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Today's News

  • City Council agrees to pay Main Street's final bills

    Hodgenville City Councilman Jim Phelps ended a standoff between the City and Hodgenville Main Street Monday by making a motion that the City pay the outstanding bills of the volunteer group.
    Main Street was dissolved by Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse earlier this year after its contract expired. The volunteers were ordered to settle debts and make other restitutions “as required by law.”

  • Creekfront restrooms under construction

    Construction of restrooms at Creekfront Park began last week.
    General contractor Joe Pearman said the plumbing inspection was completed Wednesday. The concrete foundation has been poured also.
    The original plan made last fall was for a pre-fab restroom that came ready to set on a foundation. Mayor Terry Cruse decided to have a concrete block structure constructed on site.
    “We found we could build it for less than a pre-fab would cost,” said Cruse.

  • Shanklin indicted for tobacco store burglary

    A man accused of a string of burglaries of tobacco retail stores has been indicted by a LaRue County grand jury.
    Tracy Shanklin, 44, was charged with third-degree burglary and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.
    Shanklin is accused of breaking into Smoketown II on South Lincoln Boulevard Dec. 23, 2009, and cleaning out the stock of Marlboro cigarettes.
    Shanklin and an accomplice were implicated in similar burglaries in Louisville. The crime wave began in November 2009 at the Cox’s Smoker’s Outlet on Hubbards Lane in Louisville.

  • PHOTO: Good luck to the Singhs

    Rev. Andrew Singh and his wife Arpita stand beside a quilt signed by the members of Wesley Meadows Methodist Church as a departing gift for the minister who is going to be an associate pastor at the First United Methodist Church in Georgetown. A reception was held June 12 for the couple.

  • FFA members excel at State FFA Convention

    The Kentucky Association of FFA held its 82th Annual State Convention on June 7-9 at Rupp Arena in Lexington. Twenty-one members of the LaRue County FFA chapter attended the State FFA Convention this year, but several others were recognized for their previous accomplishments.
    During convention members participated in a number of activities and excelled.
    Lydia Richardson was selected as the state runner-up in the Soybean Association YouTube Video Contest receiving $2,000 for her and $2,000 for the FFA Chapter.

  • Aaron Wheeler wins second State FFA Award

    Aaron Thomas Shawler Wheeler, a 2010 graduate of LaRue County High School and member of the LaRue County FFA Chapter, was named the State FFA Outdoor Recreation-Entrepreneurship/Placement Proficiency award winner and received a $250 check at the State FFA convention. He will advance to compete for national honors.
    Each state winner will be judged at the national contest and rated gold, silver or bronze. Four national finalists will be chosen with each receiving a $500 award and plaque.

  • Inmate indicted for escape from detention center

    An inmate who allegedly escaped last May from the LaRue County Detention Center has been indicted by a grand jury.
    Jorge Ivan Vegan-Caban, 25, was charged with second-degree escape and second-degree persistent felony offender May 16.
    He was serving a three-year sentence in the jail after being found guilty of first-degree possession of controlled substance in Kenton County. He had been at the jail less than two months when he climbed over the fence. It was three days before employees noticed his absence.

  • Work at Sinking Spring complete

    Work was completed Tuesday on the steps leading to the historic Sinking Springs at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hodgenville.
    A crew from the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center in Frederick, Maryland, restored flagstones over a six-week period. Each stone was documented and mapped so it could be replaced in the same spot. The area was closed to the public during some of the construction.

  • PHOTO: Auto City holds grand opening

  • PHOTO: Lincoln Boulevard closed for water line repairs

    City workers closed a section of Lincoln Boulevard Monday morning to repair a burst water line. Mayor Terry Cruse said it was an old, unused service line that ran to Lincoln National Bank and needed to be shut off at the main line. Tim Robertson dumps a load of gravel over the repaired line while Ronnie Cruse shovels around the edges.