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  • Kenzi cut first round of Hollywood week

    Kenzi Lewis, Hodgenville’s American Idol contestant, was cut from the popular TV show Thursday in round one of Hollywood Week.
    Lewis, 16, who has received two “golden tickets” to Hollywood after auditioning for the 2011 and 2012 seasons of American Idol, was briefly seen onstage before half of the contestants were sent home.
    In last year’s Idol, Lewis made it through the first round of Hollywood Week.
    The Lewis family is unable to speak with the media due to their contract with American Idol.

  • Court ruling discards new legislative boundaries

    LaRue County is again in the 5th State Senate District and 19th House District after Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled Feb. 7 that House Bill 1, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Steve Beshear, is unconstitutional.
    State Senate and House districts created by House Bill 1 will be thrown out and the district boundaries will go back to where they were before the bill was signed.
    Sen. Carroll Gibson of Leitchfield and Rep. Michael Meredith of Brownsville once again represent LaRue County.

  • Council won’t bite on new tax

    Members of the LaRue County Park and Recreation Board presented their case Monday to Hodgenville City Council for sustainable funding through a restaurant tax.
    They had hoped to persuade the six-member council to support a 2 percent tax on prepared food in establishments within city limits. The matter did not make it to a vote.
    Several board members spoke about safety issues at the 1970s-era park and the need for maintenance.
    Board President Eric DeVary said they “had a growing concern” with the aging equipment and facilities.

  • Cheer champs

    The LaRue County High School cheerleaders accomplished something last weekend that no other squad in the school has achieved. They made it to finals in the National High School Cheerleading Championship at the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando.
    The squad took 13th in the medium varsity division two, which included 32 top teams from Tennessee, Texas, Florida, California, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, Alabama, Minnesota, Colorado and Kentucky.

  • The Turret relaunched as The Gold Standard

     Fort Knox’s weekly newspaper will introduce a redesign this week and adopt a new name officials say better represents the entire post.

    Turretrelaunches Feb. 16 as The Gold Standard, highlighting new features and a new website, Fort Knox Public Affairs Officer Ryan Brus said. The newspaper's renamed website, www.fkgoldstandard.com, goes live the same day.

    The final edition of the Turretwas published Thursday.

  • Kenzi Lewis cut in round one of Hollywood Week

     Kenzi Lewis, Hodgenville’s American Idol contestant, was cut from the popular TV show Thursday in round one of Hollywood Week.

    Lewis, 16, who has received two “golden tickets” to Hollywood after auditioning for the 2011 and 2012 seasons of American Idol, was briefly seen onstage before half of the contestants were sent home.

    In last year’s Idol, Lewis made it through the first round of Hollywood Week.

    The Lewis family is unable to speak with the media due to their contract with American Idol.

  • New Haven man injured in wreck

     A New Haven man suffered a severe leg injury after his SUV overturned off New Haven Road Sunday.

    Christopher E. Smith, 33, was driving north about 8:11 a.m. near the area of Helsinki Hill, north of Culvertown, when his vehicle left the road, struck a ditch and overturned, according to a press release from the Nelson County Sheriff's Department.

    Nelson County EMS transported Smith to University of Louisville Hospital. He was not wearing a seat belt, the release stated.

    The Ford Explorer Smith was driving sustained severe damage.

  • Taylor Animal Shelter cleared of allegations

     State officials have dismissed allegations that dogs were buried alive at the Taylor County Animal Shelter.

  • Heather Cline named LaRue’s ExCEL award winner

    “A teacher must have a passion for children, a passion for what they do every day in the classroom, and a passion to see every child succeed in the classroom and in life.”
    Those words spoken by Heather Cline give a good indication of why the Abraham Lincoln Elementary School teacher is the 2012 recipient of the LaRue County Teacher of the Year ExCEL (Excellence in Classroom and Educational Leadership) Award.

  • Animal shelter cleared

     State officials have dismissed allegations that dogs were buried alive at the Taylor County Animal Shelter.

    The facility houses strays and unwanted animals from LaRue and several other counties.

    Discussion about the animal shelter began in November when The Central KentuckyNews-Journalreceived a letter from inmate Andy Stewart, who said he was working at the animal shelter when several animals were buried alive.