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  • Collectors covet new Lincoln pennies

    The new Lincoln penny, unveiled in Hodgenville in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday Feb. 12, has proven to be a good investment for the coin collectors who attended the ceremony.

    On eBay, the online auction site, full rolls of the new pennies depicting Lincoln’s birthplace cabin on the reverse, are bringing $20 to $40 each. Single coins are bringing $2.50 to $9.95 each.

  • Couple seeks clues about mystery cabin

    A South Carolina couple with LaRue County ties are trying to solve the mystery of a photo found in a trunk in an attic.

    The sepia-toned photograph shows a man posed in front of a small log cabin. The gold inscription on its cardboard frame says only “Lincoln Cabin at Lincoln Farm; A.P. Bennett Photographer; Buffalo, K.Y.”

    Could it be the traditional Lincoln birthplace cabin?

    Dave Sanders and his wife Diane would like the answer to that question.

  • Malnourished dogs rescued during raid

    A Franklin County couple have been charged with animal cruelty after officials removed 11 pit bulls from their property – leaving nearly 50 dogs behind.

    Sandra Coy, 52, and William S. Coy, 44, both of 3387 St. Johns Road, and formerly of LaRue County, were served Sunday Jan. 31 with multiple misdemeanor cruelty to animals charges after Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies and animal control officers raided their property Dec. 14.

  • Guthrie explains vote against president’s stimulus package

    Brett Guthrie said he supports economic stimulus by the federal government but he joined House Republicans in a unified vote against the plan endorsed by President Barack Obama.

    Guthrie, the new representative from the 2nd Congressional District, attended the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting Feb. 18 and explained his stance of the $787 billion bill.

  • ECTC hosts lecture series

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is hosting the third annual Lecture Series, this year entitled “Embracing Diversity.” All events are free and open to the public and held in Room 112 in the College Administration Building on the main campus. For more information on all events, contact Allison Palumbo at 270-706-8446 or e-mail apalumbo0004@kctcs.edu.

    Upcoming events include:

  • Deputy jailer faces theft charges

    An expired registration plate on a vehicle parked at the LaRue County Courthouse drew the attention of a Hodgenville city officer patrolling the area. When Kentucky State Police ran the tag, they learned the owner, Jennie McGee, 46, of Falls of Rough was wanted on several counts of felony theft in Perry County, Ind. She is also a LaRue County deputy jailer.

    McGee was charged with five counts of “fugitive from another state” according to Kentucky State Trooper Jonathan Vaughn, who arrested McGee at her workplace at 2:48 a.m. Feb. 8.

  • LaRue County receives emergency funds

    LaRue County has been awarded federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. LaRue County has been chosen to receive $10,495 to supplement emergency food and temporary lodging programs in the area.

  • ECTC will present Lincoln wartime leadership address

    The Elizabethtown Community and Technical College “Lincoln Bicentennial Speakers Series” will present an address on “Lincoln’s Wartime Leadership and Presidency” by Prof. Charles P. Roland, at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 in room 112A of the administration building. The talk is free and open to the public.

  • Abe's 200th marked by blue skies and song

    Feb. 12 – Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday was celebrated with the release of a new coin in his honor, a gun salute, a banquet and an opera.

    Visitors from around the state, nation and a couple of foreign countries joined local residents in honoring Hodgenville’s famous native son. Blue skies and temperatures in the 50s were a plus and stood in stark contrast to last year’s wintry weather. Sleet and ice caused the cancellation of the Feb. 12, 2008 Lincoln Bicentennial national kickoff.

  • County contends with debris removal

    Debris from the worst ice storm in recent history and what to do with it consumed the agenda as LaRue County Fiscal Court met at the courthouse in Hodgenville Feb. 10.

    “I can sum up the road department report in three words, ‘working in brush,’” Timmy Brown, county road supervisor, told magistrates. Brown said his crews are continuing to clear limbs to “get school buses through without breaking their mirrors and lights.”