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  • Local leaders meet with FACES of coal

    Miranda Harvey spoke of the importance of coal when she met with local officials Jan. 20 at the courthouse in Hodgenville, mining support here and across the state for this nation’s most abundant resource.

    Harvey, with Preston-Osborne, a public relations firm out of Lexington, told LaRue County Judge-Executive Tommy Turner, Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse and Community and Economic Development Director Bob Sims, “We all need to step up and realize how much coal plays an integral part in our economic well-being.”

  • Winter storm heads toward area

    The National Weather Service's latest update includes LaRue County in a winter weather advisory.

    The status means that snow is expected to cause travel difficulties. Motorists are advised to use caution and be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities.

    Total accumulation of 2 to 4 inches is possible. Because of the storm track, snowfall totals to the south are expected to be greatest in areas around the state line.

  • New bridge approved for Lynn Camp Creek

    A bridge is being planned on Die-Shiboley Church Road over Lynn Camp Creek.

    Hart County Fiscal Court opened bids at its Jan. 7 meeting, awarding low bid to Hornback Construction of Hodgenville, according to a report in The News-Herald.

    The bridge over Lynn Camp Creek will replace a concrete ford of the creek which allows water to pass through three pipes in the concrete. The area is near the LaRue-Hart County line.

  • Hodgenville resident indicted on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse

    Pedro Damien Mejia was indicted on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse by a LaRue County grand jury Jan. 11.

    Mejia, 35, of Hodgenville allegedly engaged in sexual contact through forcible compulsion with a minor on Nov. 14.

    Hodgenville City Police investigated the case.

    Bail is set at $9,500 cash only on condition he stay away from the alleged victim, dusk to dawn curfew except for employment and remain drug and alcohol free.

    He will be arraigned Feb. 1.

  • IGA burglary suspect back in custody

    A man charged with burglary of Hometown IGA three years ago is back in custody after being declared a fugitive months after his arrest.

    Steven Earl McWilliams, 32, was charged with third-degree burglary and complicity; theft by unlawful taking and complicity; two counts of criminal mischief and complicity; and possession of burglary tools and complicity in March 2007.

  • Woman pleads to amended charge in shooting death of Magnolia man

    A married Howevalley mother of four indicted last year on a murder charge for a boyfriend’s shooting death pleaded guilty to lesser charges last week in Hardin Circuit Court as part of a plea deal.

    Angie T. Ricketts, 32, agreed to a deal that gives her three more years to serve on a four-year sentence in exchange for her plea of guilt to a reckless homicide charge, a Class D felony.

    Kentucky State Police detectives did not arrest Ricketts after she admitted to fatally shooting 37-year-old Eric West of Magnolia around lunchtime on Sept. 29, 2008.

  • Community considered for National Heritage Area

    National Park Service representatives met with community members interested in a National Heritage Area proposed for this area because of its Abraham Lincoln ties.

    The meeting, held Jan. 5 in the Lincoln Museum Community Room, was attended by about 30 people.

    LaRue County, birthplace of Abraham Lincoln 200 years ago, is one of 17 Kentucky sites that Congress has identified in a directive for the NPS to study the feasibility of such a designation.

  • Case to be heard by grand jury

    The case of a 30-year-old Hodgenville man charged with first-degree rape of a young teen will be heard by a LaRue County grand jury.

    Troy Eugene Tarter was arrested Jan. 2 at a relative’s house following an extended investigation, according to LaRue County Deputy Matt Darst.

    Tarter was charged also with first-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of unlawful transaction with a minor.

    In LaRue District Court last week, Tarter waived his right to a preliminary hearing. The charges will be heard by a grand jury.

  • Extension Leadership Banquet to be held Monday

    It’s not too late to sign up to attend the annual Extension Leadership Banquet. The banquet will be 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at the Extension Service office and is open to anyone wishing to attend.

    Call the Extension Service office at 358-3401 to reserve your tickets. You may pay the $6 ticket fee at the door the evening of the banquet. 

    The meal will be prepared by the Crosstown Homemakers.

  • Historic District expansion celebrated at luncheon today

    The Hodgenville Main Street/Renaissance Association plans to celebrate approval for the enlargement of Hodgenville’s commercial historic district in a ceremony today.

    The luncheon begins at noon in the Lincoln Museum Community Room on the square.