Local News

  • School board: Skees questions transportation decision

    The Feb. 16 school board meeting began with board chairman Ronnie Chelf clarifying the reasoning for his vote opposing the extension of Superintendent Sam Sanders’ contract at last month’s meeting.

    Chelf said he received several phone calls asking why he chose to vote the way he did, and that people questioned if there was a problem between him and Sanders.

  • Contractors begin cleanup

    Contractors will begin removing vegetative debris from Kentucky’s recent ice storm in Breckinridge, Grayson, Green, Hardin, Hart, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties on Feb. 18.


    The work will consist of removing fallen trees and branches from highway rights-of-way, as well as cutting leaning or overhanging trees that still constitute a hazard to motorists.

  • Magnolia man charged with meth trafficking

    A Magnolia man is facing numerous drug-related charges.

    Mark Sietsema, 28, of Lawrence Lane, is charged with possession of methamphetamine, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, receiving stolen property, prescription not in original container and careless driving, according to Constable Tim Ford.

    Ford said he observed Sietsema driving “side-to-side” on Ky. 470 and pulled him over.

  • State contracts for debris removal while counties bear 13 percent of cost

    Individuals will not be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for extra expenses incurred during last month’s ice storm. That’s the latest word from the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management.

    In a roundtable discussion with county judge-executives and mayors across the state Friday, Gen. John W. Heltzel, Director of Kentucky Emergency Management said county and city governments can receive 75 percent reimbursement from FEMA for expenses directly related to the disaster. That includes overtime for workers, debris removal equipment and generators.

  • BBB to address Chamber luncheon

    Cathy Williamson, regional director of the Better Business  Bureau, will speak Wednesday at the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce's monthly brown bag event. The noon luncheon is at the Lincoln Museum Community Room on the square.

    In addition, Kentucky's newest member of Congress, U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie plans to attend the luncheon and will speak briefly. It is an opportunity for community members to meet Guthrie, who was elected to serve the 2nd Congressional District.

  • National Guard helps during emergency

    Kentucky National Guardsmen arrived in LaRue County Wednesday, bringing food and bottled water to families who have been without power more than a week. Ninety percent of local residents lost electricity and many lost water when the Jan. 27 ice storm hit.

    A convoy dropped off several cases of water and ready-to-eat meals at the Magnolia Fire Department. In the first 14 hours of the relief effort, FEMA had provided about 500 meals to residents, said E-911 coordinator Chris Jackson.

  • Main Street under fire

    Main Street President Larry Davis presented a lengthy speech about the benefits of the Main Street/Renaissance program to Hodgenville City Council Monday night.

    He listed numerous ways the volunteer downtown preservation organization has improved the city through community programs, a new restaurant, grants for the downtown and partnerships with other groups. He also described the importance of Main Street’s contribution to the Lincoln Bicentennial. Volunteers contributed about 1,500 hours to the city last year, he said.

  • Abe's hometown celebrates 200

    Hodgenville marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of its most famous son Thursday with a gun salute on the square, a banquet and an opera performance. But the highlight of the day only cost 1 cent.

    The new Lincoln penny, the first of four to be released in this bicentennial year, still has the famous Lincoln profile on the front. But now tails shows a frontier cabin, like the one Lincoln called home at the Sinking Springs farm and later at Knob Creek.

    About 1,200 people attended the 10 a.m. coin unveiling ceremony, sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln

  • Nolin RECC completes connections

    Freddie Carter was one of several hundred people living along Bardstown Road who lost electricity during the Jan. 27 ice storm. His neighbors had power restored a week ago.

    Freddie, however, is still without electricity. The line from the pole to his house broke and Nolin RECC workers, busy in other sections of the county, had not repaired it by Monday evening.

    He put a “No power. Line down.” sign in his yard to attract attention of workers.

  • City Council considers bids for heating at fire department

    At the Feb. 9 meeting of Hodgenville City Council:

    Four bids were received for the installation of two heating units for the Hodgenville Fire Department.

    Bids included Absolute Comfort Heating and Air, owned by Joe and Alex Dohn, $3,350; Dever Enterprises, $6,284.96; Willard’s Heating and Air, $5,200; and Phelps Heating and Cooling, $4,997.

    The council voted to accept the “lowest qualifying bid” based on specifications advertised in The LaRue County Herald News.