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  • Man charged with burglary of ice cream store

    A Hodgenville man was charged last week with the burglary of a Baskin Robbins store, according to a report in The Herald-Citizen in Cookeville, Tenn.

    Brian Neil Hammons, 37, is charged also with evading arrest in the case.

    It was around 3:15 a.m. July 26 when someone in a nearby building heard a hammering noise at the back of the ice cream shop. He called police and Cookeville officers responded.

    The officers found the back door of the business had been forced open, and they could hear “what sounded to be power tools being used inside.”

  • State grant provides for courthouse improvements

    LaRue County has been awarded one of 19 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants to make improvements to the county courthouse.

    The state grant of $68,000 is part of $1,172,265 earmarked for energy advancements in each community. Improvements include retrofitting light fixtures to decrease energy costs, installing programmable thermostats to better regulate temperature and energy use, replacing doors and windows to enhance insulation and purchasing bins for recycled materials.

  • Mayor's presence at drug bust spurs civil suit

    Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse accompanied city officers to serve a search warrant July 1 at a Fairview Drive residence. The evening ended with Cruse tackling a suspected drug dealer who was running from police.

    A district judge found probable cause to send numerous charges, including trafficking, against Brett Alan Decker, 25, to a grand jury. 

    However, Cruse, along with the City of Hodgenville, is facing fallout from the incident.

    A Hodgenville couple has filed a civil suit in LaRue Circuit Court claiming they were detained and searched unlawfully by Cruse.

  • Rezoning approved for new Dollar General

    Dollar General officials aren’t saying much at this stage, but the first steps have been taken to bring the discount store to Magnolia.

    At a special called meeting of the Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday, S.C. Development requested the rezoning of 4.1096 acres from agriculture to neighborhood business district for the purpose of opening a retail store.

    The Commission approved the request as well as a variance on the number of parking spaces required by ordinance.

  • Rezoning approved for new Dollar General

    Dollar General officials aren’t saying much at this stage, but the first steps have been taken to bring the discount store to Magnolia.

    At a special called meeting of the Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday, S.C. Development requested the rezoning of 4.1096 acres from agriculture to neighborhood business district for the purpose of opening a retail store.

    The Commission approved the request as well as a variance on the number of parking spaces required by ordinance.

  • Rezoning approved for new Dollar General

    Dollar General officials aren’t saying much at this stage, but the first steps have been taken to bring the discount store to Magnolia.

    At a special called meeting of the Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday, S.C. Development requested the rezoning of 4.1096 acres from agriculture to neighborhood business district for the purpose of opening a retail store.

    The Commission approved the request as well as a variance on the number of parking spaces required by ordinance.

  • Government Contracting Fair planned Wednesday in Radcliff

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  • Grand jury hands down several indictments

    Joey Stanton, recently appointed chief administrative officer for the LaRue County Jail, has voiced in several interviews the need to reduce contraband in the jail.

    Two inmates, accused of bringing cell phones into the detention center, were indicted by a LaRue County grand jury July 19.

    Jason Kitzero, 33, of Bonnieville, was charged with first-degree contraband after allegedly bringing a cell phone and charger in to the jail June 28.

    He was charged also with manufacturing methamphetamine June 2.

    Bail was set at $5,000 cash only.

  • Fiscal Court continues to debate Mesonet site

    LaRue County Fiscal Court magistrates discussed further steps to acquiring a Mesonet weather station site for LaRue County as they met July 27 at the courthouse in Hodgenville.

    The court previously had approved construction of the station at the LaRue County Environmental Education and Research Center off Leafdale Road.

    Bob Sims, the county’s community development director, said construction halted after previous owners of the property voiced their opposition to it being built there.

  • Embry crowned Miss LaRue County Fair

    The LaRue County Fair got off to a wet start last week as rain canceled Thursday’s horse show.

    High temperatures took care of the puddles and by Monday, the fairgrounds were in top condition for the tractor pull.

    Monday marked also the crowning of a new Miss LaRue County Fair. Tessie Jo Embry, the 18-year-old daughter of Billy and Jill Embry, received the honor and was named Miss Congeniality by the other contestants.

    Cassie Danielle Bright, the daughter of Connie Maxwell and Timmy Bright, was first runner-up and selected as “Most Photogenic.”