Local News

  • LaRue elections will turn to paper ballots

    LaRue Fiscal Court approved the acquisition of paper ballot voting machines from Harp Enterprises to be placed in each precinct in future elections.

    Voters will mark their choices on paper ballots, much like taking a standardized test in school or filling out a lottery ticket. Then the ballots are place into a scanner where the votes will be recorded electronically and the ballot dropped into a bin.

    “In the event of the balloting being questioned, we’ll have the actual documents to check,” Judge-Executive Tommy Turner said at Tuesday's meeting.

  • More charges added to Herring case in District Court

    Additional charges stemming from a June 16 incident are being filed against a Hodgenville man in LaRue District Court.

    Ronald T. Herring, 47, of Railroad Drive, was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, aggravator; and disorderly conduct, after he allegedly drove his vehicle into another car, causing it to strike a house in White City.

    The case was to be tried by jury Nov. 21; however, the charges are being reviewed in light of additional allegations.

  • Constitutional question delays murder trial

    The trial for a Magnolia man accused of murder has been delayed as the Kentucky Supreme Court decides the constitutionality of the castle doctrine.

    David S. McFarland, 45, faces charges of murdering 22-year-old Sabrina Shirley at his home in July 2007. Officers said he shot Shirley, his former stepdaughter, in the face as she stood on the porch of his home. McFarland told police she became violent prior to the shooting.

  • Wind advisory in effect

    A wind advisory has been issued for much of Kentucky, including LaRue County.

    The National Weather Service announced the advisory because a passing cold front, which continues to bring steady rain and occasional thunderstorms, is pushing 20 mile per hour winds ahead of it from the south. Gusts could be in excess of 45 mph, the advisory said.

    Motorists traveling roads going east or west could have particular difficulties with the wind and rain. Crosswinds are particularly troublesome for SUVs, commercial trucks and other high-profile vehicles.

  • Santa's Helpers ready for 42nd run

    On Christmas Eve, the Santa’s Helper bus will make its 42nd annual run.

    The project, started by Bobby Morrison, provides a happier holiday season for local low-income families – and others struggling to make ends meet. Although Bobby has been too ill to participate in the tradition for two years, it is carried on by his wife, Ann “Snookie” Morrison, and a handful of dedicated volunteers.

    Friday, the bus was already full of toys – and several items of children’s clothing – that will be delivered at five locations Dec. 24.

  • 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.