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  • Fiscal Court hears road report

    Business at Tuesday’s meeting of LaRue Fiscal Court at the courthouse in Hodgenville dealt mainly with road-related matters.

    Timmy Brown, county road department supervisor, reported crews have leveled and resealed Gunning Lane and L. Bell Road that were washed out during the flood.

    The road department is also finishing widening R. Skaggs Road. Brown said they will double seal it soon. 

    “We’ve also mow-trimmed Wheeler and Parker Grove roads and mowing crews are in the Levelwoods area,” Brown told magistrates.

  • Joiner's charges range from meth to marijuana

    A series of events, beginning with a hit-and-run, led to a Hodgenville man being charged with numerous counts, including manufacturing methamphetamine.

    Edward James “Homer” Joiner Jr., 39, has been charged with cultivating marijuana, five plants or more; cultivating marijuana, fewer than five plants; two counts of manufacturing meth; two counts of buy or possession of drug paraphernalia; and prescription (controlled substance) not in original container.

  • School Board provides updates on funding

    At the July 19 school board meeting, Superintendent Sam Sanders updated the board on a fence issue with Abraham Lincoln Elementary School neighbor Steve Hunt. Sanders said he observed the damage to the fence, which rests on the property line of Hunt and the school. He agreed to pay the cost of fixing it this time, but will write up a contract that any future repairs would be split 50/50 with Hunt, to which Hunt agreed.

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  • Former bookkeeper faces more charges in dental office theft

    A bookkeeper accused of taking more than $17,000 from a local dentist office faces additional charges.

    Jennifer Rose Priddy, 30, of Elizabethtown, a former employee of Dr. Douglas L. Baumgardner, was indicted by a LaRue County grand jury in January on one count of theft by unlawful taking.

  • Teen dies in single vehicle wreck

    Joseph David Ray Shoffner, 19, of New Haven died Tuesday afternoon after a single-vehicle crash on Bardstown Road.

    According to LaRue County Deputy Marcus Jackson, Shoffner was driving near Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek when he lost control of the Chevrolet Blazer. The vehicle rolled three or four times and Shoffner, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected.

    LaRue County Fire Department responded also to the scene.

    Shoffner is survived by his mother, Angela Gail Ball; his father, Crazy Horse Shoffner; and two brothers.

  • Teen dies in single vehicle wreck

    Joseph David Ray Shoffner, 19, of New Haven died Tuesday afternoon after a single-vehicle crash on Bardstown Road.

    According to LaRue County Deputy Marcus Jackson, Shoffner was driving near Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek when he lost control of the Chevrolet Blazer. The vehicle rolled three or four times and Shoffner, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected.

    LaRue County Fire Department responded also to the scene.

    Shoffner is survived by his mother, Angela Gail Ball; his father, Crazy Horse Shoffner; and two brothers.

  • New Haven man charged with indoor marijuana grow

    A New Haven man has been charged with cultivating marijuana, five or more plants, at his River Road residence.

    James Larence Johnson, 48, was charged also with use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Deputies Russell McCoy and Matt Darst said they found 57 marijuana plants, grow lights and potting soil inside the home when they served a warrant July 22.

    He was lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center. He will be arraigned today in LaRue District Court.

     

  • Man charged with burglary of ice cream store

    A Hodgenville man was charged last week with the burglary of a Baskin Robbins store, according to a report in The Herald-Citizen in Cookeville, Tenn.

    Brian Neil Hammons, 37, is charged also with evading arrest in the case.

    It was around 3:15 a.m. July 26 when someone in a nearby building heard a hammering noise at the back of the ice cream shop. He called police and Cookeville officers responded.

    The officers found the back door of the business had been forced open, and they could hear “what sounded to be power tools being used inside.”

  • State grant provides for courthouse improvements

    LaRue County has been awarded one of 19 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants to make improvements to the county courthouse.

    The state grant of $68,000 is part of $1,172,265 earmarked for energy advancements in each community. Improvements include retrofitting light fixtures to decrease energy costs, installing programmable thermostats to better regulate temperature and energy use, replacing doors and windows to enhance insulation and purchasing bins for recycled materials.

  • Mayor's presence at drug bust spurs civil suit

    Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse accompanied city officers to serve a search warrant July 1 at a Fairview Drive residence. The evening ended with Cruse tackling a suspected drug dealer who was running from police.

    A district judge found probable cause to send numerous charges, including trafficking, against Brett Alan Decker, 25, to a grand jury. 

    However, Cruse, along with the City of Hodgenville, is facing fallout from the incident.

    A Hodgenville couple has filed a civil suit in LaRue Circuit Court claiming they were detained and searched unlawfully by Cruse.