http://www.laruecountyherald.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Confusion surrounds Embry trial http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/confusion-surrounds-embry-trial <img src="http://www.laruecountyherald.com/sites/www.laruecountyherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0558.jpg" alt="Judge Reed is pictured addressing the courtroom about the reported death of Jane Embry, 57, of Magnolia." title="Judge Reed is pictured addressing the courtroom about the reported death of Jane Embry, 57, of Magnolia." align="left" hspace="6" width="159" height="85" /><p> The charges of more than 100 counts of animal cruelty were originally dismissed for a LaRue County woman who was believed to be deceased, but was later discovered to be alive and a patient at Hardin Memorial Hospital.</p> Marijuana grow leads to sexual abuse arrest http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/marijuana-grow-leads-sexual-abuse-arrest <p> While officers were on the scene at 70 Kings Road near New Haven, after the discovery of an indoor marijuana grow in a LaRue County home, they also discovered a case of sexual abuse by a man with a female juvenile.</p> <p> Chad D. Emerson, 19, of Buffalo was arrested at the residence and charged with sexual abuse.</p> Large indoor marijuana grow found http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/large-indoor-marijuana-grow-found <img src="http://www.laruecountyherald.com/sites/www.laruecountyherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0483_2.jpg" alt="The LaRue County Sheriff’s Officer confiscated 62 marijuana plants inside the basement of a LaRue County home. Officers arrested Jason L. Joiner, 38, of New Haven and he was charged with cultivating marijuana (five plants or more), possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Pictured from left are Deputy Sheriff Nick Pruitt, Deputy Sheriff Kevin Bennett and Deputy Sheriff Matthew O’Daniel. Sheriff Russell McCoy also assisted in the confiscation of the marijuana plants and he is not pictured. " title="The LaRue County Sheriff’s Officer confiscated 62 marijuana plants inside the basement of a LaRue County home. Officers arrested Jason L. Joiner, 38, of New Haven and he was charged with cultivating marijuana (five plants or more), possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Pictured from left are Deputy Sheriff Nick Pruitt, Deputy Sheriff Kevin Bennett and Deputy Sheriff Matthew O’Daniel. Sheriff Russell McCoy also assisted in the confiscation of the marijuana plants and he is not pictured. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> An ordinary follow-up by police at a LaRue County residence led to the discovery of a large indoor marijuana grow.</p> <p> Arrested at the residence were Jason L. Joiner, 38 and Allison R. Joiner, 37, both of New Haven.</p> <p> According to the arrest citation, officers with the LaRue County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office responded to the residence last Thursday, December 1 on 70 Kings Road near New Haven for a juvenile pickup order. When officers approached the residence they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the home.</p> Chamber announces new Executive Director http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/chamber-announces-new-executive-director <img src="http://www.laruecountyherald.com/sites/www.laruecountyherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0301.jpg" alt="Sandy Kidd" title="Sandy Kidd" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> The LaRue County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has announced the official hiring of the next Executive Director following the resignation of Krista Levee in October. Levee served as Executive Director for the past four years, and left the position to pursue the Executive Directors position at the Elizabethtown Heritage Council.</p> It’s all in the trees http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/it%E2%80%99s-all-trees <img src="http://www.laruecountyherald.com/sites/www.laruecountyherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/susan_cookie_cutter_tree.jpg" alt="Susan Phelps&#039; cookie cutter tree has practical value since its placed in the kitchen where the ornaments can be quickly accessed for baking over 3,000 cookies each year at Christmas time. " title="Susan Phelps&#039; cookie cutter tree has practical value since its placed in the kitchen where the ornaments can be quickly accessed for baking over 3,000 cookies each year at Christmas time. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> For many people, participating each year in activities that have become family traditions helps them get into the &ldquo;Christmas spirit,&rdquo; that feeling of excitement and anticipation they experienced as children.</p> <p> For Hodgenville resident and retired school teacher Susan Phelps, that custom includes putting up several Christmas trees throughout her house, each decorated in a specific theme.</p> Cultivating an artistic LaRue County http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/cultivating-artistic-larue-county <img src="http://www.laruecountyherald.com/sites/www.laruecountyherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0031_0.jpg" alt="Master Potter, John Moore, is shown firing a piece of horsehair pottery. " title="Master Potter, John Moore, is shown firing a piece of horsehair pottery. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Making art an experience that is accessible to everybody is the vision of one LaRue County couple that is working on turning an old building on their property into a gallery, studio and classroom.</p> <p> Annie and Roger Stradley along with their friend John Moore, a master potter, are working together in hopes of cultivating an artistic renaissance in the community by developing art workshops and working closely with other local artists and people interested in expanding their artistic ability.</p> Bald Eagle sightings increase in LaRue http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/bald-eagle-sightings-increase-larue <p> Nothing stirs excitement quite like spotting a bald eagle. Recently one was spotted in the southern part of LaRue County.</p> <p> This isn&rsquo;t the first eagle sighting in that part of the county, in November 2015 Brenda Gaddie sent a photo in to the LaRue County Herald News of a bald eagle that was seen on Hall Gaddie Road.</p> Ireland sentenced to 7-9 years http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/ireland-sentenced-7-9-years <img src="http://www.laruecountyherald.com/sites/www.laruecountyherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0554_0.jpg" alt="Lewis R. “Jody” Ireland (center) is pictured with his lawyer Johnny Bell (left) as they discuss sentencing with Circuit Court Judge John David Seay (right.) " title="Lewis R. “Jody” Ireland (center) is pictured with his lawyer Johnny Bell (left) as they discuss sentencing with Circuit Court Judge John David Seay (right.) " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Lewis R. &ldquo;Jody&rdquo; Ireland, 46, of Magnolia was sentenced in LaRue County Circuit Court on Monday, December 5. He was sentenced to serve seven to nine years in jail for a laundry list of drug charges and a charge of attempt to engage in organized crime/criminal syndication, which was amended from criminal syndication &ndash; engaging in organized crime.</p>