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  • Old Iron event scheduled for this weekend

    Old Iron of South Central Kentucky will hold an antique farm equipment show July 17 in Magnolia.

    The event will be held at Powder Mills Farm Equipment at 1555 Powder Mills Road in the Linwood community. There is no admission charge.

    Working demonstrations with horses and tractors will be held throughout the day including plowing, threshing and corn shelling.

    A flea market, craft and swap meet will be held with set-up fees required.

  • Editor wins journalism honors

    Linda Ireland, editor of The LaRue County Herald News, took home three awards at the Society of Professional Journalists 2010 Louisville Metro Journalism Awards ceremony at the Kentucky Derby Museum.

    Ireland entered three categories in the non-metro/community newspapers division. She took top honors in feature writing for her submissions of “Teen Beats Odds” and “Mule Man;” second place in feature photography for “Lincoln Days”; and honorable mention in column writing.

  • Unemployment rates falling in LaRue

    Unemployment rates fell in 93 Kentucky counties, including LaRue County, between May 2009 and May 2010, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    LaRue County’s May 2010 rate was 9.5 percent, down from 12.1 percent a year ago and down from 10 percent in April 2010.

    Of a 7,124-person civilian labor force, 6,447 were employed with 677 actively seeking employment.

  • City Council reviews gas contract

    Buying a gallon of gas is a complicated matter for a municipality.

    Hodgenville City Clerk MaDonna Hornback explained the decision to change fuel providers to members of City Council Monday night.

    “I looked at the cost and what it will save the city,” said Hornback. “I do that on everything I do.”

    City vehicles were refueled at Bault Oil, a supplier outside city limits, up until a couple of months ago. The city’s contract called for a purchase price of 7 cents per gallon higher than wholesale.

  • Swimming pool at Parks and Rec vandalized

    There was an incident of vandalism at the LaRue County Parks and Recreation swimming pool July 6.

    While pool workers and police aren’t sure exactly when the damage was done, they say that it must have occurred sometime after 2 that morning.

    Pool Manager Bryan Sprowls said picnic tables, chairs and other equipment had been thrown into the pool. The vandals also spread wax and lotion throughout the pool area and wrote profanities on a dry erase board at the entrance of the pool.

  • Mayor tackles suspect

    A suspected drug dealer’s flight from police ended when he was tackled by Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse.

    Officers obtained a search warrant Thursday for the residence of Brett Alan Decker at Lot 9, Fairview Drive, Hodgenville. Police Chief John Cottrill said a tip led them to suspect the presence of drugs and handguns in the trailer.

  • Upton man charged with wrecking stolen truck

    An Upton man faces numerous charges after he allegedly took his neighbor’s truck and wrecked it July 1.

    Christopher Ray Decker, 27, was charged with theft by unlawful taking/auto; operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs; first-degree criminal mischief and leaving the scene of an accident by Kentucky State Police.

    The neighbor’s truck was found overturned along U.S. 31W south of Ky. 84 about 1:30 a.m., according to court documents.

    Decker’s breathalyzer result was .145. The legal limit is .08.

  • Resurfacing scheduled on Lincoln Parkway

    Resurfacing work is scheduled to begin Monday, July 12, on Lincoln Parkway in Hardin County. The $1.4 million project includes milling and paving all lanes and shoulders of the highway from the LaRue County line to U.S. 31W. 

    One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction during the project. Motorists should use appropriate caution in the work zone. Scotty’s Contracting and Stone of Bowling Green is the prime contractor. 

  • Two Buffalo traffic stops lead to arrests

    A pair of weekend traffic stops resulted in a pair of arrests on drug-related charges.

    Constable Tim Ford was patrolling the Buffalo area about 7 p.m. July 1 when he stopped a vehicle driven by David Chad Allen, 30, of North L&N Turnpike.

    Ford said he smelled marijuana in the car and asked for permission to search inside. Ford said the vehicle contained components of a mobile methamphetamine lab.

  • Meth components, handgun found in vehicle

    Two men face numerous felony charges after a routine traffic stop on U.S. 31E turned up drugs and a firearm inside a vehicle.

    The driver, William Howard Thompson, 54, of Loretto was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and drugs about 8:30 p.m. June 30.

    LaRue County Deputy Russell McCoy said the vehicle contained a five-gallon jug of anhydrous ammonia, 50 grams of marijuana, prescription drugs and a defaced handgun.