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Local News

  • State considering six sites for maintenance barn

    The Transportation Cabinet of Kentucky is looking at sites to construct a new highway maintenance barn in LaRue County.

    Six residents interested in selling property for the new barn submitted proposals to the state in response to an Aug. 12 advertisement in The LaRue County Herald News.

    The current storage barn at 2434 Lincoln Farm Road was built in the 1960s and repairs and maintenance were becoming cost-prohibitive, said Fourth District Chief Engineer Patty Dunaway.

  • Upton man sentenced in meth lab case

    An Upton man has been sentenced to 15 years after pleading guilty to manufacturing and trafficking methamphetamine.

    Barry Cottrell, 52, was charged with the crimes after a social worker visited his home on Wonderland Road in August 2008 and reported a possible meth lab to the LaRue County Sheriff’s Department. The social worker was trying to locate a Hart County child when she made the discovery.

    When officers arrived, they found components and ingredients used to manufacture the illegal drug strewn about the yard.

  • Family loses home in fire

    A Buffalo family lost their home and most of their possessions to fire Sunday afternoon.

    Roger and Arlene Perkins, who live off Badger Road near the LaRue-Taylor County line, were about to leave their home about 2:30 p.m. when Arlene smelled smoke. Roger Perkins said he “looked up and saw smoke coming from the corner of the roof.”

    “I told her ‘get out.’”

    Perkins said his wife grabbed a ring that held sentimental value, but they were unable to take anything else from the house. He hoped they would be able to salvage some items.

  • Three charged with manufacturing meth

    Three Magnolia residents have been charged in conjunction with an alleged methamphetamine lab.

    Ricky Glenn Stearman, 48, Tammy Lynn Stearman, 35, and Shaun Christopher Manookian, 27, of 4906 S. L&N Turnpike were each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense; unlawful possession of meth precursor and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, according to court records.

    LaRue County Deputy Matt Darst said he received a call from social services about 9 p.m. Sept. 10 requesting a check of the residence.

  • Sonora seeking ideas for former school building

    Sonora residents and others with ideas about how the town should use a former school building are encouraged to attend an open meeting Tuesday.

    The city earlier this year agreed to pay the Hardin County school district $43,000 for the former Sonora Elementary School. While officials tentatively refer to it as Sonora Community Center and City Hall, plans are not set in stone.

    “We don’t want to make any decision until we get everybody together and see what the community wants to do,” Mayor Larry Copelin said.

  • Guide to Lincoln Days distributed in newspaper

    The official 64-page guide to the Lincoln Days festival is included inside this week's print edition of The LaRue County Herald News. All subscribers received a copy and the section is included as an insert in all copies sold in local stores and Herald News rack locations.

    It includes a detailed schedule, festival map, feature stories, photographs from previous festivals and registration forms for various events. The section is produced in concert with the Lincoln Days committee.

    The Lincoln Days festival is held annually on the first weekend of October.

  • Mayor pledges no increase in water rates

    The City of Hodgenville needs nearly $1 million to pay for a new 300,000-gallon water tower on Greensburg Street.

    But that will not mean an increase in water and sewer rates, according to Mayor Terry Cruse.

    Thanks to several grants and the city’s policy of earmarking about $10,000 each month for the project, the tank is nearly paid for.

    At Monday’s city council meeting, Cruse said the city will pay only about $211,000 of the total cost of the tower, engineering fees, any extra excavation fees and for the site where the tank will be located.

  • Lincoln Days contest registration draws near

    Lincoln Days will be held Oct. 3-4. But several events of the festival require an early registration.

    The baby contests and Little Abe, Little Sarah and best costumed family contests will be Sept. 27 at the Hodgenville Civic Center.

    There are categories for several age groups and registration must be complete by Tuesday, Sept. 22.

    Entry fee is $10. Pick up an application at the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce, download at www.lincolndays.org or call the Lincoln Days office at 358-8710.

  • New pharmacy planned for city

    A new pharmacy is planned for the Cradle of Lincoln development on the Lincoln Parkway connector road.

    Business partners and pharmacists David E. Bowman and Patrick Huff purchased a lot from Carl and Sharon A. Howell and hope to construct Lincoln Parkway Pharmacy by next spring.

    Huff and Bowman work together at a drugstore in Columbia and are “very excited about coming to Hodgenville,” said Huff, who has been a pharmacist since 2006.

  • County government considers health plans

    With the deadline approaching for choosing an insurance carrier and plan for the next year, LaRue County Fiscal Court magistrates listened to a presentation explaining different types of coverage including a health reimbursement account.

    Phil Brown, an insurance agent affiliated with the Kentucky Association of Counties, took questions from magistrates and audience at the courthouse in Hodgenville Aug. 8 as he showed a PowerPoint presentation on health insurance.