Local News

  • Relay to ‘paint the town purple’

    The LaRue County Relay for Life will paint the town purple Saturday, May 9, to promote interest in the cancer research fundraiser. Businesses around Lincoln Square in Hodgenville will sport purple ribbons and decorations and the bridge will be covered with purple balloons.

    At 5 p.m., members from the 16 teams will meet on Lincoln Square to speak about why they participate in Relay. County Relay survivor chairwoman Kathy Ross will be on hand to enlist cancer survivors for the survivor medal ceremony held at the beginning of the 16-hour event May 15.

  • State Theater reopens in E'town

    Dark for more than 25 years, the lights of the State Theater in Elizabethtown soon will shine again following an extensive rehabilitation and revitalization project.

    Once the centerpiece of downtown and the entertainment center of the region, the theater has been empty since 1982. Now the new Historic State Theater Complex is the cornerstone project of Elizabethtown’s Kentucky Main Street/Renaissance on Main program.

    The public will have a chance to see and celebrate all the changes during events planned May 8-10.

  • New Haven to receive funds to relieve logjam

    The City of New Haven will receive funds to remove a logjam caused by limbs that fell into Rolling Fork River during the January ice storm. Second District Congressman Brett Guthrie helped secure $16,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Emergency Watershed Program.

    “It’s a start, I am just glad that they are thinking about us, I appreciate any help,” New Haven Mayor Tessie Cecil said.

  • LCHS graduation set for May 29

    An end is in sight for LaRue County school children.

    Monday, the school board amended the calendar to end May 28 as last day for students and May 29 as last day for teachers.

    Graduation will be May 29.

    Superintendent Sam Sanders said this plan was the only plan to “accomplish everything we wanted to accomplish.”

    He said other plans would cause retiring teachers to have penalties on their retirements, and this plan allowed forgiveness on two days.

    Sanders also said classified staff would have to complete their contracted days.

  • Chelf cleared of conflict of interest allegation

    The Office of Education Accountability report that found financial conflict of interest for school board member James Richard “Dick” Greenwell cleared another board member, Ronnie Chelf, of the same allegations.

    The complaint alleged that Ronnie Chelf had a conflict of interest because he was co-owner of “Furniture by Design,” which the school district used as a vendor.

  • Transplants approved for New Haven 8-year-old

    A New Haven second-grader awaiting a multiple-organ transplant is one step closer to putting the surgery behind him.

    Max Dickerson, 8, son of Jeff and Emily Dickerson, received approval for the procedure Monday from Anthem Insurance and is on a waiting list to receive the organs. He needs a liver and kidneys and possibly a multivisceral transplant, which would include multiple digestive organs.

    Max was born with autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease, which causes fluid-filled cysts in the kidneys and can affect other organs.

  • Hardin County child may have swine flu

    The Kentucky Department for Public Health reported Kentucky's fifth probable case of H1N1 (swine flu) on Monday to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It involves a 4-year-old Hardin County boy.

  • BBB issues warning about swine flu schemes

    Relying on reports from online security experts, Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be on the lookout for fraudulent e-mails and Web sites trying to take advantage of the current swine flu outbreak.

    Scammers read newspapers, watch TV and surf the Internet and they know that by using a hook from the day’s top headlines, they’ll be able to scam a lot of people, especially by phising information out of them.

  • Litsey wins national championship in forensics

    Ashley Litsey, a LaRue County High School graduate, is one of three Western Kentucky University forensic students to win a national championship.

    She and Cornelius Lee, a senior from Killeen, Texas, were tops in duo Interpretation at the National Forensic Association National Tournament April 16-20 in Springfield, Mo. Litsey also took third in poetry interpretation.

  • Concealed deadly weapon classes coming to LaRue

    For almost 13 years, Kentuckians have legally been able to carry a concealed deadly weapon if they have a permit.

    To obtain that permit, they must pass a certification course which instructor Wesley Rock said stresses safety.

    “All firearms are placed in a safe location during the class,” he said. “Each firearm is inspected for safety, and each student is required to sign a safety rule acknowledgment form before participating in the course.”