Local News

  • Tucker sentenced to 10 years

    A Hodgenville man was sentenced to 10 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.

  • Superintendent receives nearly 'excellent' rating

    For the second year in a row, the LaRue County School Board conducted the superintendent’s evaluation in open session.

    Superintendent Sam Sanders received just under an excellent rating in his eighth year on the job.

    The scores range 0 to 4 with 4 being outstanding, 3 excellent, 2 good, 1 means the individual needs improvement and zero is unacceptable. Board member names were not attached to the scores.

    Sanders said the “evaluation in open session is somewhat intimidating, but transparency can be very positive.”

  • Ten candidates seek six seats on Hodgenville City Council

    The race for Hodgenville City Council will feature nine candidates seeking one of the six seats.

    Five of the six incumbents filed their intentions to seek another two-year term in the Nov. 2 general election.

    Councilwoman and Chamber of Commerce Director Rita T. Williams filed to run against incumbent mayor Terry L. Cruse.

    Former city councilman Kenny DeVore was the last to file before deadline Aug. 10.

  • Railway Museum back on track after flood

    More than three months after a flood submerged the town and derailed operations at the Kentucky Railway Museum, passenger service for tourists between New Haven and Boston has resumed.

    Train service stopped for about three weeks after a May 1-2 flood severely damaged sections along the 11-mile track between New Haven and Boston. Part of the track runs through LaRue County.

    Tourists were temporarily detoured on a shorter, southern route, while track officials repaired more than 6,400 feet of damaged track.

  • Thieves strike churches

    A number of LaRue County churches were hit by thieves last week and so far, there are no suspects in the case.

    The LaRue County Sheriff’s Department is investigating break-ins or attempted break-ins at South Fork Baptist, Buffalo Baptist, Roanoke House of Prayer, Salem Christian, Magnolia Baptist and Hodgenville Pentecostal.

    The first break-in occurred at South Fork July 26 when a small safe containing about $8,000 in offerings (cash and checks) was removed from the building. A second break-in occurred between Aug. 17 and 18. About $30 was taken from the church.

  • Family faces second traffic-related death

    A New Haven family is facing the tragedy of a traffic-related death for the second time in less than a month.

    James Patrick “Crazy Horse” Shoffner, 46, died Aug. 17 at the University of Louisville Hospital as a result of injuries suffered Aug. 14 in a motorcycle wreck. The crash occurred at 5:50 p.m., about two miles north of Raywick on KY 527, according to a report from the Kentucky State Police.

  • Two charged with trespassing at church

    South Fork Baptist Church has been broken into and burglarized twice in the past month. Members have become diligent in watching the grounds – a reaction that led to the arrest of two men early Monday.

    Two church members noticed a vehicle “pulled up beside one of the church buses” about 1 a.m., according to Deputy Russell McCoy. One of the men had crawled under the bus.

    “We think they were attempting to steal gas from the bus,” McCoy said.

  • Super69 to play at State Fair

    A local musician, Jacob Logsdon, will be the featured singer with Super69, a band that will perform several nights at this year’s Kentucky State Fair.

    Logsdon, of Hodgenville, a 2003 LaRue County High School graduate, plays guitar. His parents are Gary and Malinda Logsdon. Grandparents are Barbara and Charlie Logsdon and J.C. and Naomi Ragland.

    The band will play in the Q tent at 8 p.m. Aug. 20, 22, 23, 25 and 27.

  • Bardstown to hold Highland Games competition

    Nelson County is adding a new attraction to its roster of summer events this year and inviting people to celebrate Scottish history and heritage by hosting a highland games competition.

    The games come from Celtic traditions and will feature seven events centered around throwing objects of various weight for height and distance as well as the more famous "caber toss," which involves attempting to toss a tree log end-over-end.

  • Nelson planning and zoning wants to avoid LaRue's problems

    Nelson Circuit Judge Charles Simms has ruled in favor of Nelson County Attorney John Kelley in a lawsuit filed against him by the Joint City-County Planning Commission.

    The lawsuit concerned the estate of Oreva B. Douglas, of which Kelley is executor. Douglas died March 1 and left a residence and farm of 69.413 acres at the end of Simon Greenwell Lane. To auction the farm, Kelley retained Harned Auctioneers LLC, which divided it into 11 agricultural tracts ranging from 5 to 7.825 acres.