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Today's News

  • Dog warden retires after 25 years

    Jim Evans has had many unusual calls for help during his 25 years as LaRue County dog warden.

    “I’ve had calls for me to come and get possums, coons, and horses,” said Evans, who is retiring at the end of the year. “I’ve even had a call for me to catch a skunk and a three-foot lizard.”

    As dog warden, his actual responsibility was to pick up only the canines, so he would usually refer the callers to the appropriate people who could capture the other animals. He has had his hands full, sometimes literally, with dogs.

  • Volunteers complete 44th annual Santa Run

    There is something priceless about the expression on a child’s face when they receive a gift – a really good gift – they weren’t expecting.

    On Christmas Eve, 17 LaRue County children were presented with brand new bicycles through the generosity of a “secret Santa” and the Santa’s Helpers program. 

    Their smiles brought bigger smiles – and a few tears – to the volunteers who work year-round to create Christmas for our community.

  • Let 'be nice' be your motto for 2011

    Often times, New Year’s resolutions consist of weight loss, money management and various other personal goals.

    People often fail to acknowledge resolutions that are fairly easy to implement. For example, in today’s society I see a lack of respect for mankind. Respect is an easy thing to give and most people were taught at an early age to “treat people how you would want to be treated.”

    Instead I see violence, slander, theft and turmoil that seem to overpower the kindness that some people extend to others.

  • Make 'giving back' part of your new year routine

  • Nelson County man indicted for murder

     The suspect in the stabbing death of a New Haven man has been indicted by a Nelson County grand jury for murder and second-degree persistent felony offender.

  • House free for the moving

    Local funeral home operators Brad Turner and Todd Skaggs are offering a 3,500 square-foot home in Hodgenville for the taking.

    The only stipulation is that the person who takes the home must pay an earnest deposit and agree to pay for moving the historic Victorian-style house off the property located next to Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home on Water Street.

  • Magnolia family featured on 'Faces of Farming'

    A Magnolia family will be featured on “Faces of Farming,” a program airing on Kentucky Educational Television in January.

    Howard Ragland, David Ragland and Caleb Ragland, three generations of farmers, are among six Kentucky families who talk about their agricultural lifestyle.

    Executive Producer Ray Bowman, a Franklin County goat producer and former state government spokesman, narrates the program.

  • Beekeeping schools planned throughout state

    Beekeepers of all experience levels will find topics to fit their interests and expertise in six beekeeping schools scheduled in every region of Kentucky between Jan. 22 and March 12.

    The schools will offer classes for beginners and sessions targeted to experienced beekeepers. Vendors selling beekeeping equipment will set up displays at all the schools.

  • County water bills to show slight increase

    The cost of a glass of water just went up – a little.
    The Public Service Commission has approved a 30 cent increase per 1,000 gallons of water to LaRue County Water District No. 1. The cost will be passed on to county customers and will go into effect with this month’s water bills, according to LCWD manager Steve Gardner.
    The minimum water bill was set at $12.50 in 2004. The PSC approved a new minimum rate of $12.80 for the first 1,000 gallons.

  • Homestead exemption rate set

    The maximum homestead exemption on real estate owned by qualified persons has been set at $34,000 for the 2011 and 2012 tax periods. The 2011-12 exemption reflects a $300 increase over the 2009-10 exemption of $33,700. 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 $155 million for more than 399,000 elderly or disabled Kentuckians during the 2010 tax year.