Local News

  • Magistrates hear road recommendations

    Patty Dunaway, chief engineer for Kentucky Transportation Department’s District 4 in Elizabethtown, presented two priority road resurfacing recommendations to LaRue County Fiscal Court as it met at the Hodgenville courthouse March 9.

    The recommendations, which the court approved, call for resurfacing KY 470 from KY 210 to U.S. 31E, a distance of 4.654 miles, and KY 222 from the Hardin County line to the Harned McCubbin Road, 3.575 miles.

    Tommy Turner, judge-executive, cautioned magistrates that the recommendations are subject to change.

  • Chamber's check is show of support for Laptops of LaRue

    The LaRue County Chamber of Commerce offered public support Monday to LaRue County Schools’ plan to purchase computers for students.

    “Laptops of LaRue” or LOL, which has been studied in committee for two years, will provide laptops to about 700 LaRue County High School students. The school system has $1 million escrowed to pay for the “21st century learning initiative,” according to Superintendent Sam Sanders. The issue will be voted on at the March 15 school board meeting.

  • Construction begins on Greensburg Street tower

    Work on Hodgenville’s Greensburg Water Tower Project has started on land adjacent to the LaRue County Fairgrounds. Hodgenville City Council members learned Monday of an unexpected bonus with the project. The new 300,000-gallon tank will provide better water pressure for that part of the city and reach new customers. In addition, sidewalks will be replaced in areas affected by water line installation.

    “Not all areas had sidewalks (to begin with),” Cruse said. In those cases, new sidewalks will be installed.

  • Reception held to honor Stephen Brown

    A reception was held last week at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park in honor of Stephen Brown, education specialist at the park.

    Brown served four years at the park as education specialist, a position created to promote the Lincoln bicentennial.

    Brown and his wife, Annie, are moving to Louisville where he will continue to work on a book about the Underground Railroad.

  • 1983 murder charge expunged from record

    A Hodgenville woman has been successful in her petition to have court records expunged.

    The records that led to Veronica Sue LaFollette Knox being tried for murder in 1983 will be destroyed, according to a March 1 ruling by LaRue Circuit Judge Charles Simms III.

    Knox, who was 27 at the time, was charged with murder after firing five shots from a .22-caliber rifle into her 29-year-old husband Glen Cleo LaFollette on Jan. 1, 1983.

    According to Herald News archives, Knox told officers the shooting followed an incident of domestic violence.

  • Bond reduced for shooting suspects

    At a bond hearing Feb. 23, Nelson Circuit Court Judge Charles Simms reduced the $1 million cash-only bail for two of the three men accused of murdering Donald C. Marshall of Hodgenville.

    Stephen Austin Howard and Maurice Greenwell had their bonds reduced to $300,000 cash or property. The amount represented a middle ground after lawyers for the defendants argued that they should be released on their own recognizance while the commonwealth said it should stay at $1 million.

  • Teenager enters guilty plea


  • Community bids farewell to hero

    Lance Cpl. Matthias “Matt” Hanson was laid to rest Saturday.

    About 1,000 people attended the young marine’s funeral in LaRue County High School’s gymnasium.

    Hanson, the 20-year-old son of Mary and Larry Huff of Hodgenville and Lowell R. and Cynthia Hanson Jr. of Buffalo, died Feb. 21 of combat-related injuries in Afghanistan. He was hit by enemy fire and died while being airlifted to a military medical facility.

    His deployment to Afghanistan was his first assignment outside the country. He had been overseas about 40 days.

  • Jail car used in escape

    A LaRue County inmate enjoyed about eight hours of freedom last week after escaping from the detention center in a car owned by the jail.

    George Richard Gaunt III, 21, of Ludlow in northern Kentucky was serving a three-year sentence at the facility on charges of third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

    According to Chief Deputy Travis Strader, Gaunt attended a religious service at the jail about 7 p.m. Feb. 9 and left through a back door sometime later.

  • Woman jailed after taking money for ill child's expenses

    A woman who admitted taking money intended for a sick child was sentenced to 10 days in county jail Wednesday.

    Theresa Ann Cox, 43, of Louisville was charged Feb. 16 with two counts of theft by unlawful taking by Hodgenville City Police. Court records indicate she entered two IGA Express stores, picked up several items and placed them in a bag from the store. Each time, she presented the items to the clerk and requested a refund, according to Lt. Steve Johnson. The items included cell phone accessories and snacks.