Local News

  • High school graduation requirements could change

    LaRue County school officials are considering updates to high school graduation requirements, policies and procedures.  The proposed changes would require a senior project, in place of a writing portfolio. The proposed changes will benefit seniors, according to some. It will require seniors to create a resume and cover letter.

    It will also assess technology skills.

    The LaRue County School Board heard a first reading of the proposed changes Monday night and are expected to vote on the issue at a future date.

  • Man gets 16 years in child sex abuse case

    A LaRue Circuit Court judge Monday sentenced Christopher E. Miller to 16 years in prisons for sexually abusing a minor.

    The ruling, delivered by Judge Charles Simms, requires him to register as a lifetime sex offender.

    Miller, 35, pleaded guilty last month to 722 felony charges of sexual contact with a minor.

  • Local stretch of U.S. 31E is part of scenic byway

    Three of Kentucky's scenic highway routes - Lincoln Heritage Highway, Kentucky Great River Road and Woodlands Trace - have been elevated to National Scenic Byway designation by the Federal Highway Administration.

    “These highways showcase a part of Kentucky’s rich heritage,” Gov. Steve Beshear said Friday. “National designation will help put these routes that traverse historic treasures and the natural wonder of the Bluegrass State on a larger map.”

  • Governor launches new education initiative

    In a move to re-energize the support of public schools that nearly 20 years ago sparked Kentucky to implement the nation’s most comprehensive school reform, Gov. Steve Beshear launched his new education initiative on Oct. 19, Transforming Education in Kentucky. The goal is to create a unified vision of what schools in the Commonwealth need to offer in order to better serve students today and tomorrow.

  • Ceremony scheduled for next Lincoln penny

    The final Lincoln Bicentennial One-Cent Coin release in Washington, D.C., will be Nov. 12.

    Organizers of the event have not set a venue, but it will probably be in the Capitol complex.

    On the reverse of the penny, the Capitol building’s dome is under construction, as it was during Abraham Lincoln's term in office. The dome continued to rise as the Civil War was fought.

    When Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, just five days after the war ended, his body lay in state under the newly completed dome.

  • Alleged meth-mom flees; boyfriend also at large

    A LaRue County mother and her live-in boyfriend wanted on drug charges remain at large Friday.

    “We don’t have any clues or tips,” Hodgenville Police Chief Johnny Cottrill said.

    Police say an 11-year-old, who they found unconscious, led them to a Maple Avenue methamphetamine lab. About 10 p.m. Sunday, Hodgenville Police found the girl lying unresponsive near Red Hill Cemetery on Greensburg Street, according to police Lt. Steve Johnson.

    LaRue EMS crews were able to revive the girl, who told police she “blanked out.”

  • LaRue County man indicted for murder

    A LaRue County man was indicted Oct. 14 by a Warren County grand jury on murder and four other charges in connection to a crash on Interstate 65.

    Michael S. Sams, 35, 222 S. Walters St., Hodgenville, was charged with murder, leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, failure to notify address change to the Department of Transportation and tampering with physical evidence.

  • Anthem, Norton strike deal

    Landmark News Service

    After a months-long standoff, Norton Healthcare and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced in a joint statement Monday that a mutual agreement had been reached.

    The three-year contract went into effect immediately on announcement, meaning Anthem users will have access to the full range of services Norton provides at its main hospitals, including Kosair Children’s Hospital, and numerous outpatient centers in the region.

  • Railway Museum conducts mystery night

    Kentucky Railway Museum in New Haven is having an evening of mystery and fun Saturday, Oct. 24. Costume or masks are encouraged; after all you may be the culprit attending this mystery theatrer. The activities begin at 5:30 p.m.

    A 90-minute train excursion will follow the masquerade ball. L&N steam engine 152 will be the locomotive in operation. This engine is 104 years old and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Admission is $35 per person and reservations are required.

  • KCTCS lobbies for support

    Landmark News Service

    After five years of budget cuts, the president of the statewide community college system is asking for community support to help “stop the bleeding,” he said.

    Michael McCall, president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, held a forum at the Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Center to gain support from local officials and community members for the college system, its needs and its attempts to stave off further budget cuts.