Local News

  • Couple enter guilty pleas in child abuse case

    Children who lived in terror were spared the trauma of testifying in court because a plea agreement approved Friday promises to put their mother behind bars for 10 years.

    Myra Rodriguez, 31, admitted guilt to 16 felony and 30 misdemeanor charges regarding what court documents called “torture and cruel punishment” inflicted upon four children – the youngest who was only 3 at the time.

  • Judge orders removal of signs along I-65

    A judge ordered the removal of religious signs near the Upton exit of Interstate 65 but an appeal is planned.

    In what Senior Judge Geoffrey P. Morris called an “extremely interesting case,” the state Transportation Cabinet claimed the postings are in violation of billboard advertising statutes. Jimmy Harston of Allen County, who said he erected the signs at the request of two property owners, said the messages are not ads but expressions covered by Constitutional protections of free speech and religious expressions.

  • Crowd offers opinions on laptop initiative

    Winter weather may have delayed the February school board meeting, but it was definitely heated up by the presentation of the 21st century learning initiative Laptops of LaRue.

    Thursday, the LaRue County High School Media Center was packed to standing room only with students, teachers, parents and community members who wished to share their support or concerns with the initiative.

  • Organization's help stretches from Haiti to hometowns

    Whether working to support an international relief effort in Haiti or responding to the need of local fire victims, the American Red Cross' Hardin-LaRue Chapter depends on the benevolence of private contributions.

    Although chartered by federal legislation in 1917, the Red Cross receives no recurring government appropriation, Sharon Thompson, director of the local chapter, told the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce's February luncheon.

  • Trial delayed again for former jail deputy

    There has been another delay in the trial of a former LaRue County deputy jailer facing 11 counts of felony theft in Indiana.

    Jennie McGee, 46, of Falls of Rough was arrested on fugitive charges by Kentucky State Police at her workplace Feb. 8, 2009.

    She pleaded not guilty to the charges and was to be tried by jury Oct. 12, according to Perry County, Ind., court documents.

    McGee’s attorney withdrew from the case in October and a new one took over her defense.

  • Kentucky accepts Common Core

    In joint meeting Feb. 10, the chairs of the Kentucky Board of Education, the Council on Postsecondary Education and the Education Professional Standards Board signed a resolution directing their respective agencies to implement the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts and mathematics.

    Kentucky is the first state to formally accept the standards. Higher, clearer and more in-depth academic standards are required by Senate Bill 1, passed by the 2009 General Assembly.

  • Local Marine falls in Afghanistan

    Lance Cpl. Matthias “Matt” Hanson was killed Sunday while serving in Afghanistan with the 36 Kilo 2nd Battalion Infantry.

    His family was notified of the 20-year-old Marine’s death about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, according to his older sister Megan Dohn.

    Few details were offered the family but they learned Hanson was shot and died of his injuries en route to a military hospital.

    He had been in Afghanistan about 40 days. It was his first deployment.

    Hanson, a 2008 LaRue County High School graduate, joined the service during his junior year.

  • Community honors fallen Marine


  • Man faces charges following wreck

    A Hodgenville man who was involved in a serious crash Jan. 20 has been charged with driving under the influence after testing positive for marijuana, opiates and two other substances. The substances were not specified in court records.

    Jason Scott Hatcher, 24, was charged also with possession of marijuana, use or possession of drug paraphernalia and first-degree wanton endangerment by the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Woman charged with possession of cocaine

    Betty Jaiecordivia Brasher, 42, of Hodgenville was charged Feb. 11 with first-degree possession of controlled substance (cocaine), second offense, by the LaRue County Sheriff. The investigation is ongoing.

    She is also charged with two counts of theft by deception (cold check) less than $100 by Hodgenville City Police.

    She was lodged in the LaRue County jail under $25,000 cash bond and will be arraigned Feb. 24 in District Court.