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  • Upton woman killed by train

    An Upton woman died Saturday after being struck by a train near her home on Quarry Road, Kentucky State Police reported.

    Wanda Murray, 61, was pronounced dead by the Hardin County coroner’s office after stepping into the path of an oncoming train, KSP said in a news release. The statement said the engineer saw Murray and attempted to stop the train, but it continued moving even after emergency stop equipment was deployed.

    Police have since notified the family and do not consider alcohol a factor.

  • Beech Bend has talent

    Beech Bend Park had 16 weeks of competition in its Superstar Talent Show. Kenzie Lewis of Hodgenville was one of the weekly winners.

    The talent showcase, modeled after successful television programs like Nashville Star, American Idol and America’s Got Talent, has run since Memorial Day weekend and 18 contestants will return to the park Saturday, Sept. 12, for one last competition to determine who will take home the grand prize, an opportunity to host their own concert at the park’s Reagan Amphitheater. The amusement park is located in Bowling Green.

  • City garbage pickup rates to increase

    Beginning Nov. 1, city residents will pay $2 more per month for weekly garbage pickup.

    In a special meeting Aug. 26, Hodgenville City Council voted to extend the current contract with Rumpke for five years. The decision was unanimous.

    Residential customers will pay $11.81 per month; senior citizens will pay $10.87 per month. Rumpke will negotiate rates for multi-family dwellings. The rates are guaranteed for two years and no monthly fuel surcharge will be added to the bills.

    After that, Rumpke is permitted to increase rates annually.

  • 2 injured in interstate crash

    An Interstate 65 collision involving three tractor-trailers sent two drivers to area hospitals Thursday evening.

    According to Kentucky State Police, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, two of the tractor-trailers were stopped in the southbound lane at the 76-mile marker. Traffic was backed up due to a collision at the 73-mile marker.

    The third vehicle “came over a grade and was unable to stop,” and struck one of the tractor-trailers in the rear causing it to strike the vehicle in front.

  • Board denies employee allegations

    The LaRue County Board of Education has denied several allegations of a former employee who filed a civil suit after being terminated from her position.

    Melissa Enlow, a LaRue County Middle School lunchroom supervisor, was terminated June 15, according to court records. Her suit claims violation of Kentucky’s Whistleblower Statute, which protects public employees from reprisals if they divulge information of a suspected law violation.

  • Robocalls no longer allowed

    Prerecorded commercial telemarketing calls to consumers will be prohibited beginning this month unless the telemarketer gets a written approval from consumers who want to receive the calls.

    The new requirement regarding robocalls is part of amendments to the Federal Trade Commission’s Telemarketing Sales Rule that were announced a year ago. After Sept. 1, sellers and telemarketers who transmit prerecorded messages to consumers who have not agreed in writing to accept such messages will face penalties of up to $16,000 per call.

  • Schools being ‘proactive’ against H1N1

    The H1N1 virus, sometimes referred to as swine flu, reached Kentucky several weeks ago.

    The disease, so far, is a “not any more dangerous than regular seasonal flu,” Department for Public Health Commissioner William Hacker, M.D., said Wednesday in a telephone briefing.

    “… but still that’s a concern because seasonal flu can be quite serious. I’m concerned, but I’m not alarmed.”

  • LaRue’s unemployment rate hits 14.3 percent

    Unemployment rates rose in all 120 Kentucky counties between July 2008 and July 2009, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    LaRue County’s rate rose from 12 percent to 14.3 percent in that timeframe. In July 2008, the unemployment rate was 7.5 percent.

    Fayette County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the state at 8.2 percent. It was followed by Oldham County, 8.6 percent; and Boyd and Calloway counties, 8.8 percent.

  • Officials stress prevention, hygiene during flu season

    On June 11, the World Health Organization announced the first pandemic in 41 years. The causative agent? The Novel A H1N1 Influenza virus, also known as the swine flu. This virus has quickly spread worldwide as countries from across the globe are preparing to protect their population from a potential devastating illness. Since the media has stated that the H1N1 Influenza is predicted to cause more than normal flu-related deaths, the cause for pandemic concern is legitimate.

  • Lincoln Days cutting expenses after loss of corporate sponsor

    The loss of a $2,500 corporate sponsorship means cutbacks for the Lincoln Days festival.

    For the last four years, Rumpke, the city’s trash hauler, has donated $2,500 to the annual festival in partial sponsorship of the pioneer games on Creekfront. That funding ended when Rumpke negotiated and signed a new contract with the city Aug. 26.