Local News

  • Electric rate increase approved

    The Kentucky Public Service Commission granted revenue adjustments Friday that increase the base electric rates for customers of Kentucky Utilities Co. and the base electric and natural gas rates for customers of Louisville Gas and Electric Co.

    With Friday’s changes, a typical KU residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month (a kilowatt-hour is the amount of electricity used by a 100-watt light bulb in 10 hours) will see a $7.31 increase in the monthly bill.

  • New Haven teen dies in crash

    A much-awaited homecoming turned to tragedy for a New Haven family last week.

    Ray and Margie Hines were expecting their grandson Cpl. James Dillon Shoffner to arrive from Afghanistan Aug. 5. However, the trip was hurried through military channels so he could comfort and be comforted by family.

    His younger brother, Joseph David Ray Shoffner, 19, who still lived in New Haven, died Aug. 3 from injuries suffered in a single-vehicle crash.

  • Charges against tree cutter branching into other counties

    A Hodgenville man is facing a misdemeanor charge of deceptive business practice in LaRue District Court.

    However, more charges against Andre B. Petrick, 37, have been piling up in recent weeks.

    Petrick is lodged in the Bullitt County Detention Center, where he faces a felony charge of theft by failure to make required disposition of property and another count of deceptive business practice in Bullitt County.

  • Woman charged with endangering children

    A Hodgenville woman was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor Sunday afternoon after police found her and two children “hiding upstairs” in a Greensburg Road residence.

    A social worker, accompanied by Constable Tim Ford, visited the house where Annabelle Carlen, 26, was staying after receiving an anonymous tip about poor living conditions, Ford said.

    “There was animal feces on the floor and a number of dogs and cats in the residence,” Ford said.

  • Man injured in logging accident

    A man was transported from New Haven to University of Louisville Hospital by helicopter Friday afternoon after a logging accident.

    Rolling Fork Fire Department Chief Frank Hall said the man, later identified as Joshua Gibson, 22, formerly of Buffalo, apparently was trying to hook up a log to a skidder when the skidder rolled backward over him, crushing his pelvic area. Gibson was transported from St. Ann Church, although the accident happened elsewhere in Howardstown.

    Nelson County EMS also responded.

  • Fiscal Court hears road report

    Business at Tuesday’s meeting of LaRue Fiscal Court at the courthouse in Hodgenville dealt mainly with road-related matters.

    Timmy Brown, county road department supervisor, reported crews have leveled and resealed Gunning Lane and L. Bell Road that were washed out during the flood.

    The road department is also finishing widening R. Skaggs Road. Brown said they will double seal it soon. 

    “We’ve also mow-trimmed Wheeler and Parker Grove roads and mowing crews are in the Levelwoods area,” Brown told magistrates.

  • Joiner's charges range from meth to marijuana

    A series of events, beginning with a hit-and-run, led to a Hodgenville man being charged with numerous counts, including manufacturing methamphetamine.

    Edward James “Homer” Joiner Jr., 39, has been charged with cultivating marijuana, five plants or more; cultivating marijuana, fewer than five plants; two counts of manufacturing meth; two counts of buy or possession of drug paraphernalia; and prescription (controlled substance) not in original container.

  • School Board provides updates on funding

    At the July 19 school board meeting, Superintendent Sam Sanders updated the board on a fence issue with Abraham Lincoln Elementary School neighbor Steve Hunt. Sanders said he observed the damage to the fence, which rests on the property line of Hunt and the school. He agreed to pay the cost of fixing it this time, but will write up a contract that any future repairs would be split 50/50 with Hunt, to which Hunt agreed.

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  • Former bookkeeper faces more charges in dental office theft

    A bookkeeper accused of taking more than $17,000 from a local dentist office faces additional charges.

    Jennifer Rose Priddy, 30, of Elizabethtown, a former employee of Dr. Douglas L. Baumgardner, was indicted by a LaRue County grand jury in January on one count of theft by unlawful taking.

  • Teen dies in single vehicle wreck

    Joseph David Ray Shoffner, 19, of New Haven died Tuesday afternoon after a single-vehicle crash on Bardstown Road.

    According to LaRue County Deputy Marcus Jackson, Shoffner was driving near Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek when he lost control of the Chevrolet Blazer. The vehicle rolled three or four times and Shoffner, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected.

    LaRue County Fire Department responded also to the scene.

    Shoffner is survived by his mother, Angela Gail Ball; his father, Crazy Horse Shoffner; and two brothers.