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Today's News

  • Grad parents, your jobs are just beginning

    Congratulations to the recent LaRue County High School graduates.

    More importantly, congratulations to graduates’ parents. Your child’s diploma belongs just as much to you as it does to them. You spent 18 years packing lunches, helping them with homework, and serving as your child’s personal chauffeur as you carted them to school, sports practices, and back home again.

  • Enjoy these days, it gets real, really fast

    Many things have changed since the day I graduated only two years ago from LaRue County High School. Most notably is that graduation is now held outside on the football field – something that graduating seniors pushed for – for many years. Apparently, I graduated only one year too early, because the very next year, they moved graduation to the football field – making us the last class to have graduated in the gym (so far).

  • Hodgenville named a safe city

    Hodgenville has been ranked as the third safest city in the state.

    The ranking of the top-50 safest cities was compiled by Safewise, a home security agency, from 2012 data.

    Cities were chosen based on their level of reported violent (murder, rape, aggravated assault) and property crime (burglary, larceny, theft). The data was collected from FBI reports and numbers were calculated as occurrences per every 1,000 people.

  • Larry Davis to complete city council term

    Local businessman Larry Davis was selected Monday to serve out the remainder of a two-year city council term.

    Davis, who was unsuccessful at his first run for the office in 2012, agreed to fulfill the term of interim Mayor Kenny DeVore. DeVore is completing the term of former Mayor Terry L. Cruse, who was removed from office last month by the council.

    In other business:

    • The Council approved a 3 percent raise for all city employees, except for the mayor and city council. The raise will go into effect July 1.

  • Burglary charge to be heard by grand jury

    Joshua Ray Perkins, 34, of Buffalo, was charged May 25 with one count of second-degree burglary.

    According to court records, the alleged victims returned from a trip and noticed their garage door was open. During the investigation, officers spoke with Perkins. A black safe was found in the house that matched the description of one taken from the victims’ home. Xanax was also taken from the house.

  • Man charged with contacting child online

    A registered sex offender pleaded guilty in LaRue District Court to one count of contacting a juvenile through Facebook.

    Parker Wayne Meredith, 59, of Magnolia, was charged by Kentucky State Police with “sex offender, IM/chat/social network use. According to the arrest citation, Meredith obtained the Facebook account and contacted a 10-year-old girl. He used an email account he had listed with the sex offender registry.

    The incident occurred in April.

  • Mediation fails in capital murder case

     An attempt to mediate a capital murder case failed last month.

    According to court records, attorneys tried to reach an agreement in the cases of Abdullah Rahman White and Samantha JoDale Kolley on May 12. No resolution was reached.

    White has been in jail since January 2012 after being charged with the Dec. 30, 2011, murder of Kristie Lynne Allen. The 28-year-old Allen was house-sitting for vacationing friends. 

  • City seeks new clerk/treasurer

    Interim Mayor Kenny DeVore presided over Thursday’s special called meeting of Hodgenville City Council.

    The agenda included first reading of the 2014-15 budget ordinance, request to advertise the position of city clerk/treasurer, and nominate and appoint a personnel and recommendation committee.

    Deputy Clerk Debbie Rucker filled in as city clerk during the meeting.

  • Board approves sawmill on Sonora Road

    A Hodgenville man was granted a conditional use permit for operation of a sawmill June 2 by the Land of Lincoln Board of Adjustments.

    The decision to grant Mose Yoder his permit came after two public hearings, where several residents expressed their concerns about road and environmental safety. The final vote was taken after a closed executive session that may have been a violation of the state’s Open Meeting Law.

  • Attorney: Release of documents may 'inflame passions'

     

    Ron Mather, the attorney representing former Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse and former City Clerk/Treasurer MaDonna Hornback submitted a memorandum to the court last week in an effort to keep confidential certain communications between his clients. He asked that the material “be returned or permanently sealed.”