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  • House fire: Woman treated at hospital for smoke inhalation

    A Hodgenville woman suffered smoke inhalation when her house burned Sunday evening.

    Whitney Darst, 25, called 911 about 6 p.m., saying she was trapped in a back bedroom of her Leafdale Road home. The room was filling with smoke and the door felt hot.

    She was rescued by Buffalo firefighter, Craig Wright, who was first on the scene.

    Wright said he smashed the window with a rock and pulled Darst out of the smoke-filled room. 

  • State will not exhume animal grave at Taylor County Animal Shelter

    Taylor County's top official says investigators won't dig up a makeshift grave at the Taylor County Animal Shelter, a shelter that harbors LaRue County strays, to perform tests after all.

    And, he says, inmates are no longer being used to perform work at the animal shelter in response to allegations of abuse and neglect.

    In November, the Central Kentucky News-Journalreceived a letter from inmate Andy Stewart, who said he was working at the animal shelter when several animals were buried alive.

  • A killer goes free: Stories from families affected by shock probation

     Cindy’s story

     “It’s the worst thing a parent can ever go through, just knowing how she suffered. There’s just no way it will ever make sense to me at all.”

    Cindi McIntosh of Shelbyville, whose daughter, Beth McIntosh-Shreve, 37, a nurse at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, was brutally murdered in 2007, leaving behind three children.

    Carolyn’s story

  • One injured in wreck on Salem Church Road

    A single vehicle crash on Salem Church Road left one person injured Saturday night.

    According to Constable Ira Bloyd Jr., a part-time deputy for the sheriff’s department, Billy Turner, 19, of Hodgenville was driving a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero southbound about eight miles from Hodgenville when he “lost control of the vehicle in a curve.”

  • Three injured in crash near golf course

    Three people were injured in a collision about 5 p.m. Thursday near the LaRue County Golf Course.

    Kenneth Lee, 25, of Cave City, was driving a 1996 Doge Ram southbound on KY 61 and attempted to make a left turn on Keith Road, according to Constable Tim Ford.

    The pickup turned in the front of a northbound minivan driven by James R. Brown, 70, of Buffalo.

  • One injured in wreck on Lincoln Boulevard

    A wreck in front of Churchill Avenue last Monday closed one lane of Lincoln Boulevard for about 30 minutes.

    According to Hodgenville City Police Chief Steve Johnson, Adam Ward, 43, of Boston was pulling out of Churchill Avenue onto Lincoln Boulevard when a 2006 Chrysler Town and Country driven by Donald Kennedy, 54, of Lincoln Farm Road, struck his 1995 Ford Mustang.

    Passengers accompanied both vehicles, Judy McKinney with Ward and Jacqualyn Kennedy with Kennedy.

  • United Way makes impact in LaRue County

    United Way of Central Kentucky has made an impact in LaRue County through its support of programs like Kids Crew daycare and Boy Scouts.

    It’s now involved in a push to reach $1,025,000 in donations during its 2011 campaign to better serve the community.

    Christopher Wilborn, executive director of United Way of Central Kentucky, and Megan Stith, resource development coordinator, have been visiting local businesses in recent weeks, promoting the agency’s programs.

  • Flu season arrives

    Holiday gatherings may provide the perfect atmosphere for the spread of the flu.

    The influenza virus is passed from person-to-person by coughing and sneezing or touching something with the flu virus on it. Becoming infected equals fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches.

    The first confirmed case of the flu was reported Nov. 9 in Jessamine County.

    Nationwide, about 23,000 people will die from the flu or its complications.

  • No injuries reported in bus collision

    A LaRue County school bus was involved in a wreck the morning of Dec. 5.

    According to Hodgenville Police Chief Steve Johnson, Faron Humphrey, 42, of Magnolia, was driving a 2004 Ford F-250 pickup on Lincoln Drive in Hodgenville.

    The pickup collided with a bus driven by Larry Miller, 61, of Hodgenville in front of Hardee’s.

    Johnson said neither of the drivers reported injuries.

  • PHOTO: Bucket truck catches fire

     A bucket truck, owned by Nelson Tree Service, caught fire Thursday morning in the parking lot of Pamida in Hodgenville.

    Hodgenville, LaRue and Buffalo firefighters were dispatched to the scene.