Local News

  • Icy conditions possible this afternoon

    LaRue County is on the edge of an area where forecasters are predicting a few hours of hazardous driving today.

    A freezing rain advisory has been issued for the afternoon and evening.

    The National Weather Service says temperatures will remain below freezing through the early afternoon hours before a warm front pushes north across the area. The first signs of precipitation today could be in the form of a wintry mix with rain, freezing rain and sleet.

  • Update on preparations for winter

    LaRue Fiscal Court discussed winter preparations at its meeting last week.

    Road supervisor Timmy Brown told LaRue County magistrates meeting Dec. 9 at the courthouse in Hodgenville that the county has enough salt on hand for three rounds of spreading.

    “Last week, Morton’s delivered about 94 tons of salt which gives us about 225 tons on hand,” Brown said. The cost of $100.25 per ton more than doubled last year's price of $48, he added.

  • Thrift store opens in New Hope

    Hope can be renewed for residents who may be struggling to make ends meet in New Hope. The town has one more resource available to the community – a thrift store. The project, which has been in the works for about two years, finally came to fruition Friday when the store celebrated its grand opening.

    The opening couldn’t have happened at a better time, “everybody’s in a world of hurt,” said Carmel Cecil, director of services at the New Hope Food Bank.

  • County restructures dog license fees

    LaRue Fiscal Court approved 2009 dog licensing fees, which Judge-Executive Tommy Turner said are “totally restructured” from last year.

    Under the new requirements, electronically chipped dogs with state required rabies vaccinations will need no tags; the owners only will have to register them. Owners of dogs with chips but who have not received rabies vaccinations will pay $4 for registration.

    Spayed and neutered dog fees are $4 per tag; $6 for non-spayed/neutered. A discount of $3 per tag will be given for all dogs that have received rabies shots.

  • Free magic show offered Sunday

    Dinky Gowen presents his 15th annual Kid’s Day Christmas Spectacular 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at LaRue County Parks and Recreation.

    Dinky, who performs about 600 shows each year, will be joined by guest magicians Brad Lowe and Aaron Harp. This year’s show also features Kentucky’s only female escape artist Jennifer Wheat. Assisting will be Andrea Fields.

  • ECTC recommends applying now for spring semester

    Students are encouraged to apply now and register soon for spring semester classes, which begin Jan. 12 at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    Students should submit their 2008-09 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible.

    Registration for classes will be Jan. 7-8 for classes starting Jan. 12. 

    Tuition and fees are due no later than Jan. 16.

    ECTC offices will be closed Dec. 20-Jan. 4.

    To learn more about how to enroll, call 270-706-8800, toll-free 1-877-246-2322 or visit www.elizabethtown.kctcs.edu.

  • Add young Abe to your Christmas tree

    The newest adornment in downtown Hodgenville is featured on the latest Christmas ornament developed by the Lincoln Museum.

    The new statue of Abraham Lincoln as a boy is depicted in bronze on the light beige globes being sold for $7 each. The museum began developing an annual commemorative ornament in 1991, said Iris LaRue, museum director. The new statue ornament is the fifth in a series of seven in the bicentennial series, honoring the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth on Feb. 12, 1809.

  • Lexington will host fruit, vegetable conference

    After a difficult 2007, including a late freeze and extreme drought conditions, Kentucky’s fruit and vegetable growers saw better growing conditions in 2008. Soon, growers will have an opportunity to hone their skills when the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture hosts a joint meeting of the Kentucky State Horticulture Society, the Kentucky Vegetable Growers Association, the Kentucky Farmers’ Market Association and the Kentucky Grape and Wine Short Course, Jan. 5 and 6 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lexington.

  • Band of Hawks Christmas concert is tonight

    The LaRue County Band of Hawks will hold a Christmas concert 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, in the LaRue County High School auditorium.

    The concert will feature the middle school bands and the high school band. 


  • KB Toys closing, files Chapter 11

    KB Toys Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with plans to close its chain of stores, including its Towne Mall location in Elizabethtown.

    The Elizabethtown store is having a closing sale, according to its manager, who was unaware of any definitive closing date.

    The Pittsfield, Mass.-based retailer cites sharp declines in consumer spending in its petition for bankruptcy protection.

    KB Toys Inc. has 460 stores companywide and six in Kentucky. It opened its first store in 1922 and is the country's oldest mall-based toy store.