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  • School Board member asked to resign by audience member

    Monday’s meeting of the LaRue County School Board turned heated when an audience member asked one of the board members to resign.

    Donna Miles and Penny Van Dyke, both of Hodgenville, addressed the board during the “audience comments” portion of the meeting.

    Van Dyke voiced her support for board member Norbert Skees. She said she is “very proud he is trying to address issues that have been a problem.”

  • WWII veterans honored for service

    Two area World War II veterans received French Legion of Honor medals for helping defeat Germany.

    Blond H. Puckett and James Calvin Sarver received the honors May 14 before a group of family and fellow vets gathered at Pritchard Community Center.

    Dave Jarrett, a veteran service officer for Disabled American Veterans, worked with the French Consulate in Chicago on the presentation. Those who receive the award – which Napoleon established – are considered knights of the French Republic.

  • School Board meeting centers on transportation, safety

    Monday night’s school board meeting gave board members, minus chairman Ronnie Chelf, a chance to review and discuss in detail the bus routes for the county.

    Phil Fulkerson, transportation director, and Ron Whitlock, area director of transportation, presented a detailed overview of the bus routes displayed on a map of the county, and discussed some possible alternatives to certain routes.

  • Former sheriff, three-term mayor die within week

    Two men who spent several years as civil servants passed away last week.

    Former LaRue County Sheriff John A. Smith Sr., 81, of Magnolia died May 11 at Logan Memorial Hospital in Russellville.

    Former Hodgenville mayor R.K. Keith, 84, died May 16 at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home – the facility he served as a volunteer for many years.

    Smith served as deputy 1970-78 and as sheriff 1978-82. He was an unopposed Democratic candidate for sheriff elected in November 1977.

  • Audit: City ends year with cash balance of $1.75 million

    The City of Hodgenville had an ending cash balance of $1.75 million for fiscal year July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2008, according to a financial audit prepared by Clauson, Mouser and Co., PSC.

    The city ended the fiscal year with $182,000 less in the cash balance from a year earlier. End of year capital assets totaled $14.7 million.

    The city’s combined assets increased $1.58 million, up 14.5 percent from the previous year. Mouser said the increase was primarily due to Lincoln Bicentennial projects and infrastructure improvements.

  • HMH's board passes $10.4 million budget

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  • 3,000 attend penny unveiling

    Nearly 3,000 people gathered at a Spencer County, Ind., park May 14 for the U.S. Mint’s release of a new penny that pays homage to Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood years.

    Several local residents attended the penny’s release at Lincoln State Park. One reported standing in line about an hour to purchase six rolls of pennies.

    The coins depict a teenage Lincoln reading a book while taking a break from rail splitting.

    Most of the pennies were sold at face value to coin-collectors; children were presented the coins as souvenirs.

  • Orchard holds special event today

    Hinton's Orchard and Farm Market plans a new agritourism outing today. The family business will conduct its first Strawberry Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. They hope to make it an annual event.

    A car show is among the event's highlights and a pie-eating contest is scheduled for 1 p.m. In addition to enjoying the spring treat of fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcake and pies, hamburgers and hot dogs will be available off the grill.

    Of course, strawberries will be available for sale and you can save by picking them off the vine yourself.

  • Student team is top fundraiser at Relay

    LaRue volunteers raised $39,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life over the weekend. Organizers expect that amount to grow as teams continue to hold fundraisers and turn in dollars.

    The event appeared to be in jeopardy Friday afternoon as a rainstorm crept into the area about an hour before opening ceremony. The skies cleared, allowing the 16 teams to set up tents for the evening.

  • Senior Celebration is today in E'town

    Historically, May and Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Older Americans Month gives the community a time to celebrate, recognize and give back to the contributions of our senior citizens. Many activities are planned in our communities and across the nation to help spotlight the programs and services available to older Americans and their families.