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  • PHOTO: Lost River Cave
  • Magnolia man charged with 52 counts

    Hart County deputies arrested a LaRue County man last week charged with dozens of sex crimes.

    James Turner, 41, of Magnolia, was arrested on a warrant charging him with 52 counts of third-degree sodomy.

    He was placed in Hart County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 unsecured bond.

    Hart County Sheriff Boston Hensley said Turner came to the attention of law enforcement through a complaint.

    The 52 counts involve one juvenile, and the conduct is alleged to have occurred over a two-year period, Hensley said.

  • Fiscal Court addresses false alarms

    False alarms sent by security companies to dispatch are causing concerns for first responders, according to Mike Cottrell, director of LaRue County Emergency Medical Service.

    Cottrell shared those concerns with magistrates meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville Sept. 23.

    Judge-executive Tommy Turner said the calls came from security companies with subscribers who wear emergency call buttons similar to the often-seen commercials, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”

  • Mobile DAV unit on the move

    So many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they have earned. There is so much to know ... and so many changes from one year to the next. That is why the nonprofit DAV (Disabled American Veterans) offers help.

    The DAV Mobile Service Office will be at the following locations to personally provide the best counseling and claim filing assistance available.

    Like all DAV services, help from the Mobile Service Office is free to all veterans and members of their families. All times are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Is college still a good investment?

    You may have heard that student loans now top a trillion dollars or that the total amount of student loan debt surpasses the total amount of credit card debt. These numbers can be off-putting and may have you questioning whether college is still a good investment.

    But it’s not all bad news. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York agrees that attending college is still a good investment for your financial future. Over their lifetime, workers with a bachelor’s degree earn over $1 million more than those with only a high school degree.

  • More accolades for the Band of Hawks

    The Band of Hawks experienced incredible success over the weekend competing in Bowling Green. The first part of the day was spent competing at Warren East High School where the band earned first place in Class AAA, best Music Performance in their class and overall, Best General Effect in their class and overall and the title of Grand Champion, meaning they earned the highest score of all bands at the competition, regardless of classification.

  • Cruse-Hornback files moved to Nelson

    Tall stacks of file folders and binders were removed Monday from the LaRue County Circuit Clerk’s office and transported to Nelson County.

    The case files of former Hodgenville mayor Terry Cruse and former city clerk MaDonna Hornback – who are both charged with numerous felonies – are now in the hands of the Nelson Circuit Clerk.

    LaRue Circuit Judge Charles Simms III ordered a change of venue last month at the request of both prosecutors and defense attorneys. Beginning Oct. 1, all hearings and the trial will be handled in Nelson.

  • Man sentenced to 6 months after running from court

    A Bowling Green man, already facing several charges, made his situation worse Wednesday by running from the LaRue District Courtroom.

    Christopher Wayne Hornback, 44, was charged Sept. 16 with third-degree terroristic threatening after he allegedly went to a residence on River Road and threatened another man’s life. He was lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center and released on $500 bond two days later.

  • Man dies after being struck by truck

    A New Haven man died Saturday when he was crushed under his own pickup truck.

    Danny Painter, 57, planned to burn some trash near his home on Youngers Creek Road about 6:45 p.m. Sept. 27, according to LaRue County Deputy Robbie Brownfield.

    “His wife said she went to check on him and found him trapped under his vehicle,” said Brownfield. Painter had left the house only 20 minutes earlier.

  • Heroes for Eli: Community rallies around young cancer patient

    It’s every parent’s nightmare. The realization of that horrible truth, that something truly terrible has come to pass and your child is under attack, not by a person, but by their own body.

    It’s a moment that Adam and Kara Marcum know all too well. On Sept. 11, the Magnolia couple took their young son, Eli, to a pediatrician, who immediately sent him to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville for further examination.