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Local News

  • City police station moves to new home

    Hodgenville City Police moved into a new home Friday.

    The police department is in the two-story educational building formerly owned by First Baptist Church on West High Street. It’s next door to city hall.

    The brick building was built in 1953 and was purchased, along with the former church building, with Lincoln Bicentennial funding. The second floor is not in use and has been sealed off.

    The new location of the police station is a “big plus” to the city, Mayor Terry Cruse said.

  • Buffalo School project passes planning and zoning

    The Buffalo School Apartments project is one step closer to completion after the Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning Commission approved the re-zoning of the property Thursday. The decision was unanimous.

    AU Associates of Lexington, doing business as Buffalo Apartments LLLP, has purchased the former Buffalo Elementary School at 50 School Loop with intentions of transforming it into a housing complex for the elderly.

  • Officers honored for making roads safer

    One Kentucky State Police sergeant, 17 troopers and two Commercial Vehicle Officers were among a group of 183 Kentucky law enforcement officers from 161 agencies recognized Dec. 4 at the 2008 Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards ceremony in Lexington.

  • Avoid dangerous toys this Christmas

    While toy manufacturers have increased product testing in order to reduce the number of unsafe toys on the market, unfortunately, dangerous toys continue to be sold in the United States. The Better Business Bureau is offering advice to holiday shoppers to help them avoid purchasing unsafe toys, as well as guidance for parents if they find a recalled toy in their child’s toy box.

  • School Board hears CATS progress

    The LaRue County Middle School Proficiency Report was presented to the school board Monday night.

    Principal Corey Keith said steady growth has been made on CATS testing the last two years. In 2006, LCMS was ranked 13th out of 17 area schools with a score of 72.3, while in 2007 LCMS improved the score to 78.9 and jumped to ninth out of those 17 schools. This year, LCMS improved to a score of 80.1 and is ranked seventh out of 17 area schools.

  • Icy conditions possible this afternoon

    LaRue County is on the edge of an area where forecasters are predicting a few hours of hazardous driving today.

    A freezing rain advisory has been issued for the afternoon and evening.

    The National Weather Service says temperatures will remain below freezing through the early afternoon hours before a warm front pushes north across the area. The first signs of precipitation today could be in the form of a wintry mix with rain, freezing rain and sleet.

  • Update on preparations for winter

    LaRue Fiscal Court discussed winter preparations at its meeting last week.

    Road supervisor Timmy Brown told LaRue County magistrates meeting Dec. 9 at the courthouse in Hodgenville that the county has enough salt on hand for three rounds of spreading.

    “Last week, Morton’s delivered about 94 tons of salt which gives us about 225 tons on hand,” Brown said. The cost of $100.25 per ton more than doubled last year's price of $48, he added.

  • Thrift store opens in New Hope

    Hope can be renewed for residents who may be struggling to make ends meet in New Hope. The town has one more resource available to the community – a thrift store. The project, which has been in the works for about two years, finally came to fruition Friday when the store celebrated its grand opening.

    The opening couldn’t have happened at a better time, “everybody’s in a world of hurt,” said Carmel Cecil, director of services at the New Hope Food Bank.

  • County restructures dog license fees

    LaRue Fiscal Court approved 2009 dog licensing fees, which Judge-Executive Tommy Turner said are “totally restructured” from last year.

    Under the new requirements, electronically chipped dogs with state required rabies vaccinations will need no tags; the owners only will have to register them. Owners of dogs with chips but who have not received rabies vaccinations will pay $4 for registration.

    Spayed and neutered dog fees are $4 per tag; $6 for non-spayed/neutered. A discount of $3 per tag will be given for all dogs that have received rabies shots.

  • Free magic show offered Sunday

    Dinky Gowen presents his 15th annual Kid’s Day Christmas Spectacular 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at LaRue County Parks and Recreation.

    Dinky, who performs about 600 shows each year, will be joined by guest magicians Brad Lowe and Aaron Harp. This year’s show also features Kentucky’s only female escape artist Jennifer Wheat. Assisting will be Andrea Fields.