Local News

  • Officer struck at school crossing

    Hodgenville City Officer Dennis Wells was hospitalized Monday after being struck by a pickup as he directed traffic in front of Hodgenville Elementary School.

    Wells, 55, parked his cruiser and set the emergency lights flashing before taking his usual spot near the school that morning, according to Deputy Matt Darst.

    Wells also was decked out in full reflective gear, including flashlight, flashing armbands, gloves and vest, when he took his normal place near the school. He was struck about 7:30 a.m.

  • Grand jury to hear charge of reckless homicide


    Charges of reckless homicide that resulted from a Nov. 22 crash will be heard by a LaRue County grand jury.

    Brian Christopher Smith, 27, of River Road, was the driver of a pickup truck that crashed head-on into a fertilizer truck on that date, according to Deputy Russell McCoy.

    Smith was attempting to pass a box truck when it struck the fertilizer truck, McCoy said.

  • Volunteers complete 44th annual Santa Run

    There is something priceless about the expression on a child’s face when they receive a gift – a really good gift – they weren’t expecting.

    On Christmas Eve, 17 LaRue County children were presented with brand new bicycles through the generosity of a “secret Santa” and the Santa’s Helpers program. 

    Their smiles brought bigger smiles – and a few tears – to the volunteers who work year-round to create Christmas for our community.

  • White Christmas in LaRue County

    It has been many years since LaRue County enjoyed a white Christmas.

    The snow began falling after dark Dec. 24 and continued as snow showers through Sunday. Accumulation was about 2-inches.

    Main roads appear to be clear; however, side roads may be icy. Several non-injury accidents have been reported.

    The National Weather Service predicts a gradual warming trend with temperatures reaching the mid- to upper-40s by New Year's Eve.

  • Santa Bus makes its 44th run Christmas Eve

    For 44 years, the local Santa’s Helpers organization has spent every Christmas Eve distributing new and gently used toys and clothing to children and food baskets to those in need.

    The project headed by Snookie MorrIson, have five stops planned Friday, Dec. 24 for its Santa Bus, a refurbished school bus.

    Here's the schedule of stops:


     Santa letters, written by LaRue County children, are available online. 

    Click on "special sections" on the blue line above. Then, click on "LaRue Santa."

  • Joel Ray back in (Christmas) spirit

    “Wise men came from a fire.”

    The punch line may have fallen flat if anyone else had spoken it. But the audience at the Lincoln Jamboree chuckled appreciatively when it came from the lips of emcee and owner, Joel Ray Sprowls.

    Sprowls and the Jamboree Gang hosted the 56th annual Christmas show Saturday night. He has been at the helm of the country music show for the special evening of traditional country and Christmas songs all but one of those years – 2009.

    He is still recovering from the stroke that kept him off the stage.

  • Two injured in Sunday wreck

    Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash at 6:29 p.m. Dec. 19.

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 responded to a call of an injury accident in the 2300 block of Ky. 210.

    Robert Townsend, 74, of Elizabethtown was driving a 1999 Nissan Altima, leaving a residence at 2332 Hodgenville Road, according to KSP. As Townsend pulled onto Ky. 210, he failed to yield the right-of-way to a westbound 2007 Honda Pilot driven by Lindsey Driscoll, 24 of Elizabethtown.

  • Driver escapes injury when truck overturns

    No injuries were reported when a box truck overturned Dec. 14 on Tanner Road.

    According to LaRue County Deputy Russell McCoy, the 2001 International truck was driven by Paul Stephenson, 37, of Georgetown.

    The vehicle, owned by Ben Tire Distributors, ran off the right side of the roadway and the driver overcorrected, according to McCoy. It flipped on its side and slid across the roadway, coming to rest in a field.

  • Man charged with trafficking in methamphetamine

    Joshua Wayne Parrett, 34, of Hodgenville, was charged Dec. 15 with trafficking in methamphetamine by Elizabethtown City Police.

    According to ECP, an officer “observed a suspicious truck with a car hauler style trailer at the water tower on Valley Creek Road. Due to recent thefts at the tower and other thefts in the area, (the detective) made contact with the driver.”