Local News

  • Men charged in meth lab bust

    Two men face drug charges after components of a methamphetamine lab were found at a Slack Road mobile home March 8.

    Billy Edwards, an agent with the Greater Hardin County Drug Task Force, received a tip about alleged meth lab activity. He and other officers saw items “consistent with meth being made” including one-step meth labs at the residence.

    Larry Ray Riggs, 56, of Slack Road, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, second offense; and first-degree possession of controlled substance, first offense.

  • Senior judge assists with backlog of court cases

    Landmark News Service

    On Sept. 4, 2009, Steven Hurst began waiting for a decision that would decide the fate of his two daughters. Five months later, he is still waiting.

    “Our lives have been put on hold, we are in a limbo state,” he said.

    Hurst is involved in a custody battle with his ex-wife, a case submitted for decision on that September day to Circuit Judge Jack Seay. According to KRS 454.350, Seay had 90 days to issue a final adjudication.

  • Laptop supporters begin petition drive

    After failing to win unanimous support from the School Board for the Laptops of LaRue program, a group of supporters is calling for a new vote.

  • Man charged with manufacture of meth

    A Hodgenville man’s problems with local law enforcement were compounded last week when he was charged with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

    Jason Scott Hatcher, 24, also was charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance, possession of handgun by convicted felon and use or possession of drug paraphernalia, second offense, on March 10 by the LaRue County Sheriff’s Department.

    He was lodged in the LaRue County Jail under $100,000 cash bond.

  • Louisville man pleads guilty to IGA burglary

    Jury selection had been completed when Steven Earl McWilliams, 32, of Louisville decided to forego a trial and enter a guilty plea Feb. 22 to several complicity charges in LaRue Circuit Court.

    McWilliams was charged with the burglary of Hometown IGA three years ago. His accomplice, Jeffrey W. McAdams, 22, of Louisville was sentenced to four years after being found guilty of his part in the crime. He is serving his sentence in the Campbell County Jail.

  • Extension Expo is Saturday

    The 28th annual Extension Expo will be held Saturday at the LaRue County High School gym.

    Seventy commercial and service booths will offer an array of information and giveaways 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The booths filled up early this year and several businesses asked to have their names placed on a waiting list, according to LaRue County Extension Service staff assistant Sue Ann McCandless.

  • Store manager enters not guilty plea

    A store manager charged with theft by unlawful taking entered a not guilty plea Wednesday in LaRue District Court.

    Bill Woodrow Willis, 29, of Radcliff is accused of making illegal transactions on cash registers without items being purchased at Pamida. Hodgenville City Police Chief John Cottrill said the transactions total about $5,700.

    Willis was lodged in the LaRue County Jail under $9,500 cash bond. His attorney Lewis Preston filed a motion to lower bond to $950 full cash.

  • Suspected meth lab explosion sends one to Louisville hospital

    The LaRue County Sheriff’s Department is assisting the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force in the investigation of a suspected methamphetamine lab explosion.

    Monday afternoon, officers received a report of a man with severe burns on his face and arms at a house on Riggs Street in Upton.

    The extent of his injuries are not known, but Deputy Russell McCoy said the burns were probably first- or second-degree. Hardin County EMS transported the man to a Louisville hospital.

  • Railway Museum in running for grant

    Those who ride the rails in New Haven may find the track smoother than before if proposed repairs are made.

    New Haven Board of Commissioners passed a resolution to participate in a T-21 federal transportation enhancement grant application on behalf of the Kentucky Railway Museum.

    If awarded, the funds would be used to make repairs and restoration of the historic railroad bridge over the Beech Fork River.

    The approximately 200-foot-long double camel back trestle bridge is the largest of seven bridges in the 17 miles of track cared for by KRM.

  • Generator theft during ice storm leads to jail time for two

    Last winter’s ice storm knocked out utilities, made roads treacherous and crippled communications across the state.

    Workers spent countless hours trying to restore electricity, water and telephone service to many areas. South Central Rural Telephone Co., based in Glasgow, hooked gas generators to outdoor telephone boxes to make sure residents were able to call for assistance during the worst of the storm.