Local News

  • $moke ’em ... If you can afford ’em

    House Bill 144, doubling the state tax on cigarette sales, went into effect today, and tobacco consumers have been very vocal in their reaction.

     “It’s ridiculous; highway robbery,” said Sue Ann Twyman as she bought a pack of cigarettes at Smoketown II on Lincoln Boulevard across from LaRue County High School. 

    Clyde Viers, another local cigarette customer at the business, agreed.

  • All bids for Sonora school rejected

    The Hardin County School Board voted last week to reject all offers for the former Sonora Elementary School property and ask for new bids for its sale.

    The board received five bids for the property, which is split into two sections. One section includes the building, and the other section includes land behind the building where the playground and sports fields are located.

    Only the City of Sonora made a combined bid for both pieces of property. The other bids were made by individuals.

  • Governor signs bill to overhaul CATS test

    Saying it is time to move to a new, stronger era of testing and accountability, Gov. Steve Beshear signed Senate Bill 1, which will overhaul the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System as part of the state’s long-term commitment to education reform.

    “In 1990, the Kentucky Education Reform Act made it clear that Kentucky was no longer content with its schools and the quality of graduates those schools were producing,” Beshear said.

  • Churches plan variety of Easter programs

    Many Christians celebrate Easter in the spring to memorialize Christ’s resurrection.

    This year, Easter falls on April 12, but several local churches have planned early religious and secular observances.

    Ovesen Heights Baptist Church on Bardstown Road is hosting four performances of the musical drama “Behold the Lamb.”

    Ellen Popham, the church’s minister of music, said the drama’s emphasis is on Christ’s ministry and miracles.

  • New Haven commissioner steps down

    New Haven Commissioner Fred Mouser resigned his seat Thursday.

    Mayor Tessie Cecil read Mouser's letter of resignation, in which he expressed having a "heavy heart."

    "At this moment in my life, I feel that I am unable to fulfill the requirement necessary to be a board member," he wrote. He went on to explain that personal engagements required more of his time and attention than he felt fair to the citizens of New Haven.

    Mouser said he felt someone who was capable of devoting more time would be better suited to the position.

  • Two thunderstorm warnings issued

    LaRue County experienced a pair of severe thunderstorm warnings Sunday evening. The county also remains under a tornado watch issued by the National Weather Service.

    The first alert lasted more than 30 minutes before expiring at 8 p.m. as the fast-moving storm front passed east through the county. A second alert was issued shortly after 8 when a line of storm pushed north from Hart County.

  • Maritime Museum honors Brashear

    A maritime museum recently opened an exhibit dedicated to the Navy’s first black master diver, who was from Sonora.

    Dream to Dive: The Life of Navy Master Diver Carl Brashear tells the story of how he served even after his leg was amputated because of a salvage accident. The Nauticus museum display runs until June 7 in Norfolk, Va.

    “It’s unbelievable,” said his nephew, H. Ron Brashear of Atlanta.

  • Woman injured in wreck downtown

    A Hodgenville woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday, March 25.

    A 1990 Dodge Ram pickup, driven by Bobby Reece, 64, of Greensburg, was traveling on Greensburg Street and failed to stop at the intersection with East Main Street.

    Reece’s vehicle collided with a 1990 Chevrolet pickup driven by Bonnie Hurt, 65, of Howardstown Road. Hurt’s truck was northbound on East Main Street. Both vehicles came to rest in a parking lot near the intersection.

  • Three Michigan men charged in Murrieltown Road break-in

    Three Michigan residents were charged with first-degree burglary and criminal trespass March 28 after allegedly breaking in a house on Murrieltown Road, four miles east of Upton.

    Those charged are Gary Chambers, 37, and Gary A. Polehna, 37, both of Westland, Mich., and Richard S. Polehna, 41, of Wayne, Mich.

    According to Kentucky State Trooper Steve Pavey, the trio were attempting to “retrieve some belongings” from an acquaintance when they broke into the house.

    They were lodged in the LaRue County jail.

  • Man receives suspended sentence in assault case

    A Hodgenville man received a suspended sentence after being found guilty of second degree assault, wanton endangerment and violation of an emergency protective order in LaRue Circuit Court March 16.

    Police said David Michael Owens, 46, assaulted his ex-girlfriend on a city street June 4, 2008.

    When they arrived on the scene, they found the woman in a nearby yard and a large amount of her hair in the roadway, according to court documents. Owens allegedly pulled out a handful of her hair and struck her with a pool stick.