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  • Community bids farewell to hero

    Lance Cpl. Matthias “Matt” Hanson was laid to rest Saturday.

    About 1,000 people attended the young marine’s funeral in LaRue County High School’s gymnasium.

    Hanson, the 20-year-old son of Mary and Larry Huff of Hodgenville and Lowell R. and Cynthia Hanson Jr. of Buffalo, died Feb. 21 of combat-related injuries in Afghanistan. He was hit by enemy fire and died while being airlifted to a military medical facility.

    His deployment to Afghanistan was his first assignment outside the country. He had been overseas about 40 days.

  • Jail car used in escape

    A LaRue County inmate enjoyed about eight hours of freedom last week after escaping from the detention center in a car owned by the jail.

    George Richard Gaunt III, 21, of Ludlow in northern Kentucky was serving a three-year sentence at the facility on charges of third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

    According to Chief Deputy Travis Strader, Gaunt attended a religious service at the jail about 7 p.m. Feb. 9 and left through a back door sometime later.

  • Woman jailed after taking money for ill child's expenses

    A woman who admitted taking money intended for a sick child was sentenced to 10 days in county jail Wednesday.

    Theresa Ann Cox, 43, of Louisville was charged Feb. 16 with two counts of theft by unlawful taking by Hodgenville City Police. Court records indicate she entered two IGA Express stores, picked up several items and placed them in a bag from the store. Each time, she presented the items to the clerk and requested a refund, according to Lt. Steve Johnson. The items included cell phone accessories and snacks.

  • Boxer fined $453 for traffic stop

    Nick Rupa, 44, of Nashville, Tenn., was arraigned Jan. 13 on a charge of operating on a suspended license in LaRue District Court.

    The former boxer, who went 10 rounds with the Light Middleweight Champion of the World, was recognized by District Judge C. Derek Reed. Rupa, who is originally from Trinidad, told the judge he had lost to Terry Norris (career record of 47-9-0 with 31 knockouts) in 1997 for the middleweight championship.

    Reed set a new court date and bond at $500 on condition of no driving.

  • Couple enter guilty pleas in child abuse case

    Children who lived in terror were spared the trauma of testifying in court because a plea agreement approved Friday promises to put their mother behind bars for 10 years.

    Myra Rodriguez, 31, admitted guilt to 16 felony and 30 misdemeanor charges regarding what court documents called “torture and cruel punishment” inflicted upon four children – the youngest who was only 3 at the time.

  • Couple enter guilty pleas in child abuse case

    Children who lived in terror were spared the trauma of testifying in court because a plea agreement approved Friday promises to put their mother behind bars for 10 years.

    Myra Rodriguez, 31, admitted guilt to 16 felony and 30 misdemeanor charges regarding what court documents called “torture and cruel punishment” inflicted upon four children – the youngest who was only 3 at the time.

  • Couple enter guilty pleas in child abuse case

    Children who lived in terror were spared the trauma of testifying in court because a plea agreement approved Friday promises to put their mother behind bars for 10 years.

    Myra Rodriguez, 31, admitted guilt to 16 felony and 30 misdemeanor charges regarding what court documents called “torture and cruel punishment” inflicted upon four children – the youngest who was only 3 at the time.

  • Judge orders removal of signs along I-65

    A judge ordered the removal of religious signs near the Upton exit of Interstate 65 but an appeal is planned.

    In what Senior Judge Geoffrey P. Morris called an “extremely interesting case,” the state Transportation Cabinet claimed the postings are in violation of billboard advertising statutes. Jimmy Harston of Allen County, who said he erected the signs at the request of two property owners, said the messages are not ads but expressions covered by Constitutional protections of free speech and religious expressions.

  • Crowd offers opinions on laptop initiative

    Winter weather may have delayed the February school board meeting, but it was definitely heated up by the presentation of the 21st century learning initiative Laptops of LaRue.

    Thursday, the LaRue County High School Media Center was packed to standing room only with students, teachers, parents and community members who wished to share their support or concerns with the initiative.

  • Organization's help stretches from Haiti to hometowns

    Whether working to support an international relief effort in Haiti or responding to the need of local fire victims, the American Red Cross' Hardin-LaRue Chapter depends on the benevolence of private contributions.

    Although chartered by federal legislation in 1917, the Red Cross receives no recurring government appropriation, Sharon Thompson, director of the local chapter, told the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce's February luncheon.