Today's News

  • Buffalo bell, Magnolia millstone lend history to ALES

    Two relics in the midst of a flower garden at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School are tokens of the educational heritage passed down from the former Buffalo and Magnolia schools that consolidated into ALES in 2007.

    A large school bell from Buffalo and a huge millstone from Magnolia stand as silent witnesses to the thousands of people from rural LaRue County who received their public education at the two schools.

  • Five indicted by grand jury

    Five people were indicted by a LaRue County grand jury Nov. 15.

    Ronald W. Skaggs(1989) of Buffalo was indicted on a charge of first-degree rape. The alleged offense occurred May 2008.

    Bail was set at $50,000 cash only

    Kentucky State Police investigated.

    Edward James “Homer” Joiner(1971) of Hodgenville was indicted on two counts of first-degree trafficking in controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender. The alleged offenses occurred in May and July.

  • Arson case ends in mistrial

    The trial of a Hodgenville man charged with arson ended in mistrial last week.

    Phillip Dale Despain, 31, was accused of causing a fire Dec. 30, 2007 that destroyed a Hawkins Road barn. He was indicted for the act by a LaRue County grand jury March 15. Circuit Judge Charles Simms III declared the mistrial after deciding that certain testimony was inadmissible in Despain’s case.

  • Donald Sprowles retires from Parks and Rec

    Donald Sprowles, who is retiring Dec. 31 as director of LaRue County Parks and Recreation, could be called the poster child of multi-tasking.

    Starting at age 13, when his 39-year-old father died of a heart attack, Sprowles, who lives on Ferrill Hill in Buffalo, has always taken on added responsibilities.

    Residing on a farm in the Levelwoods area, Sprowles continued the farm operation after his father’s death as well as attended school full time, first at Levelwoods, then at Buffalo High School where he graduated in 1955. 

  • Gaunt to serve 10 years for escape

    A Ludlow man will serve 10 years for his escape from the LaRue County Detention Center.

    A jury found George Richard Gaunt III guilty of second-degree escape, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and of being a persistent felony offender last week.

  • Driver charged with reckless homicide

    The driver of a truck involved in a fatal collision last week has been charged with reckless homicide.

    LaRue County Deputy Russell McCoy said Brian Christopher Smith, 27, of River Road, knew the brakes on his pickup were faulty before the Nov. 22 crash occurred - but continued to drive it. The wreck resulted in three injuries and one death.

    Smith was also charged with driving on a revoked or suspended license and failure of non-owner to provide insurance, according to McCoy. Warrants for contempt of court and theft by deception were served also.

  • Lee is a finalist for Iron Man

    Alex Lee, a senior running and defensive back on LaRue County’s Hawks football team, has been named one of 10 finalists for the Army Iron Man of the Year that honors Kentucky’s best two-way high school football players.

    Lee, 6-1, 205 pounds, earned the week-three Army Iron Man of the Week after rushing for 104 yards with a touchdown and grabbing an interception in LaRue County’s 19-7 win over Shelby County.

  • Quarry Hill Monuments offers $60,000 for Magnolia School

    The old Magnolia Elementary School will have a new owner. At Monday’s meeting, the LaRue County School Board accepted high bid of $60,000 from Quarry Hill Monuments.

    The property was declared surplus in September and the opportunity for submitting sealed bids began.

  • Shooting victim convicted of growing pot

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  • Ambassadors receive Kentucky History Award

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    The Kentucky Historical Society has awarded the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors the 2010 Kentucky History Award for a volunteer group.