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Community News

  • Bicentennial events planned for Feb. 11-12

    Abraham Lincoln was born Feb. 12, 1809, just outside Hodgenville.

    The national kickoff for a two-year celebration of the 200th anniversary of his birth was to be held in LaRue County on Feb. 12. Several dignitaries, including first lady Laura Bush and actor Sam Waterston, were slated to speak.

  • Hosparus offers free volunteer training

    Hosparus-Hospice of Central Kentucky needs volunteers in LaRue County and will provide free on-site training. 

    “Patient care volunteers provide respite care and are an integral part of the patient’s care plan,” said Lisa Sanford, director of development and community relations at Hosparus. “We want to make it as easy as possible for people to volunteer. On-site training is one way that we can reach out to the community and make it more convenient for individuals  and groups interested in volunteering.”

  • Visitation to Lincoln sites increased by 18.1 percent

    State agencies have spent several hundred thousand dollars promoting Kentucky as the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln during the 200th celebration of his birth.

    The funds spent on Lincoln Bicentennial Web sites, refurbished historical landmarks, advertising and visitor brochures seem to be paying off in terms of increased tourism and greater awareness of Lincoln’s life and contributions.

  • ECTC partners with ed2go

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College has a program that makes it easy to take high-quality, noncredit online courses. ECTC has partnered with ed2go, an online instruction center, to offer hundreds of online, instructor-facilitated courses and announces the launch of “Making Age an Asset in Your Job Search.”

    Based on research and programs developed by AARP, this course is a guide for people over 50 who want to make a career change, find employment opportunities, or learn the strategies that will give them the best chance of getting hired.

  • Morris honored by CHFS

    LaRue County Attorney Dale M. Morris was honored by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services as being one of the state’s top-performing child support contracting officials.

    Morris’ office was the 10th top performer in the state, according to a press release.

    Assisting Morris are:

    Lori Kinkead, assistant county attorney. Kinkead assists with representing cases to establish child support obligations and enforce payment on cases judicially.

    Machelle McDowell is a case manager for paternity and child support establishment.

  • Woman's Club home tour, tasting party is Dec. 6

    The Hodgenville Woman’s Club’s sixth annual Holiday Home Tour and Tasting Party will be Dec. 6.

    The pre-tour tasting party starts at 2 p.m. at the clubhouse at 19 Lincoln Square and lasts until 3:30 p.m. Appetizers and desserts are prepared by the Woman’s Club members.

    Four local homes will be featured on the tour, 2:30-5:30 p.m.

    Harry home

  • Campbellsville University offers reduced tuition

    Campbellsville University, by offering reduced tuition in the Adult College Choice for Evening Learners Program, is stepping forward and helping those who have recently lost their jobs.

    The university will discount tuition and related fees, not covered by state and federal financial, or other publicly funded programs, for up to two classes for any dislocated, or recently unemployed, adult who enrolls in the ACCEL Program.

    It provides adult learners the opportunity to earn a degree in a convenient and accelerated manner at a tuition discount rate of $265 per credit hour.

  • Zumba classes return, if 25 students sign up

    After a successful introduction in LaRue County last summer, Zumba (pronounced zoomba) exercise classes have returned.

    Zumba combines high energy and motivating music with unique moves that allow you to dance away the worries and calories.

    Jessi Clemons is the instructor.

    Hour-long classes will be held every Wednesday for six weeks Jan. 7 through Feb. 10 at LaRue County Board of Education All-Purpose Room on College Street. Classes begin at 6 p.m.

  • Zsedenyi honored at Louisville presentation

    Campbellsville University received eight awards pertaining to publications, writing and photography at Kentucky’s Council for the Advancement and Support of Education  conference.

    Ashley Zsedenyi, staff writer in the Office of University Communications, won a grand award for a Kentucky Heartland Institute for Public Policy election story.

    Zsedenyi, who lives in Hodgenville, also won a merit award for a photo series on Kentucky Heartland Outreach.

    She is a correspondent and former staff writer for The LaRue County Herald News.

  • 400 families blessed by Santa’s Run

    The buckets of rain that fell Christmas Eve didn’t stop Santa Claus or the Santa’s Helper bus from making five scheduled stops in LaRue County.

    Escorted by several fire trucks and Constable Ira Bloyd’s cruiser, the bus arrived at Magnolia Firehouse a few minutes after 9:30 a.m. to deliver a busload of toys to children.

    Ann “Snookie” Morrison said she and several volunteers already had assisted 76 families before the bus made its 42nd annual run. In all, nearly 400 families received toys, clothing and food.