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  • Family’s pup taken during theft at home

    A tiny puppy was taken from its Magnolia home Friday – and its owners are hoping a witness can turn up a lead to its whereabouts.

    Melanie Wells said her daughter Patricia’s puppy, “Ringo,” was in an exercise kennel on the carport when the family left for work Friday, Sept. 5. A small carrier, water and food were available to it.

    When they returned home about 7 p.m., they discovered the puppy was gone, along with a Poulan riding lawnmower.

    Ringo is 7-to-8-weeks old and is a Walker coonhound and pit bull mix.

  • Explore Kentucky focuses on LaRue

    To those who were raised in Kentucky, it can be easy to overlook the beauty – both natural and man-made – that the Bluegrass State holds. However, as thousands see every day on social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, there is more to our state than meets the eye.

  • I-65 contracts awarded

    Kentucky has taken a significant step toward realizing a long-held goal of a six-lane Interstate 65 from the Ohio River to the Tennessee line.

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awarded a $138.48 million contract on Wednesday to rebuild 17 miles of the interstate in Hart, LaRue and Hardin counties, widening it to six lanes – three in each direction – from four lanes.

    The project area stretches from mile point 64.9 in Hart County, near Munfordville, through LaRue County to mile point 82.2 in Hardin County, near Sonora.

  • CU ranked fourth in affordability

    Campbellsville University has been ranked fourth among the top 50 most affordable Christian colleges in the United States by the independent researchers of Christian Universities Online.

    Christian Universities Online is an independent online resource that researches and ranks Christian higher education in the United States. In addition, it provides reviews, information about Christian scholarships and financial aid, along with other resources for students.

  • Candidate Roy Ray drops out of magistrate race

    Republican Stanley “Roy” Ray withdrew Monday from the 3rd District Magistrate race.

    LaRue County Clerk Linda Carter said Ray’s name would remain on the ballots – which have already been printed.

    A notice of his withdrawal will be posted at each precinct on Election Day.

    Ray is the second candidate to withdraw from the race. Earl Thomas Riggs, a Democrat, withdrew Jan. 29.

    Incumbent Ronald Dale Nunn, a Democrat, faces no other opposition. 

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  • Trooper is recovering

     A state trooper injured in a Saturday afternoon collision while making a traffic stop on Interstate 65 in Bullitt County could be released this week from University Hospital in Louisville.

    Trooper Sam Shacklette, 46, is listed in stable condition after being struck by an SUV while approaching a vehicle he stopped for speeding.

  • Trooper injured on I-65

    A Kentucky state trooper working his final shift on the force was hit by a vehicle Saturday in the northbound lane of Interstate 65 afternoon while walking on the shoulder of the road to issue a speeding ticket.

    Sam Shacklette, 46, a 20-year veteran of KSP, had “about an hour left in his shift,” said KSP Post 4 spokesman Jeff Gregory. Gregory said Shacklette was scheduled to retire at midnight Saturday.

  • Joel Ray: Come for the music, stay for the jokes

    Joel Ray Sprowls, owner and producer of the Lincoln Jamboree in Hodgenville for 60 years, is known as much for his comedy as his emceeing the show.

    He can even boast of earning an encore for wearing one of his trademark flashy sequined suits and another for a joke, one of thousands he has told on stage.

  • Man charged with assault, trespass

    A Hodgenville man is facing numerous charges after allegedly assaulting a woman in her apartment Aug. 25.

    James Christopher Matthews, 19, who recently moved to the area from Edmonton, according to police, allegedly held a knife to a woman’s throat and threatened to kill her. Charges filed include second-degree assault, fleeing and evading police (on foot), second-degree attempted burglary, second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal trespass.