Local News

  • Teddy Bear Picnic begins at 11 today

    The LaRue County Public Library will host the annual Teddy Bear Picnic 11 a.m. Thursday, July 30, at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park. Bring a favorite stuffed animal and a sack lunch. Volunteers will provide games, music, stories and a nature walk.

    For more information, call 358-3851.

  • County Fair under way

    A trio of horse shows were scheduled to kick off the 102nd LaRue County Fair at the fairgrounds on Greensburg Street this week.

    However, muddy conditions canceled all three. Organizers have rescheduled the pleasure and open fun horse show for 7 p.m. Aug. 29.

    Through Aug. 1, fairgoers can enjoy a variety of pageants, snacks, livestock shows and demolition derby.

    Back for another year are karaoke, truck pull, backseat driver, poultry show, dress-up dog show, arena derby and cornhole tournament.

  • Groundbreaking held for new nursing home

    July 22 was called a "day of history-making" by local officials who braved a downpour and muddy field at a groundbreaking for the new Sunrise Manor Nursing Home.

    A large number of Sunrise employees, volunteers and board members joined representatives of Branscum Construction for the ceremony and a reception back at the nursing home. Branscum from Russell Springs  is building the $10.8 million, 142-bed two-story facility on a 13-acre lot beside the current nursing home.

    Site work begins next week.

  • Money released to logjam bidder

    The New Haven Board of Commissioners agreed to release payment in advance to Joe Boone Excavating, which was awarded a bid to remove a logjam in the Rolling Fork River.

    Boone, a New Haven resident, approached the council Thursday to ask for the remainder of the grant money allotted for the job.

    Minus a $375 attorney fee for writing the contract, commissioners were agreeable to the idea.

    “I have no problem if we have our fees paid ahead of time,” Commissioner John Ray Ball said.

  • Trafficking case to be heard by grand jury

    LaRue District Judge C. Derek Reed found probable cause in two related cases July 8 and held both to be heard by a grand jury.

    Beverly Reliford, 51, of Greensburg is charged with trafficking in controlled substance, first degree; tampering with physical evidence; obstructing or interfering with an investigation; and prescription not in a proper container.

    Reliford is a social worker in Greensburg.

  • Gribbins sentenced to 14 years for manslaughter

    Kenneth R. Gribbins, 58, of New Haven was sentenced to 14 years in prison on two counts of first-degree manslaughter in Nelson Circuit Court last week. He also was sentenced to three years in prison on one count of wanton endangerment. Sentences are to be served concurrently.

    He was credited with 726 days in jail and probation was denied.

  • Golf carts driven into pond

    Police are looking for suspects who removed golf carts from outside the Elizabethtown Country Club pro shop and drove them onto the golf course and into a pond.

    It happened sometime between 2:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Friday, according to Kentucky State Police.

    Anyone with information is urged to call police at 766-5078.

  • Hawkins kids operate benefit

    For the third summer, 8-year-old Elyssa Hawkins will sell lemonade to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand,  a foundation that raises funds for childhood cancer research.

    The stand will be set up 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 25 and noon-4 p.m. July 26 at IGA at Lincoln Plaza.

    Elyssa’s brother Ethan will assist her with the stand.

    They are the children of Bill and Becky Hawkins.

    For more information about the project, see www.alexslemonade.org.

  • Sewer trouble seeps to surface

    City workers endured a smelly task early Saturday after a sewer line backed up on Lincoln Boulevard near the intersection with Tanner Road.

    Lt. Steve Johnson of Hodgenville City Police said he discovered the problem while on patrol. He drove his cruiser through the sludge about 11:30 p.m. Friday.

    Mayor Terry Cruse said the sewer line had “apparently been backing up for some time with solids.”

  • Stephen Foster musical in jeopardy

    Landmark News Service

    Now in its 51st season, “Stephen Foster — The Musical” has been part of the community so long, many residents consider it a staple, Bardstown Mayor Dick Heaton said. But its continuation is not guaranteed, and if it closes, city businesses could suffer.

    “I think they are at this point very much at risk of having to close after this season,” Heaton said.