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Today's News

  • On Educating LaRue: HES students love to exercise

     Going back to the time when one-room schools scheduled recess for their students, teachers have encouraged student physical activity not only to strengthen and tone their young muscles, but also to relieve their pent-up energy. 

    As an added bonus, results from a growing field of research links increased physical activity with better academic performance.

    Since October, Melissa Pearman, Hodgenville family resource center coordinator, has led that school’s students to about a half-hour of early morning exercise.

  • Locals compete in Polar Bear Run

     Several local residents competed in the Polar Bear Grand Prix in Louisville. It was a 4K race (2.5 miles) with 796 runners. 

    Adam Sandidge (Hodgenville), first, ages 15-19; sixth overall

    Jim B. Phelps (Hodgenville), third, ages 30-34; 21st overall

    Patrick Walsh (Hodgenville), ninth, ages 25-29; 88th overall

    Alan Thomas (New Haven), 17th, ages 30-34; 128th overall

    Kelly Sandidge (Hodgenville), 14th, ages 40-44; 173rd overall

    David Edwards (Hodgenville), 28th, age group; 425th overall

  • BASKETBALL: Hawks hold off Hart

    Coach Paul Childress isn’t going to stand for any more near-epic collapses.

    He’s making sure the LaRue County Hawks understand that, too.

    LaRue County hung on for a 61-57 victory Friday at 18th District rival Hart County, not making a field goal for the final 6:36 and nearly letting a 21-point lead slip away.

    Childress was so frustrated with the Hawks’ fourth quarter performance that he spent 30 minutes talking to them in the locker room and made all players ride the bus home afterward.

  • Lady Hawks outheart Hart

    Ivy Brown was on a mission Friday night and the LaRue County junior forward sent the Hart County Lady Raiders a message.
    She’s not letting them get in the way of the Lady Hawks’ 18th District title quest this season.
    Brown scored 17 of her game-high 26 points in the first quarter as visiting LaRue County routed the Lady Raiders, 74-39.
    Hart County ended the Lady Hawks’ 2011-12 season, knocking them out in the district tournament semifinals. Brown got some revenge Friday – and hopes for more again down the road.

  • LaRue County Farm Bureau receives Women's Gold Star Award

     Recognized for the achievements of its women’s program this year, LaRue County Farm Bureau received the 2012 Gold Star Award of Excellence during Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Louisville.

    The award honors county Women’s Committees for active participation in leadership development programs, agricultural promotion, educational initiatives and numerous other aspects of support to the local Farm Bureau.

  • Deputy involved in fatal shooting

    A reported reckless driver has died after being shot by a LaRue County deputy.

    About 9:24 p.m. Friday, LaRue County Dispatch received a call regarding a reckless driver, according to Kentucky State Trooper Norman Chaffins.

    Deputy James “Eric” Williamson responded, located the vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop by engaging his emergency equipment. Chaffins said the driver, identified as Thomas E. Ferguson, 38, of Magnolia, ignored the deputy’s signal to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued.

  • 4-Hers recognized at banquet

    Numerous 4-H members and volunteers were recognized at the annual 4-H Awards banquet.

    The Outstanding 4-H members for 2012 were named. The junior division includes 4-H members who are 9-13 and the senior division includes members who are 14-18.

    Based on points earned for 4-H activities completed during the 2011-12 4-H year, Michaela Rock was the 2012 Outstanding Senior 4-H Member. 

    Based on the same point system, Tara Warren was recognized as the 2012 Outstanding Junior Division 4-H Member. 

  • COLUMN: I don't understand it, but I stand on it

     Many years ago someone came up with the phrase, “Jesus is the reason for the season.” I love this phrase. I seriously doubt if there would be any Christmas celebration were it not for the Christ of Christmas.

    Since Christmas is about Christ, let us consider who he is, what he did and what we owe him. First, Jesus was God come in the flesh (John 1:14). He was human and divine. The Apostle John says, “In the beginning was the Word, and Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning” (1:1-2).

  • Fruit and Vegetable Conference set for Jan. 7-8

     The 2013 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show convenes at 8 a.m. Jan. 7 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel and concludes around 5 p.m. Jan. 8.

    Preconference activities on Jan. 6 include a Winemaking Techniques Workshop from 1- 5:30 p.m. in Seay Auditorium on the University of Kentucky campus; a reception and the Kentucky Farmers’ Market Association annual meeting; and a fruit round table discussion from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the hotel.

  • Homestead exemption increased by $2,000

     The maximum homestead exemption on real estate owned by qualified persons has been set at $36,000 for the 2013 and 2014 tax periods. The 2013-14 exemption reflects a $2,000 increase over the 2011-12 exemption of $34,000.

    The amount of the homestead exemption is adjusted every two years in accordance with KRS 132.810 to compensate for changes in the purchasing power of the dollar. The exemption provided state and local property tax savings of about $171 million for more than 416,000 elderly or disabled Kentuckians during the 2012 tax year.