Local News

  • State Makes Applying for Assistance Easier for Families

    It’s now easier for Kentucky families to apply for child care assistance funds. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) has moved eligibility services for its Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) into benefind, the public assistance web portal used by customers to apply for other state assistance programs.

  • News of Record - January 31, 2018


    Probable cause was established for Rebecca McDaniel and her case will be passed on to the LaRue County Grand Jury. She is charged with careless driving, failure to produce an insurance card, failure to maintain the required insurance, failure to notify the department of transportation about an address change and first degree possession of a controlled substance.

    Gene Ray Abrams was arraigned for failure to produce an insurance card.

  • LCHS bass fishing club created

    While a lot of people can’t wait for spring so they can have nice weather, one group of anglers at LaRue County High School can’t wait for spring so they can go fishing.

    The LCHS bass fishing club was created in the fall of 2017 and will start competing this spring with their first competition at Kentucky Lake on March 31. They also plan on competing in the KHSAA regional tournament on April 21 and the state championship on May 11-12.

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  • Herald News Staff recognized for excellence

    The Kentucky Press Association held their 149th annual convention in Lexington, KY on January 24-25, 2018. Media outlets from across the state gathered to attend working sessions that related to the ever changing media formats and challenges facing the newspaper industry.

  • School employee arrested

    An employee of the LaRue County School system was arrested for first degree sexual abuse on Wednesday, January 24.

    Joseph William Sweat, 35, of Elizabethtown was arrested at 9:25 a.m. on Wednesday, January 24 by the Elizabethtown Police Department at their headquarters after he was brought in for questioning.

    According to the arrest citation, a mother reported the incident to EPD and brought her eight-year-old daughter to EPD headquarters. The daughter told her mother that Sweat, a family friend, had been touching her genitals and making her touch his genitals.

  • Threat made at LCHS

    A lot of people were on high alert last week after an incident on Wednesday, January 24 when a LaRue County High School student reportedly made a threatening statement.

    According to a LaRue County Schools news release, the LCHS student reportedly made a threatening comment to another student in a side conversation during a class. After the class, a student who witnessed the exchange notified the teacher, who notified school leaders.

  • Safety precautions taken at schools

    In the wake of last week’s shooting at Marshall High School in Benton, Kentucky and rumors of a shooting at LaRue County High School, LaRue County Schools have taken steps to increase security by evaluating current safety precautions as well as potential future improvements.

    In the week following the events, LCS Director of Pupil Personnel Rip Collins said teachers have discussed safety with their students while school administrators have spoken with local law enforcement to discuss improvements.

  • Working with wood

    When LaRue County Library’s February Artist of the Month Dave McKellep was growing up in Clinton, Arkansas, he, like many small town Kentuckians, often got together with neighbors to play and sing gospel and country tunes.

    “We’d go to their house, or they would come to ours and we’d sit and jam,” said the Upton resident. “I remember ‘Wildwood Flower’ was the first song I learned to play on the guitar.”