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  • Smokeless tobacco top health and safety risk at LCHS

    Many high schools across the nation are plagued by gang activity, weapons in the classroom and outbreaks of violence, according to The National Criminal Justice Reference Service.

    At LaRue County High School, however, one of the biggest problems is smokeless tobacco.

    Students dipping, chewing and spitting tobacco was ranked as one of the top health and safety issues by students and teachers at the school, according to The Kentucky Center for School Safety. Graffiti, crowded hallways and a hectic parking lot also made the list.

  • Runaways found after two-hour search near lake

    Four Kentucky state troopers, two LaRue County deputies, volunteers from four fire departments and several other volunteers spent a couple of hours searching for three young runaways Thursday night.

    According to dispatch records, The Life Connection, a group home for teen boys, notified KSP that three children had left the Bud’s Lake Road facility outside Sonora. The juveniles were wearing shorts, short-sleeve shirts and no shoes, according to the report.

  • United Way of Central Kentucky seeking new executive director

    Landmark News Service

    United Way of Central Kentucky expects to fill its executive director's post before April.

    The agency, which reported having received 24 resumes in its search last week, will have qualified candidates to choose from, said Greg Schreacke, chairman of the board of directors. Those wishing to apply should do so before Dec. 31. A search committee set up by the board will help with the effort.

    The position became open this fall when Susan Asher stepped down after serving almost a dozen years.

  • Land of Lincoln P&Z meets Thursday

    Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning Commission will hold its December agenda meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10.

    Commission business to be discussed includes the schedule for 2010 meeting dates and rezoning.

    The first rezoning plan: Danny T. Rock of 428 Slack Road is requesting the rezoning of 0.4964 acres at 209 S. Lincoln Blvd. from R-1A (single-family residential) to R-3 (multiple-family residential) to allow existing garage to be converted into one or two apartments.

  • Pre-trial date set for former deputy jailer

    A pre-trial conference date has been set for a former LaRue County deputy jailer facing 11 counts of felony theft in Indiana.

    Jennie McGee, 46, of Falls of Rough, was arrested on fugitive charges by Kentucky State Police at her workplace Feb. 8.

    She pleaded not guilty to the charges and was to be tried by jury Oct. 12, according to Perry County, Ind., court documents. McGee’s attorney withdrew from the case in October and a new one took over her defense. She returns to court Jan. 20.

  • Deer me!

    Monday morning, the LaRue County Road Department crew faced the unpleasant task of disposing of a pair of deer carcasses that were dropped at the LaRue County Environmental Education & Research Center during the holiday weekend.

    The deer were not killed by hunters. The two does, along with a black and white cat, were struck by cars, then picked up and dumped by a county official.

  • Seminar offers advice, hope to job-seekers

    LaRue County’s unemployment rate has almost doubled in a year. In October 2008, it boasted one of the lowest rates in the state at 6.8 percent.

    It’s now 12.9 percent, according to statistics from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The rate is second highest in the Lincoln Trail Region, with only Grayson County being higher at 16.5 percent.

    That means about 1,000 LaRue Countians are out of work and competing for jobs.

    According to Julita Nance of the Office of Employment and Training, the competition is fierce.

  • E’town man dies from stab wound

    One man is dead and another is recovering from what police describe as “moderate injuries” after an early morning fight and stabbing at an Elizabethtown mobile home.

    According to Elizabethtown Police Department spokesman Virgil Willoughby, one of several occupants of an Elaine Court residence used a pocket knife to deliver a single but fatal stab wound to an intruder shortly after 3 a.m. Nov. 24.

    Police found Sixfrido Mendez, a 26-year-old Elizabethtown resident, “lying face down on a sofa in the living room,” Willoughby said.

  • Free magic show offered today

    Dinky Gowen presents his 16th annual Kid’s Day Christmas Spectacular 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at LaRue County Parks and Recreation.

    Dinky, who performs about 600 shows each year, will be joined by two guest magicians   and escape artist Jennifer Gowen.

    The festivities include magic shows – with new illusions – costumed characters who will meet and greet the children, games, door prizes and a special appearance by Santa Claus. No admission is charged and the program is suitable for all ages.

  • Hosparus holds Holiday Remembrance program

    The holiday season is filled with emotions, and for many of those who have lost loved ones, it can be an especially difficult time.

    Hosparus’ Holiday Remembrance is one way those who have lost someone special can celebrate their lives.

    The event begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church on Pear Orchard Road in Elizabethtown. Hosparus officials expect about 50 people to participate.