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  • Changes made at Hardin EMS

     Ira Dyer is out as director of Hardin County Emergency Medical Services after serving more than six years in county government.

    Dyer submitted a verbal resignation to Judge-Executive Harry Berry on Thursday and a written resignation Friday, Berry said Tuesday afternoon following Hardin Fiscal Court’s voting meeting at H.B. Fife Courthouse.

    Berry revealed Dyer’s resignation at the end of Tuesday’s meeting after Magistrate Doug Goodman asked for an update on the status of the position.

  • Cardiac monitors for county

     Two cardiac monitors featuring the latest data technology have arrived and should be online within two weeks, Emergency Medical Services Director Mike Cottrell reported to members of LaRue County fiscal court meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville May 27.

    “One of these will be placed in each of our ambulances to provide the latest in cardiac care,” said Cottrell. He reported 163 ambulance runs in April.

    He also told magistrates that his department’s changeover to electronic patient care reports should be complete as of July 1.  

  • Illegally placed signs will be removed

     Residents, business operators and property owners along US and KY routes are reminded Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews have authority and will remove political signs along state maintained right-of-way areas.

    Additionally, KYTC officials take this opportunity to remind everyone no yard sale, auction, business or any other sign is allowed on state maintained right-of-way areas. Such signs must be placed beyond right-of-way limits. Right-of-way fence is included in this restriction. On roads with a right-of-way fence, no signs may be attached.

  • Body found in pond identified

     The body of a woman was found in a Hodgenville pond about 8 p.m. Thursday, according to LaRue County Deputy Coroner Brad Turner.

    She has been identified as Rose Marie Akin, 62.

    Turner said she lived in a mobile home park beside the pond – located in front of the county maintenance garage on Lincoln Boulevard.

    Her family filed a missing person report with KSP Wednesday afternoon. She was last seen at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

    An autopsy is being performed. So far, no evidence of foul play has been found, said Turner.

  • Mayor removed after 12-hour hearing

      Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse was removed from office Thursday, May 15, after a nearly 12-hour public hearing at City Hall.

    The meeting was a continuation of a May 1 hearing that was halted by moderator Douglas George due to the lateness of the hour.

  • Power, phones out in Hodgenville

    A strong thunderstorm, accompanied by hail and 68 miles per hour winds, tore through Hodgenville just before 6 a.m. Thursday.

    Power and landline telephones have widespread outages.

    Tree limbs - many of them large - have toppled on houses. 

    Motorists should be aware that traffic lights are not working and to use caution in city streets and intersections.

     

  • Kentucky Kingdom opens May 24

    With final stages of a $44 million renovation nearly complete, Kentucky Kingdom amusement park in Louisville is set to reopen May 24, the start of Memorial Day weekend.

  • Mayor ousted

    Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse was removed from office Thursday night by a unanimous vote of City Council.

    The 10-hour session, moderated by Douglas George, included testimony from Police Chief Steve Johnson, accountant Dana Burba, City Attorney Mary Gaines Locke, water plant supervisor Gerald Gaulke, former City Clerk Rebecca Reynolds and Detective Clinton Turner.

    Councilman Kenny Devore was voted in as interim mayor and was sworn in after the meeting. 

  • PHOTO: Truck fire

    Officers shut down Lincoln Boulevard for a short time about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday after a pickup caught fire near the intersection at Creekfront Park. There were fuel tanks in the bed of the pickup. Hodgenville, LaRue County and Buffalo firefighters responded to the scene.

  • Crew tackles clean-up of historic cemetery

    The last burial in Little Mount Cemetery took place about 100 years ago.
    Since then, the graveyard on Leafdale Road has been overtaken by a stand of trees, poison ivy and saw briars.
    A towering oak has grown around a tombstone with an illegible inscription. Many stones are broken; others are toppled. Wind and ice have broken limbs and trees.
    Volunteers have attempted clean-ups over the years, but it has been difficult to find sufficient funding and manpower to make a great impression.