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  • Architect reports on Sunrise Manor's progress

    Jerry Herndon, the architect who designed the $10.8 million new Sunrise Manor Nursing Home under construction in Hodgenville, described the facility in detail and took questions from an audience of about 50 people gathered in the current nursing home’s chapel April 20.

    “I am excited and can tell you that there is something special about the impact this nursing home will have on the community,” said Herndon, whose office is in Lexington.

  • District courtroom cleared due to odor

    LaRue District Court proceedings were moved to the larger Circuit Courtroom April 28.

    When Circuit Clerk workers arrived at work in the courthouse annex, they smelled a foul odor after the heater was turned on, according to LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner.

  • Magnolia man injured when pickup and tractor collide

    A Magnolia man was injured in a pickup vs. tractor collision Friday afternoon.

    About 4:30 p.m., David Owen, 52, of Magnolia was driving a 1973 John Deere 4430 tractor north on U.S. 31E. The tractor, which was pulling a fertilizer buggy, attempted a left turn into a field, according to Deputy Matt Darst’s report.

    Owen turned into the path of a southbound 1997 Ford F150 pickup driven by Manley Cruse, 74, of Magnolia. The vehicles hit head-on and both had extensive front end damage.

  • Hodgenville man pleads guilty to amended charges in Taylor

    A Hodgenville man accused of raping a young girl has pleaded guilty to amended charges and was sentenced to 90 days in jail for his crimes.

    Joshua O. Henderson, 25, of 320 Devores Lane was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury in July 2009 on charges of third-degree rape and intimidating a participant in a legal process.

    On Tuesday, Henderson pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct and facilitation to commit intimidation in Taylor Circuit Court.

    According to the indictment, Henderson was accused of having sex with a girl younger than age 16 in July 2008.

  • County's improvements topic at judge/executive candidate forum

    LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner spent most of his time at the April 13 candidate forum describing the improvements made to the county during his tenure – and what he’d like to see in the future.

    “I think we’ve done quite well,” Turner said.

    He said 25 years ago when he took office, the county roads were rated 40th in the state – they’re now fourth. All bridges have been brought up to weight-bearing codes.

  • Automotive supplier comes to Hart County

    Kentucky Chrome Works, an automotive supplier, will begin manufacturing operations in Hart County, according to the Governor’s Communications Office. The start-up project will create 80 new full-time jobs within two years and result in a more than $2.6 million investment in the Commonwealth.

  • Sheriff’s pay: Can the job be done for less?

    One of the points of contention in the LaRue County Sheriff’s race deals with salary.

    At the April 13 candidate forum, one of the questions was “Do you anticipate having additional officers and how will you pay them?”

    Democratic challenger Terry Cruse said his potential deputies include former sheriff Merle Edlin, former Kentucky State Police detective Rob Foster, former city officer Donald Jewell and current city officer Doug Sherrard.

  • 18-year-old charged with unlawful transaction

    Patrick Andrew Bender, 18, was charged with two counts of unlawful transaction, illegal controlled substance, after allegedly smoking marijuana with a 15-year-old female and a 17-year-old male April 12. He was charged also with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence after allegedly attempting to dispose of the marijuana at a traffic stop in Buffalo.

    LaRue County Deputy Marcus Jackson wrote in the citation that a baggie of marijuana and rolling papers were taken into evidence.

  • Pamida theft case waived to grand jury

    The case of a store manager charged with theft by unlawful taking was waived to the grand jury April 21.

    Bill Woodrow Willis, 29, of Radcliff is accused of making illegal transactions on cash registers without items being purchased at Pamida. Hodgenville City Police Chief John Cottrill said the transactions total about $5,700.

    Willis pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in LaRue District Court.

    The grand jury will determine if there is enough evidence to send the case to LaRue Circuit Court.

  • Magistrate forum draws light crowd, little controversy

    The April 20 political forum drew a light crowd at the LaRue County Courthouse.

    The forum, sponsored by LaRue County Farm Bureau and LaRue County Chamber of Commerce, attracted about 90 people – mostly family members and supporters of the candidates.

    All four seats of LaRue Fiscal Court are up for grabs this year and three races will be settled in the May 18 primary.

    District 1 – Hodgenville and Hodgenville West

    Democratic incumbent Peggy Hawkins faces a challenge from Gary “Tony” Stewart in District 1.