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Today's News

  • Heating assistance available

    Low-income families needing help paying high heating bills can apply for aid through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
    Applications will be taken in alphabetical order from Nov. 12 to Dec. 19.
    Head of household’s last names beginning with “A” will be taken Nov. 12 and so forth. Letters X,Y and Z will be taken Dec. 17.
    If you cannot apply on your assigned day, contact the LaRue County Community Action office at 270-358-3937.
    The office will be closed on Nov. 27-29.

  • Early signups taken for Christmas Eve run

    Snookie Morrison and the Santa’s Helpers are planning their 47th Christmas Eve bus run.
    This year, they are accepting early signups for toys and clothing for children.
    If you plan to attend the Christmas Eve run, sign up between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at the LaRue County Fairgrounds.
    The Helpers are having a clothing giveaway on the grounds that day and will be happy to assist, said Morrison.

  • Several indicted by grand jury

    Several people were indicted by a LaRue County grand jury.
    Lenin Wieman Jr. (1962) of Hodgenville, was indicted on charged of cultivating marijuana, five or more plants, and complicity; trafficking in marijuana and complicity; possession of drug paraphernalia and complicity; and possession of marijuana and complicity.
    Bond was set at $9,500 cash only and dusk-to-dawn curfew.
    The alleged offenses occurred Aug. 1.
    The LaRue County Sheriff’s office investigated.

  • School board hears audit report

    The LaRue County School System ended fiscal year 2013 with a cash balance of $9.8 million, according to an audit prepared by Stiles, Carter & Associates, P.S.C.
    During the year, the district improved its financial position by $131,000, according to Philip Logsdon, a certified public accountant with SCA.
    Logsdon presented the audit at the school board’s Oct. 21 meeting.
    The general fund had $18 million in revenue through state SEEK funds, state on-behalf payments for retirement and health insurance and property, utilities and motor vehicle taxes.

  • Fall break extended for Head Start

    Federal employees are working again after the government shutdown was resolved, but the LaRue County Head Start pre-school program for low-income families will remain on hiatus a couple more weeks.

  • Bluegrass Pipeline facts presented to fiscal court

    LaRue County Fiscal Court magistrates listened as Sonya Mouser-Unoppet spoke to them about her research on the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline that could be laid across parts of LaRue County.
    Mouser-Unoppet asked to be on the agenda for the Oct. 25 meeting.
    She said Boardwalk Pipeline Partners and Williams have announced the intent to form a joint venture that would develop a pipeline system, known as the Bluegrass Pipeline, to transport natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania to the Gulf Coast.  

  • Man pleads guilty to filming girl

    An Adair County man pleaded guilty last week to multiple counts of voyeurism and promoting a minor in a sexual performance.
    James Orley Absher, 50, admitted to videotaping an underage girl at his LaRue County home in 2011.
    According to court records, Absher moved to Elizabethtown from Hodgenville in December 2011.
    On Oct. 10, 2012, a juvenile in the home found a camera hidden in a tissue box on the bathroom sink. The camera was turned over to Kentucky State Police.

  • Fair board shakeup

    Last week’s meeting of the LaRue County Fair Board and stockholders was marked by a change in officers.
    Terry Cruse, mayor of Hodgenville, who was named acting president in September, will continue as president for the next year.
    He replaces Jimmie Engle, who stepped away from duties after having serious medical problems with his eyes.
    Vice president is Steve Johnson, who is Hodgenville police chief. He and Ann “Snookie” Morrison served in that capacity last year.
    Kim Morrison will serve another year as secretary.

  • AGstravaganza earns national recognition

    LaRue County’s celebration of agriculture, AGstravaganza, is one of 24 programs nationwide to be recognized by the American Farm Bureau Federation.
    It is among the most “innovative program ideas” to be highlighted during AFBF’s 95th annual convention in January in San Antonio, Texas.
    Price Smith, agency manager of LaRue County Farm Bureau, said the organization is “very honored and pleased to have been nominated and to have received this recognition.”

  • Coaches kickstart new careers

    Within the past four years, three former LaRue County veteran school educators and coaches –Rodney Armes, Chris Estes and Dee Hutchins Jr. – have made the difficult decision to leave the classroom in order to focus on their careers as independent distributors of Zija, a worldwide marketer of health and wellness products.
    Estes, a former middle school physical education teacher with eight years experience in the county, resigned from the school system in 2010.