Local News

  • Just Ask - August 10, 2016

    I’ve noticed several homes in the city, which are becoming eyesores because the owners choose not to mow the grass.  Isn’t there some type of ordinance that covers such situations?  What can be done to improve the looks of our city?

  • Man arrested for meth

    A local man was arrested for meth possession, fleeing the scene and several other charges after police responded to a disturbance call last Thursday on Bailey Road in the Mt. Sherman area.

    According to the LaRue County Sheriffs Office, the incident started when officers responded to a trespass complaint at the intersection of Bailey Road and Mt. Sherman Ward Road. The owner stated that a green car was parked on their land and that it had left prior to the officers’ arrival.

  • Expungement law causes confusion

    A new felony expungement law in Kentucky for class D felonies has caused a lot of misunderstanding for people who are wishing to expunge a felony from their record.

    The state legislature passed house bill 40 during their 2016 session, which allows people with class D felonies to have their convictions expunged. The expungement will eliminate all records of the charge, including the original police report, as well as erasing all documentation about the charge and conviction from the official record.

  • Large turnout of Hemp Field day

    More than one hundred people came out for the Industrial Hemp Field Day event last Thursday at the David Pepper Farm outside Hodgenville.

    Several specialists in industrial hemp research attended the event including Tom Keene from the University of Kentucky, Todd Willian from Western Kentucky University and Tom Hutchens and Dave Spalding from Atalo Holdings, Inc.

  • Skaggs plead not guilty

    A local woman who was recently arrested for manslaughter pled not guilty in court last Monday.

    Lovie P. Skaggs, 59, of Hodgenville was arraigned in LaRue County Circuit Court. She was appointed a public defender and she entered a not guilty plea. Chief Circuit Judge Charles C. Simms III also ordered to have a psychiatric examination and observation on Lovie Skaggs to determine her mental condition.

  • Former Shopko building vandalized

    The Hodgenville Police Department is currently investigating vandalism that was discovered at the former Shopko building on West Main Street.

    HPD Sergeant James Richardson said the vandalism was discovered last Saturday morning and that it included graffiti at the front and west side of the building. He said he believes it occurred sometime late last Friday night and early last Saturday morning.

    The building has remained vacant since April 2015 when Shopko decided to close the doors of their Hodgenville location and several other Shopko stores in the region.

  • Fiscal Court votes against tax increase

    Roadwork and taxes were the main topics of discussion at the Fiscal Court meeting Thursday July 29.

    LaRue County Judge Executive Tommy Turner recommended that the four percent increase not be adopted by fiscal court. The recommendation was followed by a unanimous vote to turn down the increase.

    There was also discussion of repairing the shoulder of a road in the fourth district. Magistrate Larry Howell talked about how there’s no shoulder on Airline road where it intersects with 31E.

  • Marijuana plants seized

    The LaRue County Sheriff’s Department seized 26 marijuana plants in a central section of LaRue County on Monday, August 1.

    LaRue County Sheriff Russell McCoy said the seizure is part of an ongoing investigation by his department. He said the plants were being cultivated and are worth several thousand dollars.

    “A full grown marijuana plant is worth approximately $2,000,” McCoy said. “These 26 plants have an approximate street value of $35,000.”

  • Ribbon cutting held for Reed headquarters
  • LaRue Distinguished Young Women candidates announced

    Three LaRue County participants are among the nine young women who will be competing for college scholarships at the 2017 LaRue County Distinguished Young Women program August 13 at 7 p.m. at LaRue County High School auditorium.

    “We are partnering with Hardin County this year,” said Denise Skaggs, chairperson for LaRue County. “These upcoming senior girls will be competing for scholarship money in the areas of fitness, interview, talent, self-expression and scholastics.”