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The LaRue County Herald News
40 Shawnee Drive
Hodgenville, Ky. 42748
Office hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Administrative Assistant/Newspapers in Education
Dr. Bob Spencer
The LaRue County Herald News is the oldest continuously operating business in the county.
The first newspaper published in LaRue County in 1879 was a monthly paper called the Public Advertiser. The paper was printed upstairs over the T.P. Howard General Store about where Smith Drug Store is located on Lincoln Boulevard today.
On May 6, 1885, the first issue of The LaRue County Herald, the first weekly newspaper, was published. The paper was published by C.C. Howard and attorney J.E. Wright in the same building used to print the Public Advertiser.
Shortly afterward, Howard assumed control of the newspaper and built a large establishment on the corner of the square that is now occupied by the Hodgenville Woman’s Club building. Howard later sold the paper to Ray Munford and Charles R. Creal, and they published the paper for several years until Creal went to Buffalo Deposit Bank.
In January 1919, a new newspaper came on the scene. The LaRue County News was published by E.W. Creal, Gus Orrender and Walter Crady.
After two years of competition, the two newspapers consolidated and became the Herald News with E.W. Creal and Roy Munford as editor and publisher. After a few years, Creal bought Munford’s interest and became the sole owner of the Herald News until his death.
In November 1970, the paper changed from its “hot metal” to “offset printing,” doubling the capacity of the paper and allowing it to make widespread use of pictures. A hot press from that era, although never used at the Herald News, can be seen at the LaRue County Genealogy Society on Greensburg Street in Hodgenville.
Mrs. E.W. Creal inherited the business and it continued to be operated by her son, Dalph Creal, who later became publisher until his death in 1978. The newspaper was passed on to his daughter, Celia McDonald, who ran it with her husband, Robert, until January 1991 when Landmark Community Newspapers Inc. (LCNI) purchased the newspaper.
The LaRue County Herald News developed its own website in June 2004. The Herald has a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-LaRue-County-Herald-News/466890356716050.
LCNI is a group of small weeklies to nearly 30,000 circulation dailies with more than 50 newspapers in 12 states, including The News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown, the Kentucky Standard in Bardstown, and the Central Ky. News-Journal in Campbellsville. LCNI is a division of Landmark Communications Inc., a privately held media company in Norfolk, Va., with interests in newspapers and special publications, TV broadcasting including the Weather Channel, cable programming, outdoor advertising and education.
Today, The LaRue County Herald News is still owned by LCNI. The office is at 40 Shawnee Drive, Hodgenville. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The newspaper publishes each Wednesday with a circulation of about 4,000.