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General

  • New look in store for repaired Rough River Dam

    Rough River Dam will have a dramatic new look, according to the latest version of plans to repair the 60-year-old earthern structure.
    During a public hearing April 18, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees the dam, said the new plans will include a new control tower, outlet works and stilling basin.
    And even better news for vacationers and property and business owners around Rough River Lake — water levels won’t have to be significantly dropped for the work.

  • McConnell makes Leitchfield stop

    During a visit to Leitchfield Monday morning, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in Washington, D.C. He’s going to run for re-election.
    The Senate Majority Leader spent about an hour at the Centre on Main, talking to mostly friendly full house about the economy, President Donald Trump, his promotion of hemp in the newly adopted Farm Bill, and what he termed socialist rhetoric by some Democratic presidential candidates.

  • County receives $659,000 for road repairs

    Grayson County has received more than $659,000 from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to resurface five roads.
    During the April 16 Grayson County Fiscal Court meeting, the Transportation Cabinet’s Mark Welch read a letter from Commissioner of Rural and Municipal Aid Gray Tomblyn  confirming the funding.

  • Plant Fair set for May 4

    Do the recent warm temperatures and blooming trees have you itching to dig in the dirt? Does your lawn have the blahs after a cold, rainy winter? Determined to make the exterior of your home the envy of the neighborhood?
    The Grayson County Master Gardeners have just what you need.
    The group’s 10th annual Plant Fair and Spring Fling is set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 — rain or shine — at Grayson County Middle School.

  • Two sentenced in slayings

    A Leitchfield man has pleaded guilty to killing a Lebanon Junction man in 2017.
    During a hearing April 16 in Grayson Circuit Court, Chad Durbin, 41, pleaded guilty to murder, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse in connection with the April 1, 2017, slaying of Robert Hayes, 66.
    In exchange for the guilty pleas, Chad Durbin’s prison sentence was capped at 25 years. He must serve 85 percent of his sentence.

  • High-tech searching tool may be coming to GC

    The Grayson County Detention Center could be getting some new hardware to help efforts to reduce contraband and improve workers’ safety.
    During the Feb. 19 fiscal court meeting, magistrates approved advertising for bids on a full-body scanner, similar to those used in airports.
    County Jailer Jason Woosley said he wants to buy the equipment to make the detention center safer for both inmates and staff.

  • Tax filing help available locally, online

    Procrastinators, take heed: there’s just a little more than six weeks to go before you have to file your 2018 federal and state income tax returns.
    People have until Monday, April 15, to file their returns and pay any taxes owed. Those needing more time to prepare their returns have until April 15 to request a federal extension: that will push their filing deadline back to Oct. 15.

  • Former teacher jailed for social media request

    A former Grayson County High School teacher facing criminal charges for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship
    with a student recently got in legal hot water — for attempting to contact the same young woman.
    Jonathan Jones, 27, of Leitchfield, then a social studies teacher and assistant boys’ soccer coach, was arrested in March 2018 and charged with third-degree sodomy for allegedly having consensual sexual contact with the then 17-year-old GCHS student.

  • Clarkson enacts new animal control rules

    In Clarkson, authorities soon may be asking “who let the dogs out.”
    Earlier this month the city commission approved a new dog control ordinance.
    It specifies dogs must be “controlled” so they don’t run at large or disturb the peace. Owners now must keep their dogs on leashes or chains, under their immediate control or in an enclosure the animal can’t escape from, such as a kennel or fenced yard.

  • Utilities deposits to be unchanged for now

    Leitchfield Utilities likely won’t be increasing the amounts it charges for deposits for water, natural gas and other services.
    Earlier this month mem- bers of the Leitchfield Utilities Commission were approached by a local landlord who asked they consider increasing deposits. The move, he said, would help landlords avoid having to pay the bills tenants moved out owing.
    At that time commissioners took no action on the request, but it did spark discussions of what to do to crack down on the theft of utility services in Leitchfield.