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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Bivens donates $2,500 Monsanto funds to FFA

    It was perfect timing.
    While the LaRue County FFA Chapter was celebrating National FFA Week, their advisor, Misty Bivens, was planning a surprise.
    Bivens, along with her husband Ryan, are the local winners of America’s Farmers Grow Communities. The program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, offers farmers a chance to win $2,500 for their favorite nonprofit organization.
    It was only natural for Bivens to select the local FFA Chapter as the recipient.

  • Robert Foster joins Hodgenville City Police

    Robert Foster, left, has joined the Hodgenville Police Department as assistant police chief to Acting Chief Steve Johnson. Foster is a retired detective from Kentucky State Police and investigator from Metlife Insurance. Foster lives in Magnolia with his wife Rheta. Their children are grown, Foster said, and they have six grandchildren. Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse, right, held the swearing-in ceremony Monday.

  • Sharon Jaggers joins Rust-Wright Funeral Home

    Sharon Jaggers has joined the staff of Rust-Wright Funeral Home in Hodgenville. She began duties as office manager Feb. 28.
    She has two children, Eric Jaggers of Charlestown, Ind., and Rachel Phillips of Hodgenville; and four grandchildren, Anna Kind of Jeffersonville, Ind., Emily Jaggers of Charlestown, Ind., and Hunter and Makayla Phillips of Hodgenville.
    Jaggers is a graduate of LaRue County High School and formerly worked at Nationwide Uniform.
    Her hobbies include landscaping and watching her grandkids play ball.

  • LaRue escapes worst of stormy weather

    LaRue County has had its share of stormy weather this week.
    Thursday night’s tornado warning and early Monday’s tornado watch by the National Weather Service sent many LaRue Countians seeking shelter. Others slept right through the advisories, the 70-miles-per-hour winds and the Hodgenville warning siren.
    Fortunately, no touchdowns were reported. Chris Jackson with LaRue County Emergency Management said a few limbs were downed, but overall, little damage was reported across the county.

  • Fiscal Court: Judge/Executive defends contract with jail consultant

    The LaRue County Detention Center accepted its first federal prisoner last month, not long after Fiscal Court entered into a contract with the U.S. Marshal’s Office.
    It’s a small beginning to offset a potential $750,000 reduction in state funding at the jail. But County Judge-Executive Tommy Turner says the federal contract could produce up to $950,000 plus additional fees for transportation – which will more than offset the lost revenue caused by fewer state inmates being housed in LaRue County.

  • CAPT. JOHN MOORE: 'Ordinary citizens’ perform heroically in Afghan war

    They’re called citizen soldiers, men and women who work regular jobs, but when called upon, they’re also trained professionals who protect America’s interests both home and abroad.
    Capt. John Moore, one of those citizen soldiers who lives on Round Top Road, is a member of the Kentucky National Guard, the 2123rd Transportation Company out of Richmond, that last month returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.