Local News

  • Hodgenville, Magnolia weather sirens to be tested today

    The Hodgenville emergency siren on Greensburg Street was destroyed by lightning recently. Due to the age of the system, officials were not able to locate replacement parts to make repairs.

    The city purchased a new electronic system that will be activated from the local 911 system during a threat of severe weather.

    Mayor Terry Cruse said the new equipment cost about $1,700, but will serve the community for several years. 

    The Magnolia emergency siren was struck by lightning about six months ago and has been replaced as well.

  • Fire damages Mount Sherman house

    A Mount Sherman house owned by Glen Burba was damaged extensively by fire Monday about noon. Buffalo and Magnolia firefighters said the flames were in the ceiling when they arrived.

    It appeared the fire began near the water heater. No one was living in the home. Burba was readying it for a renter.

    No injuries were reported.

  • County’s recycling efforts pay off

    Last year, LaRue County’s Renaissance Recycling center, on East Water Street in Hodgenville, collected 1.2 million pounds of cardboard, plastic, paper, glass and other items for reuse that otherwise would have wound up in a landfill.

    “I am amazed how supportive the people have been,” said Jill Gray, the county’s solid waste coordinator who saw the center’s yearly collections grow from 150 tons its first year (2006) to 2009’s whopping 590 tons.

    Tommy Turner, LaRue County judge-executive, also was impressed.

  • Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health System to expand

    Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health System in Radcliff will add 24 beds to accommodate adults coping with mental illness and/or chemical dependency.

  • Laptop supporters begin petition drive for new vote

    After failing to win unanimous support from the School Board for the Laptops of LaRue program, a group of supporters is calling for a new vote.

    At an organizational meeting Monday of Laptops for LaRue N.O.W. (No Opportunity Wasted), Chamber of Commerce President Kenny Rambo led a discussion of organizing a grassroots petition effort.

    About 40 people – parents, current and retired educators and students – gathered at the Civic Center to brainstorm ways of convincing the board to reconsider its vote.

  • Man charged with causing '07 barn fire

    A Hodgenville man has been charged with causing a fire that destroyed a Hawkins Road barn Dec. 30, 2007.

    Phillip Despain, 31, was charged with second-degree arson by Kentucky State Police and indicted by a LaRue County grand jury March 15. The indictment claims Despain started the fire “with the intent to destroy or damage the barn ….”

    Bail was set at $25,000 cash only with conditions of no further law violations and no communication with the alleged victim.

  • Man faces charges in five counties after high-speed chase

    A vehicle pursuit that began with a driver refusing to stop for a law enforcement officer on Interstate 65 ended early March 12 when the suspect’s truck crashed 68 miles away in Metcalfe County.

    According to Kentucky State Police Post 3 Trooper Charles Swiney, an Elizabethtown officer ordered southbound Ollie David Campbell, 34, of Edmonton to pull over on I-65 at 12:30 a.m.Campbell didn’t comply.

  • Community activist had LaRue ties

    Ruth Ball Mixson, 85, pioneer in the field of psychological testing for children with mental disabilities, educator and community activist, died March 17, 2010, at Frankfort Regional Hospital.

    According to the State-Journal, Mixson grew up in Hodgenville. She moved to Frankfort in 1947 after completing her undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology at the University of Kentucky.

    She was predeceased by her husband Ashley Mixson. She is survived by a son, Ashley “Tip” Mixson of Frankfort.

    Rogers Funeral Home in Frankfort handled the arrangements.

  • Fiscal Court approves salary schedule

    LaRue County Fiscal Court approved 2011-2014 salary schedules for elected officials at its meeting March 23 at the courthouse in Hodgenville.

    “Thirty or so years ago, fiscal courts set most of these salaries, but now the state sets the salaries of most of the county’s elected officials,” Judge-Executive Tommy Turner said. “Today, fiscal court sets only the salaries of magistrates (about $578.69 per month), constable (set at zero) and surveyor (also zero).”     

  • Heady honored by peers, students

    LaRue County’s 2010 ExCEL Award winner, Beverly Heady, was honored by peers, students, friends, family and several state and local officials in a ceremony Wednesday.

    The ExCEL Award, sponsored by WHAS11 and e.ON U.S. honors teachers who have shown excellence in the classroom. The program began in 1989; LaRue County adopted the program in 2005.