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Today's News

  • Smokeless tobacco top health and safety risk at LCHS

    Many high schools across the nation are plagued by gang activity, weapons in the classroom and outbreaks of violence, according to The National Criminal Justice Reference Service.

    At LaRue County High School, however, one of the biggest problems is smokeless tobacco.

    Students dipping, chewing and spitting tobacco was ranked as one of the top health and safety issues by students and teachers at the school, according to The Kentucky Center for School Safety. Graffiti, crowded hallways and a hectic parking lot also made the list.

  • Basketball Hawks drop season opener

    The LaRue County Hawks started their varsity basketball season Saturday night, with a tough three-point loss to a good Casey County team, 70-67.

    “We played hard and the guys never gave up,” said Coach Paul Childress. “I was very proud of the effort. We just made too many mistakes in the fourth quarter at crucial times. This is something that we will get better at I am sure.”

  • LCHS Speech Team wins top honors

    Over the past two weeks, the LaRue County High School speech team has competed in four invitational tournaments and won several individual and team awards, including four first place finishes and a small schools championship.

  • Fifth Grade Coffee House

    Remember the era of coffee house poetry? Finger-snapping and cappuccino reminiscent of days gone by? Fast forward to 2009 at ALES and the art is alive and well as fifth graders and their families shared some of their own poems or read a favorite piece. First to be shared was a free verse poem written by Karlotta Cecil’s 2008-09 class about Lincoln. The original poem, along with other classroom writings, was sent last year with other Lincoln memorabilia as ALES participated in the Lincoln Time Capsule burial in honor of the 16th President’s 200th birthday.

  • Training provided to child-care professionals

    The LaRue County Early Childhood Council sponsored six hours of training for local child-care workers Nov. 14 at the Extension Service office. Two topics were covered: Elizabeth Lancaster presented Kentucky’s early childhood standards and field guides. She is the early childhood special education coordinator for Hardin County Schools. Kathy Crawford, retired from LaRue County Public Library youth programs, shared information on bringing books to life.

  • Lights attract customers to downtown

    When I drive through a community that I don’t know at night, if there are no lights in the holidays or any time I get the impression that the place is dead at dark - and maybe during the day, too. But if the shops all look inviting I make a note to return in daytime.

    Savvy retailers everywhere use lights to draw attention to their wares, to draw people in. The cost in most cases is minimal but equivalent to having a round-the-clock advertisement working for you, which makes it a pretty good investment.

  • Runaways found after two-hour search near lake

    Four Kentucky state troopers, two LaRue County deputies, volunteers from four fire departments and several other volunteers spent a couple of hours searching for three young runaways Thursday night.

    According to dispatch records, The Life Connection, a group home for teen boys, notified KSP that three children had left the Bud’s Lake Road facility outside Sonora. The juveniles were wearing shorts, short-sleeve shirts and no shoes, according to the report.

  • United Way of Central Kentucky seeking new executive director

    Landmark News Service

    United Way of Central Kentucky expects to fill its executive director's post before April.

    The agency, which reported having received 24 resumes in its search last week, will have qualified candidates to choose from, said Greg Schreacke, chairman of the board of directors. Those wishing to apply should do so before Dec. 31. A search committee set up by the board will help with the effort.

    The position became open this fall when Susan Asher stepped down after serving almost a dozen years.

  • Mat Hawks aim for team glory

    They are young, accomplished and hungry for a state championship. The top four returning wrestlers for the Mat Hawks are all ranked second in the state in their weight classes, have accomplished a lot in their young careers and are hungry for a team state title.

    There is little doubt junior Shaquille Cox and sophomores Nick Paden, Bernard Ray and Drew Newberry will be relied upon to help this team win early and late.

  • Locke inducted into Softball Hall of Fame

    LaRue County’s own Tommy Locke was inducted into the Kentucky Softball Hall of Fame and Honor during a banquet ceremony Oct. 17 at Applebee’s Park in Lexington.

    Locke, who was inducted in the Manager category, was elected to the Hall of Fame almost a year ago, causing him to have some fun with some of his former players who first announced his accomplishment at a Hawks’ football game in 2008.