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  • LaRue jail escapee caught

    An escapee from the LaRue County Detention Center was captured Wednesday morning, about seven hours after he escaped.

    Kentucky State Police were notified by the LaRue County Detention Center at 6:10 p.m. of an escapee from their facility. George Richard Gaunt III was serving a sentence on charges of burglary and theft.

    Gaunt was caught by the Boone County Sheriff's Department around 3 a.m.

    Gaunt is accused of stealing a 1999 Blue Ford Crown Victoria after his escape. The vehicle was recovered, authorities said. 

  • State rep candidates vie for Republican nomination

    Local Realtor Craig Astor is seeking the Republican nomination for 19th District state representative.

    Astor will face Michael Lee Meredith of Brownsville in the May primary. The winner will take on incumbent Democrat Dottie Sims of Horse Cave in the general election in November.

    The district includes Edmonson, Hart and LaRue counties.

  • Shultz to speak at Lincoln Luncheon

    This year’s annual Lincoln’s Birthday Commemorative Luncheon, sponsored by Lincoln Days, returns to the basics.

    In 2008 and 2009, lofty plans were made by federal agencies to celebrate the 199th and 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

    An ice storm canceled the kickoff in 2008. Another ice storm in 2009 created havoc for the entire state and forced organizers to change plans in Hodgenville. The unveiling of a new Lincoln penny was shifted from the Birthplace Park to the high school.

  • Gospel musical coming to ECTC Feb. 12

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and First Baptist Church will hold the 24th annual Gospel Musical in celebration of Black History Month at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, 105 Bishop Lane, Elizabethtown.

    The theme for this year is Diversity in Music and Culture. A variety of singing groups from Hardin County and the surrounding areas will provide the musical selections. The Gospel Musical illustrates how exciting and interesting the black culture is and continues to be.

  • Work on Lincoln Memorial Building progressing

    As Feb. 12 approaches, so does the close of a two-year celebration of the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of famed native son Abraham Lincoln.

    However, a local restoration project funded through federal funds will continue through April.

  • Magistrates hear road report

    Timmy Brown, county road supervisor, told members of LaRue County Fiscal Court that his crews spread about 50 tons of salt during last week’s snow storm.

    “That is the normal amount of salt we would use due to the temperature staying near the freezing mark,” he reported as magistrates met Feb. 9 at the courthouse in Hodgenville.

    Brown said the county has 125 more tons of salt on hand, enough for about two more rounds over the county’s roads. 

  • Schools closed again Tuesday

    LaRue County Schools have canceled classes for Tuesday. The district also was out on Monday because of snow and slick road conditions.

  • Jobless rates up again

  • Woman sentenced to five years in sexual abuse case

    A Hodgenville woman entered an Alford plea to one count of first-degree sexual abuse in LaRue Circuit Court.

    Tammy Skaggs, 35, was charged originally with two counts of second-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse in 2008 after accusations made by a 14-year-old boy. The boy, according to Hodgenville City Police, is considered mentally incapacitated.

    The remaining three counts were dismissed.

    Monday, she was sentenced to five years to be conditionally discharged five years. Probation was denied and she was ordered to register as a sex offender.

  • No raise for mayor or city council members

    Hodgenville City Council met twice Monday – once in regular session and the second time as Red Hill Cemetery Commission.

    The Cemetery Commission agreed to set regular meeting times: 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday in January and July.

    City Council convened immediately after the commission adjourned.

    Members heard a financial report for the current fiscal year from City Clerk MaDonna Hornback. She reported total income to the city as $547,289; and net income of $84,187 (after expenses) as of Feb. 3. Outstanding debt on water and sewer is $3.7 million.