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  • 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.

  • McFarland to serve 18 years for manslaughter

    A murder trial scheduled for Monday was canceled after a last-minute settlement was reached in LaRue Circuit Court.

    David McFarland, 45, of Magnolia admitted to a charge of first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of 22-year-old Sabrina Shirley of Greensburg. He accepted an 18-year prison sentence with a requirement that he serve at least 85 percent of that term behind bars. The commonwealth’s attorney opposes probation. Final sentencing will be conducted Oct. 5.

  • Board of Education denies claims in civil suit

    The LaRue County Board of Education has denied several allegations of a former employee who filed a civil suit after being terminated from her position.

    Melissa Enlow, a LaRue County Middle School lunchroom supervisor, was terminated June 15, according to court records. Her suit claims violation of Kentucky’s Whistleblower Statute, which protects public employees from reprisals if they divulge information of a suspected law violation.

  • Traveling exhibit wrapping up stay in Hodgenville

    “Faces of Cancer,” a special photo exhibit, was unveiled at a cancer survivor celebration, “Hope Soars ... Celebrating Life” at My Old Kentucky Home State Park.

    This is the final full day of the exhibits stay at the Lincoln Museum before it moves to Hardin Memorial Hospital. The exhibit features survivors from LaRue, Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties. Two Hodgenville residents, Sue Young and Ramona Coffey, are survivors portrayed on the exhibit.