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  • Julie Skeens honored as Teacher of the Year

    A trio of outstanding educators has been named 2010-11 Bullitt County Public Schools Teachers of the Year.

    One of them, Julie Skeens of Old Mill Elementary School, is a 1994 graduate of LaRue County High School.

    Skeens is a special education teacher with an emphasis in functional mental disabilities. She is in her 10th year of teaching. She has degrees from Western Kentucky University (Bachelor of Science and Rank I) and the University of Louisville (Masters of Education).

  • Financial seminars available for candidates

    The Registry of Election Finance, the agency charged with enforcing state campaign finance laws, will present election finance training seminars beginning March 8. The seminars are designed to educate and train candidates and their treasurers on Kentucky’s campaign finance laws and equip them to run effective and successful campaigns.

    Five seminars will be presented March 8, 9, 12, 17 and 20 in Frankfort. Candidates, campaign treasurers and others interested in campaign finance laws are welcome. 

  • Store manager charged with theft by unlawful taking

    A retail store manager was charged with theft by unlawful taking by Hodgenville City Police last week.

    Bill Woodrow Willis, 29, of Radcliff is accused of making illegal transactions on cash registers without items being purchased at Pamida. Chief John Cottrill said the illegal transactions total about $5,700.

    Willis was lodged in the LaRue County Jail and was arraigned Wednesday in LaRue District Court where bond was set.

  • ALES teacher to receive ExCEL Award

    LaRue County’s ExCEL Award winner, Beverly Heady, will be honored at a ceremony 11:30 a.m. March 17 at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School.

    The ExCel Award, sponsored by WHAS11 and e.ON U.S. honors teachers who have shown excellence in the classroom.

  • Nelson County library board looks for land

    The Nelson County Public Library is looking for land to build new branches in New Haven and Bloomfield. The board currently leases property for its branches in those cities.

    In addition to beginning to advertise, the board hired 5253 Design Group, architects from Louisville, to assist with purchasing the land, after the suggestion was made from the state level that a firm be a part of that process from the beginning.

  • Magistrates hear road recommendations

    Patty Dunaway, chief engineer for Kentucky Transportation Department’s District 4 in Elizabethtown, presented two priority road resurfacing recommendations to LaRue County Fiscal Court as it met at the Hodgenville courthouse March 9.

    The recommendations, which the court approved, call for resurfacing KY 470 from KY 210 to U.S. 31E, a distance of 4.654 miles, and KY 222 from the Hardin County line to the Harned McCubbin Road, 3.575 miles.

    Tommy Turner, judge-executive, cautioned magistrates that the recommendations are subject to change.

  • Chamber's check is show of support for Laptops of LaRue

    The LaRue County Chamber of Commerce offered public support Monday to LaRue County Schools’ plan to purchase computers for students.

    “Laptops of LaRue” or LOL, which has been studied in committee for two years, will provide laptops to about 700 LaRue County High School students. The school system has $1 million escrowed to pay for the “21st century learning initiative,” according to Superintendent Sam Sanders. The issue will be voted on at the March 15 school board meeting.

  • Construction begins on Greensburg Street tower

    Work on Hodgenville’s Greensburg Water Tower Project has started on land adjacent to the LaRue County Fairgrounds. Hodgenville City Council members learned Monday of an unexpected bonus with the project. The new 300,000-gallon tank will provide better water pressure for that part of the city and reach new customers. In addition, sidewalks will be replaced in areas affected by water line installation.

    “Not all areas had sidewalks (to begin with),” Cruse said. In those cases, new sidewalks will be installed.

  • Reception held to honor Stephen Brown

    A reception was held last week at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park in honor of Stephen Brown, education specialist at the park.

    Brown served four years at the park as education specialist, a position created to promote the Lincoln bicentennial.

    Brown and his wife, Annie, are moving to Louisville where he will continue to work on a book about the Underground Railroad.

  • 1983 murder charge expunged from record

    A Hodgenville woman has been successful in her petition to have court records expunged.

    The records that led to Veronica Sue LaFollette Knox being tried for murder in 1983 will be destroyed, according to a March 1 ruling by LaRue Circuit Judge Charles Simms III.

    Knox, who was 27 at the time, was charged with murder after firing five shots from a .22-caliber rifle into her 29-year-old husband Glen Cleo LaFollette on Jan. 1, 1983.

    According to Herald News archives, Knox told officers the shooting followed an incident of domestic violence.