Local News

  • Kentucky author is keynote speaker at Christian writing conference

    Landmark News Service

  • Poor attendance follows graduates to court

    On May 29, 194 students graduated from LaRue County High School.

    On June 3, bench warrants were issued for six of them who decided to skip a required court appearance.

    Their offense? Missing too many days of school.

    District Judge C. Derek Reed issued the $1,000 cash bench warrants to compel the 18- and 19-year-olds to abide by an agreement he made with each of them at an earlier court date: Show proof of graduation in court on June 3 and misdemeanor charges of intentional breach of compulsory attendance law would be dropped.

  • Fiscal Court awards blacktop, oil bids

    Bault Oil Co. of White City won the fuel and grease contracts with LaRue County Fiscal Court as bids were opened June 9 at the courthouse in Hodgenville.

    Other bid winners were oil - Apollo of Winchester; asphalt emulsion - Asphalt Materials of Elizabethtown and Marathon Petroleum of Louisville; asphalt blacktop – Scotty’s of Elizabethtown; rock - Hanson Aggregate of Upton.

    In other business, magistrates concurred with Planning and Zoning’s approval to rezone one acre at 891 Veirs Road belonging to Clyde Veirs from A-1 to R1-A.

  • Truck driver misjudges, drives through power line

    Several East Main Street residents lost electricity Wednesday after a tractor-trailer hooked a telephone line - and kept going. The utility pole and a multitude of wires were dragged behind the vehicle.

    Residents said they heard "a terrible racket" and one thought an earthquake had occurred.

    Kentucky Utility and Windstream workers were at the scene to restore service within an hour.

    Hodgenville City Police are investigating.

  • Legal opinion could ease process for expanding gambling

    As the legislative special session began, Attorney General Jack Conway released an advisory legal opinion Monday saying it would not be necessary to pass a constitutional amendment to allow video lottery terminals at Kentucky race tracks.

     Conway said the Kentucky General Assembly could chose to enact a law allowing the Kentucky Lottery Corp. to operate the terminals at tracks.

  • Juveniles busted for marijuana at Creekfront

    Two juveniles were charged with possession of marijuana and use/possession of drug paraphernalia Monday night.

    Sheriff Bobby Shoffner and his wife were walking at Creekfront Park in Hodgenville when he noticed the two boys sitting on the creek bank.

    The 17-year-olds were using a soft drink can to smoke marijuana, Shoffner said.

    The sheriff approached the pair, identified himself and showed his badge.

    “It kind of went downhill for them after that,” Shoffner said.

  • Luallen releases audit of LaRue County Clerk’s fee account

    State Auditor Crit Luallen released the audit of the 2008 financial statement of LaRue County Clerk Linda Carter. State law requires the auditor to conduct annual audits of county clerks and sheriffs.

    The audit found that the clerk’s financial statement presents fairly the revenues, expenditures, and excess fees of the LaRue County Clerk in conformity with the regulatory basis of accounting.

  • Preschoolers can take a ride on Thomas the Tank

    Thomas the Tank Engine makes his second weekend visit to the Kentucky Railway Museum in New Haven. The activities are set for 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    The event offers preschoolers and their families a chance to take a 25-minute ride with a 15-ton replica of Thomas the Tank Engine.

    There will be activities for the whole family, including arts and crafts, storytelling, video viewing and live music.

    For tickets, call 1-866-468-7630 or visit www.ticketweb.com/thomas or www.kyrail.org.

  • City approves rezonings, discusses sidewalk

    Hodgenville City Council voted Monday night unanimously to approve the rezoning of a lot at 375 Greensburg St. from residential to public. The city has purchased the lot from the LaRue County Fair Board for $5,000 in order to construct a water tower on it.

    The lot was zoned incorrectly and the change brings the land into compliance with the comprehensive plan.

    The water tower is expected to cost $1 million and replaces the water tower at the southern end of Greensburg Street. The city has obtained a $300,000 grant to help with the expense.

    In other business:

  • Crusade sets donation record

    A tradition of caring outweighed an economic downturn as the WHAS Crusade for Children set a new donation record over the weekend.

    All the talk about a down economy didn’t stop people across the Kentuckiana are from digging deep for the 2009 Crusade which announced a grand total of $5,289,841.

    Hundreds of organizations and thousands of individual donors give to the Crusade annually but it’s a network of more than 200 fire departments, mostly volunteer forces, that collect at roadblocks and fund-raisers that drive the campaign.