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  • One man, one mower, one mission

    As Memorial Day approaches, families make plans to honor their dead. Some place flowers or wreaths on graves, others bring tools to spruce up the cemetery and some simply visit the burial site.
    Others use the day for a private get-together, celebrating the start of summer activities.
    Many forget the original intent of the holiday - to honor veterans who had fallen in battle.

  • Police search area after IGA Express robbery

    Hodgenville City Police are investigating a May 16 robbery at IGA Express across from the LaRue County Fairgrounds.
    The perpetrator, who was carrying a knife, entered the store around 10 p.m. and demanded money from the store clerk, according to Hodgenville City Police Chief Steve Johnson. The clerk handed over the cash drawer and the robber left.  
    Johnson said the suspect, who is believed to be a slim male that is around 5-10 or 6-feet tall, was in the store approximately two to three minutes and took an undetermined amount of cash.

  • Three men charged with meth-related crimes

    James Thomas Snyder, 37, of Hodgenville; William Earl Meredith, 40, of Hart County; and Jason Christopher Wood, 29, of Walton, each were charged Dec. 20, in LaRue Circuit Court with possession of precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine and complicity.
    The three were investigated after officers found four one-step methamphetamine labs – made from plastic soda bottles – in a dumpster outside the recycling center Sept. 13. Lye, batteries, a coffee grinder, chemicals and other items used to make the illegal drug were found inside the building.

  • Click it or Ticket campaign revs up

    If you happen to be a motorist that does not practice buckling up regularly, local law enforcement will be looking for you.
    In an effort to increase vehicle safety belt usage and save more lives on the road, local law enforcement has joined the Click It or Ticket campaign.
    The nationwide campaign, adopted by Kentucky in 2001, began Monday and will run through June 5. Motorists can expect to receive a ticket, not a warning during this statewide crackdown.    

  • Turnout low for primary

    Statewide 10.35 percent of registered voters went to the polls May 17 to cast their ballots in the 2011 primary election. In LaRue County only 9.99 percent of registered voters turned out, or 965 of 9,662 voters registered, according to www.elect.ky.gov.

  • County deals with flooding on Walter Reed Road

    While most of the county’s floodwaters have receded during the last two weeks, an area on Walter Reed Road continues to be a problem.
    Water up to six-feet-deep has covered the roadway, less than a mile from the intersection with Old E’town Road.
    Clyde Veirs, county road supervisor, described it as a “basin” area that doesn’t go down as fast as stream water to LaRue Fiscal Court last week.

  • Lincoln statue returned for repair

    The Boy Lincoln Statue, damaged when it was struck by a car April 10, has returned to its California birthplace for repairs.
    The sculpture, which depicts Abraham Lincoln at age 7 standing with his dog Honey, was dedicated in May 2008 as part of the Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration. It was knocked from its base by a 2001 Ford Taurus that entered the Lincoln Square traffic island during early morning hours.

  • School impact on flood

    Record rain created flooding issues at McDowell Lakeview Cabins and Junior Bloyd’s storage units but one business owner thinks Abraham Lincoln Elementary School contributed to his issues.
    Owner of the cabins, Gary McDowell, explained his theory Monday night to the LaRue County School Board.

  • Morris withdraws claim against nursing home

    County Attorney Dale Morris’ withdrew a small claims complaint against the Board of Directors of Sunrise Manor Nursing Home after testimony May 5.
    Morris claimed the board refused to pay his legal fees after he represented the nursing home in a 2009 civil suit in LaRue Circuit Court. The suit was a payment dispute between the nursing home and a patient’s estate.
    Morris said his legal fee was $1,500 and had been approved for payment by Administrator Daphne Loyall prior to the board signing a management agreement with Signature Healthcare.

  • Relay for Life brings in $40,000

    Thanks to the dedication and support of the committees, sponsors, teams and community, donations total about $40,000. Some Relay teams have events planned over the summer and donations are still coming in. Any donation received before Aug. 31 will go toward this year’s team totals. The top five fundraising teams are Buffalo Baptist Church, $8,706; Abe’s Railsplitters, $7,229.49; Hawks For Hope, $6,364.19; Janet’s Angels, $4,103.48; and Nationwide Circle of Friends, $1,926.35. For more photos, see 4A.