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Highway fatalities on the rise

By Terry Mills

About a decade ago, Kentucky started to see a welcome trend as the number of highway fatalities began a steady decline.

Totals that regularly exceeded 900 a year before 2007 dropped to 638 in 2013, a figure not seen in the commonwealth since the 1940s.

Unfortunately, that was as low as it would go.  The number of fatalities on our roads last year was almost a fifth higher than the benchmark set just two years earlier, and through the first seven-plus months of this year. It’s eight percent ahead of where it was last August.

Poll

With school starting back, how do you feel about the current LaRue County school supply lists?

Hodgenville's Shopko is closing in April. What would you like to see in the building?

Restaurant
28% (14 votes)
Retail - general merchandise
46% (23 votes)
Farm related - supplies or market
14% (7 votes)
Professional offices
4% (2 votes)
Entertainment outlet
8% (4 votes)
Total votes: 50

Do you think local services like roads, police and education are a good value for your tax dollar?

Yes - to all
46% (17 votes)
Yes - to some
32% (12 votes)
No - to all
22% (8 votes)
Total votes: 37

Do you answer the phone if you suspect the caller has a political agenda?

Yes. I want to hear what they have to say.
10% (4 votes)
Yes. I love to argue with them. Sometimes I even say outrageous things to confuse them.
5% (2 votes)
No. I consider them telemarketers and I'm not buying.
86% (36 votes)
Total votes: 42

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