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  • New state laws effective June 24

     FRANKFORT – Most new laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2015 regular session go into effect next week.

    The state constitution specifies that new laws take effect 90 days after the adjournment of the legislature. The General Assembly’s 2015 session adjourned on March 25, making June 24 the day for new laws to take effect.

  • Ponder, Hurst join staff of Herald News

    The LaRue County Herald News announces the hiring of Doug Ponder as editor and Vanessa Hurst as reporter/page designer.

    Ponder, 26, is a 2007 graduate of Rockcastle County High School in Mt. Vernon, Ky. He attended Eastern Kentucky University, where he graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations.

    Ponder’s newspaper experience includes working for the EKU newspaper, The Eastern Progress, and the former news editor of the Mount Vernon Signal in Mt. Vernon, KY. Ponder also hosted a talk show for WKUR-FM 94.9 in Renfro Valley, KY.

  • Armes’ appeal succeeds

    A DUI case is being returned to LaRue District Court after acircuit court judge reversed a
    district judge’s decision regarding a motion to suppress evidence.
    According to court documents,Rodney Armes is facing a DUI charge after an Oct. 3,
    2013, arrest.
    Armes, a former LaRue County High School assistant principal and head football
    coach, entered a “conditional plea of guilty pending circuit court appeal” and the case was
    disposed of in district court in August 2014.

  • Ye Old Courthouse Saga

    The LaRue County Courthouse turns 50 this year.
    The two-story red brick structure, located at 209 West High Street, is due for renovations outside and in. With maintenance and luck, it will last another 50 years.
    The construction of the courthouse was surrounded by controversy – from its location and cost – to the demolition of the “old courthouse” on Lincoln Square.
    A little history
    The old courthouse was demolished in 1966, according to a story and photo in The Herald News.

  • Bluegrass Pipeline releases easements

    Developers for the Bluegrass Pipeline pulled the plug on the controversial project last year  – and land transactions indicate the company is relinquishing claims in LaRue County.
    Letters were sent to several property owners stating:
    “Recently, Bluegrass Pipeline LLC decided that it will not pursue the Bluegrass Pipeline project. In light of this decision, we no longer have a need for the ... right of way agreement in the county land records, which will have the effect of extinguishing our easement rights on your property.”

  • Officers investigate shooting

    Officers are investigating a shooting that occurred Friday evening on McDowell Road.
    According to LaRue County Sheriff Russell McCoy, a man was transported by medical helicopter to a Louisville hospital after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
    No other information is available; and the name of the patient was not released.
           

     

  • Road tripping in Kentucky

    Take two long-time girlfriends who share a sense of adventure, give them a stack of road maps and full tank of gas, and you get “My Old Kentucky Road Trip,” a book and website detailing fun things to see and do around the commonwealth.

    The authors, Blair Hess and Cameron Ludwick, appeared on One to One to regale KET’s Bill Goodman about their travels.

  • Police investigate car break-ins

    Hodgenville residents are reminded to lock their vehicles.
    Police are looking for a couple who allegedly entered unlocked cars and pocketed “anything that was left unsecured, from loose change on up” early Tuesday, according to Acting Police Chief Marcus Jackson.
    The two people – described as a white male with a medium build, and a female about 5-feet 4-inches tall with dark or two-tone hair – were spotted by residents on Kirkpatrick Avenue and Underwood Avenue. The two entered eight to nine vehicles.

  • Minor injuries in two-car crash

    The LaRue County Sheriff’s office investigated a two-vehicle crash about 10:15 p.m. April 27.
    Benjamin Tucker, 21, of Hodgenville was driving a 2001 Ford Ranger north on Greensburg Road. He was attempting to make a right turn into his driveway.
    The Ranger was struck in the rear by a 2004 Chevrolet Tracker TRA driven by Heather Johnson, 36, of Hodgenville. Johnson said she did not see the vehicle in time to stop.
    The impact pushed Tucker’s pickup into a ditch and overturned. A mailbox on the property also was damaged.

  • Clues needed in 1922 death

    A Louisville man is trying to solve the mystery of his grandfather’s death.

    George Rufus Humphrey of New Haven was a superintendent or bookkeeper at the S.P. Lancaster distillery in Nelson County at the time of his death, May 11, 1922.

    He left behind a wife, Mary Beulah (Despain), and six children, ages 12 years to 6 months. The couple lost their 2-year-old son, Nicholas, in 1911.

    He was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.