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  • Candidate Roy Ray drops out of magistrate race

    Republican Stanley “Roy” Ray withdrew Monday from the 3rd District Magistrate race.

    LaRue County Clerk Linda Carter said Ray’s name would remain on the ballots – which have already been printed.

    A notice of his withdrawal will be posted at each precinct on Election Day.

    Ray is the second candidate to withdraw from the race. Earl Thomas Riggs, a Democrat, withdrew Jan. 29.

    Incumbent Ronald Dale Nunn, a Democrat, faces no other opposition. 

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  • Trooper is recovering

     A state trooper injured in a Saturday afternoon collision while making a traffic stop on Interstate 65 in Bullitt County could be released this week from University Hospital in Louisville.

    Trooper Sam Shacklette, 46, is listed in stable condition after being struck by an SUV while approaching a vehicle he stopped for speeding.

  • Trooper injured on I-65

    A Kentucky state trooper working his final shift on the force was hit by a vehicle Saturday in the northbound lane of Interstate 65 afternoon while walking on the shoulder of the road to issue a speeding ticket.

    Sam Shacklette, 46, a 20-year veteran of KSP, had “about an hour left in his shift,” said KSP Post 4 spokesman Jeff Gregory. Gregory said Shacklette was scheduled to retire at midnight Saturday.

  • Joel Ray: Come for the music, stay for the jokes

    Joel Ray Sprowls, owner and producer of the Lincoln Jamboree in Hodgenville for 60 years, is known as much for his comedy as his emceeing the show.

    He can even boast of earning an encore for wearing one of his trademark flashy sequined suits and another for a joke, one of thousands he has told on stage.

  • Man charged with assault, trespass

    A Hodgenville man is facing numerous charges after allegedly assaulting a woman in her apartment Aug. 25.

    James Christopher Matthews, 19, who recently moved to the area from Edmonton, according to police, allegedly held a knife to a woman’s throat and threatened to kill her. Charges filed include second-degree assault, fleeing and evading police (on foot), second-degree attempted burglary, second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal trespass.

  • New Haven mayor dies

    New Haven Mayor Bobby Johnson died Thursday after an illness following surgery.

    City Clerk Linda Mattingly said he passed away around noon at Flaget Memorial Hospital.

    He was in his fourth year as mayor after having served two terms on the New Haven Board of Commissioners.

    He had also been the city’s police chief for 17 years.

    “He did a great job as mayor,” Mattingly said. “He’s going to be sadly missed by our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

  • Jamboree celebrates 60 years

    As he enters his 60th year as owner and producer of the Lincoln Jamboree and his 56th year as proprietor of Joel Ray’s Restaurant, Joel Ray Sprowls’ path to longevity has been like the Energizer Bunny: He takes a lickin’ but keeps on tickin.’

     “I’m like a cat with nine lives, and I think I just lived my eighth one,” he quipped.

  • EMS hosts responder training

    LaRue County EMS will host a National Traffic Incident Management Responder Training Sept. 3 at its classroom on Lincoln Boulevard.

    Mike Cottrell, county EMS director, told magistrates meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville Aug. 26 the four hours of instruction will provide guidelines to best protect emergency workers when working an accident.

    Cottrell said the recent I-65 accident that took the life of a Glendale volunteer fireman emphasized the need for such training.

  • Several indicted in Nelson County

    The following people have been indicted by a Nelson County grand jury. They are set for arraignment in Nelson Circuit Court Aug. 7.