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  • Incumbents first to file for '10 election

    The general election  is about a year away: Nov. 2, 2010.

    Partisan candidates have until Jan. 26 to file for office. Last week, LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner became the first LaRue County candidate to return his paperwork to the county clerk’s office.

    Turner, who is running for his seventh term, has faced opponents three times during his tenure. He usually files early and wanted the public to know his intentions, he said.

  • Tip leads to arrest in road sign thefts

    Two juveniles and an adult will be cited for the recent rash of road sign thefts and vandalism in the Roanoke area.

    LaRue County Sheriff Bobby Shoffner told magistrates before their business meeting Tuesday at the courthouse in Hodgenville that a phoned-in tip led to the impending arrests.

    “After receiving the call, we investigated and found two signs across the road from one of the juveniles,” Shoffner said.

    The thefts and vandalism have cost the county several hundred dollars in repairs and replacement.

  • Motorcyclist injured in Magnolia crash

    An Elizabethtown man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon.

    About 3:45 p.m., Heather Lawlis, 34, of Magnolia was driving a 2005 GMC Canyon west on Ky. 1079. She crossed the intersection of U.S. 31E into the path of a southbound Kawasaki motorcycle driven by Roger Taylor, 48.

    The motorcycle struck the GMC in the rear quarter panel of the passenger side, according to Deputy Russell McCoy.

    Lawlis and her passengers were not injured and the truck was driven from the scene.

  • Veterans honored by parade, program

    Emphatically praising the “unbroken line of heroes” in America’s military tradition, the featured speaker at Sunday’s Veterans Day celebration in Hodgenville encouraged the audience to take action.

    Command Sgt. Maj. Edward Mitchell of the 16th Cavalry Regiment said the crowd “should resolve to leave today and find someone you know then thank them for their service.” He said that “simple and heartfelt message” was the most appropriate way to recognize the selfless acts of service members.

  • Unemployment rate up in LaRue

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

    Fayette County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 7.7 percent. It was followed by Calloway County, 8 percent; Boyd and Woodford counties, 8.3 percent each.

  • Score improves but LaRue misses shot at state finals

    LaRue County fell short of qualifying for the state marching band finals Saturday.

    The Band of Hawks finished sixth in the Class 3A preliminaries held at Meade County High School. The top four teams — Adair County, Bourbon County, Boyle County and Russell County — advanced to the finals Saturday night at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium in Louisville.

    LaRue was the second of 16 bands to compete Saturday in Brandenburg. The judges’ tally sheets gave LaRue a rating of 85.75 out of a possible 100.

  • Glen Rice headlines concert

    Glen Rice, Family and Friends Musical Concert will be 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown.

    Besides Rice, performers include Ron Ben­ning­field, Eddie Black, Ricky and Tiffany Puc­kett, Camille Turner, Heidi Baldwin and The Magic Hands Ministry Team. 

    Advance tickets cost $15 and are available at Bank of Buffalo, Gen­eva’s Florist, Glenda’s Kor­ner Kurl, Rock and Rogers, Lincoln Mu­seum and West Point Bank in Upton. The price at the the door is $20.

    For more information, call 325-3256.

  • More drugs found at LaRue jail

    Two inmates at the LaRue County Jail will face a preliminary hearing Wednesday after officials reportedly found them passing a package containing prescription drugs, marijuana and a cell phone.

    Gregory Wayne Smithson, 43, and Keith Wayne Sisco, 53, were both charged Oct. 26 with promoting contraband in the first- and second-degrees and possession of a controlled substance. Both are state inmates at the Hodgenville facility.

  • Two home break-ins reported in Athertonville

    Two homes were broken into Oct. 27 in Athertonville, according to reports from the Kentucky State Police. A number of weapons, including firearms were stolen from the residences, police said.

    This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this case should contact Kentucky State Police at 270-766-5078.

  • Veterans, today's military honored at ceremony

    After 23 years in the Army, the military career of Command Sgt. Maj. Edward Mitchell of the 16th Cavalry Regiment brought him to Hodgenville on Sunday.

    As featured speaker at Hodgenville's tribute to veterans, he urged the crowd to offer "a simple and heartfelt" word of thanks to those who performed selflessly in military service.