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Today's News

  • Sewer rates increase for New Haven residents

    A short agenda marked the final meeting of the New Haven Board of Commissioners for 2011 on Thursday. Mostly routine business was discussed to include awarding the new garbage collection contract to Waste Management of Kentucky. Tim McNalley, representing the company, was on hand to address any concerns and explain a 5-percent rate increase effective until June 2013. Fees for New Haven customers will rise from $8.20 a month to $8.61. The city of New Haven simply passes on its cost to the customers taking only a small handling and postage fee of 0.275 cents of each bill.

  • Two injured in crash near intersection

    Two men were injured in a single-vehicle crash early Dec. 18.

    According to Kentucky State Police, Cory Sidebottom, 24, of Hodgenville, was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Camaro south on North L&N Turnpike near the intersection of Leafdale Road about 4:15 a.m. when the vehicle left the right side of the roadway.

    The driver overcorrected and the vehicle crossed the roadway, struck a concrete pole and vacant residence and came to rest facing west in the northbound lane.

  • House fire: Woman treated at hospital for smoke inhalation

    A Hodgenville woman suffered smoke inhalation when her house burned Sunday evening.

    Whitney Darst, 25, called 911 about 6 p.m., saying she was trapped in a back bedroom of her Leafdale Road home. The room was filling with smoke and the door felt hot.

    She was rescued by Buffalo firefighter, Craig Wright, who was first on the scene.

    Wright said he smashed the window with a rock and pulled Darst out of the smoke-filled room. 

  • COLUMN: How will you react on Christmas?

    Christmas day is almost here. How will we react to Dec. 25? People are still people and today will probably react much the same as on the first Christmas long ago. Let us consider the responses of three individuals.

  • Kentucky Public Service Commission approves LGE settlement

     The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved the unanimous settlement agreement in the environmental cost recovery case for Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company.

  • Community Winterhelp provides assistance for heating bills

     Beginning Jan. 9, Community Winterhelp will provide assistance to help families struggling to keep their heat on during this economic downturn. With the recent blast of cold weather, coupled with a sluggish economy and many people struggling to find work, Winterhelp Board members anticipate a strong demand for services. Last year, 1,093 families received $203,629 in heating assistance; this year the Board expects to receive requests to serve substantially more families.

  • State will not exhume animal grave at Taylor County Animal Shelter

    Taylor County's top official says investigators won't dig up a makeshift grave at the Taylor County Animal Shelter, a shelter that harbors LaRue County strays, to perform tests after all.

    And, he says, inmates are no longer being used to perform work at the animal shelter in response to allegations of abuse and neglect.

    In November, the Central Kentucky News-Journalreceived a letter from inmate Andy Stewart, who said he was working at the animal shelter when several animals were buried alive.

  • Cornbread contest offers $5,000 prize

    Entries are being accepted now through Feb. 29 for the National Cornbread Cookoff. Ten finalists will compete during the National Cornbread Festival and the cook-off champion will receive a $5,000 cash prize.

    To enter the National Cornbread Cook-Off:

    An entry must be an original main dish recipe and prepared with at least one package of Martha White Cornbread Mix using Lodge Cast Iron Cookware.

    Entries must also include contestant's name, address, daytime phone number, date of birth and name of grocery retailer.

  • State jobless rate drops to 9.4 percent

     Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate fell to 9.4 percent in November 2011 from 9.6 percent in October 2011, according to the Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    The preliminary November 2011 jobless rate was .8 percentage point below the 10.2 percent rate recorded for the state in November 2010. The state’s November 2011 rate is the lowest since the January 2009 rate of 9.2 percent.

  • A killer goes free: Stories from families affected by shock probation

     Cindy’s story

     “It’s the worst thing a parent can ever go through, just knowing how she suffered. There’s just no way it will ever make sense to me at all.”

    Cindi McIntosh of Shelbyville, whose daughter, Beth McIntosh-Shreve, 37, a nurse at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, was brutally murdered in 2007, leaving behind three children.

    Carolyn’s story