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  • Post 4 troopers honored

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown had its Trooper of the Year and Detective of the Year recognized in May at the Frankfort Convention Center.

    Senior Trooper Michael Garyantes and Detective Jason Propes were honored.

    Garyantes is an 11-year veteran of KSP and has been assigned to Post 4 his whole career.

  • Library's summer reading program kicks off

    Every year, LaRue County Public Library hosts a summer reading program. It is open to all children from preschool to 13 years old.

    The goal of the program, according to Crystal Packard, youth service librarian, is to prevent “the summer slide” and to encourage kids to enjoy reading.

    This year, the program is called “Fizz, Boom, Read!” and each week will have a different science theme. The group will meet at 11 a.m. every Tuesday for preschool, and 5 p.m. for school-age children.

  • Hodgenville named a safe city

    Hodgenville has been ranked as the third safest city in the state.

    The ranking of the top-50 safest cities was compiled by Safewise, a home security agency, from 2012 data.

    Cities were chosen based on their level of reported violent (murder, rape, aggravated assault) and property crime (burglary, larceny, theft). The data was collected from FBI reports and numbers were calculated as occurrences per every 1,000 people.

  • Larry Davis to complete city council term

    Local businessman Larry Davis was selected Monday to serve out the remainder of a two-year city council term.

    Davis, who was unsuccessful at his first run for the office in 2012, agreed to fulfill the term of interim Mayor Kenny DeVore. DeVore is completing the term of former Mayor Terry L. Cruse, who was removed from office last month by the council.

    In other business:

    • The Council approved a 3 percent raise for all city employees, except for the mayor and city council. The raise will go into effect July 1.

  • Mediation fails in capital murder case

     An attempt to mediate a capital murder case failed last month.

    According to court records, attorneys tried to reach an agreement in the cases of Abdullah Rahman White and Samantha JoDale Kolley on May 12. No resolution was reached.

    White has been in jail since January 2012 after being charged with the Dec. 30, 2011, murder of Kristie Lynne Allen. The 28-year-old Allen was house-sitting for vacationing friends. 

  • City seeks new clerk/treasurer

    Interim Mayor Kenny DeVore presided over Thursday’s special called meeting of Hodgenville City Council.

    The agenda included first reading of the 2014-15 budget ordinance, request to advertise the position of city clerk/treasurer, and nominate and appoint a personnel and recommendation committee.

    Deputy Clerk Debbie Rucker filled in as city clerk during the meeting.

  • Board approves sawmill on Sonora Road

    A Hodgenville man was granted a conditional use permit for operation of a sawmill June 2 by the Land of Lincoln Board of Adjustments.

    The decision to grant Mose Yoder his permit came after two public hearings, where several residents expressed their concerns about road and environmental safety. The final vote was taken after a closed executive session that may have been a violation of the state’s Open Meeting Law.

  • Attorney: Release of documents may 'inflame passions'

     

    Ron Mather, the attorney representing former Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse and former City Clerk/Treasurer MaDonna Hornback submitted a memorandum to the court last week in an effort to keep confidential certain communications between his clients. He asked that the material “be returned or permanently sealed.”

  • Eric Hughes takes helm at HES

    Eric Hughes has been selected as principal at Hodgenville Elementary School.

    The HES site-based decision-making council announced the decision Wednesday afternoon.

    Nineteen people applied for the position, according to Superintendent Sam Sanders. The SBDM also used an online survey which gave everyone in the community a chance to have input. The top traits requested in the survey were: honesty, supports and works well with staff, and values staff morale.

    Five people were interviewed – and Hughes was the unanimous choice.

  • Severe burns take life of retired Magnolia fire chief

    Norman Heath, 76, a long-time community volunteer and firefighter, died June 5, as a result of severe burns.

    Heath, who served as Magnolia fire chief for a number of years, was injured at his home on Upton Road early Thursday. 

    His daughter, Lorrie McCoy, said family members were taking turns checking on her father and helping him get his day started. When she went inside the house that morning, she found him lying on the floor. He had suffered severe burns to his legs and torso. She believes his clothing caught fire from a tobacco pipe or lighter.