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  • Blakeman's art collection to benefit Lincoln Museum, speech program

    Walking through rooms of her home filled with a lifetime of her artwork, Phyllis Blakeman uttered the undisputable.
    “Nobody lives forever, and when I’m gone, I don’t want anyone to have to go through all this stuff, so I’ve decided to have an art exhibit and clean my house,” said Blakeman, who lives in Hutcherson Heights in Hodgenville.
    As so often has happened in her life, what Blakeman does benefits others.

  • Hardin County historical groups sponsor Lincoln film

    Two Hardin County history organizations now are part of the film-making business.

    With a $7,500 sponsorship, the Hardin County History Museum and the Ancestral Trails Historical Society contributed to the making of “‘I Remember the Old Home Very Well:’ The Lincolns in Kentucky.”

    The Witnessing History film, which will air on Kentucky Education Television and other outlets across the world, currently is in production. Board members of the two organizations met last week with the film’s producer, Kent Masterson Brown.

  • I-65 delays anticipated for spring break

     Motorists should prepare for extremely heavy southbound volumes when traveling Interstate 65 this weekend, according to the Department of Transportation. In recent years, slow conditions were reported on Friday going into the week when many public schools are on Spring Break. Delays were not the result of incidents. Volumes were simply heavier than two lanes could accommodate. Conditions between Elizabethtown and Horse Cave were stop-and-go. Friday afternoon seemed to be the height of volume, but heavier than usual traffic continued through the weekend and Spring Break week.

  • Flooding possible as heavy rainfall continues

    As heavy rainfall continues in the area, residents are advised to be aware of the chance of flooding.

    Hodgenville Mayor Kenny DeVore reminds residents in flood-prone areas to be watchful of possible manhole overflows and sewer backups.

    Areas that usually encounter problems are Greensburg Street and areas on the north end of town (West Main Street and Creekfront Park vicinities).

  • Detours expected at Upton exit

    Motorists traveling Ky. 224 across Interstate 65 may experience short delays for the next few months as overpass construction continues.

    A signal will be activated this afternoon to allow alternating one-way traffic over the interstate, according to the Transportation Cabinet District 4 office. Demolition work on the existing overpass will allow for completion of a new span in order to accommodate widening I-65 to six lanes. The signal is expected to remain active until early June.

  • PIPELINE: 100 attend meeting in Marion

     About 100 people attended a meeting March 19 at the Marion County Extension Office to discuss natural gas liquids (NGLs).

    The Tennessee Gas Pipeline (which is owned by Kinder Morgan) has applied to abandon part of an existing natural gas pipeline with plans to convert it to carry NGLs.

    “I am proud to live in a county where we still know the value of land as heritage,” said Susan Classen, a co-member of the Loretto Community and one of the panelists at last week’s meeting.

  • Slick road contributes to crash

    Sherri Fonseca, 40, of Magnolia, was cited for no proof of insurance and no operator’s license after she crashed her vehicle into an electric pole and cable box about 7 p.m. March 19.

    Fonseca was driving a 1999 Toyota south on Die-Shiboley Road when she lost control in a right-hand curve, according to Deputy Doug Sherrard. The Toyota crossed into the northbound lane, went into a ditch, struck a South Central Rural Telephone cable box and a Nolin RECC pole.

    Wet roads may have contributed to the crash. No injuries were reported.

  • County Cleanup Days are March 27-28

    LaRue County’s annual cleanup days are noon to 4 p.m. March 27, and 8 a.m. to noon March 28.
    Large items will be accepted at the county maintenance garage across from LaRue County High School. Scrap metal, old appliances, furniture, electronics and cell phones will be accepted at no charge.
    Tires will be accepted for a fee.
    No regular household trash, chemicals, yard waste, construction materials or liquid paint will be accepted.

  • Filmmaker shows documentary of Thomas Merton

    Nineteen sixty-eight was “a beast of a year,” Thomas Merton wrote in his journal.

    U.S. soldiers torched villages in Vietnam, war resisters burned their draft cards and Buddhist monks immolated themselves.

    It seemed the world was on fire.

    But it also was a year of searching and discovery for Merton.

  • Church calls for meeting with TLC after break-in

    A LaRue County church has requested a meeting with administrators of The Life Connection following two alleged break-ins by a juvenile.
    TLC is a for-profit residential treatment facility for young men on Bud’s Lake Road near Sonora.
    Oak Hill Baptist Church is less than a mile away – on the same county road.
    Church members discovered a juvenile male from TLC on the property about two weeks ago. He allegedly had kicked in a window.
    The church decided not to press charges, said Gordon Bright, a trustee at Oak Hill.