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  • Community considered for National Heritage Area

    National Park Service representatives met with community members interested in a National Heritage Area proposed for this area because of its Abraham Lincoln ties.

    The meeting, held Jan. 5 in the Lincoln Museum Community Room, was attended by about 30 people.

    LaRue County, birthplace of Abraham Lincoln 200 years ago, is one of 17 Kentucky sites that Congress has identified in a directive for the NPS to study the feasibility of such a designation.

  • Case to be heard by grand jury

    The case of a 30-year-old Hodgenville man charged with first-degree rape of a young teen will be heard by a LaRue County grand jury.

    Troy Eugene Tarter was arrested Jan. 2 at a relative’s house following an extended investigation, according to LaRue County Deputy Matt Darst.

    Tarter was charged also with first-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of unlawful transaction with a minor.

    In LaRue District Court last week, Tarter waived his right to a preliminary hearing. The charges will be heard by a grand jury.

  • Extension Leadership Banquet to be held Monday

    It’s not too late to sign up to attend the annual Extension Leadership Banquet. The banquet will be 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at the Extension Service office and is open to anyone wishing to attend.

    Call the Extension Service office at 358-3401 to reserve your tickets. You may pay the $6 ticket fee at the door the evening of the banquet. 

    The meal will be prepared by the Crosstown Homemakers.

  • Historic District expansion celebrated at luncheon today

    The Hodgenville Main Street/Renaissance Association plans to celebrate approval for the enlargement of Hodgenville’s commercial historic district in a ceremony today.

    The luncheon begins at noon in the Lincoln Museum Community Room on the square.

  • LaRue under weather advisory

    A winter weather advisory issued this morning by the National Weather Service includes LaRue County. Residents are encouraged to take special precautions early today because of a light band of snow. Accumulations will be one inch or less, according to the weather service statement.

    The advisory — issued just after 5 a.m. — is in effect until noon today. Hardin, Meade and Nelson counties also are covered by the alert as is much of southern Indiana and Kentucky counties in and around Louisville. Areas south of LaRue are not part of the 30-county advisory zone.

  • Grants to provide CPR and block watch training

    Thanks to a state grant, LaRue Countians have the opportunity to learn basic lifesaving skills – free of charge.

    Instruction and certification will be provided in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and basic first aid, according to Chris Jackson of LaRue County Emergency Management.

    CPR is used to restore breathing or heartbeat through chest compression and mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing.

    A paramedic from LaRue County EMS will provide the free training to residents in various locations – Hodgenville, Magnolia, Roanoke and Rolling Fork.

  • Boxer Nick Rupa charged in traffic stop

    A boxer who went 10 rounds with the Light Middleweight Champion of the World appeared in LaRue District Court Jan. 13.

    Nick Rupa, 44, of Nashville, Tenn., was arraigned on a charge of operating on a suspended license.

    According to court documents, Rupa was driving a 1993 Chevrolet three miles east of White City about 10 p.m. Dec. 31 when he was stopped by Constable Tim Ford.

    His bond was set at $500 on condition of no driving.

    In court, LaRue District Judge C. Derek Reed recognized Rupa’s name and asked about his fights.

  • 'No man's land' creates problem for dispatch

    For the last nine years, Roy Fisher has lived in a Bedford stone house on West Skaggs Road.

    The area is a type of “no man’s land” near the junction of three county lines. West Skaggs is actually a loop of old Campbellsville Road in LaRue County. The new highway, about a fourth of a mile away, is in Taylor County.

  • New Haven woman faces more charges

    A New Haven woman already facing charges in a Nelson County murder case was to be arraigned Wednesday on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment in LaRue District Court.

    Jennifer Nichols, 32, of Edlin Hill Road, was scheduled to be in the LaRue court Jan. 6 but court officials learned she had been indicted for first-degree burglary and complicity by a Nelson County grand jury and was being held in the Nelson County Detention Center.

  • Unemployment rate down, construction up in county

    Times are tough.

    The recession – some economists say depression – continues across the country with high unemployment and foreclosure rates.

    Locally, however, glimmers of returning prosperity have appeared.

    LaRue County’s unemployment rate fell three percentage points between October and November.