Local News

  • Slick road contributes to crash

    Sherri Fonseca, 40, of Magnolia, was cited for no proof of insurance and no operator’s license after she crashed her vehicle into an electric pole and cable box about 7 p.m. March 19.

    Fonseca was driving a 1999 Toyota south on Die-Shiboley Road when she lost control in a right-hand curve, according to Deputy Doug Sherrard. The Toyota crossed into the northbound lane, went into a ditch, struck a South Central Rural Telephone cable box and a Nolin RECC pole.

    Wet roads may have contributed to the crash. No injuries were reported.

  • County Cleanup Days are March 27-28

    LaRue County’s annual cleanup days are noon to 4 p.m. March 27, and 8 a.m. to noon March 28.
    Large items will be accepted at the county maintenance garage across from LaRue County High School. Scrap metal, old appliances, furniture, electronics and cell phones will be accepted at no charge.
    Tires will be accepted for a fee.
    No regular household trash, chemicals, yard waste, construction materials or liquid paint will be accepted.

  • Filmmaker shows documentary of Thomas Merton

    Nineteen sixty-eight was “a beast of a year,” Thomas Merton wrote in his journal.

    U.S. soldiers torched villages in Vietnam, war resisters burned their draft cards and Buddhist monks immolated themselves.

    It seemed the world was on fire.

    But it also was a year of searching and discovery for Merton.

  • Church calls for meeting with TLC after break-in

    A LaRue County church has requested a meeting with administrators of The Life Connection following two alleged break-ins by a juvenile.
    TLC is a for-profit residential treatment facility for young men on Bud’s Lake Road near Sonora.
    Oak Hill Baptist Church is less than a mile away – on the same county road.
    Church members discovered a juvenile male from TLC on the property about two weeks ago. He allegedly had kicked in a window.
    The church decided not to press charges, said Gordon Bright, a trustee at Oak Hill.

  • Man hospitalized after crash

     A Hodgenville man escaped serious injury Monday afternoon after the 2012 Ford Escape he was driving went through an intersection and into a ditch.

    Ross E. Reed, 73, appeared to have “a medical issue” as he was driving, said Acting Police Chief Marcus Jackson. 

    A witness said Reed’s head was down as the vehicle rolled into the intersection at Lincoln Boulevard and Lincoln Parkway. The Escape suffered some damage as it struck a sign. No other vehicles were damaged.

  • State reports salt usage

     Chris Jessie, spokesman for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 4, provided the following information about the recent winter storms:

    Feb 16-22 storm:

    Salt tons used – 466.5

    Calcium chloride gallons used – 2,226

    Total storm cost – $38,447.70


    March 4-6 storm:

    Salt tons used – 158

    Calcium chloride gallons used – 1105

    Total storm cost – $13,302.80


  • Bluegrass Pipeline ruling could affect second pipeline's future


    The right to eminent domain could very well be the determining factor in whether Kinder Morgan will succeed in its plans to repurpose one of its gas pipelines to carry natural gas liquids.

    After filing its formal request Feb. 13 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Kinder Morgan's subsidiary, Tennessee Gas Pipeline, began its task of informing landowners along the 964-mile route from Ohio to the Gulf Coast of its intentions.

  • Flood watch in effect

     LaRue County is under a flood watch, according to the National Weather Service.

    Another round of heavy rainfall is on the way. The watch is in effect from late Thursday to Saturday morning.

    One-to-three inches of rain is predicted to fall on already saturated ground. Flooding of low-lying and poorly drained area is anticipated.

    Hodgenville Mayor Kenny DeVore reminds residents of Greensburg Street and those living on the north end of town to be watchful of possible sewer backups.

  • Orchard owner remembered as 'content'

     A Buffalo man was found dead Tuesday, March 3, at his home near Mount Tabor Baptist Church.

    James E. Bennett, 76, had gone to a pond on his property earlier that day to clean out a drain. When he did not return to the house, family members looked for him.

    Bennett was found about 7 p.m. in the pond, which was several hundred yards from the house, according to LaRue County Deputy Coroner Wesley Warren.

    Warren said a preliminary autopsy was inconclusive. Results of a full autopsy will be available in four-to-six weeks.

  • TLC teens bolt from facility during winter storm

    Three juveniles decided to take snow days off at The Life Connection during last week’s winter storm.
    Winter Storm Thor dumped more than 20-inches of snow on the area beginning Wednesday night. On Thursday morning, two teenagers walked away from the for-profit residential treatment facility on Bud’s Lake Road near Sonora.
    “Someone in the neighborhood called and said they saw two juvenile males walking in the road (Ky. 357),” said LaRue County Sheriff Russell McCoy. “(The boys) said they were looking for a Petro’s or Subway.”