Local News

  • Unemployment rate down, construction up in county

    Times are tough.

    The recession – some economists say depression – continues across the country with high unemployment and foreclosure rates.

    Locally, however, glimmers of returning prosperity have appeared.

    LaRue County’s unemployment rate fell three percentage points between October and November.

  • County spreads 130 tons of salt on roadways

    LaRue County road crews spread about 130 tons of salt during the recent snow and cold spell, Timmy Brown, county road supervisor, told magistrates meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville Jan. 12.

    “That’s almost three times what we would have used if temperatures would have risen above freezing,” he said. Brown said he has another 150 tons ordered.

    He also reported his crews have started removing the fence line and trees along Brooks Road to improve driver visibility and provide more sunlight on the road.

  • Cocaine dealer sentenced to 10 years

    Clinton Eric Wirth, 36, was sentenced to 10 years after being found guilty Jan. 6 of first-degree trafficking in controlled substance (cocaine); first-degree possession of cocaine; trafficking in marijuana, less than eight ounces; possession of marijuana; and use or possession of drug paraphernalia in LaRue Circuit Court.

    Nine years of the sentence was suspended on condition of several conditions. He was credited for 16 days served and fined $185.

  • Bench warrant issued for Sonora man

    A bench warrant has been issued for a Sonora man who has missed two scheduled appearances in LaRue Circuit Court.

    Bryan Eric Henderson, 23, of Maple Avenue, was charged with first-degree assault in August after allegedly stabbing a Hodgenville man in the back with a pocketknife. The alleged victim suffered a puncture wound to the lung.

    Henderson appeared in LaRue District Court in August and entered a not guilty plea.

    However, he has missed both circuit court summons since his indictment by a grand jury in November.

  • Forum to be held for laptop initiative

    A forum for students, staff, parents and the community is planned to address questions and collect opinions on a potential Laptops of LaRue - 21st Century Learning Initiative.  This will be a discussion about pros and cons of  providing laptop computers to high school students.

    The forum will be held 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Hodgenville Elementary School. No action will be taken at this forum.

  • Council finalizes hunting ban at lake

    At Monday’s meeting of Hodgenville City Council:

    •The second reading of the McDougal Lake hunting and fishing ordinance was held. Fishing is permitted at the city-owned lake; hunting is banned.

    •Council members approved the request of Danny T. Rock to rezone property at 104 W. Forest Ave. from residential to business. Rock, co-owner of Rock and Rogers Service Center, plans to tear down an older house on the site to expand a parking lot.

  • Wintry weather hits county

    The first significant snowfall of the season made driving treacherous and prompted administrators to close LaRue County Schools Thursday and Friday.

    Although the snow tapered off by Friday, subfreezing temperatures kept side roads and parking lots slippery. Most of the major roadways were cleared quickly by state and local road crews. State trucks pretreated many of the roads with salt brine Wednesday, according to the Transportation Cabinet.

    Several fender benders were reported due to icy conditions, but no injury accidents were reported.

  • Juveniles charged with burglary

    Two juveniles have been charged with second-degree burglary of Hodgenville homes.

    According to Hodgenville City Officer Doug Sherrard, a Gateway computer and monitor were taken from a Fairview Drive residence Oct. 30.

    Another break-in occurred Dec. 21 on Miami Court. A BB gun and other items were taken.

    A 13-year-old male became a suspect and was charged in both cases which are being handled through juvenile court.

  • Local election filings

    Partisan candidates have until Jan. 26 to file for upcoming local elections.

    In the May 18 primary, the top vote-getter in each race among Republicans and Democrats will square off in the November general election.

    Those who have filed include:

    LaRue County Judge/Executive

    Tommy Turner (D)

    County Clerk

    Linda Carter (D)

    County Attorney

    Dale Morris (D)


    Bobby Shoffner (D)


    James Q. Shaw (D)


    Daniel M. Trumbo (D)

  • Volunteers sought for mounted patrol

    An organizational meeting for the Kentucky Emergency Management Area 4 Volunteer Mounted Patrol Unit will be 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the Civic Center, 321 S. Third St., Bardstown.

    The meeting is of interest to the following EM Area 4 counties: Nelson, LaRue, Hardin, Bullitt, Jefferson, Meade and Breckinridge counties.