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Today's News

  • Plan now for next year’s burley tobacco crop

    The 2009 tobacco growing season is over, stripping is under way and receiving stations will be opening soon.

    But now is the time to start planning for next year and LaRue County farmers need to begin prepare to manage diseases in the 2010 burley crop.

  • Pottinger named national FFA officer candidate

    Quint Pottinger, LaRue County FFA member and former Kentucky FFA president, was named the National FFA officer candidate for Kentucky. Pottinger will represent the Kentucky FFA in his quest to become one of six National FFA officers. 

  • Arrest made in shooting death

    An arrest has been made in the shooting death of 47-year-old Donald C. Marshall. The Hodgenville man was killed when gunfire broke out following a traffic collision in Nelson County.

    Kenneth Craig Mattingly, 33, of Boston was charged with murder and complicity to commit murder in the Nov. 10 death.

  • Incumbents first to file for '10 election

    The general election  is about a year away: Nov. 2, 2010.

    Partisan candidates have until Jan. 26 to file for office. Last week, LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner became the first LaRue County candidate to return his paperwork to the county clerk’s office.

    Turner, who is running for his seventh term, has faced opponents three times during his tenure. He usually files early and wanted the public to know his intentions, he said.

  • Track celebrates best of '09

    With the racing portion of the 2009 racing season completed, Bluegrass Speedway track promoters David and Anita Ferrell officially will wrap up the 2009 racing campaign with their 10th annual championship awards banquet Nov. 14 at Samuels Hall next door to Bluegrass Speedway at the Nelson County Fairgrounds off U.S. 31E in Bardstown.

    Pat Hagan of New Haven won the Sportsman class title. Jimmy Bryan, also of New Haven, finished sixth in the same class and Elton Martin of Magnolia was ninth.

  • Tip leads to arrest in road sign thefts

    Two juveniles and an adult will be cited for the recent rash of road sign thefts and vandalism in the Roanoke area.

    LaRue County Sheriff Bobby Shoffner told magistrates before their business meeting Tuesday at the courthouse in Hodgenville that a phoned-in tip led to the impending arrests.

    “After receiving the call, we investigated and found two signs across the road from one of the juveniles,” Shoffner said.

    The thefts and vandalism have cost the county several hundred dollars in repairs and replacement.

  • Motorcyclist injured in Magnolia crash

    An Elizabethtown man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon.

    About 3:45 p.m., Heather Lawlis, 34, of Magnolia was driving a 2005 GMC Canyon west on Ky. 1079. She crossed the intersection of U.S. 31E into the path of a southbound Kawasaki motorcycle driven by Roger Taylor, 48.

    The motorcycle struck the GMC in the rear quarter panel of the passenger side, according to Deputy Russell McCoy.

    Lawlis and her passengers were not injured and the truck was driven from the scene.

  • Youth wrestling clinics scheduled

    Youth wrestling sign-ups and a refresher clinic for returning youth wrestlers will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the LaRue County High School wrestling room. Sign-ups and a beginners’ clinic for first-year wrestlers (ages 5-12) will be noon-4 p.m. Nov. 28.

    Wrestlers should bring shorts and T-shirt, wrestling shoes (if you have them), a towel and water bottle.  

  • Veterans honored by parade, program

    Emphatically praising the “unbroken line of heroes” in America’s military tradition, the featured speaker at Sunday’s Veterans Day celebration in Hodgenville encouraged the audience to take action.

    Command Sgt. Maj. Edward Mitchell of the 16th Cavalry Regiment said the crowd “should resolve to leave today and find someone you know then thank them for their service.” He said that “simple and heartfelt message” was the most appropriate way to recognize the selfless acts of service members.

  • Unemployment rate up in LaRue

    Unemployment rates rose in all 120 Kentucky counties between September 2008 and September 2009, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    Fayette County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 7.7 percent. It was followed by Calloway County, 8 percent; Boyd and Woodford counties, 8.3 percent each.