Local News

  • City raises tax rate, revenue stable

    Hodgenville City Council voted Monday to increase the tax rate.

    Mayor Kenny DeVore said property assessments are down “quite a bit” from last year. Some new homes were built, but existing ones lost some of their value.

    In order to bring in the same revenue as last year, the rate would need to be raised from .127 (12.7 cents) per $100 assessed valuation of taxable real property and tangible personal property, to .132 (13.2 cents) per $100.

    The rate will bring in about $425 more to the City than last year, said DeVore.

  • Red Hill loses $38,000 for second year

    Red Hill Cemetery lost $38,000 for the second year in a row, according to Hodgenville City Hall.

    Mayor Kenny DeVore said the situation isn’t apt “to get any better.”

    “It’s just the cost of doing business.”

    The city-owned cemetery, which is overseen by the Red Hill Cemetery Commission (consisting of city council members, the city clerk and city attorney), brought in $36,995.09 between July 2013 and June 2014. However, expenses were $75,374.64 for the same period.

  • Tot OK after missing for 12 hours

    Searchers found a 2-year-old girl Thursday after she spent the night outdoors with only her dachshund for company.

    Siera Cooper, 2, the daughter of Chelsea Stark, 21, went missing from her home at 1020 Union Chapel Road, Buffalo, sometime before 8:01 p.m. Sept. 3. The Green County E-911 Center was notified the girl had disappeared, along with two dogs, from the porch of her residence, authorities said. One dog returned later, but the other, a dachshund named Daisy, stayed with the child.

  • Teen injured in E’town Road crash

    A Hodgenville woman was injured Friday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Old Elizabethtown Road.

    Chance M. Schmidt, 18, was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Small Conventional Cab 4X north about 9:50 a.m. when the right side tires dropped off the roadway. Schmidt applied the brakes and the vehicle went into a skid, said LaRue Deputy Robbie Brownfield. The tires came back onto the roadway, sending the Chevy into a skid sideways in the northbound lane. The vehicle exited the roadway into a ditch line near the junction of Enlow Road, and slid into an earthen embankment.

  • Creekfront fundraiser to assist Foster

    A fundraiser is being planned to assist a young woman battling ovarian cancer.

    Hayley Foster, 27, was diagnosed four months ago and is facing a major surgery.

    Foster’s friend, Haley Glass, is holding an auction and cornhole tournament beginning at 1 p.m. Sept. 21 at Hodgenville’s Creekfront Park. The auction, led by Exit Realty, will begin at 4 p.m.

    The cornhole tournament is $10 per team.

    Several booths will be set up including Scentsy, Origami Owl and Pampered Chef. Concessions by Colton’s will be available.

  • Spaghetti dinner, auction to raise funds for Allen’s battle

    A fundraiser will be held this weekend for a woman facing a rare cancer.

    Teresa Johnson Allen, who is known as “Charlie” or “Chuck” to her friends, was diagnosed with ocular (eye) melanoma in May 2013.

    “I believe only four people out of a million get this cancer,” said Connie Heath, Allen’s longtime friend. The two women laughed together through tears, “saying, we wish she won the lottery instead.”

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  • Woman charged with trafficking in marijuana

    A search warrant at two LaRue County locations last week turned up more than 24 pounds of marijuana and landed a 20-year-old Upton woman in jail.

    Officers from the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force served search warrants Aug. 29 at two locations – one in Magnolia and one in Upton.

    Officers seized about 24 pounds of high grade marijuana as well as two firearms, according to a task force news release. An additional eight pounds of marijuana reportedly was discovered in Green County.

  • Family’s pup taken during theft at home

    A tiny puppy was taken from its Magnolia home Friday – and its owners are hoping a witness can turn up a lead to its whereabouts.

    Melanie Wells said her daughter Patricia’s puppy, “Ringo,” was in an exercise kennel on the carport when the family left for work Friday, Sept. 5. A small carrier, water and food were available to it.

    When they returned home about 7 p.m., they discovered the puppy was gone, along with a Poulan riding lawnmower.

    Ringo is 7-to-8-weeks old and is a Walker coonhound and pit bull mix.

  • Explore Kentucky focuses on LaRue

    To those who were raised in Kentucky, it can be easy to overlook the beauty – both natural and man-made – that the Bluegrass State holds. However, as thousands see every day on social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, there is more to our state than meets the eye.