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Today's News

  • Crowd offers opinions on laptop initiative

    Winter weather may have delayed the February school board meeting, but it was definitely heated up by the presentation of the 21st century learning initiative Laptops of LaRue.

    Thursday, the LaRue County High School Media Center was packed to standing room only with students, teachers, parents and community members who wished to share their support or concerns with the initiative.

  • Lessons from World War II

    Running, hiding, crawling and hunting. These are only a few of the things that Jews had to do while escaping the German Nazis in World War II. They traveled through tunnels to get to forests. They lived inside forests with their family groups. The food they got they stole from nearby people. Jews stayed in these forest family camps for their own survival and to stay safe from the Nazis.

    The underground tunnels allowed the Jews to stay hidden until they found a safe house.

  • Organization's help stretches from Haiti to hometowns

    Whether working to support an international relief effort in Haiti or responding to the need of local fire victims, the American Red Cross' Hardin-LaRue Chapter depends on the benevolence of private contributions.

    Although chartered by federal legislation in 1917, the Red Cross receives no recurring government appropriation, Sharon Thompson, director of the local chapter, told the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce's February luncheon.

  • Trial delayed again for former jail deputy

    There has been another delay in the trial of a former LaRue County deputy jailer facing 11 counts of felony theft in Indiana.

    Jennie McGee, 46, of Falls of Rough was arrested on fugitive charges by Kentucky State Police at her workplace Feb. 8, 2009.

    She pleaded not guilty to the charges and was to be tried by jury Oct. 12, according to Perry County, Ind., court documents.

    McGee’s attorney withdrew from the case in October and a new one took over her defense.

  • Exercise in First Amendment leads to articles about Nazis, democracy and Christianity

    Students on the sixth grade Kids.com team at LaRue County Middle School recently created a feature article in their social studies class. Teacher Jim B. Phelps said students were able to choose any topic that they had studied in social studies class up to this point in the year.

  • Communism is interesting, but who would want to live like that?

    What’s your government and economy type? Is it communism? Communism has a unique history. For the government they have dictatorship. With communism, people have very little freedom.

    The dictator controls all political freedoms. A dictator is the leader and makes all laws for the people. The ruler usually takes over by force and relies on the police and military to come into and keep power. Some people say that a dictator rules with an “iron grip.” 

    Communism doesn’t end here; it also has a command economy.

  • Kentucky accepts Common Core

    In joint meeting Feb. 10, the chairs of the Kentucky Board of Education, the Council on Postsecondary Education and the Education Professional Standards Board signed a resolution directing their respective agencies to implement the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts and mathematics.

    Kentucky is the first state to formally accept the standards. Higher, clearer and more in-depth academic standards are required by Senate Bill 1, passed by the 2009 General Assembly.

  • Teacher honored for ExCELLENCE

    LaRue County’s 2010 ExCEL Award winner, Beverly Heady, is a “can-do” person.

    The ExCel Award, sponsored by WHAS11 and e.ON U.S. honors teachers who have shown excellence in the classroom.

    Heady, a veteran second-grade teacher at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, will be honored by her students and peers at a ceremony 11:30 a.m. March 17.

    Heady said she welcomes the challenge of changing students’ mindset from “can’t” to “can.”

  • 'Lead Out Loud' is theme of National FFA Week

    LaRue County FFA will celebrate National FFA Week through Feb. 27. “Lead Out Loud” is the theme this year as members pledge to show off what makes them premier leaders in their schools and communities.

  • Local Marine falls in Afghanistan

    Lance Cpl. Matthias “Matt” Hanson was killed Sunday while serving in Afghanistan with the 36 Kilo 2nd Battalion Infantry.

    His family was notified of the 20-year-old Marine’s death about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, according to his older sister Megan Dohn.

    Few details were offered the family but they learned Hanson was shot and died of his injuries en route to a military hospital.

    He had been in Afghanistan about 40 days. It was his first deployment.

    Hanson, a 2008 LaRue County High School graduate, joined the service during his junior year.