• Paying attention to details

    Allen’s Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc., at 1302 Old Elizabethtown Road in Hodgenville had its beginnings in 1962 while founder Ben Allen was a seminary student in Texas.

    “Dad worked part time on air conditioners and heating while there,” said David Allen, with brother Steve the current co-owners of the company that employs over 25 people.

    Alan Hardwick, sales manager, attributes the longtime success of the business to taking good care of its customers and employees and to continually working toward goals of improvement.

  • Sallee’s Family Taekwondo celebrates new location

    The LaRue County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on September 18 for the opening of the new location of Sallee’s Family Taekwondo in Hodgenville.

    Sallee’s Family Taekwondo opened their Hodgenville school in 1997 at their original location on North Lincoln Boulevard. The Sallee’s also have a school in Campbellsville which was established in 2005. The Hodgenville school recently moved to their new location on 106 Greensburg Street, behind Lincoln National Bank in downtown Hodgenville.

  • 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.

  • 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.