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  • Two area school systems close for illness

    With the attendance rate down to 85 percent Monday, Taylor County School Superintendent Roger Cook said classes will be canceled for the remainder of the week.

    A number of students have been out sick, Cook said. With fall break set to begin Thursday, students will not return to class until Monday, Oct. 12.

    Cook said he hopes the long break will provide ample time for the illnesses to run their course.

    The Caverna Independent Schools announced a similar decision to dismiss for the remainder of this week leading up to fall break because of illness.

  • LaRue schools honor alumni

    The LaRue County Board of Education has announced the 2009 inductees to be named as LaRue County Distinguished Alumni.

    Four outstanding graduates will be recognized Oct. 2 at a luncheon in their honor at the LaRue County Extension Office. Distinguished Alumni for 2009 are Britt Brockman, A. Glenn Catlett, Mary Tim Cravens Griffith and Brent Wright.

    Brockman

  • Tot recovering from dog attack

    A toddler is recovering at home after being mauled by a family pet Saturday.

    Two-year-old Ayanna Humphrey received deep lacerations when she was bitten on the face by an adult male pit bull.

    “She had severe lacerations to her lip, nose, jaw and forehead,” LaRue County Deputy Matt Darst said. “You could see all the way to her jawbone and her lip was detached where you could see her teeth.”

  • LaRue wins its class at Bands of America contest

    Last Saturday, the Band of Hawks traveled to Louisville to perform at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and to compete in the Bands of America Regional Championship. According to band director Jaime Smith, BOA events are known for being host to numerous large, high-caliber band programs — all competing for the top prize.

    LaRue County was the top band in Class A, earning the title of Class Regional Champion. In addition, LaRue earned all highest achievement awards offered within its clas.

  • Lincoln presenter will be honored at parade

    Long-time Lincoln presenter Jim Sayre of Lawrenceburg is this year’s Lincoln Days Parade grand marshal.

    Sayre began growing a beard in the late 1970s after a stint in the Army. He was stationed in Ethiopia and required to “shave every day.”

    “I let the beard grow, sometimes mutton chops, and people kept remarking on the resemblance (to Lincoln),” he said.

    Although the similarities to the former president were “completely unintentional” on Sayre’s part, he’s “not a bit sorry that it happened.”

  • Board holds property tax rates at ’08 level

    The LaRue County School Board voted Monday to keep the property tax rate at last year’s level.

    Superintendent Sam Sanders recommended the board not take the compensating rate which could be levied without a hearing or recall (KRS 160.470). The compensating rate, when applied to current year’s property assessment, produces an amount equal to that produced in the preceding year, Sanders said.

  • Lincoln Memorial Building to close temporarily

    The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace Memorial Building will be closed for repairs beginning Sept. 28.

    Interior work will include replacement of the HVAC system, restoration of plaster, rehabilitation of windows and bronze doors and renovation of the skylight, according to Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park Superintendent Keith Pruitt. Exterior work consists of roof replacement to prevent further leakage and damage to the building.

  • County offers $500 reward for information about stolen road signs

    LaRue Fiscal Court is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person or persons who has been stealing or destroying road and stop signs in the county.

    Over the summer, several signs, costing hundreds of dollars to replace, were stolen throughout the county. Timmy Brown, county road supervisor, speaking to magistrates as the court met Tuesday in Hodgenville, said the latest incident occurred two weeks ago in the Roanoke area.

  • Hodgenville man recovering after motorcycle crash

    A Hodgenville man is recovering from a motorcycle crash at home after spending several days in a Louisville hospital.

    About noon Tuesday, Sept. 15, Donald Marshall, 47, of Kerrick Lane, was driving a 1998 Harley Davidson motorcycle on North Lincoln Boulevard near Lincoln Village Apartments. According to Police Chief John Cottrill, Marshall’s motorcycle rear-ended a 2005 Mercury passenger car driven by James R. Daughtery, 69, of Bardstown Road.

    “Witnesses said speed was a factor,” Cottrill said.

  • WKU’s enrollment breaks record

    In today’s college world, learning happens where the students are. That might be a traditional campus like Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green or a satellite locations and even the home computer.

    Ron Stephens, associate dean of WKU’s Division of Extended Learning and Outreach, described the college’s long-term commitment, recent expansions and extended local instruction during the September luncheon meeting of the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce.