Local News

  • Louisville man pleads guilty to IGA burglary

    Jury selection had been completed when Steven Earl McWilliams, 32, of Louisville decided to forego a trial and enter a guilty plea Feb. 22 to several complicity charges in LaRue Circuit Court.

    McWilliams was charged with the burglary of Hometown IGA three years ago. His accomplice, Jeffrey W. McAdams, 22, of Louisville was sentenced to four years after being found guilty of his part in the crime. He is serving his sentence in the Campbell County Jail.

  • Extension Expo is Saturday

    The 28th annual Extension Expo will be held Saturday at the LaRue County High School gym.

    Seventy commercial and service booths will offer an array of information and giveaways 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The booths filled up early this year and several businesses asked to have their names placed on a waiting list, according to LaRue County Extension Service staff assistant Sue Ann McCandless.

  • Store manager enters not guilty plea

    A store manager charged with theft by unlawful taking entered a not guilty plea Wednesday in LaRue District Court.

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

    Willis was lodged in the LaRue County Jail under $9,500 cash bond. His attorney Lewis Preston filed a motion to lower bond to $950 full cash.

  • Suspected meth lab explosion sends one to Louisville hospital

    The LaRue County Sheriff’s Department is assisting the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force in the investigation of a suspected methamphetamine lab explosion.

    Monday afternoon, officers received a report of a man with severe burns on his face and arms at a house on Riggs Street in Upton.

    The extent of his injuries are not known, but Deputy Russell McCoy said the burns were probably first- or second-degree. Hardin County EMS transported the man to a Louisville hospital.

  • Railway Museum in running for grant

    Those who ride the rails in New Haven may find the track smoother than before if proposed repairs are made.

    New Haven Board of Commissioners passed a resolution to participate in a T-21 federal transportation enhancement grant application on behalf of the Kentucky Railway Museum.

    If awarded, the funds would be used to make repairs and restoration of the historic railroad bridge over the Beech Fork River.

    The approximately 200-foot-long double camel back trestle bridge is the largest of seven bridges in the 17 miles of track cared for by KRM.

  • Generator theft during ice storm leads to jail time for two

    Last winter’s ice storm knocked out utilities, made roads treacherous and crippled communications across the state.

    Workers spent countless hours trying to restore electricity, water and telephone service to many areas. South Central Rural Telephone Co., based in Glasgow, hooked gas generators to outdoor telephone boxes to make sure residents were able to call for assistance during the worst of the storm.

  • ExCEL winner to be honored today

    LaRue County’s ExCEL Award winner, Beverly Heady, will be honored at a ceremony 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, 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.

    Heady is a veteran second-grade teacher at ALES. She attended Western Kentucky University, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1992, and later a master’s and Rank I.

  • Fiscal Court approves hiring of part-time paramedics

    LaRue County Fiscal Court approved the hiring of two new part-time paramedics at its meeting Feb. 23 at the courthouse in Hodgenville.

    Matthew Hall and Robert Gibson will be added to the staff. Pat Helm, LaRue’s emergency medical services director, reported that an EMT, Javier Aleman, has completed all requirements for his paramedic license. Aleman has worked full time at LaRue for the past two years and part time the three previous years. 

    Helm’s department made 54 ambulance transports last month.

    Road Department report

  • 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.