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  • ECTC hosts lecture series

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is hosting the third annual Lecture Series, this year entitled “Embracing Diversity.” All events are free and open to the public and held in Room 112 in the College Administration Building on the main campus. For more information on all events, contact Allison Palumbo at 270-706-8446 or e-mail apalumbo0004@kctcs.edu.

    Upcoming events include:

  • Deputy jailer faces theft charges

    An expired registration plate on a vehicle parked at the LaRue County Courthouse drew the attention of a Hodgenville city officer patrolling the area. When Kentucky State Police ran the tag, they learned the owner, Jennie McGee, 46, of Falls of Rough was wanted on several counts of felony theft in Perry County, Ind. She is also a LaRue County deputy jailer.

    McGee was charged with five counts of “fugitive from another state” according to Kentucky State Trooper Jonathan Vaughn, who arrested McGee at her workplace at 2:48 a.m. Feb. 8.

  • LaRue County receives emergency funds

    LaRue County has been awarded federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. LaRue County has been chosen to receive $10,495 to supplement emergency food and temporary lodging programs in the area.

  • ECTC will present Lincoln wartime leadership address

    The Elizabethtown Community and Technical College “Lincoln Bicentennial Speakers Series” will present an address on “Lincoln’s Wartime Leadership and Presidency” by Prof. Charles P. Roland, at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 in room 112A of the administration building. The talk is free and open to the public.

  • 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.