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  • Annual unemployment rate improves

    Annual unemployment rates were lower in 76 Kentucky counties, including LaRue County, in 2010 than in 2009, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training in the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
    In addition, 38 Kentucky counties had a higher annual unemployment in 2010 than in 2009 while Bourbon, Hickman, McCreary, Morgan, Pulaski and Taylor counties each had the same rate for both years.
    In 2010, 90 Kentucky counties had an annual jobless rate at or above 10 percent compared to 98 counties that recorded double-digit rates in 2009.

  • Two men sentenced in church burglaries

    Two men accused of break-ins of several churches last summer received diverted sentences in LaRue Circuit Court.
    In each instance, a small amount of cash was taken and damage to the building reported.
    Cullen Thomas Logsdon, 19, of Hodgenville, pleaded guilty to several counts of third-degree burglary and complicity. He was sentenced to six months, diverted for five years and fined $555. He was credited with seven days served.

  • Rape is one of 3 charges

    A man employed as a LaRue County school bus driver is in jail facing numerous felony charges, including first-degree rape.
    Donald Wilson, 54, of Harmon Drive, was arrested April 15 by LaRue County Deputy Eric Williamson and lodged in LaRue County Detention Center.
    The indictment says Wilson engaged in sexual intercourse by the use of forcible compulsion. Although he faces only one count of rape, the grand jury’s statement says the allegation occurred sometime between April 1, 2009, and March 6, 2011.

  • Hodgenville takes futuristic step with new water meters

    Hodgenville residents will be receiving an upgrade to digital water meters in the future.
    The project, which has cost roughly $19,000 so far, will provide precise billing on statements for customers and reduce manpower required to perform meter readings, according to City Clerk MaDonna Hornback.

  • Seven students to spend summer in Scholar studies

    Seven LaRue County High School juniors have been selected for a prestigious five-week intensive learning experience known as the Governors Scholar Program.
    Chelsea Blair, James Crosswhite, Misty England, Zach Lee, Nathan Schaefer, John Slack and Megan Smith will know by the end of May which campus they will attend and their summer area of focus.  
    The program, established in 1983, has the mission of enhancing “Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders,” according to the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars website.

  • Series of storms prompts alerts

    A recent series of storms has prompted several flood watches and warnings over the past week with rainfall amounts totaling a foot or more since the beginning of the month.
    Heavy rains and multiple rounds of severe weather occurred over several parts of Kentucky. The daily storms are expected to continue through today.
    Debris and rising water have kept road crews busy and residents on high alert. The Kentucky Mesonet weather reporting stations in nearby Hardin and Taylor counties both are reporting rainfall amounts in excess of 12 inches for the month.

  • PHOTO: Watching the clouds

    An unusual cloud formation was spotted over the LaRue County Environmental Education and Research Center on Leafdale Road last week.

  • New chief Steve Johnson shares a slice of Mayberry

    When newly-appointed Police Chief Steve Johnson first joined the squad 33 years ago, he worked the night shift. One cold winter’s evening, he received a call on Hill Street.
    “The subject was drunk and had walked in a lady’s house,” Johnson said. He left his cruiser running, due to the cold temperature, and walked up to the house.
    “She said she didn’t know where he went so I started tracking him in the snow.”
    The tracks headed back toward the cruiser and Johnson felt his heart drop.

  • Hodgenville's new police chief has wealth of experience

    Long-time Hodgenville City Officer Steve Johnson has been named Chief of Police.
    Mayor Terry Cruse recommended Johnson for the position at last week’s city council meeting and the vote was unanimous.
    “I think he deserves to be the next chief,” said Cruse. “He has done better than well, taking care of business.”
    Johnson, who joined HCP in July 1977, has served as acting chief since January when previous chief Johnny Cottrill was sworn in as jailer. Before that, he was a lieutenant for many years.

  • Three injured in Campbellsville Road crash

    Three people were injured in a three-vehicle crash Saturday on Campbellsville Road.

    According to LaRue County Deputy Eric Williamson, a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Lola Davidson, 55, of Elizabethtown, was traveling west on Ky. 210 near the intersection of Lincoln Parkway about 5:30 p.m. The vehicle struck the curb and Davidson overcorrected into the eastbound lane of traffic into the path of a 2011 Toyota Camry driven by Sonya C. Handley, 44, of Hodgenville.