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Today's News

  • 'Freedom Drive' arrives at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace on July 27

    It's difficult to escape the subject of slavery when discussing the legacy of Abraham Lincoln.

    Although slavery was outlawed with the passage of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, human trafficking is now the world's fastest-growing criminal activity.

  • BIRTH: Jensens welcome Anden Leo Wayne

    Anthony and Stephanie Jensen of Magnolia are proud to announce the birth of a son, Anden Leo Wayne Jensen. Anden was born 2:28 a.m. July 16, 2011. He weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.

    Grandparents are Jerry and Kathy Evans of Magnolia and Steven and Shawn Filkins of Scottsville.

    Great-grandparents are Pee Wee and Erma Evans, Richard and Shirley Chelf and Barbara Gerratt.

  • Hardin-LaRue metro area in Forbes listing

    The Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area has notched another honor, this time from a major business publication.

    Forbes magazine ranked the Elizabethtown MSA — consisting of Hardin and LaRue counties — No. 34 overall among the best small places for business and careers out of 184 MSAs across the United States.

    The area was sandwiched between two Pacific Northwest MSAs in Wenatchee, Wash., at 33 and Medford, Ore., at  35. Manhattan, Kan., near Fort Riley, took the top spot on the list and Vineland, N.J., rounded out the list at 184.

  • Horse racing a barrel of fun for Clark and Metcalf

    Lauren Clark still marvels at how her barrel racing career has worked out so well.

    Especially since her favorite – and top prize-winning horse – was bought by mistake.

    When Clark purchased him four years ago, the 2011 Elizabethtown High School graduate thought she’d picked up a horse with the registered name Streaking Six. Instead of streaking to titles, it was seeking gold.

  • Raywick fire chief resigns

    "Where there's smoke there's fire."

    That old adage could ring true regarding the recent resignation of Raywick Fire Chief Chuck Helm. He resigned last week, but the reason for his resignation isn't exactly clear.

    According to Helm, his out-of-town job commitments cause him to be away from the community too much, which is why he decided to resign.

    However, Kevin Corbett, who was appointed to be the acting chief for the time being, said a "disagreement" between Helm and the fire department led to Helm's resignation.

  • Former CEO Wade expands suit vs. Citizens Union Bank

    Defendants, claims added; jury trial scheduled for spring

    Former CEO Billie Wade’s lawsuit against Citizens Union Bank is headed for a jury trial next spring – with some new defendants and claims that were added this week.

    Wade, who had led CUB since 1991, left the bank in March 2010 amid state and federal reviews of the bank’s lending practices, and in July 2010 filed suit, charging wrongful termination, that the bank lied about his departure, cost him income and discriminated against him.

  • Hodgenville man struck by lightning

     According to LaRue County 911, a Hodgenville man was struck by lightning during a storm about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday.

    Steve Druen, 42, was sitting in a metal lawn chair outside his home on S. Lincoln Boulevard when lightning struck a nearby light pole, according to City Police Chief Steve Johnson. The lightning "came across the yard and got him," Johnson said.

    Druen was able to walk to the ambulance that transported him to Hardin Memorial Hospital. He was treated and released.

  • KSP offers reminders about Urban Limited plates

    With an alarming number of complaints being received, the Kentucky State Police would like to remind the public about the proper use of Urban Limited plates.
    Urban Limited plates are for use exclusively on vehicles transporting property within the limits of a city or just outside the limits.

  • State property tax set at 12.2 cents

    The Kentucky Department of Revenue has set the 2011 State Real Property Tax Rate at 12.2 cents per $100 of assessed value.
    Kentucky Revised Statute 132.020 requires the Department of Revenue to set the real property rate no later than July 1 of each year.
    This rate is based on the revenue generated from the increase in taxable real property assessments from 2010 to 2011.

  • New record: Sunrise Manor sends three home in two days

    Sunrise Manor Nursing Home, now a Signature-managed healthcare facility, has set a new record for the facility.
    Last week, during a two-day period, three residents were discharged to home. None of the current staff can recall that many people, in such a short timeframe, returning home from the long-term care facility in its 44-year history.
    “I think a lot of people have the misconception that if they come into the nursing home, they won’t leave,” said Mark Burba, staff physical therapist. “That’s not necessarily true.”