Local News

  • License renewal deadline extended

    The state was late in mailing reminder cards for January license plate renewals because of a change in the way vehicle values are evaluated.

    Deadlines for the renewals have been extended through Feb. 28, LaRue County Clerk Linda Carter said. The reminder notes went out Feb. 5 and arrived in mail boxes over the weekend. Law enforcement, including Kentucky State Police, have been notified of the delay and asked not to ticket cars with expired January stickers.

  • Frankfort hosts Lincoln celebration in rotunda

    Abraham Lincoln was celebrated in Frankfort on his 200th birthday as state officials, invited guests and the current Leadership LaRue County class gathered for the Kentucky Historical Society’s midday ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda.

    The start was delayed briefly as officials awaited Gov. Steven L. Beshear’s return from the celebrations in Hodgenville.

  • School board: Skees questions transportation decision

    The Feb. 16 school board meeting began with board chairman Ronnie Chelf clarifying the reasoning for his vote opposing the extension of Superintendent Sam Sanders’ contract at last month’s meeting.

    Chelf said he received several phone calls asking why he chose to vote the way he did, and that people questioned if there was a problem between him and Sanders.

  • Contractors begin cleanup

    Contractors will begin removing vegetative debris from Kentucky’s recent ice storm in Breckinridge, Grayson, Green, Hardin, Hart, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties on Feb. 18.


    The work will consist of removing fallen trees and branches from highway rights-of-way, as well as cutting leaning or overhanging trees that still constitute a hazard to motorists.

  • Magnolia man charged with meth trafficking

    A Magnolia man is facing numerous drug-related charges.

    Mark Sietsema, 28, of Lawrence Lane, is charged with possession of methamphetamine, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, receiving stolen property, prescription not in original container and careless driving, according to Constable Tim Ford.

    Ford said he observed Sietsema driving “side-to-side” on Ky. 470 and pulled him over.

  • State contracts for debris removal while counties bear 13 percent of cost

    Individuals will not be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for extra expenses incurred during last month’s ice storm. That’s the latest word from the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management.

    In a roundtable discussion with county judge-executives and mayors across the state Friday, Gen. John W. Heltzel, Director of Kentucky Emergency Management said county and city governments can receive 75 percent reimbursement from FEMA for expenses directly related to the disaster. That includes overtime for workers, debris removal equipment and generators.

  • BBB to address Chamber luncheon

    Cathy Williamson, regional director of the Better Business  Bureau, will speak Wednesday at the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce's monthly brown bag event. The noon luncheon is at the Lincoln Museum Community Room on the square.

    In addition, Kentucky's newest member of Congress, U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie plans to attend the luncheon and will speak briefly. It is an opportunity for community members to meet Guthrie, who was elected to serve the 2nd Congressional District.

  • National Guard helps during emergency

    Kentucky National Guardsmen arrived in LaRue County Wednesday, bringing food and bottled water to families who have been without power more than a week. Ninety percent of local residents lost electricity and many lost water when the Jan. 27 ice storm hit.

    A convoy dropped off several cases of water and ready-to-eat meals at the Magnolia Fire Department. In the first 14 hours of the relief effort, FEMA had provided about 500 meals to residents, said E-911 coordinator Chris Jackson.

  • Main Street under fire

    Main Street President Larry Davis presented a lengthy speech about the benefits of the Main Street/Renaissance program to Hodgenville City Council Monday night.

    He listed numerous ways the volunteer downtown preservation organization has improved the city through community programs, a new restaurant, grants for the downtown and partnerships with other groups. He also described the importance of Main Street’s contribution to the Lincoln Bicentennial. Volunteers contributed about 1,500 hours to the city last year, he said.

  • Abe's hometown celebrates 200

    Hodgenville marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of its most famous son Thursday with a gun salute on the square, a banquet and an opera performance. But the highlight of the day only cost 1 cent.

    The new Lincoln penny, the first of four to be released in this bicentennial year, still has the famous Lincoln profile on the front. But now tails shows a frontier cabin, like the one Lincoln called home at the Sinking Springs farm and later at Knob Creek.

    About 1,200 people attended the 10 a.m. coin unveiling ceremony, sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln