Local News

  • Man charged with causing '07 barn fire

    A Hodgenville man has been charged with causing a fire that destroyed a Hawkins Road barn Dec. 30, 2007.

    Phillip Despain, 31, was charged with second-degree arson by Kentucky State Police and indicted by a LaRue County grand jury March 15. The indictment claims Despain started the fire “with the intent to destroy or damage the barn ….”

    Bail was set at $25,000 cash only with conditions of no further law violations and no communication with the alleged victim.

  • Man faces charges in five counties after high-speed chase

    A vehicle pursuit that began with a driver refusing to stop for a law enforcement officer on Interstate 65 ended early March 12 when the suspect’s truck crashed 68 miles away in Metcalfe County.

    According to Kentucky State Police Post 3 Trooper Charles Swiney, an Elizabethtown officer ordered southbound Ollie David Campbell, 34, of Edmonton to pull over on I-65 at 12:30 a.m.Campbell didn’t comply.

  • Community activist had LaRue ties

    Ruth Ball Mixson, 85, pioneer in the field of psychological testing for children with mental disabilities, educator and community activist, died March 17, 2010, at Frankfort Regional Hospital.

    According to the State-Journal, Mixson grew up in Hodgenville. She moved to Frankfort in 1947 after completing her undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology at the University of Kentucky.

    She was predeceased by her husband Ashley Mixson. She is survived by a son, Ashley “Tip” Mixson of Frankfort.

    Rogers Funeral Home in Frankfort handled the arrangements.

  • Fiscal Court approves salary schedule

    LaRue County Fiscal Court approved 2011-2014 salary schedules for elected officials at its meeting March 23 at the courthouse in Hodgenville.

    “Thirty or so years ago, fiscal courts set most of these salaries, but now the state sets the salaries of most of the county’s elected officials,” Judge-Executive Tommy Turner said. “Today, fiscal court sets only the salaries of magistrates (about $578.69 per month), constable (set at zero) and surveyor (also zero).”     

  • Heady honored by peers, students

    LaRue County’s 2010 ExCEL Award winner, Beverly Heady, was honored by peers, students, friends, family and several state and local officials in a ceremony Wednesday.

    The ExCEL Award, sponsored by WHAS11 and e.ON U.S. honors teachers who have shown excellence in the classroom. The program began in 1989; LaRue County adopted the program in 2005.

  • At least 11 killed in Friday fatality on I-65

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  • Two Campbellsville women injured in crash

    Two Campbellsville women were injured in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon, March 17, on KY 210 about five miles east of Hodgenville.

    Brittany Cook, 19, was driving a 2003  Nissan Pathfinder east on KY 210 when she attempted to pass a pickup truck pulling a hayroller, according to LaRue County Deputy Russell McCoy. The truck began making a left turn into a driveway and Cook applied her brakes to avoid a collision.

    She lost control of the vehicle. It crossed the centerline, struck a dirt embankment and rolled on its side.

  • County fire department plans expansion

    LaRue County Fire Department is taking steps to build a second facility to house trucks and equipment.

    The existing 60-feet by 120-feet metal building on East Water Street is shared by county and city volunteer firefighters. It is no longer large enough to hold the equipment of both squads.

    LaRue County Fire Chief Jason Sadler squeezed between one of the department’s fire trucks and the bay door as he gave a tour of the facility last week. The firefighters used creative means to get everything inside the building. 

  • 4-H talent show set for Friday

    The annual 4-H Talent Show will be 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 26, in the LaRue County High School auditorium. Participants must register in advance by calling the Extension Service office at 358-3401.

    Categories include vocal, instrumental, physical skills and theatrical. Age divisions are junior and senior. Junior members are ages 9 to 13 as of Jan. 1; senior members are ages 14 to 18 as of Jan. 1.

    Cash prizes will be given to the first- and second-place winners in each category and age division. First prize is $15 and second prize is $10.

  • Juveniles tie up emergency services after traffic stop

    A pair of teenage girls facing drug charges monopolized two LaRue County ambulances by complaining of severe menstrual pain last week.

    Lt. Steve Johnson of Hodgenville City Police received a call to assist an investigation by the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force just after 9 p.m. March 9.

    “He said he needed help stopping a vehicle that possibly had marijuana in it,” Johnson said. LaRue County Deputy Marcus Jackson and Nelson County Deputy Dennis Wells assisted with the traffic stop.