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  • Former deputy jailers charged with providing contraband to inmates

    A two-year investigation by Kentucky State Police has led to serious allegations against three former LaRue County Detention Center employees.
    All three are accused of bringing banned items into the jail. Two are accused of offering  contraband to female inmates in exchange for sexual favors.
    Travis Strader, 39, of Sonora, served as chief deputy under Jailer Ralph “Mac” Trumbo for several years. He lost his job last summer – along with most of the staff – after Trumbo stepped down at the suggestion of the Department of Corrections.

  • Wildfire threatens 10 homes near Mount Sherman

    A fiery disaster was averted Thursday, thanks to the rapid response of local firefighters and several Buffalo residents. Ten homes were endangered by an out-of-control field fire.

    Just after noon, Buffalo, Magnolia and LaRue firefighters were dispatched to a field fire off Mount Tabor Road. The flames, fanned by strong 25-miles-per-hour wind and fueled by dry brush and grass, spread quickly into yards and jumped the roadway in the 3100 block.

    Dean Salyer said he was sitting on his couch, watching T.V., when he heard his dog barking.

  • Sunday's fashion fundraiser to benefit Youth Service Center

    The LaRue County High School prom is set for April 16.
    For many teens, a search has already started for the perfect dress or tux, shoes and accessories – perhaps of more importance than the perfect date. Throw in a few necessities like hair and nail appointments and the price can become astronomical.
    Parents want their children to have a memorable event, said Linda Lindsey, owner of My Gal Boutique in Hodgenville, but the bleak economy is making that difficult.  

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  • Officers search for motorcyclist who eluded them

    Officers are searching for a person who eluded them on motorcycle and on foot Thursday night.

    According to Acting Chief Steve Johnson of Hodgenville City Police, a man driving a motorcycle – described as a noisy “crotch rocket” – ignored Officer Robby Brownfield’s attempt to stop him in downtown Hodgenville.

    “We’ve had a lot of complaints about the noise,” Johnson said.

  • AMERICAN IDOL: Lewis dropped after 'group night'

    Kenzi Lewis, the Hodgenville teen who received a golden ticket to Hollywood after her American Idol audition last summer, made it through the first round of Hollywood Week.

    Unfortunately, she was sent home after Wednesday’s “group” night. (The Herald News first reported she would be featured Feb. 17.)

    Lewis, 15, was shown last week in a short televised clip with host Ryan Seacrest before her audition at Pasadena Civic Auditorium. On that show, she survived a cut that narrowed the 327 contestants to 168.

  • Glendale man found dead

    A long-time Glendale community leader was found dead Wednesday afternoon after firefighters responded to a grass and barn fire on his property.

    Firefighters found Hardin "Sonny" Hatfield, 79, dead in the yard of his home on Glendale-Hodgenville Road as they worked to put out the four-acre fire, said Richard Peters, chief of the Glendale Volunteer Fire Department.

    A noted woodworker, Hatfield owned Glendale Antique Mall. He and his late wife, Marcie, founded The Depot restaurant in Glendale.

  • Slick roads contribute to numerous wrecks

    This week’s warmer weather is a welcome relief from last week’s snow and sleet.
    LaRue County Schools closed two days and released students early one day due to wintry weather.
    Slick roads also contributed to several wrecks.
    A three-vehicle collision Feb. 10 sent one man to a local hospital for treatment.

  • OPEN HOUSE: Buffalo Apartments ready for rent

    Potential renters got their first look at Buffalo School Apartments Thursday during an open house.

    AU Associates, LLC, of Lexington, a company that specializes in converting old hospitals and schools into affordable housing, purchased the Depression era school for $60,000 from the LaRue County School District two years ago. The $2.8 million construction project, funded mostly with tax credits, has stayed on schedule since funding was approved.

  • Kenzi Lewis survives first round of 'Hollywood Week' on American Idol

    Kenzi Lewis, the Hodgenville teen who received a golden ticket to Hollywood after her American Idol audition last summer, made it through the first round of Hollywood Week.

    Lewis, 15, was shown Thursday in a short televised clip with host Ryan Seacrest before her audition at Pasadena Civic Auditorium. She told Seacrest this was the “biggest thing” she’s ever done.

    Lewis sang Martina McBride’s “Independence Day” before the judges, according to her Facebook page.