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Today's News

  • LaRue’s unemployment rate jumps to 12.4 percent in January

    Unemployment rates rose in 119 of Kentucky’s 120 counties between January 2008 and January 2009 and stayed the same in Martin County, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    LaRue County’s rate jumped to 12.4 percent, up from 8.5 percent in December 2008.

    The rate was 4.9 percent in December 2007. Of a 7,314 workforce, 908 people are without jobs.

  • Attitude is everything

    One way to having a right attitude toward God begins with honoring him on the Lord’s day. “On the first day of the week we came together to break bread...” (Acts 20:7). The writer of Hebrews says, “Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing ...” (Hebrews 10:25).

    Some Christians today give up meeting together, but not for the same reason as the early Christians. No one persecutes us today for getting together. Most of the time our reason is that we have too many irons in the fire.

  • Corn production is a year-round process

    This will be a very interesting year for corn growers in the county. While everyone is talking about the price of corn, farmers are confronted with high costs of fuel, fertilizer, land rent, seed, labor and other input costs. Efficiency is still a key to profitable corn production. A simple corn production calendar follows.

  • Don’t call me cat crazy just because Buu has his own Facebook page

    Being an animal lover, particularly cats, has been full of ups and downs. And not from the cats.

    I’ve been called “Crazy Cat Lady,” “Cat Woman” and even “The Cat Whisperer.” (I secretly like that one). I’ve seen Dr. Berry look at me askance when I answer his questions in my “Buu voice” or make impertinent comments on Buu’s behalf. The thermometer remarks were not too welcome.

  • LaRue’s athletes shine at All-Comers meet

    Nine teams competed at the LaRue County High School All-Comers Track and Field Meet on March 24. Besides LaRue County, teams were John Hardin, Elizabethtown, Green County, Bardstown, Nelson County, Bethlehem, Meade County and Bullitt Central.

    Overall, the LaRue County boys placed third in the meet while the LaRue County girls placed seventh. 

  • Judge: Not enough proof in arson case

    LaRue County District Judge C. Derek Reed failed to find probable cause against a Hodgenville woman charged with second-degree arson, burglary and criminal mischief March 25. Probable cause refers to evidence that would make a reasonable person believe a crime has been committed.

    Tonya D. Bell, 34, was accused of entering a garage owned by Arthur Allen March 8 and setting it on fire. Besides the building, a riding lawnmower, couch, go-cart, air compressor and toys were destroyed, according to court records.

  • Kentucky Chain newest addition to quilt trail
  • Thistles can creep up in any field

    Most farmers don’t think much about thistles until they see the plants begin to send up a stalk and then a seed head in late spring. However, now is a good time to inspect pastures for the rosette stage of the plant and take action if needed.

    Thistles are one of the most troublesome weed problems in pastures and hayfields. Thistle plants can interfere with grazing, limit forage availability, and become a major problem for hay production.

  • New sports safety bill signed into law

    Gov. Steve Beshear signed HB 383 into law. The new law includes a measure that requires high school coaches to complete a sports safety course on how to prevent common injuries.

    “This is an important piece of legislation that I hope will protect the health and safety of our student athletes,” Beshear said. “I applaud the sponsors for their efforts to protect our students from the dangers of heatstroke, illness and injuries incurred while participating in sporting events through the bill’s requirements for proper training and equipment.”

  • Grass tetany may be dangerous to livestock

    Grass tetany is a cattle disorder caused by an abnormally low amount of magnesium in the bloodstream of cattle. It can occur in most cattle herds. Pregnant cows should be fed supplemental magnesium from 60 days before calving until the beginning of the breeding season to help prevent grass tetany and maintain proper health for maintenance and rebreeding.