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  • Dinky’s magic show is Sunday

    Dinky Gowen will present his 20th annual – and possibly final – Kids Day Christmas Party on Sunday, Dec. 14, at LaRue County Park and Recreation.

    The two-hour event begins at 4 p.m. and will feature an assortment of magic, illusions, ventriloquism, comedy and costumed characters. Santa, Scooby-Doo, Yogi Bear and Sponge Bob will make an appearance.

    There is no charge to attend and the material is family-friendly. Children are often asked to be part of the show.

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  • Audit reveals problems in former sheriff’s tax settlements

    The Auditor of Public Accounts released Monday the 2011 audit of former LaRue County Sheriff Bobby Shoffner’s tax settlement.

    Most of the audits being released this year are from 2012 and it is unclear why the audit took so long. Stephenie Hoelscher, a spokesperson for State Auditor Adam Edelen’s office said a certified public accountant was contracted to do the audit – and it is not unusual for a CPA to do the work.

  • School district considers contract with PR firm

    Kenny Rambo, of Heartland Communications Consultants was invited by Superintendent Sam Sanders to the school board’s special called meeting Wednesday to pitch the firm’s services to the board.

  • Light Up Hodgenville moves to Civic Center

    Hodgenville’s tree-lighting ceremony, Light Up Hodgenville, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5.

    The event, originally planned to be held on Lincoln Square, is being moved to the Civic Center (City Hall) due to incoming inclement weather.

    Activities include performances by the LaRue County High School Christmas Brass Ensemble, vocalist Gordon Thomas and Hodgenville Elementary students.

    Santa will make an appearance and hand out candy canes.

  • Hodgenville to ‘light up’ Christmas

    Hodgenville’s annual tree-lighting ceremony, Light Up Hodgenville, is kicking off at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

    The event, organized by city councilman and local business owner Larry Davis, will begin with 20 minutes of holiday music, performed by the LaRue County High School Christmas Brass Ensemble.

    The 30-minute ceremony will begin with an invocation by First Baptist Church’s youth minister Claude Ramey. Master of Ceremony Alex LaRue and Chamber of Commerce Director Krista Levee will speak. Gordon Thomas will sing, accompanied by the brass ensemble.

  • Santa Run

    A family’s brief message: “We need a winter coat, please – or anything you can give us,” underscores the type of assistance many LaRue County families need this winter.

    The message, scrawled at the bottom of an application for the Christmas Eve Santa Run, and others like it, brought tears to the eyes of longtime Santa Run volunteer Ann “Snookie” Morrison.

    “We’re out to help the kids ... and that’s what we’re doing,” she said.

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  • Workers saw slight increase in personal income

    Workers in LaRue County saw a slight increase in personal income in 2013, according to estimates released last week by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

    In 2013, per capita personal income was $37,924, up from $37,297 in 2012, and up from $36,762 in 2011.

    The county is ranked 18th in the state out of 120 counties for personal income, and 46th for percent change.

    Oldham County is first with per capita personal income of $49,428, followed by Hickman, Woodford, Jefferson, Fayette, McCracken, Kenton, Campbell, Union, Meade and Hardin Counties.

  • Blood donations go mobile with new app

    Donating blood has long been a respected use of free time. The Red Cross receives donations from people all over the world during their blood drives. These donations are used by hospitals and clinics to replenish supply for those who have lost blood or need transfusions.

    And now, you can do it all (except for the actual donation) from the palm of your hand.