Local News

  • Magistrates approve local jail policy update

    Magistrates approved an updated jail policy and procedure manual as LaRue County Fiscal Court met Aug. 11 at the courthouse in Hodgenville.

    “A lot of these items added in the updating are common sense things, such as ‘inmates may have toilet paper upon request,’ but since that is state law, they must be included in the manual,” Judge-Executive Tommy Turner explained to the court.

    Magistrate Scotty Lee voted against the update, saying he never had the opportunity to read the policy and procedure manual.

  • Indictments tied to ice storm thefts

    Two men have been charged with taking generators that were providing emergency power to telephones during the ice storm that struck the county in late January.

    Phillip Despain, 30, of White City Road, Hodgenville, and Chad Heath, 31, of Oak Hill Road, Sonora, were each indicted on one count of theft by unlawful taking over $300 and complicity; and receiving stolen property and complicity.

  • Jurors being selected today for murder trial

    A man charged with the murder of a Greensburg woman is set for trial today in LaRue Circuit Court.

    David McFarland, 45, told police he shot 22-year-old Sabrina Shirley – his former stepdaughter – after she became violent at his home July 11, 2007. Shirley, a mother of two toddlers, was not carrying a weapon.

    Inside the house, officers found several broken picture frames and a fire extinguisher. McFarland said Shirley sprayed the extinguisher in the house.

  • Former employee files civil suit against school system

    A former LaRue County School District employee has filed a civil suit against the LaRue County Board of Education in LaRue Circuit Court.

    Melissa Enlow, a LaRue County Middle School lunchroom supervisor, was terminated June 15. Her suit claims violation of Kentucky’s Whistleblower Statute which protects public employees from reprisals if they divulge information of a suspected law violation.

    According to the suit, Enlow began employment with the school district as a part-time custodian in 1998, became a lunchroom worker in 2000 and eventually a supervisor.

  • Two charged after teen hospitalized

    Two Hodgenville residents have been charged with providing alcoholic beverages to several teenagers.

    According to Lt. Steve Johnson, city officers responded to a report of an intoxicated juvenile entering a residence on Beechtree Drive about 8 p.m. Friday. The teen was “so intoxicated alcohol poisoning was suspected,” Johnson said, and the family was taking the child to Hardin Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

    During the investigation, three more teens “showed up” under the influence, Johnson said.

  • Lincolns Loft to host author

    Lincolns Loft, 25 Lincoln Square, will host a book signing from a Kentucky author.

    Christian fiction writer Ann Gabhart will sign her new book The Believer beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20.

    For more information, call Lincolns Loft at 358-0124.

  • White Hall unveils Lincoln exhibit Thursday

    White Hall State Historic Site will unveil a new exhibit that will highlight Abraham Lincoln memorabilia as well as the important role that enslaved African Americans played at the historic home.

    White Hall served as the home of Cassius Marcellus Clay, an emancipationist who was a friend of Lincoln’s and served as his ambassador to Russia. The home near Richmond was built in 1798-99 and was renovated in the mid-1860s.

  • ECTC provides a sense of direction

    Landmark News Service

    With classes back in session this week, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is helping students maneuver around construction on campus.

    ECTC set up tents in two locations to help new students navigate around construction of the Phase II building of the Regional Postsecondary Education Center. The tents are between the Administration Building and the Science Building and in front of the Occupational/Technical Building.

  • KY 222 improvements still in works after NAATBatt flops

    Hopes of establishing a lithium-ion battery research center and production facility in Glendale were derailed last week when federal development dollars went elsewhere.

    A consortium of companies – known as the National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Batteries or NAATBatt –  applied for a $342 million federal stimulus grant to build a 1 million-square-foot plant to manufacture four different formats of lithium-ion battery cells. Several hundred new jobs were expected to be created in the field of electrical car power.

  • Federal indictment names Buffalo man in drug charges

    A federal grand jury in Louisville returned an indictment against Mickey S. Tedder, 56, of Buffalo for possessing and distributing methamphetamine powder, according to Acting United States Attorney Candace G. Hill of the Western District of Kentucky.

    The indictment alleges that on four occasions between April 14 and May 12, Tedder possessed with the intent to distribute and distributed various quantities of methamphetamine in LaRue and Hardin counties. The street value of the methamphetamine is about $9,400.