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  • Incumbent sheriff faces challenge by mayor

    Incumbent Sheriff Bobby Shoffner is facing a challenge for the office from Hodgenville Mayor Terry L. Cruse.

    The winner of the Democratic primary on May 18 will face Republican challenger Jack R. Smith in November.

    Shoffner, 51, was elected sheriff in 2002 after serving as deputy for 10 years. He has been in law enforcement 24 years including a five-year stint with Hodgenville City Police.

    He was re-elected in 2006, defeating Cruse in the Democratic May primary by 700 votes (1,179 to 1,877).

  • Greater Tuna to be performed tonight and Saturday

    The LaRue County High School speech and drama program is bringing Greater Tuna back to the stage this weekend. Directed by Katy Blair Cecil and Libby Sears Blair, the traditionally two-man show of 19 characters will be brought to life by five of the high school’s finest actors: Jeshua Logsdon, Ian Mather, Timmy Gibson, Mac Blair, and Cody R. Thompson. This romp through the “third smallest town in Texas” is described as fun for the whole family. 

  • 9-year-old recovers from organ transplant

    The adults in Max Dickerson’s life tend to view his October 2009 liver/kidney transplant in a profound manner. He is a miracle. You’d never know he’s been through so much. He can be a little boy again.

    To 9-year-old Max, it’s a bit simpler.

    “I can play the rough stuff now,” the New Haven School third-grader said last week before a kickball game.

  • Damage assessment team surveys flood impact

    Surging floodwaters caused an estimated $50,000 damage to more than 30 county roads, according to LaRue County road supervisor Timmy Brown.

    “All the roads are now open, but it’s going to take about two weeks to restore them as they were before the flood,” he told LaRue County Fiscal Court magistrates meeting May 11 at the courthouse in Hodgenville.

    Tommy Turner, LaRue County judge-executive, asked inspectors to check the condition of several bridge walls, approaches and understructures.

  • Drug sweep nets five arrests

    A city police investigation resulted in the arrest of five people charged with trafficking in  several varieties of drugs.

    The Mother’s Day sweep was the culmination of several months, obtaining funding and setting up drug buys through a confidential informant, according to Lt. Steve Johnson who headed the investigation with the assistance of officers Robby Brownfield and Doug Sherrard.

  • Athertonville men rescued from flood water after ATV mishap

    Two Athertonville men were rescued from flood waters near their home Tuesday evening after they lost control of a four-wheeler.

    LaRue County Deputy Russell McCoy, LaRue County EMS and LaRue County Fire Department responded to the area near Cissal Hill Road about 3:15 p.m. McCoy said the two men, who have not been identified, were driving the ATV in a flooded field and the vehicle started floating.

  • Nelson clerk candidate’s eligibility under scrutiny

    With just days before the May 18 primary and 12 Democratic candidates in the hunt for the party nod, the race for Nelson County Clerk is beginning to heat up.

    Catching most of that heat is candidate Phillip Mouser with questions buzzing throughout the county concerning his eligibility to file for the office.

  • Magnolia meth case to be heard by grand jury

    LaRue District Judge C. Derek Reed declined Wednesday to lower bond for five people charged in a drug bust in Magnolia April 26.

    James Edward Lacy, 38, of Munfordville; Brad Lee Williamson, 34, of 4608 S. L&N Turnpike, Magnolia; and Ernest Wilson, 40, of Munfordville; were each charged with manufacture of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of meth precursors.

    Marvin Ray Bryant, 43, and Geneva Lois Bryant, 47, were charged with possession of controlled substance and buy or possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Suspect in New Hope shooting arrested on drug charges

    The Kentucky State Police have arrested a man on drug charges who is a suspect in conjunction with a shooting Monday that occurred in the St. Francis and New Hope areas of Nelson and Marion counties

    According to a press release from the Columbia post of the KSP, Douglas Hutchins, St. Francis, is a suspect in a shooting that injured Michael Greenwell, 26, around 3 p.m. Monday. Greenwell was transported by EMS from his home in New Hope to the New Hope Fire Department and the flown to University Hospital in Louisville. He is listed in stable condition.

  • Trumbo's retirement opens path for jailer candidates

    Kentucky is the only state in the union that has an elected partisan jailer. The jailer serves a four-year term and is responsible for overseeing local and state inmates. The person must be 24 years old and live in the state two years, the last year within the county, to qualify for the position. The candidate must complete a basic training course before taking office.