• Dislocated worker finds success

    Anna Brown is a testament to putting your mind to something and succeeding. Brown was employed at Elizabethtown Sportswear as a machine operator. When the factory closed, Brown was left wondering what she was going to do.

    “I was able to get some help from a dislocated worker program and had some options to choose from cosmetology was one of them, so that’s what I chose.” Brown said, “I was the oldest student in class but that didn’t phase me. I stuck with it and graduated and here I am!”

  • A plumb special bed and breakfast

    One LaRue County couple recently turned their dream home into an award winning bed and breakfast.

    Mike and Kaye Smith, owners of All the Way Plumb Bed and Breakfast, located on 4213 Tanner Road in Hodgenville. The bed and breakfast features five separate guest rooms, which include several amenities such as ironed sheets, towel warmers, heated toilet seats and many more. All the Way Plumb was also awarded the 2014 Best New Inn at the annual meeting of the Bed and Breakfast Association of Kentucky.

  • God first, business second

    The owners of a LaRue County auto detailing shop said all of their success is a result of God’s blessings on their lives.

    Long Lasting Auto Detail is located at 539 West Main Street in Hodgenville. Their hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

    The business specializes in detailing, cleaning inside and outside, of auto vehicles, boats, RVs, motorcycles, semi-trucks, tractors and other vehicles. The business is also looking to expand into detailing airplanes in the near future.

  • Offering healing assistance through massage

    A local massage business is striving to relax and rehabilitate people in LaRue County through massage therapy.

    Keep in Touch Massage Therapy is located at Smith’s Plaza on 928 Old Elizabethtown Road in Hodgenville. They are open Monday through Saturday by appointment only.

    Owner Barbara Ruteck is a graduate of the Natural Health Institute in Bowling Green and she is a licensed and nationally board certified massage therapist. She said she made house calls and worked several other jobs before opening her business at Smith’s Plaza in 2005.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.