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Business

  • 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!’”

  • Konsei makes $2.9 million purchase

    The former Clayton Homes building in the LaRue County Industrial Park was recently purchased by Konsai USA for $2,900,000.

    According to the deed, the building and 27 acres was sold to Konsei by Terry Hinton, Katherine Hinton, Gary Hinton and Pamela Hinton of Elizabethtown.

  • Former Shopko building remains vacant

    Rumors are still circulating about a possible buyer of the former Shopko building located on West Main Street in Hodgenville.

    LaRue County Community and Economic Director Bob Sims said that a retail client had a purchase contract on the former Shopko property dating back to August 2015. However, he said the sale did not close and that the property is still available. The name of the retail company with the purchase contract was not released by Sims.

  • They've got your goat

    As more people show a propensity to wholesome locally grown food that is sustainable, one LaRue county farm is here to offer just that. What they offer may not be what you expect.

    Brian and Denise Martin have been raising goats since 2003. They started with a few goats and loved it so much they grew their herd. The Martins raise African Boer Goats, which are considered the best for meat production.

    “We take good care of our goats, their living conditions are optimal and we work hard to make sure our herd stays healthy.” said owner Denise Martin.

  • Freelance trend offers benefits to employers

    By Jack Daniel Taylor

    Today’s workforce has seen a shift away from the standard job with fixed salary and paid holidays. For many reasons, more people than ever are choosing a freelance career.

  • Shifting focus to local community

    Higgins Rig company has been buying and selling drill equipment for water wells, oil well drilling, gas well drilling and mining industries for over 25 years. They buy old equipment and rebuild it to work like new. Some of their inventory includes equipment such as air compressors and Boosters, auger drills and rigs, bucket rigs, cable tools and draw works, drill casing and pipe, generators and engines, grout pumps, mud pumps and mud systems, oilfield equipment, pump hoists, rotary drills and rigs as well as water trucks.