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  • Magistrate forum draws light crowd, little controversy

    The April 20 political forum drew a light crowd at the LaRue County Courthouse.

    The forum, sponsored by LaRue County Farm Bureau and LaRue County Chamber of Commerce, attracted about 90 people – mostly family members and supporters of the candidates.

    All four seats of LaRue Fiscal Court are up for grabs this year and three races will be settled in the May 18 primary.

    District 1 – Hodgenville and Hodgenville West

    Democratic incumbent Peggy Hawkins faces a challenge from Gary “Tony” Stewart in District 1.

  • Saturday's storm costly to farmers

    Several areas of LaRue County were hit by a strong thunderstorm and high winds Saturday evening. According to the National Weather Service, the area was under a tornado watch until 10 p.m.

    Representatives from the NWS visited the county Monday and determined damage was caused by straight line winds that reached speeds of 50 to 70 miles per hour, according to Chris Jackson of 911/LaRue County Emergency Management.

    According to an unofficial count at Fisher Auto Parts in Hodgenville, about 15 barns across the county were damaged or destroyed.

  • WEATHER ALERTS ISSUED

    A storm front passing through LaRue County this morning is dropping heavy rain and has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning.

    LaRue, Nelson,Taylor and Hart counties are under the alert.

    Also, a tornado warning has been issued for Hardin County and radar indicates that Sonora and Hodgenville are in the path of the most severe conditions.

    The county also is under a tornado watch this morning as the storm's punch will last for hours.

    The storm is carrying winds of 30 mph with gusts in excess of 50 mph.

  • Alleged victim ordered to report to court

    The victim of an alleged assault failed to appear at the preliminary hearing of her accused assailant last week.

    LaRue District Judge C. Derek Reed issued a $2,000 cash bench warrant for Annabelle Carlen after she failed to respond to a summons Wednesday.

    A preliminary hearing is held to determine if enough evidence exists for the matter to be heard by a grand jury.

  • WKU offers program to veterans

    Veterans Upward Bound at Western Kentucky University has openings for more veterans who wish to prepare to enter college or vocational/technical school.  

    Veterans who do not have a dishonorable discharge are welcome to join the program to attend these free classes.

    Prior participants do not have to reapply.

    Those interested can contact (270) 745-5310 or veterans.upward.bound@wku.edus.

  • Our Lady of Mercy statue replaced

    A new statue was delivered last week to Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church.

    The old statue of the Virgin Mary was damaged Jan. 5 when it was struck by a car that hopped the curb in a parking space. The driver was not injured, but Mary suffered several chips and scuffs.

    The church decided to use insurance proceeds to purchase a new base and statue, according to Father Mike Tobin who pastors the Hodgenville church.

  • Unemployment rate down in LaRue

    Unemployment rates rose in 102 Kentucky counties between February 2009 and February 2010, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    LaRue County bucked the trend as the unemployment rate was 12.2 percent in February 2010, down from 12.9 percent in 2009. It was an increase over the January 2010 rate of 11.4 percent.

    Of 7,234 civilian labor force, 886 are unemployed.

  • Fiscal Court receives $10,779.51

    Rob Brown with the Kentucky Association of Counties presented LaRue County Fiscal Court with a $10,779.51 check at its meeting April 13 at the courthouse in Hodgenville.

    “This is the first time we have been able to pay a dividend, and we are pleased to present this as LaRue County’s portion,” Brown said.

    Since its creation in 1974, KACo has been representing the needs of county government in legislative matters and offering a variety of services to promote the progress of county government.

  • School Board hears neighbor complaint

    Hodgenville Postmaster Bob Hummer attended Monday night’s school board meeting to voice his concerns about the playground behind the Board of Education, which is adjacent to his home.

    Hummer said he recently called police because “some kids” were destroying property at the playground, and called it a “haven for people who shouldn’t be there at night.”

  • Sheriff’s injury prevents attendance at forum

    The April 13 forum for LaRue County Sheriff candidates gave two of the three contenders a chance to speak before an audience of about 100 at the LaRue County Courthouse.

    Incumbent Sheriff Bobby Shoffner, a Democrat, was unable to attend as he sustained an on-the-job injury earlier in the day.

    Shoffner said he tripped over something in the department’s storage room and hit his head. A family member transported him to Hardin Memorial Hospital where 12 stitches where required to close the gash on his forehead.