Local News

  • County's improvements topic at judge/executive candidate forum

    LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner spent most of his time at the April 13 candidate forum describing the improvements made to the county during his tenure – and what he’d like to see in the future.

    “I think we’ve done quite well,” Turner said.

    He said 25 years ago when he took office, the county roads were rated 40th in the state – they’re now fourth. All bridges have been brought up to weight-bearing codes.

  • Automotive supplier comes to Hart County

    Kentucky Chrome Works, an automotive supplier, will begin manufacturing operations in Hart County, according to the Governor’s Communications Office. The start-up project will create 80 new full-time jobs within two years and result in a more than $2.6 million investment in the Commonwealth.

  • Sheriff’s pay: Can the job be done for less?

    One of the points of contention in the LaRue County Sheriff’s race deals with salary.

    At the April 13 candidate forum, one of the questions was “Do you anticipate having additional officers and how will you pay them?”

    Democratic challenger Terry Cruse said his potential deputies include former sheriff Merle Edlin, former Kentucky State Police detective Rob Foster, former city officer Donald Jewell and current city officer Doug Sherrard.

  • 18-year-old charged with unlawful transaction

    Patrick Andrew Bender, 18, was charged with two counts of unlawful transaction, illegal controlled substance, after allegedly smoking marijuana with a 15-year-old female and a 17-year-old male April 12. He was charged also with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence after allegedly attempting to dispose of the marijuana at a traffic stop in Buffalo.

    LaRue County Deputy Marcus Jackson wrote in the citation that a baggie of marijuana and rolling papers were taken into evidence.

  • Pamida theft case waived to grand jury

    The case of a store manager charged with theft by unlawful taking was waived to the grand jury April 21.

    Bill Woodrow Willis, 29, of Radcliff is accused of making illegal transactions on cash registers without items being purchased at Pamida. Hodgenville City Police Chief John Cottrill said the transactions total about $5,700.

    Willis pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in LaRue District Court.

    The grand jury will determine if there is enough evidence to send the case to LaRue Circuit Court.

  • Magistrate forum draws light crowd, little controversy

    The April 20 political forum drew a light crowd at the LaRue County Courthouse.

    The forum, sponsored by LaRue County Farm Bureau and LaRue County Chamber of Commerce, attracted about 90 people – mostly family members and supporters of the candidates.

    All four seats of LaRue Fiscal Court are up for grabs this year and three races will be settled in the May 18 primary.

    District 1 – Hodgenville and Hodgenville West

    Democratic incumbent Peggy Hawkins faces a challenge from Gary “Tony” Stewart in District 1.

  • Saturday's storm costly to farmers

    Several areas of LaRue County were hit by a strong thunderstorm and high winds Saturday evening. According to the National Weather Service, the area was under a tornado watch until 10 p.m.

    Representatives from the NWS visited the county Monday and determined damage was caused by straight line winds that reached speeds of 50 to 70 miles per hour, according to Chris Jackson of 911/LaRue County Emergency Management.

    According to an unofficial count at Fisher Auto Parts in Hodgenville, about 15 barns across the county were damaged or destroyed.


    A storm front passing through LaRue County this morning is dropping heavy rain and has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning.

    LaRue, Nelson,Taylor and Hart counties are under the alert.

    Also, a tornado warning has been issued for Hardin County and radar indicates that Sonora and Hodgenville are in the path of the most severe conditions.

    The county also is under a tornado watch this morning as the storm's punch will last for hours.

    The storm is carrying winds of 30 mph with gusts in excess of 50 mph.

  • Alleged victim ordered to report to court

    The victim of an alleged assault failed to appear at the preliminary hearing of her accused assailant last week.

    LaRue District Judge C. Derek Reed issued a $2,000 cash bench warrant for Annabelle Carlen after she failed to respond to a summons Wednesday.

    A preliminary hearing is held to determine if enough evidence exists for the matter to be heard by a grand jury.

  • WKU offers program to veterans

    Veterans Upward Bound at Western Kentucky University has openings for more veterans who wish to prepare to enter college or vocational/technical school.  

    Veterans who do not have a dishonorable discharge are welcome to join the program to attend these free classes.

    Prior participants do not have to reapply.

    Those interested can contact (270) 745-5310 or veterans.upward.bound@wku.edus.