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Today's News

  • 4-H Gardening Club starts Saturday

    The 4-H Gardening Club will have its first meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Lee’s Garden Center. All LaRue County youth with an interest in gardening are encouraged to attend. This club is open to youth of all ages. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children. Participants will learn about gardening and will also be given plants to take home and plant to begin their own garden. They will also be encouraged to keep a journal of when they plant, water and fertilize.

  • State police remind motorists of proper use for farm plates

    With the renewal of Kentucky farm registration plates due March 31, the Kentucky State Police would like to remind the public about the proper use of farm plates.
    There are two different types of farm registration plates. The first is the FFA Farm plate. The second is the Farm Limited plate.
    The FFA Farm plate has a registered gross weight of 38,000 pounds. When calculating the gross weight, one must include the weight of the truck, trailer, occupants and its load.  

  • Jobless rate down in county

    Unemployment rates fell in 93 Kentucky counties between February 2010 and February 2011, including LaRue County, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Twenty-four county rates increased, while three county rates stayed the same.

    LaRue County’s rate declined from 10.6 percent in January to 10.4 percent in February. It declined 2 percent from February 2010.

    Fayette and Woodford counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the Commonwealth at 8.6 percent each.

  • Man faces charges after shooting inside home

    A Hodgenville man was admitted to Hardin Memorial Hospital for evaluation Friday after firing shots inside his residence. He faces criminal charges as well.
    Clifford Horn, 48, of Kirkpatrick Avenue, called 911 several times that day, beginning before 5 a.m., according to Acting Police Chief Steve Johnson.
    In the first call, Horn claimed there were “10 guys behind the house and eight people in front of the house” and they had “killed a bobcat-looking animal.”

  • Stanton resigns

    Federal Inmate Coordinator Joey Stanton has resigned his position with LaRue County.
    Stanton, who was hired as a jail consultant to make state-mandated improvements at the LaRue County Detention Center in 2008, will be working with jails in eastern Kentucky.
    In July 2010, Stanton, a former jailer with 30 years experience and a member of the State Parole Board, was appointed chief administrative officer after jailer Ralph “Mac” Turner stepped away from duties.

  • Man sentenced to six years for manufacturing meth

    A traffic stop last June has resulted in one man being sentenced to six years and another ordered to stay out of the county.
    LaRue County Deputy Russell McCoy said the driver, William Howard Thompson, 54, of Loretto was driving erratically that day when he pulled him over.
    A search of the vehicle turned up drugs and a firearm.
    Thompson and his passenger, Jason R. Davis, 33, of Magnolia, implicated each other in the discovery.

  • Greenwell files appeal in Nelson Circuit Court

    Nelson County Circuit Court has denied two motions of appeal from Kelly Wayne Greenwell, who was sentenced in 2007 to 40 years in prison for first-degree robbery and the attempted murder of Marion Willett.
    Greenwell’s case involved an incident on June 5, 2003, when he shot Willett twice in an attempt to steal her car.

  • Magnolia Bank provides scholarships

    On March 8, 20 sixth-grade students from Hardin and LaRue Counties were awarded the fourth annual Magnolia Bank “Preparing for Success” Scholarships. Students were asked to write an essay telling what would make a great career, and how they plan to pursue that career.  
    “The goal of this program is to get kids and their families talking about college early. We want to help students in our area get off to a good start saving for their future,” said Stefanie Rock, Assistant Vice President at Magnolia Bank.    

  • Five indicted for indoor marijuana grow

    Five people were indicted March 21 by a LaRue County grand jury for their alleged involvement in an indoor marijuana growing operation.
    Jeffery Purdam, age unavailable, of Hodgenville; Brenna Marie Buchanan, 32, of Glendale; Annette Louise Fish, 48, of Magnolia; John David Maylee, 47, of Mexico, Mo.; and Marcus Brian Wiley, 40, of Magnolia, were each charged with cultivating marijuana, five or more plants and complicity; possession of drug paraphernalia and complicity; and possession of marijuana and complicity.

  • Several new laws affect services to veterans

    Governor Steve Beshear last week signed into law nine bills that will help and honor Kentucky veterans.
    HB 425 allows Kentucky public universities to charge in-state tuition to veterans who are non-Kentucky residents if that veteran qualifies under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
    HB 202 helps veterans obtain commercial driving licenses by waiving the driving skills test for applicants with recent military service who are experienced in operating commercial-sized motor vehicles.