Local News

  • Driver faces long recovery after crash

    A Hodgenville man narrowly escaped a debilitating injury following a single-vehicle crash that occurred Jan. 20.

    About 5:30 p.m., a 1993 Ford Probe driven by Jason S. Hatcher, 24, was northbound on U.S. 31E just outside Hodgenville city limits. The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed, according to LaRue County Deputy Matt Darst. It left the roadway, crossed the center line and struck a curve sign and utility pole on the other side of the roadway. It traveled about 180 feet before overturning and coming to rest on its top near the intersection with Forest Hill.

  • Fugitives apprehended by sheriff’s office

    Two convicted felons who walked away from a halfway house in Louisville Jan. 19 were apprehended in LaRue County by the sheriff’s department.

    David Brewer, 36, of the Levelwoods area near the LaRue/Taylor line, was serving a sentence for flagrant non-support. Charles Overbey, 42, of Mason County, was serving a sentence for possession of controlled substance (cocaine), according to Deputy Russell McCoy.

    The men were arrested without incident, McCoy said. They were charged with probation violations.

  • Nelson residents challenging state’s fence law

    Two Nelson County residents, Doug Kessler and Gilbert Chumbley, want Kentucky’s Fence Law changed. The men became aware of the law after a neighbor sued them to pay for half of a fence to divide their properties.

    Kentucky’s fence law requires the cost of construction or replacement of a farm boundary-line fence to be shared by neighboring landowners.

    Chumbley, who bought his property in 1977, said he would not have purchased the land if he had known about the law.

  • LaRue Schools start hour later than normal

    LaRue County Schools plan to start classes one hour later than normal today.

    The delay is weather related. Many rural roads and side streets still have some icy patches related to Friday's snowfall. It will ensure that buses and private vehicles will be able to travel in daylight, helping with travel safety.

    Significant melting is expected again today. Temperatures are expected to reach 40 degrees.

  • Local leaders meet with FACES of coal

    Miranda Harvey spoke of the importance of coal when she met with local officials Jan. 20 at the courthouse in Hodgenville, mining support here and across the state for this nation’s most abundant resource.

    Harvey, with Preston-Osborne, a public relations firm out of Lexington, told LaRue County Judge-Executive Tommy Turner, Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse and Community and Economic Development Director Bob Sims, “We all need to step up and realize how much coal plays an integral part in our economic well-being.”

  • Winter storm heads toward area

    The National Weather Service's latest update includes LaRue County in a winter weather advisory.

    The status means that snow is expected to cause travel difficulties. Motorists are advised to use caution and be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities.

    Total accumulation of 2 to 4 inches is possible. Because of the storm track, snowfall totals to the south are expected to be greatest in areas around the state line.

  • New bridge approved for Lynn Camp Creek

    A bridge is being planned on Die-Shiboley Church Road over Lynn Camp Creek.

    Hart County Fiscal Court opened bids at its Jan. 7 meeting, awarding low bid to Hornback Construction of Hodgenville, according to a report in The News-Herald.

    The bridge over Lynn Camp Creek will replace a concrete ford of the creek which allows water to pass through three pipes in the concrete. The area is near the LaRue-Hart County line.

  • Hodgenville resident indicted on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse

    Pedro Damien Mejia was indicted on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse by a LaRue County grand jury Jan. 11.

    Mejia, 35, of Hodgenville allegedly engaged in sexual contact through forcible compulsion with a minor on Nov. 14.

    Hodgenville City Police investigated the case.

    Bail is set at $9,500 cash only on condition he stay away from the alleged victim, dusk to dawn curfew except for employment and remain drug and alcohol free.

    He will be arraigned Feb. 1.

  • IGA burglary suspect back in custody

    A man charged with burglary of Hometown IGA three years ago is back in custody after being declared a fugitive months after his arrest.

    Steven Earl McWilliams, 32, was charged with third-degree burglary and complicity; theft by unlawful taking and complicity; two counts of criminal mischief and complicity; and possession of burglary tools and complicity in March 2007.

  • Woman pleads to amended charge in shooting death of Magnolia man

    A married Howevalley mother of four indicted last year on a murder charge for a boyfriend’s shooting death pleaded guilty to lesser charges last week in Hardin Circuit Court as part of a plea deal.

    Angie T. Ricketts, 32, agreed to a deal that gives her three more years to serve on a four-year sentence in exchange for her plea of guilt to a reckless homicide charge, a Class D felony.

    Kentucky State Police detectives did not arrest Ricketts after she admitted to fatally shooting 37-year-old Eric West of Magnolia around lunchtime on Sept. 29, 2008.