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  • Taulbee family receive benefits

    Hodgenville Officer Mark A. Taulbee died Sept. 16, 2012, after crashing his cruiser while in pursuit of a suspect. On Monday, his surviving children, Audra and Austin, and wife, Elizabeth, received benefit checks from the state.

    Dana Todd with the Commonwealth of Kentucky Justice and Safety Cabinet was on hand for the presentation, as well as Julie Schmidt and Jerry Powell, members of the Concerns of Police Survivors.

    The Taulbee children also received paid in-state tuition as part of the state statue.

  • Motorcycle crashed on Ky. 224

     A Cecilia man escaped serious injury March 11 when he lost control of the motorcycle he was driving.

    Mark L. Post, 64, was driving a 2011 Harley-Davidson FLH Series motorcycle south on Ky. 224 outside Upton about 11 a.m., according to LaRue County Deputy Robby Brownfield.

    Post “entered the right hand curve at a higher rate of speed than the curve was rated for,” and laid it down, said Brownfield. The motorcycle came to rest in the ditch line on the left side of the roadway. It was extensively damaged; Post towed it home.

  • Magnolia woman injured in crash

     A Magnolia woman was injured March 11 in a single-vehicle crash.

    Mary Lynn Garr, 19, was driving a 2001 Toyota Corolla north on Greensburg Road outside Mount Sherman about 7:45 a.m., according to LaRue County Deputy Russell McCoy.

    Garr lost control of the vehicle, and it crossed the centerline, struck an earthen embankment, hit on the hood and landed upright in the ditch, partially blocking the roadway.

  • Free showing: Civil War: The Untold Story

     Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park and Eastern National will present a sneak-preview screening event for Civil War: The Untold Story, a five-part documentary series narrated by Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) and produced for public television by Great Divide Pictures. 

    The event will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown. The one-hour event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

  • 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.