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Today's News

  • Eight file for Hodgenville city council

    The filing deadline for local city council and school board races ended last Tuesday with a crowded field of eight for the Hodgenville City Council race that includes four incumbents, a former council member a former police chief and two local business owners.

    Incumbents who filed for reelection were Larry Davis, Sharon Hornback, Bonnie Clark and Mitchell Key. Davis, Hornback and Key are all filing for their second term. Clark is filing for her fifth term.

  • Whalin named Distinguished Young Woman

    LaRue County’s Symone Whalin and Hardin County’s Erin Gibson were named Distinguished Young Women during a program held at LaRue County High School’s auditorium Saturday evening.

    “Symone won the highest score in self-expression, interview, and scholastics,” said Denise Skaggs, LaRue County program chairperson. The contestants were judged in those three areas plus fitness and talent.

  • Hodgenville discusses hunting, interlocal agreements

    The City of Hodgenville discussed several items of business at their monthly city council meeting on August 8, including hunting in the city limits and their current interlocal agreements with the LaRue County government.

  • Bees may stay for several more weeks

    It doesn’t appear much is happening with the swarm of bees that has taken up residence in a hollow cedar tree at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park.

    Beekeeper, Gene Englert, had begun the process to extract the swarm from the tree without harming the bees or the tree in June. One of the first steps in the removal process was placing a board over the hole in the tree to prevent the bees from coming and going from multiple places. However the bees have made a new hole in the tree, complicating the removal process.

  • Reed to retire as treasurer

    The LaRue County Fiscal Court, meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville last Tuesday afternoon, appointed Olivia Reed to fulfill the unexpired term of county treasurer Lauralene “Luke” Reed, who will retire later this month.

    Reed, whose retirement will be effective August 24, has served 16 years as treasurer after becoming acting treasurer November 1, 2001, upon the death of her predecessor, Janet Propes.

    Olivia Reed, who is married to Brandon, son of Luke and Willie Reed, will take the oath of office at the court’s August 23 meeting.

  • School board approves GESC payments

    It was a slim agenda at the monthly LaRue County School Board meeting Monday night as the board approved several Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract (GESC) payments and the second reading of the special education policy and procedures.

    The board unanimously approved the payments of $92,261 to Harshaw Trane, $1,278,939.60 to Trane U.S. Inc and $416,080 to Trane U.S. Inc.

  • Man arrested for meth

    A local man was arrested for meth possession, fleeing the scene and several other charges after police responded to a disturbance call last Thursday on Bailey Road in the Mt. Sherman area.

    According to the LaRue County Sheriffs Office, the incident started when officers responded to a trespass complaint at the intersection of Bailey Road and Mt. Sherman Ward Road. The owner stated that a green car was parked on their land and that it had left prior to the officers’ arrival.

  • Expungement law causes confusion

    A new felony expungement law in Kentucky for class D felonies has caused a lot of misunderstanding for people who are wishing to expunge a felony from their record.

    The state legislature passed house bill 40 during their 2016 session, which allows people with class D felonies to have their convictions expunged. The expungement will eliminate all records of the charge, including the original police report, as well as erasing all documentation about the charge and conviction from the official record.

  • Large turnout of Hemp Field day

    More than one hundred people came out for the Industrial Hemp Field Day event last Thursday at the David Pepper Farm outside Hodgenville.

    Several specialists in industrial hemp research attended the event including Tom Keene from the University of Kentucky, Todd Willian from Western Kentucky University and Tom Hutchens and Dave Spalding from Atalo Holdings, Inc.

  • Skaggs plead not guilty

    A local woman who was recently arrested for manslaughter pled not guilty in court last Monday.

    Lovie P. Skaggs, 59, of Hodgenville was arraigned in LaRue County Circuit Court. She was appointed a public defender and she entered a not guilty plea. Chief Circuit Judge Charles C. Simms III also ordered to have a psychiatric examination and observation on Lovie Skaggs to determine her mental condition.