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  • Judge: Not enough proof in arson case

    LaRue County District Judge C. Derek Reed failed to find probable cause against a Hodgenville woman charged with second-degree arson, burglary and criminal mischief March 25. Probable cause refers to evidence that would make a reasonable person believe a crime has been committed.

    Tonya D. Bell, 34, was accused of entering a garage owned by Arthur Allen March 8 and setting it on fire. Besides the building, a riding lawnmower, couch, go-cart, air compressor and toys were destroyed, according to court records.

  • Central Kentucky Community Action provides heating assistance

    Do you need assistance with your heating costs? The local Community Action office will assist families of low-income with the LIHEAP crisis program.

    To be eligible for crisis funds you must be in a heating crisis. You must have a past due/disconnect notice from the electric or natural gas company, or be out of bulk fuel within four days if using propane, fuel oil or kerosene, or wood, or a formal eviction notice from your landlord if heating expenses are included in the rent.

  • Go online with comments for state historic preservation plan

    The Kentucky State Historic Preservation Plan is a five-year comprehensive plan that addresses critical issues affecting historic and cultural places in Kentucky. As the primary state agency responsible for overseeing historic preservation activities in the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Heritage Council  is charged with developing plan priorities, goals and strategies.

  • KSP giving away a Dodge Challenger

    The Kentucky State Police Trooper Island drawing features a 372-horsepower Dodge Challenger R/T. The vehicle has a black metallic exterior and a dark gray cloth interior. It’s powered by a 5.7-liter V8 MDS VCT engine with a lifetime limited warranty. Other features include 20-inch chrome wheels, a rear spoiler, power sunroof, and six disc CD changer.

  • LaRue Schools on one-hour delay

    Two days after returning from spring break, the LaRue County School System is on a one-hour delay this morning because of snow. Some areas received a half inch or more.

    The overnight snowfall is creating scattered slick spots, particularly on lightly traveled rural roads and bridges or overpasses. Warm ground temperatures protected some streets and parking lots from the impact of the April snow showers. If your vehicle is parked outside, allow extra time to clear all the windows before heading for work or school.

  • $moke ’em ... If you can afford ’em

    House Bill 144, doubling the state tax on cigarette sales, went into effect today, and tobacco consumers have been very vocal in their reaction.

     “It’s ridiculous; highway robbery,” said Sue Ann Twyman as she bought a pack of cigarettes at Smoketown II on Lincoln Boulevard across from LaRue County High School. 

    Clyde Viers, another local cigarette customer at the business, agreed.

  • All bids for Sonora school rejected

    The Hardin County School Board voted last week to reject all offers for the former Sonora Elementary School property and ask for new bids for its sale.

    The board received five bids for the property, which is split into two sections. One section includes the building, and the other section includes land behind the building where the playground and sports fields are located.

    Only the City of Sonora made a combined bid for both pieces of property. The other bids were made by individuals.

  • Governor signs bill to overhaul CATS test

    Saying it is time to move to a new, stronger era of testing and accountability, Gov. Steve Beshear signed Senate Bill 1, which will overhaul the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System as part of the state’s long-term commitment to education reform.

    “In 1990, the Kentucky Education Reform Act made it clear that Kentucky was no longer content with its schools and the quality of graduates those schools were producing,” Beshear said.

  • Churches plan variety of Easter programs

    Many Christians celebrate Easter in the spring to memorialize Christ’s resurrection.

    This year, Easter falls on April 12, but several local churches have planned early religious and secular observances.

    Ovesen Heights Baptist Church on Bardstown Road is hosting four performances of the musical drama “Behold the Lamb.”

    Ellen Popham, the church’s minister of music, said the drama’s emphasis is on Christ’s ministry and miracles.

  • New Haven commissioner steps down

    New Haven Commissioner Fred Mouser resigned his seat Thursday.

    Mayor Tessie Cecil read Mouser's letter of resignation, in which he expressed having a "heavy heart."

    "At this moment in my life, I feel that I am unable to fulfill the requirement necessary to be a board member," he wrote. He went on to explain that personal engagements required more of his time and attention than he felt fair to the citizens of New Haven.

    Mouser said he felt someone who was capable of devoting more time would be better suited to the position.