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  • Saturday's mule show dedicated to Routt

    Charles “June” Routt Jr. has great affection for bib overalls, his John Deere cap, Laha burgers, a small white dog with one blue eye and one brown eye and the two-story white farmhouse he was born in 90 years ago. He still lives there, by the way.

    But when he talks about his pets – those handsome, intelligent, strong four-legged creatures – it’s obvious he’s a mule man at heart.

    Routt has farmed all his life and most of those years he worked with mules – which are a cross between a donkey stallion and a horse mare.

  • Sen. Bunning is not running

    U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning announced Monday that he will not run for a third term in 2010, citing a lack of campaign money.

    The latest election filings show that from April through June, Bunning raised less than half the total of Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, a 37-year-old Republican who began an exploratory committee to raise funds while awaiting Bunning's decision on another term.

  • Football fireworks may be toned down

    Complaints about noise had the LaRue County School Board discussing a long-standing tradition of shooting fireworks from a cannon at LaRue County High's home football games after points have been scored.

    Some community members have voiced complaints about the noise.

    School Board member Dick Greenwell said most of the complaints came after several late games last year and that the loudness "can be a bit much at late hours."

    Board member Anita Cruse said she thinks "the kids enjoy it" but suggested "toning them down a bit."

  • Board evaluates superintendent in open session

    The LaRue County School Board broke tradition at Monday night’s meeting by discussing Superintendent Sam Sanders’ evaluation in open session.

    The meeting started with board member Norbert Skees’ motion to move the superintendent’s evaluation up on the agenda, but receiving no second the motion died. Skees also made a motion to discuss the evaluation in executive session, but that motion also received no second from other board members.

    The superintendent’s evaluation is based on a series of questions related to different aspects of his job.

  • Indoor grow bust nets 709 pot plants

    A Sonora man was charged with cultivating and trafficking in marijuana Thursday, July 16, after officers found an indoor growing operation at his residence on Oak Hill Road.

    Robert Allen Kincaid Jr., 38, also is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, second offense and possession of firearm by a convicted felon, according to LaRue County Sheriff Bobby Shoffner.

  • Teddy Bear Picnic begins at 11 today

    The LaRue County Public Library will host the annual Teddy Bear Picnic 11 a.m. Thursday, July 30, at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park. Bring a favorite stuffed animal and a sack lunch. Volunteers will provide games, music, stories and a nature walk.

    For more information, call 358-3851.

  • County Fair under way

    A trio of horse shows were scheduled to kick off the 102nd LaRue County Fair at the fairgrounds on Greensburg Street this week.

    However, muddy conditions canceled all three. Organizers have rescheduled the pleasure and open fun horse show for 7 p.m. Aug. 29.

    Through Aug. 1, fairgoers can enjoy a variety of pageants, snacks, livestock shows and demolition derby.

    Back for another year are karaoke, truck pull, backseat driver, poultry show, dress-up dog show, arena derby and cornhole tournament.

  • Groundbreaking held for new nursing home

    July 22 was called a "day of history-making" by local officials who braved a downpour and muddy field at a groundbreaking for the new Sunrise Manor Nursing Home.

    A large number of Sunrise employees, volunteers and board members joined representatives of Branscum Construction for the ceremony and a reception back at the nursing home. Branscum from Russell Springs  is building the $10.8 million, 142-bed two-story facility on a 13-acre lot beside the current nursing home.

    Site work begins next week.

  • Money released to logjam bidder

    The New Haven Board of Commissioners agreed to release payment in advance to Joe Boone Excavating, which was awarded a bid to remove a logjam in the Rolling Fork River.

    Boone, a New Haven resident, approached the council Thursday to ask for the remainder of the grant money allotted for the job.

    Minus a $375 attorney fee for writing the contract, commissioners were agreeable to the idea.

    “I have no problem if we have our fees paid ahead of time,” Commissioner John Ray Ball said.

  • Trafficking case to be heard by grand jury

    LaRue District Judge C. Derek Reed found probable cause in two related cases July 8 and held both to be heard by a grand jury.

    Beverly Reliford, 51, of Greensburg is charged with trafficking in controlled substance, first degree; tampering with physical evidence; obstructing or interfering with an investigation; and prescription not in a proper container.

    Reliford is a social worker in Greensburg.