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  • Man dies after tractor accident

    A Nelson County man known locally as a UPS delivery driver fell victim to a farming accident Sunday.

    Marion Ray Spain was pronounced dead at about 5 p.m. outside his residence at 3017 Icetown Road just outside Boston, Ky.

    Spain, 56, was mowing a ditch when he ran over a rock at an angle, which overturned his small tractor and pinned him underneath it. Two people arrived at the scene and unsuccessfully tried to free him.

  • LACE awards recognize service

    The LaRue County Adult and Community Education (LACE) Council recognized four individuals at their annual awards meeting on June 3 for outstanding service to our community. Awards were presented by Marsha Duncan, LACE Council Awards Committee Chairperson.

  • Post 4 troopers honored

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown had its Trooper of the Year and Detective of the Year recognized in May at the Frankfort Convention Center.

    Senior Trooper Michael Garyantes and Detective Jason Propes were honored.

    Garyantes is an 11-year veteran of KSP and has been assigned to Post 4 his whole career.

  • Library's summer reading program kicks off

    Every year, LaRue County Public Library hosts a summer reading program. It is open to all children from preschool to 13 years old.

    The goal of the program, according to Crystal Packard, youth service librarian, is to prevent “the summer slide” and to encourage kids to enjoy reading.

    This year, the program is called “Fizz, Boom, Read!” and each week will have a different science theme. The group will meet at 11 a.m. every Tuesday for preschool, and 5 p.m. for school-age children.

  • Hodgenville named a safe city

    Hodgenville has been ranked as the third safest city in the state.

    The ranking of the top-50 safest cities was compiled by Safewise, a home security agency, from 2012 data.

    Cities were chosen based on their level of reported violent (murder, rape, aggravated assault) and property crime (burglary, larceny, theft). The data was collected from FBI reports and numbers were calculated as occurrences per every 1,000 people.

  • Larry Davis to complete city council term

    Local businessman Larry Davis was selected Monday to serve out the remainder of a two-year city council term.

    Davis, who was unsuccessful at his first run for the office in 2012, agreed to fulfill the term of interim Mayor Kenny DeVore. DeVore is completing the term of former Mayor Terry L. Cruse, who was removed from office last month by the council.

    In other business:

    • The Council approved a 3 percent raise for all city employees, except for the mayor and city council. The raise will go into effect July 1.

  • Mediation fails in capital murder case

     An attempt to mediate a capital murder case failed last month.

    According to court records, attorneys tried to reach an agreement in the cases of Abdullah Rahman White and Samantha JoDale Kolley on May 12. No resolution was reached.

    White has been in jail since January 2012 after being charged with the Dec. 30, 2011, murder of Kristie Lynne Allen. The 28-year-old Allen was house-sitting for vacationing friends. 

  • City seeks new clerk/treasurer

    Interim Mayor Kenny DeVore presided over Thursday’s special called meeting of Hodgenville City Council.

    The agenda included first reading of the 2014-15 budget ordinance, request to advertise the position of city clerk/treasurer, and nominate and appoint a personnel and recommendation committee.

    Deputy Clerk Debbie Rucker filled in as city clerk during the meeting.

  • Board approves sawmill on Sonora Road

    A Hodgenville man was granted a conditional use permit for operation of a sawmill June 2 by the Land of Lincoln Board of Adjustments.

    The decision to grant Mose Yoder his permit came after two public hearings, where several residents expressed their concerns about road and environmental safety. The final vote was taken after a closed executive session that may have been a violation of the state’s Open Meeting Law.

  • Attorney: Release of documents may 'inflame passions'

     

    Ron Mather, the attorney representing former Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse and former City Clerk/Treasurer MaDonna Hornback submitted a memorandum to the court last week in an effort to keep confidential certain communications between his clients. He asked that the material “be returned or permanently sealed.”