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  • Candidates file for May primary

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  • Flooding causes widespread problems

    A week ago, LaRue Countians had to deal with the aftermath of a severe windstorm.

    This week, residents will try to dry out their homes and furnishings after heavy rains caused widespread flooding.

    Hard-hit areas include Youngers Creek, Athertonville, Salem Lake and Barren Run.

    About 8 inches of rain fell on the area in a 24-hour period beginning Saturday morning to late Sunday afternoon, according to Kentucky Mesonet. Although LaRue County does not have a Mesonet weather research station, surrounding counties reported 7 to 10 inches of rain.

  • Green River issues boil water advisory

    The flooding has caused a boil water advisory to be issued in the Green River Valley Water District.

    This affects customers east of U.S.31E, north of the Green River in Hart County, and south of Magnolia in LaRue County.

  • Lee’s, Hinton’s certified by KFB

    LaRue County is home to two of the 108 markets across the state that are members of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program. They are Hinton’s Orchard and Farm Market and Lee’s Garden Center.

    Their acceptance by Farm Bureau as a Certified Roadside Market tells customers that they meet the highest standards of quality, freshness, and marketing appeal.

  • Back roads may still be flooded

    Flood waters have receded across most of the county, however, some back roads continue to be impassable. These include Gunning Lane, Blanton Road and Old 52 South (Lyons Station, Athertonville and Youngers Creek) and Dangerfield Road.

    Wednesday evening, U.S. 31 E was cleared to traffic through Athertonville and New Haven.

    Officials urge caution when driving in these areas.

  • Architect reports on Sunrise Manor's progress

    Jerry Herndon, the architect who designed the $10.8 million new Sunrise Manor Nursing Home under construction in Hodgenville, described the facility in detail and took questions from an audience of about 50 people gathered in the current nursing home’s chapel April 20.

    “I am excited and can tell you that there is something special about the impact this nursing home will have on the community,” said Herndon, whose office is in Lexington.

  • District courtroom cleared due to odor

    LaRue District Court proceedings were moved to the larger Circuit Courtroom April 28.

    When Circuit Clerk workers arrived at work in the courthouse annex, they smelled a foul odor after the heater was turned on, according to LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner.

  • Magnolia man injured when pickup and tractor collide

    A Magnolia man was injured in a pickup vs. tractor collision Friday afternoon.

    About 4:30 p.m., David Owen, 52, of Magnolia was driving a 1973 John Deere 4430 tractor north on U.S. 31E. The tractor, which was pulling a fertilizer buggy, attempted a left turn into a field, according to Deputy Matt Darst’s report.

    Owen turned into the path of a southbound 1997 Ford F150 pickup driven by Manley Cruse, 74, of Magnolia. The vehicles hit head-on and both had extensive front end damage.

  • Hodgenville man pleads guilty to amended charges in Taylor

    A Hodgenville man accused of raping a young girl has pleaded guilty to amended charges and was sentenced to 90 days in jail for his crimes.

    Joshua O. Henderson, 25, of 320 Devores Lane was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury in July 2009 on charges of third-degree rape and intimidating a participant in a legal process.

    On Tuesday, Henderson pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct and facilitation to commit intimidation in Taylor Circuit Court.

    According to the indictment, Henderson was accused of having sex with a girl younger than age 16 in July 2008.

  • County's improvements topic at judge/executive candidate forum

    LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner spent most of his time at the April 13 candidate forum describing the improvements made to the county during his tenure – and what he’d like to see in the future.

    “I think we’ve done quite well,” Turner said.

    He said 25 years ago when he took office, the county roads were rated 40th in the state – they’re now fourth. All bridges have been brought up to weight-bearing codes.