• Keeping people comfortable for decades

    When Cliff Phelps started a Hodgenville business in 1933 that today is known as Phelps Heating and Cooling, the only cooling he offered was from his ice house.

    “Air conditioning didn’t come along here until the mid to late 1960’s,” said Cliff Phelps’ grandson, Jim, who owns the business on West Main Street. “A lot of my grandfather’s business consisted of installing coal-fired boilers as he also sold coal, tires, and ice.”

  • Lincoln’s Loft promotes reading throughout LaRue

    A Hodgenville bookstore is encouraging reading throughout LaRue County.

    Lincoln’s Loft Bookstore is located at 25 Lincoln Square in Hodgenville. Their hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

    The bookstore has a wide variety of new and used books including autobiography, children, Christian, cooking, crime, current events, history, romance and several other sections. The store also features products for adults and children including Webkinz, Melissa and Doug toys, Elf on the Shelf and many more.

  • From the orchard to the fork

    A LaRue County orchard and farm market is living up to their mission of providing good food to good people, resulting in good experiences for everyone.

    Hinton’s Orchard and Farm Market is located at 8631 Campbellsville Road in Hodgenville. During the fall season until October 31, their hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. They are open from mid-April until Christmas.

  • Passing down hometown service and tradition

    A Hodgenville hardware store has been serving LaRue County for several decades.

    Smith’s Hardware is located at 1018 Lincoln Farm Road in Hodgenville. Their hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. However, the store is closed the last Saturday of each month.

    Owner Steve Smith said the idea for Smith’s Hardware was established in the early 1950s with his grandfather Gerald “J.E.” Smith.

  • From Ag class to floral aspiration

    Erica Vaughn drove past the old white house at 618 South Lincoln Boulevard every day when she was a child and thought to herself, “I would love to live in that home one day.”

    Fast forward to the present, Vaughn now lives and runs her floral and gift shop out of that same house.

    Vaughn, a 2002 LaRue County High School graduate, became interested in floral arrangement while taking agriculture classes in high school.

  • More than a barbershop

    A Hodgenville barbershop is more than just a place to get a haircut and a shave, it’s also one of the local sports information hubs in LaRue County.

    TIno’s barbershop is located at 29 Lincoln Square in Hodgenville. Their hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. However, the barber shop closes at 4 p.m. on Fridays during high school football season.

  • Stitching up a storm with Stormie's Stitches

    Stormie Sidebottom started sewing for friends and family embellishing things such as baby quilts.

    Sidebottom worked at Akebono in Elizabethtown for 18 years, but saw there a demand for embroidered items and decided to branch out and open up her own shop.

    “I officially opened on Lincoln Days weekend two years ago,” Sidebottom said.

    Her shop specializes in the personalization of apparel, linens and purses with embroidery, monogramming, heat pressed designs and appliqués. There are thousands of designs to choose from,

  • Spur of the moment becomes a success

    The last thing Regina McDowell told her husband Gary was “Do not buy it.” when he left to check out an auction of the former Ed’s Stop & Shop. They had been handing out water and orange slices at the Tour de LaRue bicycle ride and Gary said he was just curious about the auction. “Next thing you know I called Regina and told her ‘We have a store!’”

  • Getting things right

    For diesel owners there’s nothing like the hum of a diesel engine. But when one breaks down or needs to be worked on, there can be nothing more frustrating than trying to figure out the problem and work on it yourself. Finding a mechanic that specializes in diesel can be equally difficult.

    Justin Lafollette opened Crimson Diesel in the spring of 2012 with a partner, Michael Lawless, who has since left the business.

  • Shepherd named Publisher of Herald News

    An official announcement from Michael G. Abernathy, President of Landmark Community Newspapers, Inc. was made this week, naming Allison Shepherd, Publisher of the LaRue County Herald News.

    Shepherd began her career as General Manager and Advertising Manager of The Herald News in August 2010.