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Today's News

  • Insect pests have been detected in tobacco fields

    Growers may be seeing a lot of aphids in some tobacco fields. At this point in the season, the time left until topping is the major factor to consider when making a decision on aphid control. Yield and quality losses to aphids occur gradually – from the onset of infestation, about six weeks after transplant, until topping. Most of the loss is due to reduced leaf size and weight from heavy infestations. There is little chance for return from attempting to control heavy infestations just before harvest. The loss has already occurred.

  • Embracing paleness may lower risk of cancer

    Sophomore year - Marion County High School’s Valentine’s Day dance - that’s when it started.

    “It” being my obsession with being tan.

    I remember asking my mom if I could go to the tanning bed so that I could be tan in the little black number I bought for the dance. She hesitantly said yes, but tried to get one of her friends, Mary Lou Marrett, to talk me out of it. Mary Lou warned me of how bad it was for my skin, how it caused premature wrinkles and how it was highly addictive for some people.

  • God sometimes tells us ‘what not to wear’

    Lately I’ve been hooked on watching “What Not to Wear” on TLC, hosted by style gurus Stacy London and Clinton Kelly.

    How the show works: Friends and relatives nominate a chronically fashion-challenged friend who’s ambushed by Stacy and Clinton who hand her a Visa card worth $5,000 with her name on it to spend on a new wardrobe in New York City.

  • Assault charge may be dismissed

    Tracy Lynn Dotson, 32, of Buffalo appeared Wednesday, Aug. 21, in LaRue District Court to answer a charge of first-degree assault.

    She is accused of shooting her husband, Anthony Dale Dotson, 44, in the shoulder with a .357 Magnum handgun during a domestic dispute Aug. 1.

    The couple sat together in court, chatting and smiling at each other before Tracy’s name was called to approach the bench.

  • McFarland to serve 18 years for manslaughter

    A murder trial scheduled for Monday was canceled after a last-minute settlement was reached in LaRue Circuit Court.

    David McFarland, 45, of Magnolia admitted to a charge of first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of 22-year-old Sabrina Shirley of Greensburg. He accepted an 18-year prison sentence with a requirement that he serve at least 85 percent of that term behind bars. The commonwealth’s attorney opposes probation. Final sentencing will be conducted Oct. 5.

  • LaRue Grain Field Day is Sept. 1 at Duell farm

    The annual LaRue County Extension Grain Field Day will be 5 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Duell Creekside Farm, 5960 Sonora Road between Hodgenville and Sonora.

    The grower cooperator again this year is Carlos Tucker. The farm is owned by Reba Duell and is about five miles from the intersection of  the Lincoln Parkway and KY 84/357 near Hodgenville, and about 3.5 miles from the KY 84 and U.S. 31W intersection near the Interstate 65 Sonora exit. This is the same farm as last year’s grain field day.

  • No trouble yet in case of mistaken identity

    There are some people, perhaps those too much into science fiction who believe that everyone has an exact double somewhere in the world. I think I may have found mine in far-off Hardin County.

    A few years ago, I went in a barber shop in Elizabethtown. The lone barber invited me to a chair and asked, “Will that be the usual?”

    I explained that I’d never been in before and the barber answered, “I’m sorry, I thought you were a teacher from over at Central. You look just like him.” Mistaken identity, no big deal.

  • State Fair 4-H Cloverville results

    Congratulations to all the 4-H members whose projects are currently being displayed in Cloverville at the Kentucky State Fair. Results are as follows:

    Stefan Cowley – Senior Jewelry Beadwork, White

    Darienne Grimes – Unit 3 Sewing-Clothing, Blue

    Meredith Heath – Level 1 Wood Science, Red; Senior Basket Making, Red

    Weston Heath – Level 2 Wood Science, Blue

    Sarah Lope – Brownies, Blue

  • Board of Education denies claims in civil suit

    The LaRue County Board of Education has denied several allegations of a former employee who filed a civil suit after being terminated from her position.

    Melissa Enlow, a LaRue County Middle School lunchroom supervisor, was terminated June 15, according to court records. Her suit claims violation of Kentucky’s Whistleblower Statute, which protects public employees from reprisals if they divulge information of a suspected law violation.

  • Traveling exhibit wrapping up stay in Hodgenville

    “Faces of Cancer,” a special photo exhibit, was unveiled at a cancer survivor celebration, “Hope Soars ... Celebrating Life” at My Old Kentucky Home State Park.

    This is the final full day of the exhibits stay at the Lincoln Museum before it moves to Hardin Memorial Hospital. The exhibit features survivors from LaRue, Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties. Two Hodgenville residents, Sue Young and Ramona Coffey, are survivors portrayed on the exhibit.