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Today's News

  • Woman dies after cigarette lighter explodes

    A Hodgenville woman died Saturday evening after a butane cigarette lighter blew up in her hand.

    Helen Fields, 76, who lives in Landmark Apartments, was attempting to light a cigarette - and apparently tapped the lighter on a table. The lighter exploded, according to Deputy Coroner Brad Turner.

    Fields' daughter, who was in an adjoining room, heard her mother striking the table and the explosion. She attempted to put out the flames, but was unsuccessful.

    Fields was pronounced dead at the scene.

    An autopsy is planned.

  • Phelps reflects on 23 years as a city councilman

    For the last 23 years, James Phelps Jr. knew exactly where he would be on the second Monday of each month: the Hodgenville City Council meeting.

    This month, his tenure – possibly the longest tenure of a councilman – came to an end as a new crop of council members was sworn in.

    Phelps, who was consistently the top vote-getter in a six-person panel, made the decision to run for mayor last summer. He lost by 92 votes to fellow councilman and interim mayor, Kenny DeVore.

  • SPEECH: Brian Anderson is tops in nation

    LaRue County High School senior Brian Anderson added two accolades to his growing collection last week.

    He was named a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Steve Beshear and learned he is ranked first in the nation in Speech and Debate.

    State Representative Terry Mills nominated Anderson for the Colonel’s commission and presented it to him Wednesday at the high school as his coach, Katy Cecil; Superintendent Sam Sanders; and LCHS Principal Kyle Goodlett looked on.

    “You have a star there,” said Mills.

  • Glendale bank robbed

     Kentucky State Police Post 4 is investigating the robbery of West Point Bank in Glendale.

    The suspect, described as a white male between 5-foot-9 and 6-feet, entered the bank at 2:45 p.m. Dec. 23 with a handgun. He demanded cash and exited the building a short time later with an undisclosed amount of money.

    The man was wearing a black ski mask, green hoodie, blue jeans and black shoes. He fled the scene in a white, late model minivan with an obscured license plate.

    No injuries were reported.

  • Carman named MSC Wrestler of the Week

    St. Catharine College freshman Brian Carman was named Mid-South Conference Wrestler of the Week, conference officials announced on Tuesday.

    The weekly honor is the first of the season for Carman. He becomes the first St. Catharine grappler to win a conference honor. The Patriots are in their first season of collegiate wrestling.

    The New Haven native and LaRue County High School graduate posted a 3-1 record during the Indiana Tech Warrior Duals over the weekend in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

  • School board to implement new effectiveness system to evaluate superintendent

    LaRue County Board of Education voted at its meeting on Dec. 15 to implement a new superintendent personal growth and effectiveness system (PGES), used to evaluate superintendents.

    The system was developed by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to evaluate Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday. Holliday wrote in Kentucky Teacher that the state “has strongly recommended” that school boards around the state adopt the model of evaluation over the last few years.

  • Family provides Vietnam veteran's photo

    A family member supplied The LaRue County Herald News with a photo of U.S. Army serviceman Lonnie Dale Fields, after reading an article in November about the search.
    Tammie Fields, who is married to Lonnie’s younger brother, Rickie, brought in a service photo of Fields to be supplied to the Vietnam Veterans Wall of Faces memorial.
    Two LaRue County men, Fields and Carl Cooper, both died in Vietnam in November 1970. Cooper’s photo has already been supplied to the Wall of Faces.

  • Raywick's former fire chief required to reimburse $20,000

    Former Raywick Fire Chief Charles A. "Chuck" Helm received five years of probation after pleading guilty to abuse of public trust less than $10,000.

    Helm, 54, of 1000 Hazy Downs Road in Raywick reached a plea agreement with the Commonwealth on Nov. 20. Marion Circuit Judge Allan Bertram approved unsupervised probation for Helm during his Dec. 18 sentencing hearing.

    Bertram also ordered Helm to pay $20,000 in restitution to the Raywick Fire Department over the next seven years as a condition of his probation.

  • Guardsman killed in crash

    A New Haven man died early Thursday in a single-vehicle crash on the Bluegrass Parkway.

    Glenn Edward Stratton III, 21, a sergeant in the Kentucky National Guard, was driving a 2000 Chrysler 300M east on the Parkway about 1:04 a.m., according to Trooper Jeff Gregory, spokesman for Kentucky State Police Post 4. For unknown reasons, the vehicle left the roadway and struck a guardrail.

    Stratton was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hardin County Coroner’s Office.

  • Siblings find success in FFA

    Though taking different approaches to achieving their goals, LaRue County siblings Ashley and Turner Cottrell continue to achieve success in FFA.

    Ashley, who was chapter chaplain as a junior, served as chapter secretary and regional chaplain as a senior. She also won several regional contests and placed in the top three in the state in several contests. She competed in two National FFA contests (Food Science and Milk Quality and Products) and was the state high individual in both Food Science and Agricultural Communications.