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  • Hodgenville takes futuristic step with new water meters

    Hodgenville residents will be receiving an upgrade to digital water meters in the future.
    The project, which has cost roughly $19,000 so far, will provide precise billing on statements for customers and reduce manpower required to perform meter readings, according to City Clerk MaDonna Hornback.

  • Seven students to spend summer in Scholar studies

    Seven LaRue County High School juniors have been selected for a prestigious five-week intensive learning experience known as the Governors Scholar Program.
    Chelsea Blair, James Crosswhite, Misty England, Zach Lee, Nathan Schaefer, John Slack and Megan Smith will know by the end of May which campus they will attend and their summer area of focus.  
    The program, established in 1983, has the mission of enhancing “Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders,” according to the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars website.

  • Series of storms prompts alerts

    A recent series of storms has prompted several flood watches and warnings over the past week with rainfall amounts totaling a foot or more since the beginning of the month.
    Heavy rains and multiple rounds of severe weather occurred over several parts of Kentucky. The daily storms are expected to continue through today.
    Debris and rising water have kept road crews busy and residents on high alert. The Kentucky Mesonet weather reporting stations in nearby Hardin and Taylor counties both are reporting rainfall amounts in excess of 12 inches for the month.

  • PHOTO: Watching the clouds

    An unusual cloud formation was spotted over the LaRue County Environmental Education and Research Center on Leafdale Road last week.

  • New chief Steve Johnson shares a slice of Mayberry

    When newly-appointed Police Chief Steve Johnson first joined the squad 33 years ago, he worked the night shift. One cold winter’s evening, he received a call on Hill Street.
    “The subject was drunk and had walked in a lady’s house,” Johnson said. He left his cruiser running, due to the cold temperature, and walked up to the house.
    “She said she didn’t know where he went so I started tracking him in the snow.”
    The tracks headed back toward the cruiser and Johnson felt his heart drop.

  • Hodgenville's new police chief has wealth of experience

    Long-time Hodgenville City Officer Steve Johnson has been named Chief of Police.
    Mayor Terry Cruse recommended Johnson for the position at last week’s city council meeting and the vote was unanimous.
    “I think he deserves to be the next chief,” said Cruse. “He has done better than well, taking care of business.”
    Johnson, who joined HCP in July 1977, has served as acting chief since January when previous chief Johnny Cottrill was sworn in as jailer. Before that, he was a lieutenant for many years.

  • Three injured in Campbellsville Road crash

    Three people were injured in a three-vehicle crash Saturday on Campbellsville Road.

    According to LaRue County Deputy Eric Williamson, a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Lola Davidson, 55, of Elizabethtown, was traveling west on Ky. 210 near the intersection of Lincoln Parkway about 5:30 p.m. The vehicle struck the curb and Davidson overcorrected into the eastbound lane of traffic into the path of a 2011 Toyota Camry driven by Sonya C. Handley, 44, of Hodgenville.

  • Safety concerns prompt bridge closure near Howardstown

    Erosion due to recent rains and flooding prompted the Department of Highways to close the 176-foot bridge at Mile Point 0.2 on KY 84 in Nelson County near Howardstown. On Thursday, divers and sonar imagery confirmed scouring of one of the bridge piers.

    The bridge was re-opened at noon Tuesday with a three-ton weight limit. Advanced warning signs will be visible and detour signs posted well in advance of each bridge approach.

  • Perkins Brothers perform in fundraiser concert for Feast on the Word Ministries

    The Perkins Brothers, also known as Elvis and Meatloaf.com, return for another fundraiser concert April 16.
    Earlier this year, Jesse and Colonel Perkins, brothers from Ball Hollow, hosted a fundraiser for a no-kill animal shelter. Saturday’s country music show will benefit Feast on the Word Ministries based in Elizabethtown.

  • PHOTO: Lincoln Park voted 'The Best'

    Readers of Kentucky Living Magazine voted Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park as the “Best Place to Visit” for the second year. Above, Acting Superintendent Gail Bishop and National Park staff display the award from the magazine.