Local News

  • Shooting case to be heard by grand jury

    The case of Tracy Lynn Dotson, accused of shooting her husband in a domestic dispute in August, will be heard by a LaRue County grand jury.

    Dotson’s preliminary hearing was set for Sept. 30 in LaRue District Court. However, her attorney, Carl Howell, waived the hearing and requested the charge be heard by the grand jury.

    Dotson, 32, was charged with first-degree assault after allegedly shooting her husband, Anthony Dale Dotson, 44, in the shoulder with a .357 Magnum handgun.

  • Former employee charged in theft from dental office

    An Elizabethtown woman is charged with theft by unlawful taking after allegedly taking more than $17,000 from her employer.

    The case against Jennifer Rose Priddy, 29, a former bookkeeper for local dentist Douglas L. Baumgardner, will be heard by a LaRue County grand jury.

    Priddy is accused of taking $17,032.42 from the practice over a three-year period.

    A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Sept. 30 in LaRue District Court; however, midway through the testimony, Priddy’s attorney, Dwight Preston, requested the matter be heard by the grand jury instead.

  • Western Recorder editor speaks at college

    Dr. Todd Deaton, editor of the Western Recorder in Louisville, will speak at Campbellsville University's chapel service  at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the Ransdell Chapel at 401 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville.

    The chapel service is free and open to the public.

    Deaton has served as editor of the Western Recorder since January 2009. He has also served as managing editor of the Baptist Courier in South Carolina from 1996 to 2009, and as associate editor of the Biblical Recorder in North Carolina from 1989 to 1996.

  • Toll-free number offers flu answers

    The Kentucky Department for Public Health encourages Kentuckians to call a new toll-free hotline with their questions related to 2009 H1N1 influenza and seasonal flu for the latest news and information about flu.

    The hotline number 1-877-843-7727 will operate from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

    Information on the H1N1 virus is readily available by visiting the redesigned Health Alerts Web site at healthalerts.ky.gov.


  • Pre-trial conference set in chiropractor case

    A pre-trial conference for Richard Gilbert will be Oct. 28 in U.S. District Court (Western District) in Louisville.

    Gilbert, a LaRue County chiropractor, was indicted by a federal grand jury April 7 on charges of tax evasion and obstructing the Internal Revenue Service.

    The court already has heard motions from Gilbert to dismiss, which was denied, and to establish identity. The court allowed his motion for electronic filing accessibility.

  • ECTC to sponsor community choir

    This fall, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is sponsoring a community choir to sing sections of Handel’s Messiah. All singers are invited to participate. There will be no auditions for chorus members, but all singers are expected to learn their parts.

    Members of the Louisville Orchestra will accompany the performance.

  • McFarland sentenced to 18 years for shooting death of stepdaughter

    Family members of Sabrina Shirley gathered Monday to witness the sentencing of the man who shot and killed the young mother of two.

    In late August, David McFarland, 45, accompanied by attorney Bart Adams, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the July 2007 death of Shirley, his former stepdaughter.

  • Get moving with your fellow Kentuckians on Second Sunday

    It’s time to get up off the couch and head outdoors ... or at least its time to save the date to get up and moving. On Oct. 11, LaRue County is participating in a statewide event to promote healthy living.

    The LaRue County Cooperative Extension Service is promoting Second Sunday — an event that encourages physical activity. People in communities throughout the state will simultaneously participate in the event, turning Kentucky’s reputation of being one of the unhealthiest states in the country upside-down and promoting a healthy lifestyle. 

  • Talent show winners announced


    First – Blake Merryman

    Second – Paul Hedge

    Third – Michaela Rock


    First – Chase Riffe

    Second – Abby Modrowski

    Third – Brittany Cruse


    First – William Wesson

    Second – Stephanie Metcalf

    Third – Aaron Harp

    The top three winners of the talent contest received cash prizes.

  • LaRue’s unemployment decreases from July

    Unemployment rates rose in all 120 Kentucky counties between August 2008 and August 2009, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    LaRue County’s rate increased from 7 percent to 11.3 percent in that timeframe; however, the rate decreased from July 2009 when the rate was 14.3 percent.

    Of 7,234 potential workers, 6,418 are employed.