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  • The Great American Smoke Out is at hand

    Each November, Americans celebrate the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smoke Out. This Thursday marks the 33rd annual event. The Great American Smoke Out is a designated day where smokers from across our nation unite in cause and commit to give up smoking for one day. These future “non-smokers” need to be: cheered, applauded, supported and encouraged by family, friends, community and everyone else who is concerned about the harmful dangers associated with tobacco use and secondhand smoke.

  • District Health Department confronts whooping cough

    Landmark News Service

    The Lincoln Trail District Health Department will host a community forum on pertussis, also known as whooping cough, as 25 cases have been identified in Hardin County. 

    Most of the cases are in children. The schools involved are St. James Catholic School, Heartland Elementary, Elizabethtown Christian Academy, Morningside Elementary, Bluegrass Middle School and Rineyville Elementary, the health department reports.

  • School Board holds special meeting Thursday

    A special meeting of the LaRue County School Board has been called for Thursday evening.

    Two items are on the agenda for the meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. in the LaRue County Board of Education's conference room on the second floor of the old Hodgenville Elementary building.

    The board will discuss bids for heating and air conditioning work plus window replacement at LaRue County Middle School as well as bids for asbestos abatement in the building.

    All meetings of the board are open to the public.


  • Gas price decline may help harvesters

    The steep drop in gasoline prices was too late to help farmers during the growing season, but it could help during harvest, said David Harrison, LaRue County Extension agent for agriculture. It depends on when they last bought fuel.

    “A lot of times they make large purchases at one time and don’t use it all,” Harrison said. If they bought a large amount of gasoline before prices fell and have not depleted their supply, the recent low rates are of little comfort.

  • American Legion holds ceremonies

    Two ceremonies were conducted at American Legion Post 87 in Hodgenville on Saturday preceding Veterans Day.

    An afternoon program had to be abbreviated because of weather conditions. Plans to conduct a flag disposal ceremony were delayed because high winds could create a fire hazard for the flag disposal ceremony. It was rescheduled for Tuesday evening at the pavilion behind the Legion.

    A ceremony honoring the flag was led by Tom McGrew, state director of the American Legion Riders.

  • Council deals with water matters

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  • ELECTION RECAP: Waiting to vote

    Madonna Hornback, an election officer at the Hodgenville West precinct, found a way to pacify voters waiting in one of the longest election lines they had ever seen.

    She gave them leftover Halloween candy.

    Hornback said the voters were already sweet enough before her treat.

    “I didn’t have anybody complain,” she said. “They all seemed to be pretty willing to wait.”

  • ELECTION RECAP: Voter turnout

    LaRue County Clerk Linda Carter won’t know the final voter turnout for LaRue County until the absentee ballots are made official, but Secretary of State Trey Grayson’s office has it at 62 percent for the presidential race, with 6,178 votes cast.

    The number of registered voters in LaRue County is 9,959.

    In the U.S. Senate race, 6,012 LaRue voters – or 60.4 percent – turned out, choosing Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell 58 percent over challenger Bruce Lunsford.

  • Mom agrees to 20-year sentence in son’s death

    A LaRue County mother agreed to serve 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to charges she provided drugs to her 17-year-old son. He died last April from an apparent drug overdose. 

    Arrest records showed Vicki Mayo, 51, was also on drugs the night her son, Cody Mayo, overdosed from a cocktail drug combination that included marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, opiates and benzites.

  • ELECTION RECAP: Fraud Hotline

    The state Election Fraud Hotline received 271 calls from 50 counties on Election Day, but none from LaRue County, according to Attorney General Jack Conway’s office.

    The number of calls to the hotline set a record. The previous high was 182.

    The majority of calls concerned procedural questions. Callers also registered complaints about election officials, electronic voting machines and electioneering within 300 feet of a polling place, according to Conway’s office. There were four complaints of vote buying, but none was substantiated.