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  • Reality Store lets students sample the real world

    Like participants in television reality shows, eighth graders at LaRue County Middle School will sample their own taste of the real world when they participate in the Reality Store in the school’s gym Thursday, April 30.

    “Its purpose is to educate them about budgeting, finances – to give them a wake-up call about what things, including taxes, child care and groceries, cost a family,” said Misty Wilmoth, 4-H extension agent. The extension office and the school district’s Youth Service Center sponsor the day-long event.

  • Precautions urged during outbreak of swine flu

    No confirmed cases of swine flu have been found locally or in the state, according to public health officials.

    The Lincoln Trail Public Health Department is working on plans for dealing with a possible outbreak, and getting information to schools, child care centers and others about flu prevention, said Wendy Keown, director of community outreach for the department.

    They’re also talking to physicians about how to test for swine influenza A (H1N1) and how to report the findings, Keown said.

  • Roads nearly cleared of debris

    All but 19 of LaRue County’s 260 miles of road rights of way have been cleared of January’s ice storm debris, according to Timmy Brown, LaRue County road supervisor.

    “We’re having the contract crews go back over all the roads to check for hanging limbs as it will take their equipment to reach them, but most of the work is done,” Brown told LaRue County magistrates meeting in a Thursday session at the courthouse in Hodgenville.

  • Environmental Center closed through May 1

    The LaRue County Environmental Education Center on Leafdale Road and the forest walking trails continue to be closed to visitors while ice storm cleanup is ongoing.

    According to Bob Sims, community development director, extensive boundary fence repairs have been completed for cattle exclusion of neighboring cattle.

    Sims said he was “very disturbed to find several cuts to the five-strand barb wire fence and four-wheeler tracks were detected while repairs took place ….”

  • Raccoon negative for rabies

    A raccoon that was feared to have rabies tested negative for the disease, according to a spokesperson at the LaRue County Health Department.

    A Hodgenville man began rabies shots last week after he was bitten by the animal. He was keeping the raccoon in his apartment, according to police. The raccoon was found dead in its cage after being quarantined last week. Its head was sent to a Frankfort lab for testing.

    Sherry Grimes said preliminary tests received Monday show the animal did not die of rabies.

  • Herald News headlines

    Here are a few of the top headlines from the print edition of The LaRue County Herald News, which is being distributed today:

  • Indoor marijuana garden reported

    A Hodgenville man was charged with trafficking and possession of marijuana after officers found evidence of an indoor growing room at his residence.

    Allen N. Sidebottom (1959) was charged last week with trafficking in marijuana, less than 8 ounces, enhanced; cultivation of marijuana, over five plants, enhanced; possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Deputy Matt Darst said officers obtained a search warrant for Sidebottom’s home at 5285 N. L&N Turnpike. They also found a pistol and rifle, which resulted in the enhanced charges.

  • Transportation themes discussed by School Board

    Monday night’s school board meeting heard many issues – some discussed in previous meetings, some with additional information, some with repeat requests for information.

    Board member Norbert Skees discussed the recent committee meeting regarding the policy for student transportation to and from school-sponsored events. The committee, which consisted of Misty Bivens, Rodney Armes, Gary Canter, Paul Childress, Eric Cecil, David Dawson, Rip Collins, Jaime Smith, Jennifer Keith, board chairman Ronnie Chelf and Skees, agreed on the following policy:

  • Weather could fuel fire danger

    Weather conditions this afternoon could create a critical fire threat.

    LaRue County is part of a 60-county alert issued Monday by the National Weather Service. The red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions may occur.

    A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures could create explosive fire growth potential, the NWS warning says.

    The red flag warning is in effect until 6 p.m. for an area stretching from southern Indiana to Bowling Green and east to Lexington. LaRue is one of 50 Kentucky counties in the warning area.

  • Chamber Winds plan first concert

    Campbellsville University’s Chamber Winds will perform its inaugural concert 3 p.m. Sunday in The Gheens Recital Hall.

    Under the director of Dr. Scott Bersaglia, assistant director of bands and assistant professor of music, the Chamber Winds is a new group at CU. The concert is free and open to the public.

    Heather McDonald of Hodgenville plays oboe with the group.

    For more information, call 270-789-5237.