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  • Better Business Bureau starts new grading system

    The Better Business Bureau is asking businesses to make the grade.

    The watchdog group for ethical business practices has adopted a new grading system for consumers to easily see how businesses rate. Now the bureau gives businesses a grade, from A-plus to F, instead of the “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory” they had previously assigned.

    Bureau officials wanted a system that could be easily understandable by consumers, said Cathy Williamson, the bureau’s Lincoln Trail Area office manager.

  • McConnell becomes longest-serving senator from Kentucky

    From his high-profile spot in the thick of Senate action, Mitch McConnell sometimes glances back to the corner seat he occupied long ago during his days as a Senate newcomer.

    McConnell, just starting his fifth term, has risen from the back bench to minority leader, and now the Republican known as a cunning, hard-hitting political strategist is about to achieve another milestone.

    On Saturday, McConnell surpassed former Sen. Wendell Ford as the longest-serving Kentucky senator.

    Ford served 8,772 days as a senator, according to the Senate historian's office.

  • New Haven works to increase safety on city streets

    In a first reading, New Haven Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to add four additional no-parking zones in the downtown area.

    New restricted parking areas will include South Main Street and North Main Street on either side of East Center Street and on the east side of the E. Center Street entrance to the Five Star gas station, on the south side of East Center Street across from the East Center Street entrance and on North Main Street and East Center Street corner in front of the Five Star.

  • City cuts Main Street budget

    Hodgenville’s Main Street committee met Dec. 17 to discuss an anticipated 25 percent budget cut. The quickly called meeting has led to questions about a possible violation of the Open Meetings Act.

    The Main Street organization, supported by city funds and grants, works to revitalize and preserve historic features of the downtown. Mayor Terry Cruse informed the group’s president, Larry Davis, the city’s contribution would be reduced by $500 per month this year. The city has been supplying $2,000 per month.

  • Two indicted on federal narcotics charges

    A federal grand jury in Louisville returned an indictment against Charles Lamont Moffitt, 32, of Lebanon, and Colby A. Barbour, 31, of Buffalo, on charges of possessing over 500 grams of cocaine with the intent to distribute.

  • Green County may pull prisoners from LaRue

    The Green County Fiscal Court is waiting to hear contract details presented by Taylor County to decide whether to change where local prisoners are held.

    Taylor County has built a new jail and wants to accommodate Green County prisoners. Currently most Green County adult prisoners are held at the LaRue County Jail.

    Green County Jailer James “Buck” Henderson is in favor of using Taylor County.

  • Museum directors looking for bicentennial replacement

    The local celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial birthday already has been planned.

    However, a recent cancellation has left The Lincoln Museum directors scrambling to find a Lincoln-themed program to replace the play “With Malice Toward None.”

  • UK winter wheat meeting coming

    After a boom year for grain prices and a surge in nitrogen costs, farmers might be wondering what 2009 has in store for them. The University of Kentucky Wheat Science Group is prepared to address those types of questions and more at their annual winter meeting in Bowling Green.

    The conference, which has sessions that should interest both new and long-time wheat producers, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST Tuesday at the Bowling Green Technical College’s Transpark Center, 221 Commonwealth Blvd.

  • Guthrie sworn into Congress

    Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green was sworn into Congress on Tuesday to serve Kentucky’s 2nd District, which includes LaRue County.

    Guthrie — who resigned as state senator just after noon — was one of 56 freshmen who took the oath to join the 111th Congress. The Republican replaces 14-year GOP incumbent Ron Lewis of Hardin County, who is a former pastor of Friendship No. 2 Baptist Church in LaRue County.

    During a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon, Guthrie said he is humbled and proud to serve the 2nd District.

  • State audit recommends changes for LaRue County Adult and Family Education

    State auditors recommended that LaRue County Adult and Family Education maintain better documentation in its participant files.

    This was the fourth year the state auditor’s office was requested to audit the Council on Postsecondary Education’s grant recipients. LaRue County was one of 31 adult education programs reviewed by State Auditor Crit Luallen’s office for the previous fiscal year.

    LCAFE served almost 300 students during the audited year, July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007, program director Sarah Hornback said.