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Community News

  • Take small steps for health and wealth

    Almost two-thirds of Americans are overweight (BMI between 25 and 29.9), obese (BMI between 30 and 39.9), or extremely obese (BMI of 40 and above). An obese person spends $900 more a year in medical expenses than a person of normal weight. American adult caloric intake has risen from 1,854 to 2,002 calories per day over the past 20 years. This 148-calorie per day increase equals a weight gain of 15 pounds per year.

    Cigarette smoking, followed by poor diet and physical inactivity, are the leading preventable causes of death in America.

  • Boyd begins doctorate program

    Jessica Boyd, a LaRue County High School alumnus, was honored for earning a 4.0 grade point average in her physical therapy doctorate program at the University of Kentucky for the fall semester.

    Boyd is in her first year of the program. She was voted class president for her 2011 graduating class.

    She is the daughter of Darryl and Debby Boyd of Hodgenville.

  • Stith accepts new position

    John Stith, principal of Hiseville Elementary School, was introduced Friday as the new director of finance for the Barren County School District.

    Stith will take over for Sarah Vincent, who retires at the end of this school year after 33 years of service.

  • 54 donors turn out for HES blood drive

    When Melissa Pearman, Hodgenville Family Resource Center coordinator, set the goal for the center’s third Red Cross blood drive, she thought 32 donors would be great.

    When workers totaled the pints of blood donated at Hodgenville Elementary School’s gymnasium Jan. 26, however, the amount collected, 54 pints, proved to be a happy surprise.

  • Hometown IGA to hold ‘Healthy Challenge’

    Hodgenville Hometown IGA and IGA Express locations will hold the IGA Hometown Healthy Challenge through March 14. The event is designed to help shoppers make healthier lifestyle choices with recommendations from USDA’s MyPyramid guidelines for food choices and exercise plans.

    IGA Hometown Healthy Challenge encourages IGA shoppers to recognize and experience MyPyramid’s guidelines.

    On Feb. 27, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., booths will include local health care providers, nutritionists and product sampling.

  • Meeting begins with sharing of ice storm experiences

    The South Fork Area Homemakers met Feb. 17 at the LaRue County Extension Service with Mary Lou Owen presiding. Hostesses were Louise Graber and Delores Bale.

    President Owen opened the meeting by having the roll call answered with the question “Tell us about your ice storm experience.” Treasurer’s report was given by Della Thomas and secretary’s report by Janice Bowen.

    Other members present were Virginia Allen, Ann E. Flanders, Emogene Gardner, Mary Lois Hornback, Norma Jean McDonald, Martha Owen and Billie Shahayda.

  • Herald News staff honored by Kentucky Press Association

    The LaRue County Herald News received 12 editorial awards from the Kentucky Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. The prizes were awarded Jan. 23 in Louisville at the conclusion of the annual convention.

    Editor Linda Ireland took first place honors for best on-going or extended coverage of a story for her entry about the Lincoln Bicentennial.

  • Hardin History Museum has new hours, events

    The Hardin County History Museum, 210 W. Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown, is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. There is no admission charge.

    Upcoming events include noon-1 p.m. Feb. 21, stories about Abraham Lincoln; noon-1 p.m. Feb. 28, the story of Vinnie Ream, the youngest and first female artist commissioned by the federal government.

    For more information, e-mail christywpritchard@gmail.com, call 763-8339 or visit www.hardinkyhistory.or

  • Sunrise Manor Volunteers holds board meeting

    What if you were a bit chilled and needed a blanket or shawl tucked around you? What if you needed help cutting up your food or maybe feeding yourself? What if you wanted some water or ice? What if you needed your chin wiped? What if you needed someone to take you to the church services or various events? What if you would like someone to just sit and talk with you? What if you would like to have the Bible read to you? What if you wished for someone to just hold your hand, give you a hug or perhaps pray with or for you?

  • Series of stamps will mark Lincoln bicentennial

    Abraham Lincoln appears on more than 50 U.S. postage stamps – more than any other person. Four more will be added to his tally in 2009, in celebration of his 200th birthday.

    The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission joined the U.S. Postal Service in Hodgenville,  and Springfield, Ill., on Oct. 30 to unveil the designs of the four commemorative stamps honoring Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial. The cities will host the official first day of issue ceremony for the stamps Feb. 9 and they will be available throughout the week at the post office in Hodgenville.