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  • Man charged with rape of teen

    A 30-year-old Hodgenville man has been charged with first-degree rape of a young teenager.

    Troy Eugene Tarter was arrested Jan. 2 at a relative’s house following an extended investigation, according to LaRue County Deputy Matt Darst.

    Tarter was charged also with first-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of unlawful transaction with a minor.

    The alleged victim is a 13-year-old acquaintance of Tarter’s, Darst said.

    Chief Deputy Marcus Jackson assisted with the investigation.

  • LaRue Schools on one-hour delay

    After missing two days because of snow last week, the LaRue County Schools reopen today just a bit later than normal.

    Schools will operate on a one-hour delay today.

    Parents are urged to dress their children in layers with gloves, hats and other adequate protection from the bitter cold. In particular, children waiting for a school bus in the bitter subfreezing temperatures require special attention today.

  • Man dies in crash at Glendale exit

    A Nelson County man died Thursday afternoon at the scene of a single-vehicle crash just past exit 86 on Interstate 65 in Glendale. Kentucky State Police said Robert Sutton, 58, of Cox’s Creek was southbound on I-65 when the Dodge Ram 1500 he was driving left the roadway on the right shoulder and struck a tree.

    KSP Trooper Norman Chaffins said investigators were unsure why the vehicle left the roadway, but alcohol was not considered to be a factor. Chaffins said it appeared the driver was secured by a seat belt and both airbags deployed on impact.

  • Buffalo apartments project back on track

    The Buffalo School Apartments project, put on hold for a year due to lack of funding, is back on track.

    AU Associates of Lexington, doing business as Buffalo Apartments LLLP, purchased the former Buffalo Elementary School at 50 School Loop two years ago with intentions of transforming it into a housing complex for the elderly. Despite taking several steps such as having the property rezoned and purchasing a conditional use permit, AU had to wait for several funding cycles before proceeding.

  • Father must serve two years after injuring infant

    A Hodgenville man will serve 24 months in jail after being found guilty of injuring his 8-month-old son in September 2008.

    Chad T. Frith, 34, of College Heights, told officers he “became upset with the child because it wouldn’t stop crying,” said Lt. Steve Johnson of Hodgenville City Police.

    Frith told officers he shook the baby, grabbed its jaw and squeezed its ears. There was also evidence of bruising on the baby’s face and chest.

  • LaRue County Schools closed again today

    The LaRue County Schools extended their snow holiday to a second day.

    Thursday's daylight snowfall left the area in a white blanket that will continue to impact driving through the weekend. The National Weather Service forecast says temperatures will remain in the teens today which means no melting. Subfreezing temperatures are expected remain until Monday afternoon or Tuesday.

    Forecasters also predict a light, fluffy snow today with little or no additional accumulation.

    Major road ways are reportedly clear but sideroads and neighborhood streets remain slick.

  • School Board hears ALES proficiency report

    Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Principal Amber Thurman presented the school’s proficiency report to the LaRue County School Board Dec. 21.

    Thurman said different topics are covered each year and different grade levels are chosen to complete the projects that give students additional core content coverage.

    She said she is “proud to have met all No Child Left Behind standards.”

    “It is huge to meet the disability target,” she said.

  • Updated local election filings

    Partisan candidates have until Jan. 26 to file for the General Election Nov. 2.

    In the May 18 primary, the top vote-getter in each race among Republicans and Democrats will square off in the November general election.

    Those who have filed include:

    LaRue County Judge/Executive

    Tommy Turner (D)

    County Clerk

    Linda Carter (D)

    County Attorney

    Dale Morris (D)

    Sheriff

    Bobby Shoffner (D)

    PVA

    James Q. Shaw (D)

    Jailer

  • Burglary suspects apprehended in Louisville

    Burglars hit a Hodgenville business for the second time in less than a week " netting about $20,000 in merchandise.

    The suspects, Tracy Shanklin and Kenneth Foster Sr., are in custody after being caught on surveillance cameras during a similar heist in Louisville. They have not been charged with the Hodgenville crime, however the investigation is ongoing.

    Smoketown II on South Lincoln Boulevard was broken into the first time about 10:45 p.m. Dec. 19, according to LaRue County Deputy Matt Darst.

  • UK provides services for LaRue County

    When he became the University of Kentucky’s 11th president in 2001, Lee T. Todd Jr. said he envisioned UK’s campus “stretching from Pikeville to Paducah.”

    It’s a vision that UK has taken to heart, as evidenced by the fact that the university’s scientists are conducting research in every one of Kentucky’s 120 counties.

    That includes LaRue County, where the College of Agriculture is helping farmers become more productive through no-till methods.