Local News

  • Watch for heavy fog this morning

    The National Weather Service issued a dense fog advisory this morning for more than 80 counties in Kentucky, including LaRue.

    Visibility will be limited. Motorists are advised to use caution, reduce speeds and  increase distances between vehicles.

    Also be aware that the school year begins today. Buses will be on the road and children maybe standing alongside roadways awaiting school buses.

    The advisory is in effect until 10 a.m.

  • LaRue Baptist School holds open house today

    LaRue Baptist School, 2492 Lincoln Farm Road, Hodgenville, will host an open house from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4.

    This is to provide interested parents an opportunity to see the facilities, meet teachers and receive information concerning enrollment.

    LaRue Baptist School has been affiliated with LaRue Baptist Church for more than 30 years.

    For more information about the school, call 270-358-4673.

  • Memorial Building to be closed for repairs

    The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace Memorial Building will close periodically for repairs and roof work over the next few months.

    Repairs begin Sept. 14 to correct a moisture problem which has allowed mold to develop in the building which houses the traditional cabin.

    The work is expected continue through May 2010. The building will be closed only when work activities create a safety hazard to the public.

  • Pesticide container recycling conducted today

    The LaRue County Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling Project will be conducted today at Southern States in Hodgenville.

    Commonly called Rinse and Return, the program provides a free, environmentally friendly way to dispose of used plastic pesticide containers. Local farmers and other users are encouraged to rinse the containers as they are used and store them until the collection date Aug. 5. There is only one date this year. Other eligible plastic products can be recycled at the county’s recycling center.

  • Emily Whitlow crowned Miss LaRue County Fair

    The LaRue County Fair kicked off Monday night with the first of several beauty pageants.

    Six contestants vied for the Miss LaRue County Fair crown. Emily Whitlow, the 16-year-old daughter of Jason Whitlow and Trish Greenwell, was the winner. She will represent the county at the state pageant.

    Leeann Carothers, the 17-year-old daughter of Christine Davis and Tim Carothers, was first runner-up, Miss Congeniality and the winner of the People's Choice Award.

    Christina Simpson, the 17-year-old daughter of Nancy and Kris Blair, was second runner-up.

  • Site work begins for new Sunrise

    July 22 was called a “day of history-making” by local officials who braved a downpour and muddy field at a groundbreaking for the new Sunrise Manor Nursing Home.

    A large number of Sunrise employees, volunteers and board members joined representatives of Branscum Construction for the ceremony and a reception back at the nursing home. Branscum – from Russell Springs –  is building the $10.8 million 142-bed two-story facility on a 13-acre lot beside the current nursing home.

    Site work will begin this week.

  • Fire destroys Magnolia house

    Fire destroyed a house at 392 Old L&N Turnpike in Magnolia early Monday. Neighbors noticed flames coming from the roof about 2 a.m., according to Deputy Russell McCoy, who is also a volunteer firefighter.

    The fire appeared to start in the rear of the house, although the cause is unknown, McCoy said.

    Patrick Bawkin, who resided at the house, arrived from work about 8 a.m. to find his possessions, including two vehicles, destroyed.

    Bawkin said he was housesitting for his mother.

  • 26 road signs stolen in county last month

    Timmy Brown, county road supervisor, told members of LaRue County Fiscal Court meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville yesterday that 26 road signs have been stolen during the past month.

    “They’ve been taken pretty much from all over the county,” Brown reported.  Areas hit include six signs from the Roanoke area, nine from Barren Run, five from Parker Grove, four from Middle Creek, and four from Country Lane.

    The county spent $1,912 to replace the signs, according to Brown. 

  • LaRue escaped inmate captured in Indiana

    A LaRue County inmate enjoyed a short burst of freedom last week when he failed to return to the jail after work release.

    Ryan David Robinson, 25, of Sandridge Road, Magnolia, was serving a 179-day sentence on contempt charges after failing to pay child support. According to court documents, he was required to pay $218 per month and was in arrears more than $1,100.

    Last month, he petitioned the court – in a hand-printed statement – asking for the privilege of work release.

  • Kathy Ross named Mother of the Year

    This year’s Mother of the Year is a former educator, volunteer and cancer survivor.

    Monday night at the LaRue County Fair, the LaRue County Extension Homemaker organization honored Kathy McDowell Ross for her “huge heart, strong faith, positive attitude and passion to better the community.”

    Ross teaches Sunday school at First Baptist Church Hodgenville, was the first LaRue County teacher to receive the WHAS 11 ExCel award and started the Wonderful Wednesday program in LaRue County Schools.