Today's News

  • ON EDUCATING LARUE: Maintenance crews spend summer cleaning, repairing schools

    Summer break not only gives the students time to revitalize themselves for the fall semester, it also affords maintenance crews and custodians needed time to repair and prepare buildings and grounds.

    “Some things – stripping and waxing floors, cleaning carpets, painting doorways, asphalt sealing – have to wait until the student traffic is not there,” said Phil Fulkerson, director of maintenance and grounds for the LaRue County School District.

    Another costly repair that takes the most amount of time might surprise most people.

  • JUST ASK: Blackberry picking time

     I noticed a lot of blackberries on the property of the LaRue County Environmental and Education Research Center on Leafdale Road. Is the public allowed to pick them?



     “Pick them while they last,” said Bob Sims, director of community and economic development and overseer of the Research Center.

    The park hours are sun-up to sundown. You are advised to use protection for ticks.


    The LaRue County 12-and-under All-Star Softball team traveled to Munfordville and participated in the Heartbreaker’s fast pitch softball tournament where they took second. The team consists of Autum Riggs, Sara Beth Warren, Zoie Webb, Taylor Urlich, Jordan Bradley, Kaitlyn Warnhius, Brittany Blair, Paige Noe and Emily Miller. Not present: Chasity Baker and Savia Brashear. The team is sponsored by Miller’s Accounting Service and coached by Terry Bradley, Jamie Miller, Craig Warnshuis and David Noe.

  • PHOTO: Bryan Barber wins

    Former LaRue County resident Bryan Barber of Greensburg won his second Clayton Homes Modified feature of the season July 20 at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City.

  • PHOTO: House in Buffalo burns

    A two-story house at 77 College St., Buffalo, was heavily damaged in a fire about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Buffalo, Magnolia and LaRue County firefighters responded to the scene.  Owner Phillip Doutaz was not at home when the fire broke out.

  • Former deputy jailer pleads guilty to promoting contraband

    A former LaRue County deputy jailer pleaded guilty to a charge of promoting contraband at the jail and first-degree official misconduct.

    Ramona Young, 33, of Hodgenville, admitted to providing tobacco products to an inmate in LaRue District Court.

    Young was sentenced to 60 days, 54 days suspended, probated for two years, according to court records. She was allowed to serve her six-day sentence in the Hardin County Detention Center.

    She was fined $153 but costs and fees were waived, according to court records.

  • Nine indicted by grand jury

    Nine people were indicted July 16 by a LaRue County grand jury on various offenses.

    Susan A. Smith (1960) of Upton was charged with one count each of manufacturing methamphetamine and complicity; first-degree possession of a controlled substance and complicity; and possession of drug paraphernalia and complicity.

    She is accused of committing the offenses on June 30, acting alone or in concert with Ashley Harpool and Andrew Wooden.

    Bond was set at $50,000 cash only on condition of curfew and no communication with co-defendants.

  • Motorsports Hall of Fame to induct several Aug. 11

    The Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony will take place Aug. 11 at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.

    The ceremony, the hall's fifth annual such event, will begin at 3 p.m. eastern time.

    Members of the 2012 class are:

    • Allan and Donald Barker of Louisville, Sports Car Club of America road racing champions.

    • Collings Downes Sr. and Jr. of Louisville, APBA and NHRA champions.

    • Butch Krieger of Louisville, drag racing and tractor pull announcer.

  • Ritchey to serve as assistant coach for Barons

    Roman Ritchey loves basketball. Playing or coaching, Ritchey feels right at home on the hardwood.

    He played one season on the junior varsity level at Georgetown College after graduating from LaRue County High School in 2003, and still plays in pickup games around the area. Ritchey also spent this past year as an assistant to John Veague at Elizabethtown Christian Academy.


    Zinnias are nearing their peak at Groundhog Hill this week: So many unexpected and vibrant colors. Usually, I mostly end up with purple.

    I grow zinnias for several reasons: They’re pretty, fairly drought-resistant and they’re fun to give away to people you really like. Also, zinnias remind me of my mother, Frances Bond Enlow LaRue.