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Today's News

  • Submit your best shots for photo contest

    The LaRue County Herald News’ annual photo contest is underway.

    For the second year, we are accepting only digital photos. Scanned photos do not have the quality of digital – so it’s not fair to those entries. We apologize if this inconveniences anyone.

    All entries should be emailed to laruephotocontest@hotmail.com – the same address used in previous contests. You can bring digital photos on a CD or thumb drive to our office at 40 Shawnee Drive, Hodgenville.

  • Spangler pleads guilty to Buffalo bank robbery

    Joshua Riley Spangler, 28, of Campbellsville, pleaded guilty Monday in United States District Court, to two counts of bank robbery.

    Spangler admitted in Senior District Judge John G. Heyburn II’s court to robbing through force, violence and intimidation, the Cecilian Bank in Sonora, of $1,019, on Jan. 15, 2013.

    During the Sonora robbery, the suspect went to a teller window and handed the bank employee a note demanding cash.

  • Nolin RECC customers warned of scam

     Kentucky State Police Post 04 along with Nolin RECC is asking Cooperative members to beware of a billing scam. 

    Nolin RECC CEO Mickey Miller contacted KSP to report that several customers had received phone calls from a male subject with a foreign accent asking for credit card information or a green dot money order to reconcile past due bills. 

  • Katy Cecil named to KHSSL Hall of Fame

    The LaRue County High School Speech and Drama team set new standards this season, with competitors winning major tournaments and snagging college scholarships.

    Now, the spotlight is on their coach, Katy Blair Cecil, who is being honored for lifetime achievement.

    Cecil will be inducted into the Kentucky High School Speech League Hall of Fame in March.

    Cecil was notified of the honor after the KHSSL Board of Directors met in June. She sits on the board, but recused herself when the vote was cast.

  • Judge denies request to permanently seal 'confidential communications'

    An attempt to permanently seal certain communications between former Hodgenville mayor Terry Cruse and former city clerk/treasurer MaDonna Hornback has failed.

    Ron Mather, the attorney representing Cruse and Hornback, submitted a memorandum last month in LaRue Circuit Court claiming messages of a personal nature between his clients were seized during an investigation by Kentucky State Police a year ago. He asked that the material “be returned or permanently sealed.”

  • That's what friends are for

    As soon as he swallowed, Chris Price knew he had literally bitten off more of the steak sandwich than he could chew.

    But, with several friends and hundreds of other people crowded around him at dinner tables at Louisville Slugger Field, spitting the morsel out was not an option, he decided.

    “I was too embarrassed to spit it out in my hand in front of everybody, so I decided to try to swallow it again,” he said.

    At that point, the steak, which had hung together by gristle, was partly down his esophagus attached to more in his mouth.

  • Former jail deputy charged in 2002 inmate's escape

    Former LaRue County chief deputy jailer Travis Jay Strader has been indicted by a Hart County grand jury for allegedly assisting an inmate – Billy J. Rucker – who escaped custody in 2002. He was charged with second-degree escape, complicity, according to the Hart County Sheriff’s office.

    Hart County Sheriff Boston Hensley and Deputy Lanny Jewell served Billy J. Rucker, 48, of Munfordville, with an arrest indictment in April. Rucker is charged with second-degree escape and being a persistent felony offender.

  • Jail victims share $850,000

    A total of $850,000 will be divided among 13 women who were victimized over a two-year period inside the LaRue County Detention Center.

    The women, who ranged in age from mid-20s to early 50s, claimed they were “mistreated, harassed, assaulted, forcibly raped and forced to perform sexual acts” between 2008 and 2010.

  • Court of Appeals: Personal communications will be unsealed

      The Court of Appeals has upheld a circuit judge's Feb. 11 ruling to not seal evidence seized during a search of Hodgenville City Hall that led to indictments of the city's now former mayor and city clerk.

    In its order, the Court of Appeals denied an appeal by former Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse of Judge Charles Simms ruling to seal personal communications between Cruse and former City Clerk MaDonna Hornback.

    The Herald News has contacted Ron Mather, Cruse’s and Hornback’s attorney for comment.

  • Election dispute: Judge impounds ballots

    The special judge appointed to hear a lawsuit contesting the validity of a race in the May 20 primary election ordered the ballots impounded.

    Special David A. Tapp, a 28th Judicial Circuit judge who resides in Somerset, will preside over the case after two other judges were disqualified.

    Tapp will hold a preliminary hearing in the case July 8 in his Pulaski Circuit Courtroom. Tapp’s first order, issued June 19, was to impound the ballots in the 24th District House of Representatives race.