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Local News

  • Class uses newspaper in life lessons

    Each week, The LaRue County Herald News supplies 903 newspapers to teachers who request them for use in their classroom.

    Community partners pay for half the cost of a regular subscription to each class, while the Herald News covers the rest.

    Teachers use the newspaper for practical lessons in economics, math, spelling, history and geography. It’s called the most up-to-date textbook available.

  • Couple files suit over land division

    A Magnolia couple has filed suit against LaRue County Fiscal Court and Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning in LaRue Circuit Court.

    Scott and Cyndi Martin claim they purchased 66.28 acres on East Leafdale Road and divided it into four tracts of 17 acres more or less. They planned to sell it earlier this year, according to the suit, and contacted an appraiser.

  • Mother of four charged with boyfriend's death

    A Hardin County resident faces a murder charge in the shooting death of a Magnolia man. Angie T. Ricketts, 32, of Cecilia was indicted Tuesday, March 17, by a Hardin County grand jury, according to a news release by Kentucky State Police.

    Ricketts, a mother of four, allegedly shot and killed Eric C. West, 37, of Magnolia on Sept. 29, 2008. Ricketts claimed self-defense at the time of the shooting, police said.

  • Conservation District celebrates 65 years

    For 65 years, the folks at LaRue County Conservation District have been faithful stewards of LaRue County’s land, helping conserve and improve the county’s soil, water and wildlife habitat.

    “The problems here when the district started in the '40s – erosion, water usage – are the same ones that exist today, though not as obvious,” said Michael Zahrndt, district technician, whose office is in the same North Lincoln Boulevard building as Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance, the agency that sponsored the district in its formation in 1943.

  • Unemployment benefits increased

    Gov. Steve Beshear has signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor that will give Kentuckians drawing unemployment insurance benefits an additional $25 per week. 

  • Main Street’s plans heating up

    The folks at Hodgenville Main Street are cooking up some plans to brighten your summer. Plans are incomplete, with final information to be announced later, but here’s a look at the possibilities:

  • County cleanup is Friday and Saturday

    This year Commonwealth Cleanup Week is March 22-28. LaRue County's annual spring cleanup days are set for noon-4 p.m. March 27 and 8 a.m.-noon March 28 at the LaRue County Maintenance Barn across from LaRue County Middle School.

    Bulky furniture, appliances, vehicle and equipment batteries (rechargeable), scrap metal, computer equipment and vehicle tires will be accepted for a nominal fee. Things will go quickly, so don’t be afraid of long lines. We will move you in and out quickly, especially if you load your truck or trailer with all like items together.

  • Vienna Boys' Choir coming to Campbellsville

    The final performance for the 2008-09 Central Kentucky Art Series will feature the world-renowned Vienna Boys’ Choir at 7:30 p.m. March 24 at Randsdell Chapel at Camp­bellsville University.

    To order tickets or obtain more information, call CKAS president Dr. Bill Neal at (270) 789-5349 or send an e-mail to nealwm@windstream.net. Tickets at the door are $15 each for adult non-students and $3 for students.

    Seating begins at 6:45 p.m. Season ticket holders are asked to arrive at this time.

  • Woman charged with burglary, arson

    A Hodgenville woman has been charged with second-degree arson, burglary and criminal mischief after allegedly setting a garage on fire.

    Tonya D. Bell, 34, is accused of entering a garage on White City Road March 8 and setting it on fire. Besides the building, a riding lawnmower, couch, go-cart, air compressor and other items were destroyed, according to court records.

    Bell is also facing charges of disorderly conduct, second and menacing after allegedly threatening a Hodgenville woman.

    Arraignment dates in LaRue District Court are today and March 25.

  • Hodgenville Elementary teacher honored

    First grade teacher Peggy Newton was honored as LaRue County’s Teacher of the Year – Excellence in Classroom and Educational Leadership March 18.

    The ExCEL Award is presented to teachers in only eight Kentuckian school districts. It is sponsored by WHAS-11 and LG&E.

    WHAS news anchor Gary Roedemeier presented the award at Newton’s home school, Hodgenville Elementary in front of her students and peers. She was awarded a check for $1,000 by LG&E for her classroom.