Local News

  • Man dies after I-65 crash

    An Indiana man died Tuesday as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on Interstate 65.

    Greely D. Evans, 66, was driving a 1990 Honda motorcycle north near exit 81 about 4:46 p.m. and was “slow to recognize that traffic had stopped” as he approached a construction zone, according to Kentucky State Police.

  • African Children’s Choir to perform at South Fork

    This Sunday, the African Children’s Choir will perform at South Fork Baptist Church. The choir, made up of children ages 7 to 11, has been touring in North America for 26 years raising awareness and funds to provide necessities to some of the world’s most impoverished children.

    The choir is now on its 35th tour, and has raised millions of dollars for educating and rebuilding countries ravished by poverty, war, and AIDS.

  • Sibling charity

    Ashley Long, a Hodgenville Elementary School third grader who has been battling leukemia, had some promising news at her last hospital visit.

    “She is finally at 100 percent engraftment and her immunity is halfway to normal,” said her mother, Linda.

    The engraftment percentage means that a bone marrow transplant, with cells taken from her 10-year-old brother Austin, was a complete success.

  • Pepper profit popped

    Local plans to reintroduce peppers as an alternative cash crop to tobacco have been foiled by Mother Nature.

    The steamy summer with record high temperatures provided a perfect breeding ground for bacterial leaf spot, according to Scotty Lee, owner of Lee’s Garden Center.

    “The water and fog spread it everywhere,” said Lee, who provided a transfer station for the crop. “The heat just multiplies the bacteria. Every time it rained, it spread faster.”

  • Rotary Club provides forum for jailer candidates

    The Hodgenville Rotary Club hosted the candidates for jailer at its weekly meeting Sept. 2.

    The forum, held at Paula’s Hot Biscuit, was well attended as the candidates made their case why they should be LaRue County’s next jailer.

    Each candidate had the opportunity to share their reasons why they were running for the office.

  • Marijuana grow spotted by KSP

    A Hodgenville man faces drug-related charges after Kentucky State Police found marijuana growing on his Glendale Road property.

    Brian W. Patterson, 36, was charged with cultivation of marijuana, five or more plants; possession of marijuana; and use or possession of drug paraphernalia on Aug. 30. According to court documents, KSP aircraft observed six plants growing on the property.

    Patterson will be arraigned Oct. 20 in LaRue District Court.

  • State suspends KCHIP fee to assist families

    Families in the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program, which offers free or low-cost health insurance to eligible children, will no longer have to pay monthly premiums to ensure coverage for their child.

    Previously, some KCHIP families were required to pay a $20 monthly premium to receive KCHIP coverage for their children. The Kentucky General Assembly approved suspending the monthly charge after determining it served as a deterrent to enrollment and caused some children to drop out of the program because of the burden of paying premiums.

  • LaRue's unemployment rate falls

    Unemployment rates fell in 111 Kentucky counties, including LaRue, between July 2009 and July 2010, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    LaRue County’s July 2010 rate was 9.7 percent, down from 14.1 percent the previous year. The rate was 8.9 percent in June 2010.

    Of a 7,117 civilian labor force, 6,430 had jobs.

  • Murder trial pushed back to December

    The three men charged with killing Donald Marshall last fall had their trial continued to December at a pre-trial hearing last week.

    The original suspect, Kenneth C. Mattingly, and two others charged later, Stephen Austin Howard and Maurice Greenwell, will now go to court on murder charges Dec. 8. The trial has been pushed back several times since the death in November 2009. 

  • Rolling Fork Festival begins Friday

    “Our 20th Celebration-Equine Excitement” is the theme for New Haven’s premier festival — The Rolling Fork Iron Horse Festival.

    The event, Sept. 10 and 11, will feature arts, crafts, children’s activities, old-time demonstrations, food, fun gospel and concert bands, and, of course, train rides.

    Friday is youth and family night at New Haven City Park, organized by Rolling Fork Baptist Church. There will be bouncers, concessions, demonstrations, games, shows and face painting 6-9 p.m. All events are free, except concessions.