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  • Superintendent evaluation is 'lowest in 12 years'

    The LaRue County School Board on Monday shared the results of Superintendent Sam Sanders’ annual evaluation.

    The board, at its regular meeting, released the evaluation in a PowerPoint presentation before adjourning to a closed session to discuss the details with Sanders.

    “It gives board members an opportunity to make comments and look at the job as a whole. It tells the superintendent what part we think he’s excelling in and parts we think he needs work,” said Board Chair Michael Hornback.

  • Signs installed for memorial dedication of area roads

    Signs installed for memorial dedication of area roads

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Traffic Crews have installed memorial designation signs on sections of area roads according to a resolution recently passed by Kentucky’s General Assembly.

    Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County between the intersections of US 31E and KY 55 is designated “Officer Jason Ellis Memorial Highway.” This legislative designation is sponsored by State Representative, David Floyd.

  • Watershed council seeks candidates

    The Bacon Creek Watershed Council, an award winning community group working on behalf of Bacon Creek for over a decade, and Kentucky Waterways Alliance recently received funding to sponsor agricultural Best Management Practices and septic system replacements for area residents.

    The Watershed Council is currently seeking applicants to participate in the watershed area northeast of Bonnieville that includes the communities of Hammonville, Magnolia and Upton.

  • Special judge, prosecutor to handle charges against police chief

    A special prosecutor has been selected to handle charges filed against Hodgenville Police Chief Steve Johnson.

    Matthew Hite, a Bardstown attorney, will stand in for County Attorney Dale Morris in the case.

    Chief Johnson was charged last month by Kentucky State Police on one count each of first-degree criminal misconduct and hindering prosecution, both misdemeanors. He is accused of tipping off former mayor Terry L. Cruse and former city clerk MaDonna Hornback in December that KSP was attempting to serve arrest warrants on them.

  • Advisory issued after water main breaks

    The City of Hodgenville issued a boil water advisory for all city residents and businesses after a water main broke on Sunday afternoon.

    Dispatch began receiving calls from residents on South Lincoln Boulevard that gallons of water were pouring down the ditchline. When city crews arrived, they found the pressure of the leak had buckled the pavement several inches – and water was spewing from a hole.

  • State rep election lawsuit goes to mediation

    The lawsuit contesting the 24th District State Representatives race will be decided by a mediator, the judge in the case ruled last week.

    “Mediation will provide the parties with an opportunity to fairly resolve their dispute while meeting the court’s obligation to afford the parties access to timely consideration of their case,” said Pulaski County Circuit Judge David Tapp, who is serving as special judge in the case filed in Green County Circuit Court, in the order appointing a mediator.

  • Gavel Lodge's fish fry nets supplies for 96 kids

    Ninety-six children will benefit from the generosity of the Magnolia community.

    Gavel Lodge 570 held a fish fry fundraiser on July 12 with proceeds going toward purchasing school supplies and backpacks for kindergarten students. The Lodge will distribute the items to families at 10 a.m. Saturday at Magnolia Fire House.

    James Riggs, a member of the lodge, said they were surprised by the turnout at the fish fry.

  • Hosparus volunteers needed

    Hosparus needs patient and family support volunteers in the Central Kentucky area and will offer a free training session, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 26 at its Elizabethtown office, 105 Diecks Dr. (lunch provided). Volunteers provide companionship to patients and respite for their families, usually two-to-three hours per week, in private homes and nursing or assisted living facilities. To register or for more information, contact Annette Jones at 270-737-6300 or ajones@hosparus.org. 

  • Another bank scam hits county

    A local bank is warning consumers about the latest scam.

    Residents are being called at all hours, advising them of a problem with their Lincoln National Bank debit card. The call asks the resident to enter account numbers.

    Lincoln National Bank President Doc Meredith said he received one of the calls at the bank. The LaRue County Herald News received two calls, back-to-back, on different phone lines.

     Joe Wayne Skaggs of Hodgenville received a call at 2 a.m.

  • Woman injured in head-on crash

    A Magnolia woman was injured about 3 p.m. July 18 in a two-car crash on U.S. 31-E.

    Toni Stillwell, 23, was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier on Lincoln Farm Road when a 2006 Ford Taurus, driven by Blake Stephens, 19, of Elizabethtown, turned in front of her.

    Stephens was attempting to turn in to the parking lot of Lincoln General Store when the cars collided head-on. Stephens told the investigating officer, Deputy Eric Williamson, he did not see Stillwell’s car.

    Stillwell was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by LaRue County EMS.