Local News

  • ECTC provides a sense of direction

    Landmark News Service

    With classes back in session this week, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is helping students maneuver around construction on campus.

    ECTC set up tents in two locations to help new students navigate around construction of the Phase II building of the Regional Postsecondary Education Center. The tents are between the Administration Building and the Science Building and in front of the Occupational/Technical Building.

  • KY 222 improvements still in works after NAATBatt flops

    Hopes of establishing a lithium-ion battery research center and production facility in Glendale were derailed last week when federal development dollars went elsewhere.

    A consortium of companies – known as the National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Batteries or NAATBatt –  applied for a $342 million federal stimulus grant to build a 1 million-square-foot plant to manufacture four different formats of lithium-ion battery cells. Several hundred new jobs were expected to be created in the field of electrical car power.

  • Federal indictment names Buffalo man in drug charges

    A federal grand jury in Louisville returned an indictment against Mickey S. Tedder, 56, of Buffalo for possessing and distributing methamphetamine powder, according to Acting United States Attorney Candace G. Hill of the Western District of Kentucky.

    The indictment alleges that on four occasions between April 14 and May 12, Tedder possessed with the intent to distribute and distributed various quantities of methamphetamine in LaRue and Hardin counties. The street value of the methamphetamine is about $9,400.

  • Judge rules employer not at fault for work release inmate’s escape

    A Mount Sherman man who tried to help a friend “get back on his feet” ended up in a judge’s chamber last week, explaining his part in the escape of a LaRue County Jail inmate.

    James Cadigan Jr. was exonerated after he described his efforts in providing a job to Ryan David Robinson, a 25-year-old Magnolia man serving a 179-day sentence on contempt charges for failure to pay child support. He owed about $1,100.

  • Guthrie talks issues today in Hodgenville

    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie is holding a series of legislative update sessions around the 2nd Congressional District. He plans to stop Wednesday morning in Hodgenville.

    Guthrie's office says the Bowling Green Republican will update local leaders, elected officials and constituents about the latest activity in Washington. Health care legislation is among the topics to be covered.

    The public is invited to attend the local gathering which is set for 8 a.m. Wednesday at Paula's Hot Biscuit on West Water Street in Hodgenville.

  • Hodgenville man dies in motorcycle crash

    A Hodgenville man died in a motorcycle crash near Raywick Monday afternoon.

    Lennie Vincent, 61, was driving a 1995 Kawasaki near the intersection of Brown Mattingly Road and KY 527 about 3:20 p.m. Vincent “failed to negotiate a curve” and the motorcycle traveled straight, left the roadway and struck a barbed wire fence, according to Kentucky State Police.

    Vincent, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County coroner.

    Trooper Brian Coyt is investigating.

  • Prather to resign as transportation secretary

    Landmark News Service

    After nearly 20 months of service in Gov. Steve Beshear’s cabinet, Joe Prather has decided to spend more time with family and announced his resignation Tuesday as the secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the chief position at an agency that employs more than 4,500 in the state.

    Beshear said in a news release  he was aware Prather, who plans to retire effective Dec. 30, was planning to leave office before his administration ended, but he hoped to keep him longer.

  • Enrollment down at schools

    A total of 2,346 students showed up for classes at LaRue County Schools for the first day Aug. 6. That’s 12 fewer than last year’s first day enrollment. In 2007, first day enrollment was 2,475.

    First Day Enrollment

                         2009        2008           

    District        2,346        2,358       

  • Man ordered to repay welfare benefits

    A former Magnolia man has been ordered to return $78,482.36 to the Kentucky State Treasury after being found guilty of welfare fraud in LaRue Circuit Court.

    Robert Caughron, 37, who now lives in Salesville, Ohio, was sentenced to two years, suspended and probated for five years. He also was ordered to begin making payments of $100 per month to the treasury department beginning in September.

    At that rate of reimbursement, he will be paying the government back for the next 65 years.

  • Credit Union plans to open branch in Hodgenville

    Sunny skies and a ton of food greeted those attending the groundbreaking ceremony Friday for Fort Knox Federal Credit Union’s Hodgenville location.

    Several credit union employees and board members introduced themselves to LaRue County residents at the short program and reception.

    J. Marvin Hawk, chairman of the board of directors, called the event a “new and wonderful chapter” for the credit union.