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  • Five injured in I-65 crash

    Five people were injured early Monday in a crash on Interstate 65.

    Maria Bartolome, 27, of Cookeville, Tennessee, lost control of the 2001 Toyota passenger car she was driving near the 78-mile marker, according to LaRue County Deputy Russell McCoy. The vehicle went off the right shoulder of the roadway, struck a culvert and went airborne, striking a tree.

  • Spangler pleads guilty to Buffalo bank robbery

    Joshua Riley Spangler, 28, of Campbellsville, pleaded guilty Monday in United States District Court, to two counts of bank robbery.

    Spangler admitted in Senior District Judge John G. Heyburn II’s court to robbing through force, violence and intimidation, the Cecilian Bank in Sonora, of $1,019, on Jan. 15, 2013.

    During the Sonora robbery, the suspect went to a teller window and handed the bank employee a note demanding cash.

  • Katy Cecil named to KHSSL Hall of Fame

    The LaRue County High School Speech and Drama team set new standards this season, with competitors winning major tournaments and snagging college scholarships.

    Now, the spotlight is on their coach, Katy Blair Cecil, who is being honored for lifetime achievement.

    Cecil will be inducted into the Kentucky High School Speech League Hall of Fame in March.

    Cecil was notified of the honor after the KHSSL Board of Directors met in June. She sits on the board, but recused herself when the vote was cast.

  • Former jail deputy charged in 2002 inmate's escape

    Former LaRue County chief deputy jailer Travis Jay Strader has been indicted by a Hart County grand jury for allegedly assisting an inmate – Billy J. Rucker – who escaped custody in 2002. He was charged with second-degree escape, complicity, according to the Hart County Sheriff’s office.

    Hart County Sheriff Boston Hensley and Deputy Lanny Jewell served Billy J. Rucker, 48, of Munfordville, with an arrest indictment in April. Rucker is charged with second-degree escape and being a persistent felony offender.

  • Jail victims share $850,000

    A total of $850,000 will be divided among 13 women who were victimized over a two-year period inside the LaRue County Detention Center.

    The women, who ranged in age from mid-20s to early 50s, claimed they were “mistreated, harassed, assaulted, forcibly raped and forced to perform sexual acts” between 2008 and 2010.

  • Brice Taylor dies after ATV crash

    The family of Brice Taylor, 20, who sustained injuries from an ATV crash June 30, announced Saturday morning on Facebook he had died.

    “Early this morning, David Brice Taylor joined his sister, Brian­na Jewell-Rachae Taylor, in Heaven,” the post said.

    Taylor’s death came 12 days after Brianna Taylor, 17, died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Deckard School Road and Patriot Parkway in Elizabethtown.

  • Methodist youth create quilt for Alabama church

    On May 21, 2013, in Huntsville, Alabama, two brothers — Anthony and Terry Jackson — were stabbed and killed while setting up a small food pantry for West Huntsville United Methodist Church.

    The eldest brother, Anthony, 76, suffered from cerebral palsy and had been taken care of by his younger brother, Terry, for most of their adult lives. The two brothers had very little, and according to multiple local sources, they gave anything they could spare to others—including their time.

  • Longstanding Meetings

    Monday

    Hodgenville City Council

    Hodgenville City Council meets 7 p.m. the second Monday at Hodgenville Civic Center (city hall).

    LaRue County Board of Adjustments

    LaRue County Board of Adjustments meets 6 p.m. Monday, quarterly. Applications must be received in advance for meetings. Call Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning at 270-358-0830 for more information.

    LaRue County Board of Education

    LaRue County Board of Education meets 7 p.m. the third Monday at LaRue County High School (unless another location is specified).

  • Resident says City should not clear storm debris from private property

    Hodgenville residents have been cleaning debris from their yards since a May 22 storm took out several large trees and branches.

    The City helped out, collecting limbs that either landed on the sidewalk or were placed there by residents for garbage pickup.

    At least one Hodgenville man is angry that his tax dollars were used to pick up limbs from private yards.

  • Three to compete in Distinguished Young Woman

    A scholarship program that has been defunct in LaRue County for many years is receiving renewed interest.

    The Distinguished Young Woman program – formerly called Junior Miss – has three contestants this year: Cayleigh Allen, Emillee Cundiff and Montana Metcalf.

    They will compete in conjunction with the Nelson County DYW program on Saturday, Aug. 16. A panel of judges will evaluate them in five categories: scholastic achievement, interview, talent, fitness, and self-expression.