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  • Homestead exemption set for 2009-10

    The maximum homestead exemption on real estate owned by qualified persons has been set at $33,700 for the 2009 and 2010 tax periods. The 2009-10 exemption reflects a $2,300 increase over the 2007-08 exemption of $31,400.

    The amount of the homestead exemption is adjusted every two years in accordance with KRS 132.810 to compensate for changes in the purchasing power of the dollar. The exemption provided state and local property tax savings of approximately $135 million for more than 380,000 elderly or disabled Kentuckians during the 2008 tax year.

  • Kentucky Mesonet is on desired pace

    The Kentucky Mesonet is on target to reach a goal of having 20 sites operational by the end of 2008, according to Dr. Stuart Foster, director of the Mesonet and the Kentucky Climate Center at Western Kentucky University.

    The Mesonet is a statewide, automated environmental monitoring network.

    Five new stations – Knox, Christian, Franklin, Hopkins and Jackson counties – are in operation bringing the network’s total to 17 that provide data on temperature, precipitation, humidity, solar radiation, wind speed and direction.

  • Powerball revising its tickets

    The Powerball multistate lottery game has changed.

    Some white ball numbers will be added to make the jackpots larger and the lottery game will subtract some red ball numbers to create more winners. Statistics indicate the changes will create an additional 3.5 million winners per year.

    Currently, the game draws its numbers from 52 white balls and 42 red balls.The new Powerball twice-weekly drawing will be a 59/39 game.

  • Lincoln Museum will spotlight Abe's childhood

    Less than a month after opening a research library, The Lincoln Museum is preparing for yet another addition.

    An exhibit spotlighting Abraham Lincoln’s childhood in LaRue County is being planned in an upstairs room of the museum. The room provides a bird’se ye view of Lincoln Square.

  • Five injured in collision

    Slick roads may have contributed to a crash that left one man dead and four others injured Dec. 23.

    Rapidly falling temperatures caused the roadway to freeze in areas, said LaRue County Deputy Russell McCoy. He believes one of the vehicles involved in the collision hit a slick spot and was unable to stop.

    “It was only slick for a short period,” said McCoy, adding there were two other non-injury wrecks in the county that occurred about the same time.

  • Grand jury returns eight indictments

    Eight people were indicted by a LaRue County grand jury Dec. 15.

    Randall Butler, 31, address unavailable, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and complicity; possession of precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and complicity; possession of a controlled substance and complicity; possession of drug paraphernalia; and escape, second degree. The offenses allegedly occurred Oct. 29. He is accused of acting in conjunction with Charles H. Brown Jr.

    Bail is set at $100,000 cash only plus conditions.

  • Hit-and-run vehicle sought

    The LaRue County Sheriff’s office is investigating a hit-and-run crash Dec. 5 that occurred at 1721 Greensburg Road. 

    A red mid-sized pickup truck, possibly a Ford Ranger or Chevrolet S-10, struck another vehicle while attempting to pass. The truck, which did not stop, was occupied by two Hispanic males, police said. The truck will have extensive passenger side damage. 

    If you have information about the collision, call the sheriff’s office at 358-3120.

  • Local groups perform at fundraiser tonight

    Warm Blessings Inc., a Hardin County charity that provides meals for the homeless, will hold a celebration and fundraiser tonight at John Hardin High School, 384 W. A. Jenkins Road, Elizabethtown.

    The donation-only event features activities for families, children and youth. Performances start at 8:30 p.m. and include the Jane Rose Band, J Walk, Seth Phelps and Angelia Whitlock providing a mix of oldies, contemporary Christian, country and classic rock, along with Cor 13 performing upbeat contemporary Christian. 

  • Rumpke announces holiday trash collection schedule

    Waste and recycling collection will be delayed one day the week of Christmas and New Years Day for customers whose regular collection occurs on Thursday or Friday.

    The regular collection schedule will resume Jan. 5. Rumpke’s holiday collection schedule can be viewed online at www.rumpke.com.

    For more information, call 1-800-678-6753.

  • Law enforcement to crack down on drunken driving

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Office of Highway Safety is joining state and local law enforcement agencies in a national enforcement campaign -”Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.” - throughout the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

    The holiday season can be one of the deadliest times of the year for motorists due to an increase of impaired driving.