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  • Downtown businesses may be added to National Register

    The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board will consider nine nominations for listing in the National Register of Historic Places during its next meeting 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in the Perkins Building on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond.

    Nominations to be considered include an expansion of Hodgenville’s Commercial Historic District, three Greek Revival houses in Taylor County and a Queen Anne residence in Middlesboro.

  • County road supervisor provides update on work

    Timmy Brown, county road supervisor, reported to LaRue Fiscal Court at Tuesday's meeting that crews have patched tile cuts on Jones Street, Barren Run, Airline and Whitlock roads.

    “Crews have started leveling and chip sealing the Levelwoods area, mow-trimming in various parts of the county,” said Brown. 

    Fourth District Magistrate W.L. Miller requested the department trim some trees on Charlie Ragland Road and Turner asked Brown to check a plugged tile on Thomas Lane.

     

  • Four months added to escaped inmate’s sentence

    A LaRue County Jail inmate will serve an additional four months after pleading guilty to an amended charge of third-degree escape Aug. 18.

    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.

  • Fiscal Court approves compensating tax rate

    LaRue County Fiscal Court approved a compensating tax rate of 16.5 cents per $100 of assessment at its meeting Tuesday at the courthouse in Hodgenville.

    Although higher than the 15.8 cents levied last year, County Judge-Executive Tommy Turner expects the new rate to bring in less money.

    “There are several factors that account for this, but two of the bigger ones are homestead exemption and motor vehicle valuation,” Turner said.

  • LaRue County is vital to HMH's business, hospital president says

    Mixing personal experience, industry statistics and business philosophy, the leader of Hardin Memorial Hospital described the changing face of health care during the Aug. 19 luncheon meeting of the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce.

    David Gray, HMH’s president for the past dozen years, said LaRue is a vital part of the Elizabethtown hospital’s business model. Gray said 78 percent of the LaRue County adults admitted to a Kentucky hospital selected HMH. That’s the greatest market penetration in the hospital’s service area.

  • Former deputy jailer pleads guilty to promoting contraband

    A former LaRue County deputy jailer pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree promoting contraband, both misdemeanors, Aug. 19. The charge was merged with another count of official misconduct.

    Troy U. Carter, 28, of Underwood Avenue, originally was charged with first-degree promoting contraband when he allegedly smuggled a prepaid cell phone inside the jail in April.

  • New Haven revises business license fees

    Landmark News Service

    New Haven commissioners voted to amend the city’s business license ordinance.

    Owners of a tattoo and piercing shop had approached the board on the subject because of the $1,000 business license fee for tattoo parlors, which they considered unfair.

    A committee appointed to review the ordinance suggested at the Aug. 20 commission meeting that  rates for tattoo and body artists, body piercing, fortune telling and psychics and parapsychology practitioners be lowered from $1,000 to $75.

  • Parents urged to be flu smart

    A letter sent home with LaRue County students Wednesday offering advice about symptoms and prevention of the flu was simply precautionary, a school official said.

    Local schools are dealing with phone calls from residents concerned about the H1N1 virus, which is more commonly known as swine flu.

    Director of Pupil Personnel Mike Brown said Thursday morning that no confirmed cases of H1N1 have been reported to the school system by The Kentucky Department for Public Health or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Kentucky Court of Appeals meets in LaRue County Courthouse

    A three-judge panel of the Kentucky Court of Appeals will conduct oral arguments in Hodgenville at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    The oral arguments will be held in the circuit courtroom of the LaRue County Courthouse.

    The judges are Jeff S. Taylor from Owensboro; Glenn Acree from Lexington; and Kelly Thompson of Bowling Green.

  • Assault charge may be dismissed

    Tracy Lynn Dotson, 32, of Buffalo appeared Wednesday, Aug. 21, in LaRue District Court to answer a charge of first-degree assault.

    She is accused of shooting her husband, Anthony Dale Dotson, 44, in the shoulder with a .357 Magnum handgun during a domestic dispute Aug. 1.

    The couple sat together in court, chatting and smiling at each other before Tracy’s name was called to approach the bench.