• It’s all in the family

    James E. Bennett Orchard, located about four miles from Buffalo on Bennett Road, has been in the same family through four generations.

    “John Bennett started the family in the apple business,” said Lula Bennett, James Bennett’s widow. “John had two sons, Minor and Ernest, who each had orchards as did their sons, James and Tommy.”

    James’ son Mike, his wife Glenda and Lula now operate the business that sells several varieties of apples and peaches as well as honey, preserves, sorghum, jellies, and jams.

  • Business created from fundraising roots

    A LaRue County graphics business was created out of the idea to help school groups raise money.

    Create It is located on 109 Lincoln Drive in Hodgenville. Their hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

    The business specializes in custom vinyl graphics printing for window decals, banners, signs, clothing, license plates, blankets, backpacks and much more.

  • Safety isn’t expensive, it’s priceless

    Being in the family business of selling appliances was not what Ron Hickman wanted to do for the rest of his life. “ After making a delivery, lugging a side by side up to the second story by myself, I decided this wasn’t for me.” Hickman went to school for radiology and became a Xray and MRI technician. Hickman’s wife, Karen, also went to school for radiology. “I put her through school, she put me through school” he said.

  • More than just pumpkins

    Pull into their long driveway and you will see a display of fall at it’s finest. Pumpkins, gourds and squash everywhere on wagons and stands. It’s obvious the Wilmoth family loves fall.

    When Becky Wilmoth wanted to plant some pumpkins for fall decorating, she never expected it to turn into a roadside pumpkin stand offering 85 varieties including pumpkins that have been painted and decorated ready to display.

    “I love fall decorating so I asked my husband, Eric, if he could till a little bit of ground so we could plant some pumpkins.”

  • Serving auto needs for 55 years

    One local automotive business has been serving people of LaRue County and other surrounding counties for more than five decades.

    Auto City by Wright’s 210 main location is located on 1461 Campbellsville Road in Hodgenville. The business also has two more locations in Hodgenville, Parts City Auto Parts on 196 Lee Oak Drive and Auto City Service Center on 110 Lincoln Drive.

  • From hobby to large scale success

    A LaRue County man has turned his hobby into a large graphics business.

    Chris Hines of Upton created Uptown Graphics in November 2006 after he wanted to have his bass boat wrapped and he had a hard time finding someone to do it.

    “I fish in a lot of tournaments and wanted to have my boat wrapped,” Hines said. “When I started trying to find someone to wrap my boat, I couldn’t find anyone who did it around here. So, I opened up this business and started wrapping boats myself.”

  • A hankerin’ to cut hair

    “Lower yur ears and tan yur hide” has been the slogan of Country Cuttin’ Since 2001.

    Kathy Stillwell has had an interest in styling and cutting hair since she was young. “I would cut and color my mom’s hair and I started doing hair for friends and family.” Stillwell said.

    Stillwell’s interest in hair stems from the struggle she had with her own hair.

  • From farming to agritourism

    One local farm has evolved into an agritourism fall season attraction farm.

    Crawford Farms is located on 3999 Hodgenville Road in Elizabethtown near the LaRue/Hardin County line. The farm is open through November 1 Mondays through Fridays from 4 p.m. until dusk, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. until dusk.

  • The ever-changing art of framing

    What keeps custom framing so intriguing for Herman and Betty Allen after doing it for 30 years is the uncertainty of what job will come next.

    “You never know what you’ll be asked to frame,” acknowledged Herman, who with his wife of 54 years owns Allen’s Custom Framing located behind their home on College Heights.

    The couple began the business inside their home in 1985.

    “Our showroom was in the house and the storage area was the back porch,” Herman shared. “I did the framing in my shop behind the house.”

  • Taking care of your treasures

    Most everyone will agree that death and taxes are two inevitable truisms.

    But, for home or apartment dwellers another inevitable maxim can be etched in stone, stuff accumulates.

    “That’s why we’re here,” acknowledged Judy McGee manager at the Hodgenville office of Treasure Chest Mini Storage located at 1270 Old E’town Road.

    The Hodgenville store is one of three offices, with the other offices located in Elizabethtown and Radcliff. They are owned by Debbie and Jerry Phillips and operated by Mike Phillips.