weather Service is forecasting ice accumulations of more than half an inch in parts of Kentucky, making this the worst ice event since January 2009. Strong winds tonight are expected to put further strain on ice-coated trees and power lines.

  • KSP urges caution during winter storm

     The Kentucky State Police is cautioning motorists about the impending winter storm that is crossing through the state today. A mix of ice and snow will make traveling conditions very difficult. Citizens are asked to refrain from contacting local posts about current road conditions. 

    Instead they should call 1-866-737-3767 (#511 from cellular phone) or utilize www.511.ky.gov.

  • Schools closed Monday and Tuesday

    UPDATE: LaRue County Schools are closed Monday, March 3, and Tuesday, March 4, due to icy road conditions.