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  • Council deals with water matters

    Hodgenville City Council discussed water in many forms Monday night.

    Repairs on Salem Lake are complete and repairing the hole required less concrete than engineers anticipated, Mayor Terry Cruse said.

    Less concrete equals less expense for the city, which was required to pay for 51 percent of the repair work which came to $16,131.91. Hodgenville worked with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a federal agency, to restore the lake which serves as a water reservoir and recreational facility.

  • ELECTION RECAP: Waiting to vote

    Madonna Hornback, an election officer at the Hodgenville West precinct, found a way to pacify voters waiting in one of the longest election lines they had ever seen.

    She gave them leftover Halloween candy.

    Hornback said the voters were already sweet enough before her treat.

    “I didn’t have anybody complain,” she said. “They all seemed to be pretty willing to wait.”

  • ELECTION RECAP: Voter turnout

    LaRue County Clerk Linda Carter won’t know the final voter turnout for LaRue County until the absentee ballots are made official, but Secretary of State Trey Grayson’s office has it at 62 percent for the presidential race, with 6,178 votes cast.

    The number of registered voters in LaRue County is 9,959.

    In the U.S. Senate race, 6,012 LaRue voters – or 60.4 percent – turned out, choosing Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell 58 percent over challenger Bruce Lunsford.

  • Mom agrees to 20-year sentence in son’s death

    A LaRue County mother agreed to serve 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to charges she provided drugs to her 17-year-old son. He died last April from an apparent drug overdose. 

    Arrest records showed Vicki Mayo, 51, was also on drugs the night her son, Cody Mayo, overdosed from a cocktail drug combination that included marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, opiates and benzites.

  • ELECTION RECAP: Fraud Hotline

    The state Election Fraud Hotline received 271 calls from 50 counties on Election Day, but none from LaRue County, according to Attorney General Jack Conway’s office.

    The number of calls to the hotline set a record. The previous high was 182.

    The majority of calls concerned procedural questions. Callers also registered complaints about election officials, electronic voting machines and electioneering within 300 feet of a polling place, according to Conway’s office. There were four complaints of vote buying, but none was substantiated.

  • 'Squircle' recognized by engineering group

    The designers of Hodgenville’s roundabout – also known as the “squircle” – received an Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Kentucky in September.

  • Fire destroys farm house

    Firefighters fought limited water resources as they battled a Monday morning blaze that destroyed a farm house at 60 Grover Thompson Road, in the eastern corner of the county, near the Taylor and Green county lines. Dispatchers reported the fire was almost fully engulfed before firefighters reached the scene, sometime around 11:30 a.m.

  • Band of Hawks add to tradition with fourth at state

    Continuing its tradition of excellence, the LaRue County Band of Hawks qualified for the finals Saturday at the State Marching Band Contest and finished fourth overall in Class AAA.

    LaRue’s score of 85.05 earned the fourth-place spot in the field of 16 in state semifinal round early Saturday at Meade County High School to earn a chance to perform on the championship stage Saturday evening at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville.

  • Three Hodgenville Elementary students cast in play

    Hodgenville Elementary School Art Club students Logan Strange, Airyl Heath and Katie Roberts are going to be performing at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center this weekend in the play Rumpelstiltskin. 

    Fifteen students from the club went to the audition, where 180 children from area schools tried out for parts; only 60 students were chosen.

  • Relay for Life kick-off is Saturday

    The LaRue County Relay for Life kickoff is set for Saturday.

    The annual relay, organized by the American Cancer Society, is held in the spring. It allows people to pay tribute to those who have lost their battle with cancer, as well as honor cancer survivors and caregivers. At the community celebration, individuals and teams camp out, play games and take turns walking around a track, relay-style, to raise funds to fight cancer.