Local News

  • 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.

  • Campbellsville Road site purchased for new state maintenance barn

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has selected a spot for a new highway maintenance barn in LaRue County.

    Mark Brown, public affairs officer for KYTC, confirmed a site on Ky. 210 (Campbellsville Road) has been purchased.

    The tract was transferred from Carl Howell Jr. and Sharon A. Howell to the Transportation Cabinet in June. County Clerk records show $75,000 was given for the land near the LaRue County Fairgrounds.

    Details for the new barn are not complete, Brown said. It will provide a “more efficient” place to store equipment, materials and salt.

  • Convicted murderer released from prison

    A LaRue County man, sentenced to 200 years for the murder of a Vietnam War veteran in 1988, has been released from prison.

    Dale Louis Brown was 29 when he was indicted and convicted for the murder of Jerry Thomas “Pete” Howard, 37.

    According to court records, Brown held a grudge against Howard, who lived in a small house near the Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek. Early May 7, 1988, he allegedly shot Howard in the abdomen and set the house on fire. Howard’s body was burned beyond recognition.

  • Inmate walks away from LaRue jail

    An inmate walked away from the LaRue County Detention Center sometime during the weekend.

    According to Diana Eads, spokesperson for Department of Corrections, Division of Local Facilities, state inmate Steven Earl McWilliams, 32, of Louisville, escaped through the restricted custody center fenced area. He was missed about 9:20 a.m. Sunday, June 27.

    Eads said an investigation is ongoing at this time and “no official reports have been received yet.”

    A state jail inspector spoke with jail personnel Monday, Eads said.

  • Fiscal Court receives state grant for solid waste

  • Technology may improve jail and ambulance service

    During last week’s LaRue Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates discussed some new technologies they hope will improve various areas within the community.

    The court is providing some funding for updating security within the LaRue County Jail. Closed circuit cameras are being installed throughout the jail. The camera system will allow officials who are given a password to access the visuals obtained by the system with a simple Internet connection.

  • Community comments heard at Mesonet meeting

    A public hearing June 22 reviewed possibilities for building a Kentucky Mesonet weather station in LaRue County.

    Western Kentucky University and the National Weather Service sponsor the Mesonet project, which builds weather towers across the state in an effort to allow counties to gather accurate information regarding the weather. The stations measure temperature, rain fall and humidity, among other things, and are used for agricultural, educational and weather safety purposes.