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  • Free legal aid advice available to storm victims

     A toll-free legal aid line is now available for survivors of severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding affecting 21 Kentucky counties including LaRue between Feb. 29 and March 3.

    The number to request disaster-related legal assistance is (877) 625-9839.

    The service, which allows callers to request the assistance of a lawyer, is a partnership between the Kentucky Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Section and the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

  • Animal shelter's PetPoint system now live

     Taylor County Animal Shelter's PetPoint system went live on March 15.

    With the system, staff will be able to post information online about each animal available for adoption at the shelter. The shelter, located on Ky. 210 outside Campbellsville, handles LaRue County strays.

    And, with the program going live, every animal adopted will leave the shelter with a microchip implanted that contains electronic owner data. Magistrates voted in December to begin using the PetPoint program. A $500 deposit was required, though it will be returned after a year.

  • Upton man injured in crash

     An Upton man was injured Wednesday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash.

    Michael Campbell, 50, was driving a 2001 Hyundai Elantra east in the 1200 block of Upton-Talley Road just before 3 p.m., according to Chief Deputy Russell McCoy. Campbell rounded a curve and crossed the centerline, almost striking another vehicle.

    The vehicle ran off the eastbound side of the roadway, flipped twice and landed in a fence row on its side, a witness reportedly told McCoy. A fencepost was driven through the windshield.

  • Residents impacted by storm may apply for SNAP benefits

     Kentuckians living and working in areas affected by recent tornadoes and severe weather may apply for federal disaster food benefits. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, is providing resources to purchase food for residents of 21 counties, including LaRue County, that are part of a federal disaster declaration from the Feb. 29 and March 2 storms. People who work in these counties and have lost income may also apply.

  • Income tax deadline extended to May 31

    The Kentucky Department of Revenue will honor recently announced Internal Revenue Service special tax relief for taxpayers in the Presidential Disaster Areas who were victims of severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that started on Feb. 29.

    Individuals who reside or have a business in LaRue County may qualify for tax relief.

  • Disaster unemployment assistance available to storm victims

     Kentuckians in the 21 counties, including LaRue County, who have lost work or whose businesses were damaged due to severe weather that occurred Feb. 29-March 3, may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance.

    The deadline to apply is April 16, 2012.

    Farmers and self-employed people who normally are ineligible for unemployment insurance benefits also may qualify for disaster unemployment assistance, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

  • FEMA workers will show identification

     Survivors of the Feb. 29 and March 2 tornadoes, straight line winds and flooding and storms in Kentucky should be on the alert for scam artists who may approach you in person, by telephone or via the Internet.

    • Be alert when your doorbell rings. People going door-to-door to damaged homes or telephoning disaster survivors and claiming to be building contractors could be frauds. If visitors or callers solicit personal information such as Social Security or bank account numbers, or for money, they are not legitimate.

  • New Haven Library to open by late April

    Patrons of the New Haven Library can expect the new location to open by late April. Challenges presented by the construction have caused a delay in the grand opening and inadvertently gone slightly over budget.
    Librarian Director Sharon Shanks reported to the library board Thursday the unforeseen expenses resulted from complications in the construction of the parking lot for the New Haven Library. Initially bid at  $990,000, the library is currently over by $20,534.84.

  • Three easy steps to FEMA sign-up

    Survivors of the recent Kentucky tornadoes who suffered damage should register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, even if they have insurance or aren’t sure they’re eligible for help. 

  • Friends of the Library to recruit at Expo

     A new chapter of the Friends of the Library, a non-profit organization created to support and celebrate the LaRue County Public Library, has been formed by a group of concerned citizens in Hodgenville.