http://www.laruecountyherald.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Coach indicted for sexual abuse http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/coach-indicted-sexual-abuse <img src="http://www.laruecountyherald.com/sites/www.laruecountyherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2128_edited-1_2_0.jpg" alt="Simon Ford coaching in a girls’ basketball game last season." title="Simon Ford coaching in a girls’ basketball game last season." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> The former head coach of the LaRue County high school and middle school girls basketball teams resigned on Monday after he was indicted for first degree sexual abuse.</p> <p> Kelton &ldquo;Simon&rdquo; Ford, 48, of Horse Cave was indicted by the LaRue County Grand Jury on Monday for first degree sexual abuse as a result of an ongoing investigation by the Kentucky State Police since September 7. According to the indictment, Ford engaged in sexual contact with a female juvenile by the use of forcible compulsion on September 7.</p> Saving lives through education http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/saving-lives-through-education <img src="http://www.laruecountyherald.com/sites/www.laruecountyherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dale_dobson_1.jpg" alt="Dale Dobson, second from left, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farm and Home Safety Program administrator, describes the scenario for the mock car-tractor accident as “victims” await emergency responders at the Pep Rally for Life Sept. 16 in Georgetown." title="Dale Dobson, second from left, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farm and Home Safety Program administrator, describes the scenario for the mock car-tractor accident as “victims” await emergency responders at the Pep Rally for Life Sept. 16 in Georgetown." align="left" hspace="6" width="138" height="85" /><p> LaRue County&rsquo;s very own Dale Dobson has been traveling the state this week educating people about farm safety in honor of Farm Safety and Health Week in Kentucky.</p> <p> Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles signed a proclamation last week declaring September 18-24 as Farm Safety and Health Week in Kentucky to promote safety on the farm. In the fall, Quarles said that message extends to Kentucky roadways, where motorists often encounter farm machinery moving from one field to another during the harvest season.</p> Man pleads guilty to child abuse http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/man-pleads-guilty-child-abuse <img src="http://www.laruecountyherald.com/sites/www.laruecountyherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_9678.jpg" alt="Russell Underwood, 35, of Hodgenville plead guilty in LaRue County Circuit Court last Friday to three counts of first degree criminal abuse of a child 12 and under." title="Russell Underwood, 35, of Hodgenville plead guilty in LaRue County Circuit Court last Friday to three counts of first degree criminal abuse of a child 12 and under." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> A local man plead guilty to child abuse in LaRue County Circuit Court last Friday, September 16.</p> <p> Russell Underwood, 35, of Hodgenville was originally charged with three counts of first degree criminal abuse of a child 12 and under after an incident that happened in February 2015. According to police reports, LaRue County Sheriff Russell McCoy initially responded to the residence with child services. Once they arrived, McCoy observed Underwood and four other children in the home that ranged in ages from 1 to 12 years-old.</p> Hodgenville keeps same tax rate http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/hodgenville-keeps-same-tax-rate <p> Residents in the City of Hodgenville will be paying the same property tax rates in 2016 as they did in 2015.</p> <p> The Hodgenville City Council passed the second reading of a tax ordinance that will keep the 2016 property tax rate the same. There was no discussion on the second reading. Council members Mitchell Key, Larry Davis, Woodie Handley and Sharon Hornback all voted in favor of the ordinance. Council members Bonnie Clark and Donald Costello were absent at the meeting.</p> These Four Walls - The Lynn Hotel http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/these-four-walls-lynn-hotel <img src="http://www.laruecountyherald.com/sites/www.laruecountyherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/14324207_1296008687084342_1787971256464894624_o.jpg" alt="This postcard photo shows the Lynn Hotel as it looked in 1914." title="This postcard photo shows the Lynn Hotel as it looked in 1914." align="left" hspace="6" width="132" height="85" /><p> If the old expression, &ldquo;If only walls could talk,&rdquo; were to come true, the walls where Lincoln National Bank is in Hodgenville could speak volumes.</p> <p> The storied building site, on the square&rsquo;s northeast side, has housed many businesses since the town was established on February 9, 1818 (according to a 1920 history of the town by O.M. Mather).</p> Hemp harvested in LaRue http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/hemp-harvested-larue <img src="http://www.laruecountyherald.com/sites/www.laruecountyherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hemp_harvest268.jpg" alt="Ryan Bivens is shown harvesting hemp at Fresh Start Farms." title="Ryan Bivens is shown harvesting hemp at Fresh Start Farms." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The first harvest of industrial hemp in LaRue County since WWII has been a learning experience for farmers involved. The hemp grown in LaRue was grown for grain to be sold in an organic market. With there being little known about growing hemp for grain in Kentucky, LaRue County hemp growers all agree they were on quite the learning curve this year.</p> The heart of a queen http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/heart-queen <img src="http://www.laruecountyherald.com/sites/www.laruecountyherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_8409_0.jpg" alt="Charlotte Richey, 5, of Hodgenville is the queen of the annual Kentuckiana Heart Walk this Saturday, in Louisville Kentucky. She will lead the Heart Walk as the Queen. " title="Charlotte Richey, 5, of Hodgenville is the queen of the annual Kentuckiana Heart Walk this Saturday, in Louisville Kentucky. She will lead the Heart Walk as the Queen. " align="left" hspace="6" width="59" height="85" /><p> Hundreds are expected to march in the annual Kentuckiana Heart Walk this Saturday and one local girl will be leading the pack.</p> <p> Charlotte Richey, 5, of Hodgenville has been named the queen of the Heart Walk and she will walk with the king, Luke Landry, 9, of Shepherdsville. The Heart Walk is the signature fundraising event for the American Heart Association as it promotes physical activity and heart healthy living in a family environment. The Heart Walk will take place at Waterfront Park in Louisville at 9 a.m.</p> City property taxes discussed http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/city-property-taxes-discussed <p> The Hodgenville City Council passed the first reading of a tax ordinance that will keep the 2016 property tax rate the same.</p> <p> The ordinance called for the proposed rate to mirror last year&rsquo;s rate of .133 per $100 assessed value on real property and tangible personal property. Hodgenville Mayor Kenny DeVore said that the compensating rate would be .136 and that the four percent increase would be .141.</p>