Today's News

  • Judge denies Decker's attempt to withdraw guilty plea

    A Hodgenville man will serve 10 years after pleading guilty to trafficking charges in LaRue Circuit Court.
    Brett Alan Decker, 25, of Fairview Drive, was arrested July 1 after he fled from officers serving a search warrant at his residence. Officers said they found “a large amount of marijuana and cash,” pills, “white residue,” scales and a pair of firearms during the search of Decker’s home, according to court records.

  • SKYPE brings world of learning to students

    Those who have been out of the classroom at LaRue County High School for a few years need to visit a class to see how technology has changed the face of instruction.
    For example, when teacher Jorge Venegas had two guests, Larry Paden and his friend Nestor Sanchez, to speak to his Spanish class and field questions about Chile last week, Paden was in the classroom, but Sanchez was thousands of miles away in South America.     

  • FRANKFORT: Session ends March 22

    Legislative leaders have gaveled the 2011 Kentucky General Assembly into session, kicking off a session scheduled to last 30 days. The session is scheduled to conclude on March 22.
    Citizens have numerous ways to follow legislative action throughout the session, including seeing legislative action in person in the State Capitol’s legislative chambers and committee meeting rooms, which are open to the public.

  • COLUMN: Teens have brought the 'good kind' of attention to LaRue

    LaRue County has produced a splendid crop of young people. It’s difficult to keep up with all their accomplishments.
    Here are a few of the most recent:
    Bright-eyed, sweet-toned Kenzi Lewis has accomplished at age 15 what many people only dream of  – performing on a Hollywood stage on American Idol. She lasted a couple of weeks on the TV show and we were sorry to see her leave.  I have a feeling she’ll be back on that stage in the future.

  • Renaissance Recycling Center takes on tobacco farmer's plastic mountain

    Many changes have occurred over the last decade in the tobacco-growing industry. It’s still hard work, but more economic ways of harvesting and storing burley have been developed.
    Some local farmers, including Tim Ford of Mount Sherman, have been housing cut tobacco in outdoor storage frames – right in the field – rather than in barns.

  • Mayor's letter to discourage 'discourteous' downtown parking

    Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse – acting with the approval of Hodgenville City Council – will pen a letter to shop owners in the downtown, asking them to be more considerate in parking.
    Norma Benningfield, owner of Main Street Barber Shop, requested the council set aside parking spaces for customers in the downtown area. She said other shopkeepers and their employees are parking in front of her building, forcing her customers to park in inconvenient locations.

  • City water and sewer deposits to increase

    Skipping out on an unpaid water bill will become more difficult if Hodgenville City Council has its way.
    The Council held first reading Feb. 14 of a proposed ordinance that increases water and sewer deposits for non-property owners. The current rate is $100; the proposed rate is $150 in advance.
    Homeowners are not required to pay a deposit, according to City Clerk MaDonna Hornback. However, if they default on a bill, a lien may be placed on their property.

  • Mullins tapped as keynote speaker

    Paul Mullins, LaRue County High School principal and Kentucky School Administrators Association’s 2009-10 Administrator of the Year, will be the closing keynote speaker at the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education Conference March 2 at the Galt House in Louisville.
    “I want to outline the journey through the laptop initiative so that those interested in implementing a similar program will have a one-to-one guide,” Mullins said, referring to Laptops of LaRue, a program that began last fall with Dell laptop computers being issued to each LCHS student.

  • Wildfire threatens 10 homes near Mount Sherman

    A fiery disaster was averted Thursday, thanks to the rapid response of local firefighters and several Buffalo residents. Ten homes were endangered by an out-of-control field fire.

    Just after noon, Buffalo, Magnolia and LaRue firefighters were dispatched to a field fire off Mount Tabor Road. The flames, fanned by strong 25-miles-per-hour wind and fueled by dry brush and grass, spread quickly into yards and jumped the roadway in the 3100 block.

    Dean Salyer said he was sitting on his couch, watching T.V., when he heard his dog barking.

  • Summer Garris named ExCEL Teacher of the Year

    Tony was a feisty and hot-tempered senior who had earned the privilege of moving out of alternative school into Summer Garris’ English classroom.  
    Thinking he was too cool for school, Tony had problems with respecting authority, doing his work and fitting in with other students.
    Yet, when he turned in his first essay, Garris realized that the young man had a real talent for writing.