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  • Chelf, Smith return to school board

    A nickel doesn’t stretch as far as it once did.

    Voters overturned a nickel-growth tax in January but returned two incumbent LaRue County School Board members to office Tuesday who approved the measure. The two re-elections came despite an aggressive campaign by a slate of opposition candidates.

    Local businessman Ronnie Chelf, who won by 26 votes in District 2, said the tax proposal overshadowed the school district’s accomplishments and his record of service in the eyes of some voters.

  • Reflective vests required for emergency workers

    Pat Helm, director of emergency medical services, informed LaRue County magistrates meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville last week that his department will be purchasing reflective vests to comply with a new federal regulation.

    “It applies to any emergency responder or construction worker,” Helm said. “It’s a carryover from what the state is doing.”

    Helm said state workers already are wearing the lime-green vests, which he believes might be the most reflective. Other color choices include yellow or orange-red.

  • Schools, Legion plan events to honor veterans

    The LaRue County Youth Service Center will sponsor Veterans Day programs at both the middle and high schools on Tuesady.

    The middle school program begins at 9 a.m. in the gym. All veterans are invited to attend and will be recognized during the program.

    The high school’s program is at 2 p.m. in the gym. This program is to help students understand the importance of service to country and honoring all those who have served, according to YSC coordinator Marsha Duncan.

    For more information, call Duncan at 358-9745.

  • Fire destroys LaRue home

    A Monday morning fire destroyed a house at 60 Grover Thompson Road in the eastern part of the county near Taylor and Green county lines. Firefighters on the scene declared the unit a "total loss."

    No one was injured in the blaze.

    See Wednesday's print edition for more details.

  • $3 million awarded for BRAC work

    Kentucky has been awarded $3 million for continued support of Base Realignment and Closure  activities in the Lincoln Trail area.

    The U.S. Department of Labor grant will support projects benefiting individuals and businesses in Fort Knox and its surrounding communities including Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties.  

  • Legislative subcommittee reviews penal code

    Recommended changes to the state penal code — including an increase in the dollar amount of what constitutes felony theft — and the state’s drug laws proposed by committees of the Kentucky Criminal Justice Council were shared Monday with a legislative subcommittee.

    The proposals, which are intended to reduce the state’s growing prison population, could lead to legislative changes in the next regular legislative session beginning in January. However, they must first be approved by the Council later this month and delivered to Gov. Steve Beshear by Dec. 1.

  • Guthrie captures House seat

    By John Friedlein

    Landmark News Service

    State Sen. Brett Guthrie on Tuesday won Kentucky’s 2nd District U.S. House seat, continuing a 14-year Republican run.

    The Bowling Green businessman’s victory in this conservative district — 53-47 percent — also bucked a national trend that put a Democrat in the White House and gave that party more control of Congress.

  • Alltech president will speak this morning at WKU-Glasgow

    Western Kentucky University President Gary Ransdell, WKU Glasgow Campus and the Glasgow Barren County Chamber of Commerce will host Alltech President Pearse Lyons on Monday in the first of nine scheduled presentations throughout the state.

    Presenting a message titled “Energy, Agriculture and Education Opportunities for Kentucky,” Dr. Lyons, president and founder of the global animal health company, will speak as part of a tour to promote science and marketing and how they can revolutionize the Commonwealth and promote education and innovation.

  • Fatal wreck began with U-turn

    An Ohio driver making a U-turn Saturday morning on the Blue Grass Parkway turned into the path of a car being driven by a Hodgenville woman driving to Frankfort. The 74-year-old father died in the crash, Kentucky State Police report.

    The fatal collision occurred at 8:05 a.m. Saturday four miles east of Elizabethtown.

    James H. Brown of Hodgenville was dead at the scene. The cause of death was massive head trauma, said Kenneth Spangenberger, chief deputy coroner of Hardin County. He said the car’s roof collapsed onto Brown.

  • Women's health forum set for Saturday

    Hardin Memorial Hospital will be sponsoring a women’s health forum, “Your Health:  As Good as Gold” on Saturday.

    The event is an opportunity for women to take some time for themselves.

    “Women are typically taking care of other family and friends and this is an opportunity for them to focus on their own health and what they can do to take care of themselves,” HMH Community and Industry Education Manager Karen Blaiklock said.

    The forum will be held 8 a.m. to noon in the fifth-floor auditorium at HMH.