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Today's News

  • Passport audited by state

    Passport Health Plan – the state's largest contractor and a Medicaid managed care provider – was targeted by state auditors earlier this year.

    A report released last week by State Auditor Critt Luallan showed excessive spending for the four-person staff of Passport. Perks included high salaries, excessive spending on travel and entertainment and little oversight. Many of the activities, which added up to more than $220,000, had no “clear business person,” according to the 229-page report.

  • 'Skillet tosser' eludes police

    Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly broke into a house near White City Nov. 18 and threw a skillet at the homeowner.

    The alleged victim told officers that he had left his home for a short time Thursday afternoon. When he returned home, he heard “some noise” and encountered a white male standing in his kitchen. The suspect “came at” the homeowner with a knife, according to Deputy Russell McCoy. The suspect also threw a cast iron skillet at him with enough force that it broke when it hit the wall.

  • Fort Knox soldier killed in Afghanistan

    Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Knox soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
     According to the Department of Defense, Sgt. Kristopher J. Gould, 25, of Saginaw, Mich., died Feb. 27, in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.  He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Ky.
     

  • Stretch your brain for your mind's sake

    The brain is an amazing organ. It controls all bodily functions, all organs, thoughts, emotions, memory and ability to be self-aware. Like other body parts, it is natural for the brain to lose some its sharpness; but it can deteriorate even more if you do not take care of it. 

  • 300 plants confiscated from indoor marijuana grow

    The LaRue County Sheriff’s Office charged four people Feb. 23 in connection with an indoor marijuana growing operation.
    The grow – containing about 300 plants – was found in a mobile home on Greensburg Road just outside Mount Sherman, according to Deputy Russell McCoy.

  • SCHOOLS: Opinions differ on value of early release days

    Not all LaRue County teachers like the district’s early release policy.
    This school year, students are being released at 1:30 p.m. (1:15 p.m. for elementary students) to provide more planning and training time to teachers. Early surveys indicated support from teachers and parents for the practice but the gap appears to be narrowing.
    At last Tuesday’s school board meeting, the results of a new parent-teacher survey were announced.

  • COLUMN: 'Miss Carrie' Arnette is the heart of The Life Connection

    In celebrating Black History Month, attention is given to a Hodgenville resident who has contributed to Hodgenville and LaRue County. Her name is Carrie Arnette.
    Carrie has worked at The Life Connection for more than 18 years. This is a residential facility for adolescents with cognitive disabilities. I consider her the mother of Life Connection, because she was there when it was first established. I will share why I selected this person for this title.

  • Laptops of LaRue featured in Dell video

    LaRue County High School students were handed their own laptops – little blue Dells – last October.
    Since then, Dell has received such positive feedback about the Laptops of LaRue Initiative, the company has decided to document the program.
    A film crew from Seattle and support staff from Dallas arrived at the school to interview students and staff Friday. The video will be available on Dell’s website dedicated to technology solutions for kindergarten through 12th grade, www.dell.com/casestudies.

  • Buffalo School Apartments holds ribbon-cutting

    The old Buffalo Elementary School gymnasium was full last Wednesday, with people wanting to show their support for the remodeling of the old Buffalo Elementary School to 19 apartments.
     Johan Graham, Director of Development for AU Associates, who oversaw the project, said their goal was to build “something that would be a lasting memory.” Graham said that without the assistance of several local agencies and individuals, the project would have not been possible.

  • Former deputy jailers booked in different jails

    LaRue County made national headlines last week with the news that two former deputy jailers were charged with bringing banned items into the jail and providing them to female inmates in exchange for sexual favors.
    Travis Strader, 39, of Sonora, and Harold Marcum, 66, of Magnolia, were indicted Feb. 21 by a grand jury on charges of sexual abuse and promoting contraband.
    Strader is accused of bringing prescription pain medicine, cell phones, marijuana, alcoholic beverages and tobacco into the jail.
    Marcum is accused of bringing tobacco into the jail.