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  • Abe's 200th marked by blue skies and song

    Feb. 12 – Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday was celebrated with the release of a new coin in his honor, a gun salute, a banquet and an opera.

    Visitors from around the state, nation and a couple of foreign countries joined local residents in honoring Hodgenville’s famous native son. Blue skies and temperatures in the 50s were a plus and stood in stark contrast to last year’s wintry weather. Sleet and ice caused the cancellation of the Feb. 12, 2008 Lincoln Bicentennial national kickoff.

  • County contends with debris removal

    Debris from the worst ice storm in recent history and what to do with it consumed the agenda as LaRue County Fiscal Court met at the courthouse in Hodgenville Feb. 10.

    “I can sum up the road department report in three words, ‘working in brush,’” Timmy Brown, county road supervisor, told magistrates. Brown said his crews are continuing to clear limbs to “get school buses through without breaking their mirrors and lights.”

  • Sheriff’s office audited by Frankfort

    State Auditor Crit Luallen has released the audit of the sheriff’s settlement – 2007 taxes for LaRue County Sheriff, Bobby Shoffner, for May 2, 2007, through April 30, 2008. State law requires the auditor to annually audit the accounts of each county sheriff. In compliance with this law, the auditor issues two sheriff’s reports each year: one reporting on the audit of the sheriff’s tax account and the other reporting on the audit of the sheriff’s tax account and the other reporting on the audit of the fee account used to operate the office.

  • Opera salutes ‘A Shirt-Tail Boy Named Abe'

    Who stood 6-feet-4

    Out under the sun?

    That’s 2-inches taller

    Than George Washington.

    “Abraham Lincoln” from “A Shirt-Tail Boy Named Abe”

    The opera “A Shirt-Tail Boy Named Abe” was, by most accounts, the most unusual offering for the Feb. 12 Lincoln Bicentennial.

    The musical theater was a production of the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre and Schmidt Opera Outreach Program. It was sponsored by Lincoln Days Celebration Inc., Dr. E. Britt Brockman and John Kenyon American Eye Institute.

  • Visitors flock to park in Lincoln tribute

    On Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday, his namesake park in Hodgenville was bedecked with yellow streamers.

    The decor wasn’t part of the festivities, however. The caution tape warned visitors to stay on the sidewalk to reduce the chance of injuries from fallen limbs.

    The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site looked like a “war zone” after the Jan. 27 ice storm, said Sandy Brue, chief of interpretation and resource management. It was without electricity and closed for several days as workers cleared the paths of limbs and debris.

  • License renewal deadline extended

    The state was late in mailing reminder cards for January license plate renewals because of a change in the way vehicle values are evaluated.

    Deadlines for the renewals have been extended through Feb. 28, LaRue County Clerk Linda Carter said. The reminder notes went out Feb. 5 and arrived in mail boxes over the weekend. Law enforcement, including Kentucky State Police, have been notified of the delay and asked not to ticket cars with expired January stickers.

  • Frankfort hosts Lincoln celebration in rotunda

    Abraham Lincoln was celebrated in Frankfort on his 200th birthday as state officials, invited guests and the current Leadership LaRue County class gathered for the Kentucky Historical Society’s midday ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda.

    The start was delayed briefly as officials awaited Gov. Steven L. Beshear’s return from the celebrations in Hodgenville.

  • School board: Skees questions transportation decision

    The Feb. 16 school board meeting began with board chairman Ronnie Chelf clarifying the reasoning for his vote opposing the extension of Superintendent Sam Sanders’ contract at last month’s meeting.

    Chelf said he received several phone calls asking why he chose to vote the way he did, and that people questioned if there was a problem between him and Sanders.

  • Contractors begin cleanup

    Contractors will begin removing vegetative debris from Kentucky’s recent ice storm in Breckinridge, Grayson, Green, Hardin, Hart, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties on Feb. 18.

     

    The work will consist of removing fallen trees and branches from highway rights-of-way, as well as cutting leaning or overhanging trees that still constitute a hazard to motorists.

  • Magnolia man charged with meth trafficking

    A Magnolia man is facing numerous drug-related charges.

    Mark Sietsema, 28, of Lawrence Lane, is charged with possession of methamphetamine, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, receiving stolen property, prescription not in original container and careless driving, according to Constable Tim Ford.

    Ford said he observed Sietsema driving “side-to-side” on Ky. 470 and pulled him over.