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  • Hosparus offers grief counseling camp at Loucon

    Evergreen – A Family Camp Program is a weekend gathering for bereaved families and children ages 6 – 18 and extended family members. It is sponsored by Hosparus Grief Counseling Center.

    The event begins after school and work on Friday, Oct. 10 and concludes in the afternoon on Sunday, Oct. 12 at the Loucon Training & Retreat Center near Leitchfield.

  • Hornback retiring from adult education

    LaRue County Adult Education Director Sarah Hornback is moving on. The longtime county servant is stepping down from her position to spend more time with her family and due to dwindling grant funds.

    She said she’s glad to have worked in this county for so long.

  • KSP auditor continues digging in Cruse case

    The trial date for former Hodgenville mayor Terry L. Cruse and former city clerk MaDonna Hornback has been set for Nov. 10 in Nelson County.

    LaRue Circuit Judge Charles Simms III moved the case after hearing requests from prosecutors and defense attorneys alike, citing pretrial publicity.

    Cruse and Hornback have pleaded not guilty to numerous charges of abuse of public trust and theft by unlawful taking. Cruse also is charged with violating campaign laws and two counts of second-degree forgery.

  • KSP auditor continues digging in Cruse case

    The trial date for former Hodgenville mayor Terry L. Cruse and former city clerk MaDonna Hornback has been set for Nov. 10 in Nelson County.

    LaRue Circuit Judge Charles Simms III moved the case after hearing requests from prosecutors and defense attorneys alike, citing pretrial publicity.

    Cruse and Hornback have pleaded not guilty to numerous charges of abuse of public trust and theft by unlawful taking. Cruse also is charged with violating campaign laws and two counts of second-degree forgery.

  • Officers equipped with new body cams

    An investment in new body cameras will help preserve evidence gathered by Hodgenville City Police.

    Police Chief Steve Johnson told City Council last week that the Taser cameras cost more than the previous models – but are sturdaier and more efficient.

    Chief Johnson said the cameras are to be removed and placed in a charger at the end of each officer’s shift. The camera’s contents will download to the computer where the officer or court officials can review them.

  • Free symphony performance is Saturday

    The Louisville Civic Orchestra will perform a free concert 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at First Baptist Church, Hodgenville.

    Two of the performers, Director Aaron Boaz, a music professor at Bellarmine University, and 14-year-old John McCaffrey were in town last week to promote the event. They visited local schools, putting on a short performance and offering a brief history lesson as they encouraged students to attend.

  • The Legacy Lives on

    1954 was a busy year in LaRue County.

    President Dwight D. Eisenhower visited the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park, placed a wreath at the foot of the seated Lincoln statue and dined at the Hodgenville Woman’s Club where he requested seconds of – and the recipe for – the sumptious cheese pudding.

    An up-and-coming Everett G. Sanders was named principal of Hodgenville High School. Sanders was later hired to be superintendent of schools – a position he held for decades.

  • School board spars over tax

    The LaRue County School Board met Thursday night to discuss the tax rate for the 2014-15 school year. Prior to the meeting, the board held a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. No one from the public attended.

    The decision for the board was to either take a compensating rate, which is determined by the state and would allow for the district to bring in the same amount of revenue as last year, or to take a 4 percent increase.

  • Woman, child in hospital following crash on George Lee

    A Mount Sherman woman and her son were seriously injured Saturday in a single vehicle crash.

    Rhiannon Mott, 36, was driving a Pontiac Grand Am north on George Lee Road just before 7 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree, according to LaRue County Deputy Robbie Brownfield.

    Mott and her 13-year-old son were trapped in the vehicle for 40 minutes while crews from Buffalo, Magnolia and LaRue County worked to extricate them. Two LaRue County ambulances were at the scene.

  • Historic home burns on Greensburg

    A house fire erupted Monday afternoon at 206 Greensburg Street in Hodgenville. The large blue frame house was quickly swallowed by the flames, despite efforts by several fire departments.

    Roger Bird’s historic house – known for its split rail fence in front and its wide, shady porch – was destroyed.

    Hodgenville Fire Chief Wally Sparks said the fire began at the back of the house. He’s unsure what started the blaze.

    Bird was at home when the fire began. He is staying with relatives, according to Sparks.