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  • Johnson returns to work in ‘limited capacity’

    Hodgenville Police Chief Steven Johnson was suspended with pay earlier this month after being charged with official misconduct.

    He returned to work last week in a “limited” capacity, according to Mayor Kenny DeVore.

    His job duties include public safety and code enforcement. His police powers are restored in emergency situations or when requested by acting-Chief Marcus Jackson or Mayor DeVore – or if he witnesses a crime.

    Mayor DeVore said he “ran it by the attorneys” before bringing Johnson back to the force.

  • Kentucky Press Association honors: Herald takes third in State

    The LaRue County Herald News staff collected several awards last week at the Kentucky Press Association Advertising and Editorial Awards in Louisville.

    The Herald took third place in General Excellence in the mid-sized weekly category.

    Editor Linda Ireland had three first-place entries: Best General News Story – “Mayor removed after 12-hour hearing”; Best Feature Story – “Like a Rock”; and Best On-Going/Extended Coverage Story – coverage of mayor’s ouster.

  • Employers offer assistance to job-seeking veterans

    Where Opportunity Knox is bringing its breakfast program, “Veterans: A Workforce and Talent Solution,” to Hardin County, providing tools and insights to help companies of all sizes hire veterans.

  • Free income tax preparation offered through AARP
  • Marion County man killed in farming accident

    A Marion County man was killed after he became trapped in a grain bin at 911 Merrimac Road in Bradfordsville around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21.

    Joseph Gary Blanford, 64, of Holy Cross, had climbed into the bin to attempt to unclog the auger when the soybeans caved in on top of him, causing him to be buried in the soybeans, according to a press release from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office.

    Blanford was pronounced dead by Taylor County Coroner Terry Dabney at the scene. Dabney said Blanford died as a result of asphyxia.

  • Missouri suspects spotted near New Haven

    Local police and the FBI are on the lookout for two men with ties to a kidnapping in Missouri who were last seen near Bardstown.

    Police announced that they’re looking for the suspects, who are considered armed and dangerous, after a stolen van involved in the abduction was found wrecked on the Bluegrass Parkway Thursday.

    At press time, both suspects were still at large and authorities say it’s unknown if the suspects are still in Kentucky.

  • Slick roadway contributes to White City crash

    Snow began falling about 8 a.m. Thursday in LaRue County, making road conditions treacherous in some areas.

    Slick roads may have been a factor in a two-vehicle collision that occurred about 8:24 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 31-E (Bardstown Road) and Ky. 84 (Howardstown) in White City.

  • Sheriff’s audit referred to Attorney General

    The State Auditor released last week the remainder of audits from the LaRue County Sheriff’s office between 2011 and Feb. 28, 2013.

    Audits for the period of April 16, 2011 to April 15, 2012, and March 1, 2013 to April 15, 2013, were released last month by the Auditor of Public Accounts.

    Stephenie Hoelscher, a spokesperson for the state auditor’s office said a certified public accountant was contracted to do the audit – and it is not unusual for a CPA to do the work.

  • Grand jury to hear more charges

    The felony charges of former Hodgenville mayor Terry L. Cruse and former city clerk/treasurer MaDonna Hornback continue to plod through the court system.

    Circuit Judge Charles Simms III, who is overseeing the cases, is determined to resolve them soon. The trial is set to begin Feb. 23 in Nelson County.

  • Calorie counts could be costly to consumers

    In an effort to combat obesity, the Food and Drug Administration issued a new regulation that would require all chain restaurants, theaters, amusement parks and grocery delis to disclose calorie contents of the food they offer to patrons, which could lead to increased prices on food consumed at these establishments.