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  • Graduated driver license course available online

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet last week announced an online version of the Graduated Driver License course for teaching safe driving techniques to beginning drivers.

    The online program represents a fourth option for completing the course, which is required before a learner’s permit can be replaced with an unrestricted driver’s license.

    Until now, three options were available:

  • Mother of the Year Wilma McDowell: A life spent in service of others.

    Wilma Patterson McDowell was named the LaRue County Fair Mother of the Year on Monday evening.

    The award is sponsored by the LaRue County Extension Homemaker organization and is historically presented on opening night of the fair.

    McDowell, who lives in the Buffalo area, was nominated for the award by her children, Pam, Patty, Penny and Paula.

  • New queen crowned, fair continues through Saturday

    The 107th annual LaRue County Fair began Monday with a ceremony to honor former fair board member and president, Bobby Morrison.

    Morrison, who was involved in the fair since 1957, passed away June 8 at age 88. He had been in poor health for some time.

    Fair board president Terry L. Cruse asked Morrison’s family – his wife, Ann “Snookie,” his son Tommy (Kim) Morrison, and daughter, Roberta Morrison – to accept the plaque on Bobby’s behalf.

  • Attorney challenges release of dash cam in super's DUI case

    The DUI case of LaRue County Schools Superintendent Samuel D. Sanders was postponed another month after his attorney, Doug Hubbard, went on the offensive, filing numerous motions.

    Sanders, who pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in April, was due back in court on June 19. However, a continuance was granted until July 24.

    Special Judge Lisa P. Jones has been appointed to the case. Jeffrey Sharp is the special prosecutor.

  • Lincoln Ink in business of 'making people happy'

    Lincoln Ink, a tattoo shop, opened its door near Lincoln Square in January.

    Brandon Vermillion, the tattoo parlor’s owner, said he likes to think he’s had a positive effect on the community’s crime rate. According to him, illegal tattooing has been quite popular in the area.

  • Grand jury hands down several indictments

    Several people were indicted June 16 by a LaRue County grand jury.

    Michael Austin Underwood (1969) of Buffalo, was charged with complicity to promoting contraband, second degree; first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine); and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    He is accused of acting alone or in concert with Jason Kitzero by hiding contraband (tobacco) under the bathroom sink inside the jury deliberation room attached to the courtroom inside the courthouse, for the purpose of providing the contraband to Kitzero on April 16.

  • United Way invests $318,500 in county

    United Way of Central Kentucky delivered again on its mission of “connecting the community for the common good” by investing $318,500 into eight local agencies and nine programs that serve LaRue County residents.

  • Hodgenville teen indicted in Nelson

    Conor Wayne Creekmore, 18, of Hodgenville, was indicted by a Nelson County grand jury on several counts.

    He is charged with second-degree burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and possession of an alcoholic beverage by a minor.

    On or about April 20, Creekmore allegedly entered and remained in the residence of Gregory Ratliff, and possessed drug paraphernalia, marijuana and an alcoholic beverage.

    Bail was set at $9,500 cash, plus conditions.

    He was arraigned June 5 in Nelson Circuit Court.

  • Munfordville man charged with defrauding creditor

    Michael Lee Williamson, 32, of Munfordville was arrested by the Hart County Sheriff’s office on a LaRue County warrant.

    He has been charged with defrauding a secured creditor in an amount over $500 but less than $10,000.

    He is accused of having a 1999 Suburban 2199 crushed and received $602 for it. Elite Auto Group claims they held a lien on the Suburban in the amount of $2,785.39.

    Williamson was lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center under $5,000 bond. A preliminary hearing was set for June 11 in LaRue District Court.

  • Man dies after crash on Parkway

    An 80-year-old Hodgenville man died Thursday, June 19, after being involved in a single-vehicle rollover crash near mile-marker 120, about four miles west of White Mills on the Western Kentucky Parkway.

    Kentucky State Police said Harold L. West, who was driving a pickup truck, was unresponsive at the scene. He was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown and then airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville where he later passed away.

    Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home in Hodgenville handled arrangements. West’s obituary is on 3A.