Local News

  • Man dies in mobile home fire

    A Mount Sherman man died Saturday evening in a mobile home fire on Greensburg Road near Mount Sherman.
    Terry Sageser, 56, was found in a hallway between a bedroom door and an outside door, according to LaRue County Coroner Todd Skaggs.
    Sageser was cooking something in a skillet in the kitchen, Skaggs said. It appeared that a grease fire started and got out of control.
    “It got away from him and spread,” he said.
    Sageser became disoriented and attempted to “get away from the fire,” retreating to the back of the mobile home.

  • Lincoln Park plans clean up day

    The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park will host a “Park Clean-Up Day” 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 27. Those interested in participating are encouraged to register for the event by calling the park’s visitors center at 270-358-3137.

  • Man dies in fire near Mount Sherman

    A Mount Sherman man died Saturday evening in a mobile home fire on Greensburg Road near Mount Sherman.
    LaRue County Constable Tim Ford, who owns the property, said he was notified the home was on fire about 6 p.m.
    Ford and neighbors broke a window in an attempt to get to the man but there was too much smoke.
    "Smoke was just billowing out when I got there," Ford said.
    Buffalo and Magnolia firefighters, the LaRue County Sheriff's Department and LaRue County EMS responded to the scene.
    Kentucky State Police, the State Fire Marshal and the coroner have been dispatched to the property.

  • Solution to road slide near Howardstown may take years

     The state Transportation Cabinet has closed part of Howardstown Road (Ky. 247) because of a road slide that worsened over the weekend.

    The section closed to through traffic until further notice is 1.5 miles south of Big Lick Hollow Road and 2.3 miles north of Ky. 84.

    A press release sent out Monday by the cabinet said Department of Highways crews have been monitoring the deteriorating conditions for weeks, but the conditions have been aggravated by recent rains.

  • White City house burns, questions remain

     It’s unclear what caused a frame house on Bardstown Road to burn over the weekend.

    The house, in the area known as White City, had been used for fire department training, according to LaRue County Fire Chief Jason Sadler.

    “We had been using it as a training structure,” Sadler said. “We told (the owners) we couldn’t burn it.”

    Sadler said the fire department was not called to contain the fire.

    Other county officials had not responded to queries about the fire as of presstime.

  • PHOTO: Construction begins on Devers Curve

     The State Highway Department has started construction on three curves on Bardstown Road near Athertonville. Devers Curve, Enlow’s Curve and the Lincoln Boyhood Home Curve are being straightened. Work is expected to conclude in September. Motorists are advised to use caution in the area.

  • Concert features American Idol contestants

     Five American Idol contestants from Kentucky who advanced to the Hollywood stage of competition will be featured singers at the Glen Rice and Friends Musical Concert Series April 19 performance at the Performing Arts Center in Elizabethtown.

  • Relay for Life teams plan talent show, luminaire ceremony

     As part of a countywide fundraiser for Relay for Life, the County Relay Committee is searching for individuals and groups to perform at the first ever “LaRue’s Got Talent.”

    The competition will be at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26 at the LaRue County High School Performing Arts Auditorium. All varieties of talent are needed for this worthy cause.

  • CENSUS: LaRue losing population

    Is the county dying?

    The U.S. Census issued a report last week showing births and deaths in all U.S. counties from the end of June 2011 to July 1, 2012. There were more deaths than births in 36 percent of the nation's 3,100-plus counties.

    In rural counties, the percentage of places with more deaths than births was even higher. Nearly half (46 percent) had more deaths than births. A number of news reports, according to The Rural Blog, carried headlines saying that these counties were “dying.”

  • Historical Society plans cemetery workshops

     The Kentucky Historical Society Cemetery Preservation Program will host a series of 10 workshops throughout southern and eastern Kentucky to help Kentuckians preserve their local cemeteries.