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Local News

  • Pepper profit popped

    Local plans to reintroduce peppers as an alternative cash crop to tobacco have been foiled by Mother Nature.

    The steamy summer with record high temperatures provided a perfect breeding ground for bacterial leaf spot, according to Scotty Lee, owner of Lee’s Garden Center.

    “The water and fog spread it everywhere,” said Lee, who provided a transfer station for the crop. “The heat just multiplies the bacteria. Every time it rained, it spread faster.”

  • Rotary Club provides forum for jailer candidates

    The Hodgenville Rotary Club hosted the candidates for jailer at its weekly meeting Sept. 2.

    The forum, held at Paula’s Hot Biscuit, was well attended as the candidates made their case why they should be LaRue County’s next jailer.

    Each candidate had the opportunity to share their reasons why they were running for the office.

  • Marijuana grow spotted by KSP

    A Hodgenville man faces drug-related charges after Kentucky State Police found marijuana growing on his Glendale Road property.

    Brian W. Patterson, 36, was charged with cultivation of marijuana, five or more plants; possession of marijuana; and use or possession of drug paraphernalia on Aug. 30. According to court documents, KSP aircraft observed six plants growing on the property.

    Patterson will be arraigned Oct. 20 in LaRue District Court.

  • State suspends KCHIP fee to assist families

    Families in the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program, which offers free or low-cost health insurance to eligible children, will no longer have to pay monthly premiums to ensure coverage for their child.

    Previously, some KCHIP families were required to pay a $20 monthly premium to receive KCHIP coverage for their children. The Kentucky General Assembly approved suspending the monthly charge after determining it served as a deterrent to enrollment and caused some children to drop out of the program because of the burden of paying premiums.

  • LaRue's unemployment rate falls

    Unemployment rates fell in 111 Kentucky counties, including LaRue, between July 2009 and July 2010, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    LaRue County’s July 2010 rate was 9.7 percent, down from 14.1 percent the previous year. The rate was 8.9 percent in June 2010.

    Of a 7,117 civilian labor force, 6,430 had jobs.

  • Murder trial pushed back to December

    The three men charged with killing Donald Marshall last fall had their trial continued to December at a pre-trial hearing last week.

    The original suspect, Kenneth C. Mattingly, and two others charged later, Stephen Austin Howard and Maurice Greenwell, will now go to court on murder charges Dec. 8. The trial has been pushed back several times since the death in November 2009. 

  • Rolling Fork Festival begins Friday

    “Our 20th Celebration-Equine Excitement” is the theme for New Haven’s premier festival — The Rolling Fork Iron Horse Festival.

    The event, Sept. 10 and 11, will feature arts, crafts, children’s activities, old-time demonstrations, food, fun gospel and concert bands, and, of course, train rides.

    Friday is youth and family night at New Haven City Park, organized by Rolling Fork Baptist Church. There will be bouncers, concessions, demonstrations, games, shows and face painting 6-9 p.m. All events are free, except concessions.

  • Father faces 10 years for abuse of infant

    A jury last week found a 26-year-old father of three guilty of first-degree criminal abuse.

    After deliberation, the jury recommended that David Richard Reynolds of New Haven spend 10 years in prison for allegedly injuring his youngest child last year.

    A forensic pediatrician testified that the infant suffered 20 fractures to ribs, wrist and shin and a brain injury by the time he was 3-months-old.

  • Three charged in wire thefts

    Three New Haven residents face burglary charges after allegedly taking items from a vacant house last week in Lyons Station.

    Bradley Joe Newsome, 39, Sharon K. Newsome (also known as Sharon Branham, Sharon Potter and Sharon Burton), 48, and Robert Joseph Harris, 45, were charged with second-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking by the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office.

    They are accused of entering the vacant house and removing wiring and copper tubing. Three bags of wire and tubing were recovered.

  • Detention Center employees now certified to use pepper spray

    Several employees of the LaRue County Detention Center submitted Monday to a painful, eye-watering experience. They took a direct hit in the face with pepper spray.

    Afterwards, some stood stoically, waiting for the burn to go away. Others stuck their heads in a bucket of cool water, placed there by course instructors.