Local News

  • LIFTED: Boil Water Advisory: City of Hodgenville

     UPDATE: The boil water advisory was lifted at 6:15 p.m. Monday, according to Hodgenville City Hall.


    The City of Hodgenville Sunday issued a boil water advisory for all city residents and businesses.

    The advisory was issued after a waterline break on South Lincoln Boulevard. City workers said they found a baseball-size hole in the water main. The pressure of the leak buckled the roadway several inches and gallons of water began pouring down the ditchline.

  • PHOTO: Pickup rolls

    Troy D. Handley, 49, of Campbellsville, lost control of the 2003 GMC Sierra he was driving on Ky. 210 about 6:30 a.m. July 14. The pickup hit standing water and hydroplaned, according to LaRue County Deputy Robby Brownfield. The vehicle left the roadway and rolled, coming to rest on its roof. Handley refused medical transport.

  • Man charged with DUI after 31-E crash

    A Hodgenville man was charged with DUI July 1 after being involved in a vehicular crash.

    Ronald Vanderwege, 58, was driving a 1990 Chevrolet pickup on U.S. 31-E near Lincoln Boyhood Home about 2 p.m., according to LaRue County Deputy Russell McCoy. He lost control of the vehicle, running off the right shoulder of the roadway. The pickup struck a rock wall.

    Vanderwege was transported by LaRue County EMS to Hardin Memorial Hospital.

    He will be arraigned in LaRue District Court.

  • Claycomb named master commissioner

    For the first time in two decades, LaRue County has a new master commissioner. Hodgenville attorney Thomas P. “Tom” Claycomb was sworn in last month by LaRue Circuit Judge Charles Simms III.

    He takes over from attorney Carl Howell, who has retired.

    The master commissioner assists circuit court in enforcement of duties – for example, conducting sales of property to satisfy liens, mortgages or claims of ownership. It’s commonly thought of as “selling at the courthouse door.”

  • Howell retires from law practice, new master commissioner named

    After a career that included three years as an FBI special agent and 45 years as a LaRue County attorney including 20 as master commissioner, Carl Howell has retired.

    “I’ll still do some work in handling estates, but as of the end of May, I have been retired,” Howell said from his home on Campbellsville Road.

  • LaRue park hosts 10U state tournament

    Several hundred people are expected to visit LaRue County this week for the West Kentucky Cal Ripken 10U State Tournament.

    Sixteen teams from around the state will play a total of 31 games at LaRue County Park and Recreation.

    Pool play begins Wednesday July 16. The championship game is 4:15 p.m. July 20.

    LaRue County is in the “A” pool with Germantown, Jeffersontown and Barren County. LaRue plays against Germantown at 6 p.m. Wednesday, and against Jeffersontown at 9 p.m. Friday, July 18.

  • 'The City's business': Court of Appeals says public knowledge of affair will not jeopardize mayor's right to a fair trial.

    On June 28, 2013, Kentucky State Police executed a search warrant on Hodgenville City Hall. They seized numerous financial and personnel records – the contents of which led to the indictments of then mayor Terry L. Cruse and former city clerk MaDonna Hornback.

    Other documents that were seized from the mayor’s desk were sealed after Ron Mather, Cruse and Hornback’s attorney, asked the Court of Appeals to intervene.

  • Nolin RECC, KSP warn of billing scam

    Kentucky State Police Post 4, along with Nolin RECC, is asking Cooperative members to beware of a billing scam.

    Nolin RECC CEO Mickey Miller contacted KSP to report that several customers had received phone calls from a male subject with a foreign accent asking for credit card information or a green dot money order to reconcile past due bills.

  • Legal Aid Clinics offer assistance

    The Legal Aid Society, 416 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Louisville, will hold free legal clinics in July, August and September. Each session will be held at that location unless otherwise stated.

    A reservation for each clinic is required. Contact the Legal Aid Society at 502-584-1254 to make your reservation.

  • Remembering 'Mel the Clown'

    For the last seven years, a familiar, smiling – and often made up – face visited the residents of Sunrise Manor Nursing Home.

    Mel the Clown, the alter ego of Harold West, often showed up in big shoes, red nose and white makeup as part of the “Clown for Christ” ministry.

    West, 80, passed away on June 19, leaving behind many fond memories, said Wanda West, his wife of 13 years.

    Though, many clowns focus solely on entertainment and book gigs at birthday parties, West wanted his clown to emphasize something more – love.