Local News

  • Swimming pool at Parks and Rec vandalized

    There was an incident of vandalism at the LaRue County Parks and Recreation swimming pool July 6.

    While pool workers and police aren’t sure exactly when the damage was done, they say that it must have occurred sometime after 2 that morning.

    Pool Manager Bryan Sprowls said picnic tables, chairs and other equipment had been thrown into the pool. The vandals also spread wax and lotion throughout the pool area and wrote profanities on a dry erase board at the entrance of the pool.

  • Mayor tackles suspect

    A suspected drug dealer’s flight from police ended when he was tackled by Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse.

    Officers obtained a search warrant Thursday for the residence of Brett Alan Decker at Lot 9, Fairview Drive, Hodgenville. Police Chief John Cottrill said a tip led them to suspect the presence of drugs and handguns in the trailer.

  • Upton man charged with wrecking stolen truck

    An Upton man faces numerous charges after he allegedly took his neighbor’s truck and wrecked it July 1.

    Christopher Ray Decker, 27, was charged with theft by unlawful taking/auto; operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs; first-degree criminal mischief and leaving the scene of an accident by Kentucky State Police.

    The neighbor’s truck was found overturned along U.S. 31W south of Ky. 84 about 1:30 a.m., according to court documents.

    Decker’s breathalyzer result was .145. The legal limit is .08.

  • Resurfacing scheduled on Lincoln Parkway

    Resurfacing work is scheduled to begin Monday, July 12, on Lincoln Parkway in Hardin County. The $1.4 million project includes milling and paving all lanes and shoulders of the highway from the LaRue County line to U.S. 31W. 

    One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction during the project. Motorists should use appropriate caution in the work zone. Scotty’s Contracting and Stone of Bowling Green is the prime contractor. 

  • Two Buffalo traffic stops lead to arrests

    A pair of weekend traffic stops resulted in a pair of arrests on drug-related charges.

    Constable Tim Ford was patrolling the Buffalo area about 7 p.m. July 1 when he stopped a vehicle driven by David Chad Allen, 30, of North L&N Turnpike.

    Ford said he smelled marijuana in the car and asked for permission to search inside. Ford said the vehicle contained components of a mobile methamphetamine lab.

  • Meth components, handgun found in vehicle

    Two men face numerous felony charges after a routine traffic stop on U.S. 31E turned up drugs and a firearm inside a vehicle.

    The driver, William Howard Thompson, 54, of Loretto was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and drugs about 8:30 p.m. June 30.

    LaRue County Deputy Russell McCoy said the vehicle contained a five-gallon jug of anhydrous ammonia, 50 grams of marijuana, prescription drugs and a defaced handgun.

  • LaRue included in ag-assistance program

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture declared  LaRue and 14 other counties in the Second Congressional District eligible for agriculture emergency assistance for damage caused by the storms that hit the area starting May 1.

    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, who sent a letter in early May to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack requesting a prompt review for agriculture emergency assistance, announced the designation Friday.

  • County receives $32,400 state grant for recycling

    LaRue County Fiscal Court has received a state grant of $32,400 to expand the county’s recycling efforts.

    Grants totaling more than $3.5 million were distributed to reduce the amount of solid waste going into landfills and sustain the environmental management of hazardous waste from homes, including electronic scrap and mercury.

  • Stanton outlines improvements for jail

    In May, LaRue County’s Fiscal Court discussed the role of Jail Consultant Joey Stanton, questioning whether he was truly necessary. Recently, in an ironic twist of events, Stanton has been promoted and is now overseeing all operations within the jail.

    Kentucky’s Department of Corrections stepped in after a rash of escapes from the LaRue County Detention Center and Stanton has been given oversight of the jail.

  • Board amends school calendar

    As projected, the LaRue County School Board revisited the school calendar and certified salary schedule June 21 to change both according to the two days being added back to the school calendar at the state legislature’s special session

    Per the outcome of the special session, the state will pay for one day and districts will pay for the second day.

    The revised school calendar, which makes May 6, 2011 a teacher workday and May 20, 2011 the closing day, and the revised certified salary schedule and extended employment/extra service schedule were unanimously approved.