Local News

  • Rail crossing repairs close highway


  • Mullins honored as Administrator of the Year by KASA

    LaRue County High School Principal Paul Mullins is this year’s recipient of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators building level Administrator of the Year Award.

    Mullins, who led LCHS from 120th place on CATS testing to 29th place in five years as principal, will be presented with the award this afternoon during the opening session of KASA’s 2010 annual Summer Institute at the Galt House Hotel and Suites in Louisville.

  • Curtis hired as district energy manager for LaRue schools

    Chris Curtis has been hired as district energy manager for LaRue, Hart, Green and Taylor County and Elizabethtown and Campbellsville Independent schools.

    The schools are collaborating in a regional partnership.

    The pilot project began in 2007 to make public schools more energy efficient, according to a press release from Superintendent Sam Sanders.

    One thousand schools statewide are participating in the cost-cutting initiative.

  • Tucker sentenced to 10 years

    A Hodgenville man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to numerous counts of sex crimes against a child.

    A year ago, Steven Lewis Tucker, 31, of 2142 Lincoln Farm Road, was charged with two counts of incest, victim under age 12; two counts of first-degree sodomy; one count of first-degree rape; two counts of sodomy, victim under age 12; and three counts of incest, victim under age 12.

    As Kentucky State Police continued to investigate, more charges were added, including 213 counts of possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.

  • Superintendent receives nearly 'excellent' rating

    For the second year in a row, the LaRue County School Board conducted the superintendent’s evaluation in open session.

    Superintendent Sam Sanders received just under an excellent rating in his eighth year on the job.

    The scores range 0 to 4 with 4 being outstanding, 3 excellent, 2 good, 1 means the individual needs improvement and zero is unacceptable. Board member names were not attached to the scores.

    Sanders said the “evaluation in open session is somewhat intimidating, but transparency can be very positive.”

  • Ten candidates seek six seats on Hodgenville City Council

    The race for Hodgenville City Council will feature nine candidates seeking one of the six seats.

    Five of the six incumbents filed their intentions to seek another two-year term in the Nov. 2 general election.

    Councilwoman and Chamber of Commerce Director Rita T. Williams filed to run against incumbent mayor Terry L. Cruse.

    Former city councilman Kenny DeVore was the last to file before deadline Aug. 10.

  • Railway Museum back on track after flood

    More than three months after a flood submerged the town and derailed operations at the Kentucky Railway Museum, passenger service for tourists between New Haven and Boston has resumed.

    Train service stopped for about three weeks after a May 1-2 flood severely damaged sections along the 11-mile track between New Haven and Boston. Part of the track runs through LaRue County.

    Tourists were temporarily detoured on a shorter, southern route, while track officials repaired more than 6,400 feet of damaged track.

  • Thieves strike churches

    A number of LaRue County churches were hit by thieves last week and so far, there are no suspects in the case.

    The LaRue County Sheriff’s Department is investigating break-ins or attempted break-ins at South Fork Baptist, Buffalo Baptist, Roanoke House of Prayer, Salem Christian, Magnolia Baptist and Hodgenville Pentecostal.

    The first break-in occurred at South Fork July 26 when a small safe containing about $8,000 in offerings (cash and checks) was removed from the building. A second break-in occurred between Aug. 17 and 18. About $30 was taken from the church.

  • Family faces second traffic-related death

    A New Haven family is facing the tragedy of a traffic-related death for the second time in less than a month.

    James Patrick “Crazy Horse” Shoffner, 46, died Aug. 17 at the University of Louisville Hospital as a result of injuries suffered Aug. 14 in a motorcycle wreck. The crash occurred at 5:50 p.m., about two miles north of Raywick on KY 527, according to a report from the Kentucky State Police.

  • Two charged with trespassing at church

    South Fork Baptist Church has been broken into and burglarized twice in the past month. Members have become diligent in watching the grounds – a reaction that led to the arrest of two men early Monday.

    Two church members noticed a vehicle “pulled up beside one of the church buses” about 1 a.m., according to Deputy Russell McCoy. One of the men had crawled under the bus.

    “We think they were attempting to steal gas from the bus,” McCoy said.