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  • Woman sentenced to five years in sexual abuse case

    A Hodgenville woman entered an Alford plea to one count of first-degree sexual abuse in LaRue Circuit Court.

    Tammy Skaggs, 35, was charged originally with two counts of second-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse in 2008 after accusations made by a 14-year-old boy. The boy, according to Hodgenville City Police, is considered mentally incapacitated.

    The remaining three counts were dismissed.

    Monday, she was sentenced to five years to be conditionally discharged five years. Probation was denied and she was ordered to register as a sex offender.

  • No raise for mayor or city council members

    Hodgenville City Council met twice Monday – once in regular session and the second time as Red Hill Cemetery Commission.

    The Cemetery Commission agreed to set regular meeting times: 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday in January and July.

    City Council convened immediately after the commission adjourned.

    Members heard a financial report for the current fiscal year from City Clerk MaDonna Hornback. She reported total income to the city as $547,289; and net income of $84,187 (after expenses) as of Feb. 3. Outstanding debt on water and sewer is $3.7 million.

  • Extreme Makeover seeks Kentucky family

  • Campbellsville donates land for animal shelter

    Taylor County Animal Shelter, the facility that houses LaRue County strays, could see another addition soon.

    At last week’s regular Campbellsville City Council meeting, Mayor Brenda Allen told Council members that she received a letter from Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers asking the Council to consider donating land to the animal shelter.

    The County wants to apply for a grant to build a new building to house animals ready for adoption, Rogers said. The land would revert to the City if the County does not receive a grant for the project.

  • LaRue Schools out for third day

    Winter conditions and slick roads led to the cancellation of LaRue County Schools on Thursday. It is the third consecutive day that schools have been out.

    The National Weather Service sis predicting more winter conditions this weekend which could disrupt classes next week as well.

  • Six Flags will close its gates

    About a week after Six Flags announced an upcoming job fair, the Louisville amusement park decided to reject its lease with the Kentucky State Fair board.

    Six Flags proposed a new lease arrangement for the Kentucky Kingdom park to the fair board. Those proposals were not accepted and the park will cease operations. Management blamed the economy.

  • Ready for more change?

    Last year, the U.S. Mint released four new Lincoln cents commemorating the bicentennial of the 16th President’s birth. The tails side of the coin featured his birth in Hodgenville, boyhood in Indiana, beginning of his political career in Springfield, Ill., and his presidency in Washington, D.C.

  • More snow predicted

    A winter storm hit LaRue County about 9 p.m. Monday, making driving treacherous and canceling LaRue County Schools on Tuesday.

    State, county and city crews worked throughout the night and by Tuesday morning, main roads were passable and generally clear. The snow increased mid-morning and emergency responders were called out several times to assist stranded motorists.

    Forecasters expect light snow Wednesday as well.

  • Lincoln luncheon tickets on sale

    The annual Lincoln’s Birthday Commemorative Luncheon will be noon Feb. 12 at the LaRue County Extension Service office, Old E’town Road, Hodgenville.

    Tickets for the catered luncheon are $15 and available at the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce/Lincoln Days office and The Lincoln Museum. Tickets are limited. 

    All proceeds from the luncheon are used in production of the Lincoln Days festival in October and the scholarship program.

  • Family Dollar break-in was 'professional'

    Hodgenville City Police are investigating a break-in and burglary at Family Dollar Store in Lincoln Plaza.

    Someone made entry through the back door early Sunday, according to Lt. Steve Johnson. The crime was discovered by an employee later that day.

    “They knew where the safe was, broke in it and got the cash,” Johnson said.

    Johnson described the break-in as a “professional job” as the perpetrator cut the phone lines so the alarm would not sound. The back door remained latched so patrolling officers did not notice anything wrong.