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  • Site work begins for new Sunrise

    July 22 was called a “day of history-making” by local officials who braved a downpour and muddy field at a groundbreaking for the new Sunrise Manor Nursing Home.

    A large number of Sunrise employees, volunteers and board members joined representatives of Branscum Construction for the ceremony and a reception back at the nursing home. Branscum – from Russell Springs –  is building the $10.8 million 142-bed two-story facility on a 13-acre lot beside the current nursing home.

    Site work will begin this week.

  • Fire destroys Magnolia house

    Fire destroyed a house at 392 Old L&N Turnpike in Magnolia early Monday. Neighbors noticed flames coming from the roof about 2 a.m., according to Deputy Russell McCoy, who is also a volunteer firefighter.

    The fire appeared to start in the rear of the house, although the cause is unknown, McCoy said.

    Patrick Bawkin, who resided at the house, arrived from work about 8 a.m. to find his possessions, including two vehicles, destroyed.

    Bawkin said he was housesitting for his mother.

  • 26 road signs stolen in county last month

    Timmy Brown, county road supervisor, told members of LaRue County Fiscal Court meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville yesterday that 26 road signs have been stolen during the past month.

    “They’ve been taken pretty much from all over the county,” Brown reported.  Areas hit include six signs from the Roanoke area, nine from Barren Run, five from Parker Grove, four from Middle Creek, and four from Country Lane.

    The county spent $1,912 to replace the signs, according to Brown. 

  • LaRue escaped inmate captured in Indiana

    A LaRue County inmate enjoyed a short burst of freedom last week when he failed to return to the jail after work release.

    Ryan David Robinson, 25, of Sandridge Road, Magnolia, was serving a 179-day sentence on contempt charges after failing to pay child support. According to court documents, he was required to pay $218 per month and was in arrears more than $1,100.

    Last month, he petitioned the court – in a hand-printed statement – asking for the privilege of work release.

  • Kathy Ross named Mother of the Year

    This year’s Mother of the Year is a former educator, volunteer and cancer survivor.

    Monday night at the LaRue County Fair, the LaRue County Extension Homemaker organization honored Kathy McDowell Ross for her “huge heart, strong faith, positive attitude and passion to better the community.”

    Ross teaches Sunday school at First Baptist Church Hodgenville, was the first LaRue County teacher to receive the WHAS 11 ExCel award and started the Wonderful Wednesday program in LaRue County Schools.

  • E'town man dies in motorcycle wreck

    An Elizabethtown man died Sunday when the motorcycle he was driving struck a car near Sonora.

    According to Trooper Ryan Johnson of Kentucky State Police, a 1998 Nissan Altima, operated by Ronald C. Beavers, 55, of Glendale, was backing from a driveway at 871 Silver Mine Road, one mile west of Sonora.

  • FSA nominations due today

    Farmer and rancher candidate nominations are under way for local Farm Service Agency county committees. The nomination period continues through Monday, Aug. 3, with elections taking place this fall.

    The Elizabethtown Service Center will hold elections for LAA2, a position held by David Simcoe; and LAA4, a position held by Jimmy Boyd.

    LAA2 includes Franklin Cross Roads, Stephensburg and Eastview. LAA4 includes Roanoke, Hodgenville and Gleanings.

    Nomination forms should be sent to Elizabethtown FSA Office, 529 Westport Road, Elizabethtown, KY 42701.

  • Saturday's mule show dedicated to Routt

    Charles “June” Routt Jr. has great affection for bib overalls, his John Deere cap, Laha burgers, a small white dog with one blue eye and one brown eye and the two-story white farmhouse he was born in 90 years ago. He still lives there, by the way.

    But when he talks about his pets – those handsome, intelligent, strong four-legged creatures – it’s obvious he’s a mule man at heart.

    Routt has farmed all his life and most of those years he worked with mules – which are a cross between a donkey stallion and a horse mare.

  • Sen. Bunning is not running

    U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning announced Monday that he will not run for a third term in 2010, citing a lack of campaign money.

    The latest election filings show that from April through June, Bunning raised less than half the total of Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, a 37-year-old Republican who began an exploratory committee to raise funds while awaiting Bunning's decision on another term.

  • Football fireworks may be toned down

    Complaints about noise had the LaRue County School Board discussing a long-standing tradition of shooting fireworks from a cannon at LaRue County High's home football games after points have been scored.

    Some community members have voiced complaints about the noise.

    School Board member Dick Greenwell said most of the complaints came after several late games last year and that the loudness "can be a bit much at late hours."

    Board member Anita Cruse said she thinks "the kids enjoy it" but suggested "toning them down a bit."