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  • Hunting banned at McDougal Lake

    A locked gate on city-owned property led to a face-off between hunters and landowners at the Hodgenville City Council meeting Monday night.

    The meeting ended with the council voting unanimously to close McDougal Lake, a 90-acre lake on Ky. 470, to hunters.

    For the last 20 or so years, hunting has been permitted around the lake. An ordinance limited sportsmen to archery, black powder rifles or shotguns, but otherwise, there were few restrictions on deer or duck hunters.

  • Santa's Helpers make run today

    For 43 years, the uniquely local Santa’s Helpers organization has spent every Christmas Eve distributing new and gently used toys and clothing to children and food baskets to those in need.

    The project headed by Snookie MorrIson, have five stops planned Thursday for its Santa Bus, a refurbished school bus.

    Here's the schedule of stops:

  • Employers asked to respond to Wired65 survey

    LaRue County employers with five or more employees are being asked to respond to a Wired65 Initiative survey.

    The survey is an outreach effort being gathered by our Wired65 partner, ERISS Corporation. More than 23,000 area employers throughout the 26-county region, including LaRue County employers with five or more employees, will be contacted by telephone.

    Upon request, ERISS will send the survey to employers via e-mail.

  • State grant may be available for downtown businesses

    Hodgenville residents and businesses within the area served by the local Main Street/Renaissance Association may be eligible for matching funds to do external repairs to improve their buildings.

    The Kentucky Department for Local Government has set aside $200,000 in recovered funds from the previous round of facade grants, money which was allocated but not used the first time, and will make that amount available statewide in a small grant program.

  • Santa's Helpers struggling to meet community's needs

    Santa’s Helpers have provided assistance to local families for four decades. The group, first led by Bobby Morrison and now by his wife, Snookie, have spent every Christmas Eve distributing new and gently used toys and clothing to children and food baskets to those in need. It’s a year-long project that has brought smiles to the faces of thousands of children as the “Santa Bus,” a refurbished school bus, drives into their town.

  • Ambulance service missing $3,000 worth of stabilizer boards

    The Grinch is apparently alive and active among some Kentucky Emergency Medical Services this season.

    Pat Helm, director of LaRue’s EMS, brought a yellow stabilizer board to LaRue County Fiscal Court’s meeting Dec. 8 that had another county’s name painted in large black letters on it, but which Helm said actually belonged to LaRue County’s EMS.

  • Search for suspect leads officers to stolen vehicle

    Officers are searching for a Hodgenville man wanted on a felony charge.

    The LaRue County Sheriff’s Department located Anthony Scherer, 39, at a home on Strange Road Friday afternoon. Deputy Russell McCoy said he was attempting to serve a warrant on Scherer for Elizabethtown City Police.

    Scherer left the residence through a back window and managed to elude McCoy. Eventually, Sheriff Bobby Shoffner, Chief Deputy Marcus Jackson, constables Tim Ford and Ira Bloyd Jr. and a Kentucky State Trooper joined the search.

  • Lottery provides scholarships

    Students in Central Kentucky last year received nearly $52 million in college scholarships and grants paid for by Kentucky Lottery proceeds, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. These funds were used to award more than 33,500 scholarships and grants to Central Kentucky students.

    Statewide, more than $183.6 million in Kentucky Lottery proceeds paid for more than 120,000 scholarships and grants awarded during the 2009 fiscal year.

  • Trial date set in shooting death

    Nelson Circuit Court set May 24 as the trial date for the man charged with murder in the shooting death of Hodgenville resident Donald C. Marshall.

    Kenneth Craig “Sprout” Mattingly, 33, pleaded not guilty to two counts tampering with physical evidence and complicity to the same and one count each of murder and complicity to the same, possession of marijuana and complicity to the same, and possession of drug paraphernalia and complicity to the same.

  • Hodgenville offers Santa and a movie Saturday

    Santa returns to Hodgenville Saturday, Dec. 19, as the city continues its holiday celebration.

    The afternoon kicks off at 2 p.m. with a free showing of “A Christmas Story,” the classic tale of young Ralphie and his quest for an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.

    Remember: “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid”?