Local News

  • Man pleads guilty to numerous counts of abuse of child

    A Hodgenville man may spend up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to numerous counts of sex crimes against a child.

    A year ago, Steven Lewis Tucker, 31, of 2142 Lincoln Farm Road, was charged with two counts of incest, victim under age 12; two counts of first-degree sodomy; one count of first-degree rape; two counts of sodomy, victim under age 12; and three counts of incest, victim under age 12.

    As Kentucky State Police continued to investigate, more charges were added, including 213 counts of possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.

  • Murder trial rescheduled for August

    The three men charged the murder of Donald Marshall of Hodgenville last fall had their trial continued to August at a pre-trial hearing Friday.

    The original suspect, Kenneth C. Mattingly, and two others charged later, Stephen Austin Howard and Maurice Greenwell, will go to court on murder charges Aug. 23. Commonwealth’s Attorney Terry Geoghegan said he asked for the continuance because the prosecution is awaiting results of several lab tests.

  • Meredith wins Republican primary for state rep

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  • Flood devastates Railway Museum

    Now that the waters have receded in LaRue and Nelson counties, the damage assessment is under way. In New Haven, the fast-moving flood proved particularly devastating for the tracks and model trains of the Kentucky Railway Museum.

    Greg Mathews, executive director for the Kentucky Railway Museum, said the flood has derailed their day-to-day operations.

    “It’s not a pretty picture,” he said.

  • Election results: Primary highlights include jailer, sheriff races

    A low voter turnout despite a large number of local races marked the LaRue County May 18 primary. About 32 percent of registered voters made it to the polls.


    In the jailer’s race, Democrat Johnny Cottrill topped the field of three with 2,093 votes. He was followed by Jimmy C. Williams with 520 votes and Daniel Trumbo with 515 votes.

  • Incumbent sheriff faces challenge by mayor

    Incumbent Sheriff Bobby Shoffner is facing a challenge for the office from Hodgenville Mayor Terry L. Cruse.

    The winner of the Democratic primary on May 18 will face Republican challenger Jack R. Smith in November.

    Shoffner, 51, was elected sheriff in 2002 after serving as deputy for 10 years. He has been in law enforcement 24 years including a five-year stint with Hodgenville City Police.

    He was re-elected in 2006, defeating Cruse in the Democratic May primary by 700 votes (1,179 to 1,877).

  • Greater Tuna to be performed tonight and Saturday

    The LaRue County High School speech and drama program is bringing Greater Tuna back to the stage this weekend. Directed by Katy Blair Cecil and Libby Sears Blair, the traditionally two-man show of 19 characters will be brought to life by five of the high school’s finest actors: Jeshua Logsdon, Ian Mather, Timmy Gibson, Mac Blair, and Cody R. Thompson. This romp through the “third smallest town in Texas” is described as fun for the whole family. 

  • 9-year-old recovers from organ transplant

    The adults in Max Dickerson’s life tend to view his October 2009 liver/kidney transplant in a profound manner. He is a miracle. You’d never know he’s been through so much. He can be a little boy again.

    To 9-year-old Max, it’s a bit simpler.

    “I can play the rough stuff now,” the New Haven School third-grader said last week before a kickball game.

  • Damage assessment team surveys flood impact

    Surging floodwaters caused an estimated $50,000 damage to more than 30 county roads, according to LaRue County road supervisor Timmy Brown.

    “All the roads are now open, but it’s going to take about two weeks to restore them as they were before the flood,” he told LaRue County Fiscal Court magistrates meeting May 11 at the courthouse in Hodgenville.

    Tommy Turner, LaRue County judge-executive, asked inspectors to check the condition of several bridge walls, approaches and understructures.

  • Drug sweep nets five arrests

    A city police investigation resulted in the arrest of five people charged with trafficking in  several varieties of drugs.

    The Mother’s Day sweep was the culmination of several months, obtaining funding and setting up drug buys through a confidential informant, according to Lt. Steve Johnson who headed the investigation with the assistance of officers Robby Brownfield and Doug Sherrard.