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Today's News

  • PHOTO: Asbury Band – ‘Personal fortitude and ambition’
  • Homestead exemption adjusted for 2015-16

    The maximum homestead exemption on real estate owned by qualified persons has been set at $36,900 for the 2015 and 2016 tax periods. The 2015-16 exemption reflects a $900 increase over the 2013 – 2014 exemption of $36,000.

    The amount of the homestead exemption is adjusted every two years in accordance with KRS 132.810 to compensate for changes in the purchasing power of the dollar. The exemption provided state and local property tax savings of about $178 million for more than 449,000 elderly or disabled Kentuckians during the 2014 tax year.

  • Sunrise Volunteers organize a choir

    On behalf of the Sunrise Manor volunteers, I would like to wish everyone in our community a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. This is the time of year we celebrate Jesus Christ’s birthday and look forward to happiness and joyfulness in the coming year that he will provide.

    Tim Shockley, a Sunrise Manor chaplain, is organizing a Sunrise Manor choir. The choir’s first presentation will take place Dec. 22 at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of Sunrise Manor.

  • Diverse churches hold joint service

    A pair of LaRue County churches are trying to show that denomination isn’t the only thing that matters when it comes to worship.

    On Dec. 14, the congregations of Hodgenville Christian Church and Hodgenville Lighthouse Church of God of Prophecy came together for their first joint worship service. Mary Milburn, pastor at Church of God of Prophecy, said the joint service was born in part out of necessity, citing Hodgenville Christian’s baptistry.

  • 4-Hers recognized at banquet

    Several 4-H members and volunteers were recognized at the annual 4-H awards banquet.

    The outstanding members for 2014 were named, based on points earned through 4-H activities. The Junior Division includes 4-H members who are 9-13; the Senior Division includes members who are 14-18.

    Michaela Rock was the Outstanding Senior 4-H Member Silver Level; Lexi Grimes was the Outstanding Junior Member Bronze Level.

  • No injuries in I-65 crash involving five semis

    A wreck on Thursday involving five semi trucks closed down northbound Interstate 65 near Upton for several hours.

    Kentucky State Police said no injuries were reported.

    The Transportation Cabinet said the crash occurred at mile point 77 in a construction zone, which made the roadway more difficult to clear. The fifth truck suffered the most damage, with the front end knocked out of it.

    Motorists were asked to exit at mile 76 and take U.S. 31W back to I-65.

    Names of the drivers were not available. 

  • School board approves district improvement plan

    The LaRue County School Board met Monday night, approving a comprensive district improvement plan. The plan sets the district’s goals for the 2014-15 school year.

    See next week’s Herald News for details.

    In other business, the board recognized four nominees for the ExCEL Award. The award is presented annually by WHAS11 and LG&E-KU to an outstanding teacher in the district.

  • LCHS a model site for intervention

    LaRue County High School has been recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education as a “model site” for their implementation of the Kentucky System of Interventions (KSI) and Response to Intervention (RTI).

    The KSI is a system that prepares students to graduate. It includes Accelerated Learning programs, screening and diagnostic assessment of kids and data-based decision making, among other tools.

  • PHOTO: Groundwater remediation
  • State releases sheriff’s audit for 2013

    Auditor of Public Accounts Adam H. Edelen made a second sheriff’s tax settlement audit available in as many weeks.

    The audit covers a short period, March 1, 2013 through April 15, 2013.

    Merle Edlin was appointed sheriff in February 2013 to fill the unexpired term of Bobby Shoffner, who retired that month due to health issues.

    The audit covers 2012 taxes collected. It is in a separate document from the audit report of Shoffner that was the basis of a story in last week’s The LaRue County Herald News.