Local News

  • Countdown to 2017 Graduation

    The graduation ceremony for the 58th graduating class of LaRue County High School will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 19.

    The ceremony is scheduled to take place at the LCHS football field and the gates open at 6 p.m. Seniors are required to meet in the LCHS cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.

    LCHS Principal Denise Skaggs said the event will be moved into the high school gymnasium in case of inclement weather.

    “We will notify the public by 3 p.m. on Friday through One call and social media if we need to move to the LCHS gym,” Skaggs said.

  • HES student wins $1,000 for college

    The family of a Hodgenville Elementary School kindergartner won a $1,000 college savings account after their daughter shared her dream of changing the world after college.

    Ella Bales submitted a video for the “Dream Out Loud Challenge” explaining how she might change the world by becoming a teacher. The Dream Out Loud Challenge was sponsored by the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust (KESPT), Kentucky’s official 529 college savings plan.

  • LaRue deputy jailer arrested on drug charges

    A LaRue County Detention Center employee was arrested for drug trafficking on Tuesday, May 9.

    Bradley Russell, 43, of Hodgenville was charged with trafficking a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Electrical Fire at Crop Production Service

    An electrical fire was the cause for some commotion at Crop Production Services in Hodgenville on Thursday, May 4.

    The Hodgenville and LaRue County Fire Departments and Kentucky Utilities were called out to an electrical fire at CPS that began at the meter base for a tub mixer and loading conveyor. An electrical short was believed to have caused the fire; cause of the electrical short is unknown at this time. No injuries were reported

  • Jail log - May 10, 2017

    Bookings at the LaRue County Detention Center from Friday, April 29 to Friday, May 5

    Ronnie Warren Lawson, 42, of Elizabethtown was charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place. He was later released from LCDC.

    Austin Wayne, 24, of Hodgenville was arrested for a parole violation. He was later released from LCDC.

    Phillip Dennison, 56, of Hodgenville was charged with giving an officer a false name. He was later released from LCDC.

  • Johnson finishes diversion

    Former Hodgenville Police Chief and current Hodgenville City Council member Steve Johnson recently completed his diversion period for his charge of hindering prosecution.

    According to court documents, the charge of hindering prosecution was dismissed after Johnson completed his one year diversion period and had no new offenses during that time frame. The diversion was officially completed on April 17.

  • Blaze Radio comes to Hodgenville

    Hodgenville was chosen as a location for a nationally known online radio show on May 4. The Blaze Radio Network, owned by Glenn Beck, came to the Lincoln Museum to air a morning talk show, The Morning Blaze, hosted by Doc Thompson. The show mixes political commentary with humor and history. The Morning Blaze had been on a tour of Kentucky leading up to the Kentucky Derby and the Lincoln Museum was chosen because of Hogenville’s rich history and, of course, because it is the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln.

  • Death investigation, dogs rescued

    An ongoing death investigation led to the rescue of more than 30 dogs on Friday, May 5 at a residence on Talley Oak Hill Road in LaRue County.

    According to the LaRue County Coroner’s Office, Mary Jean King, 68, of Upton passed away on Friday, May 5. LaRue County Sheriff Russell McCoy and several deputies responded to the scene around 8 a.m. Friday where King was found dead. He said King was living with her nephew Loyd Sadler and his wife Lora Sadler.

  • Jail employee charged with official misconduct

    A LaRue County Detention Center employee is facing charges after an incident where a pregnant female prisoner escaped from her custody.

    Kathleen Joy Frye, 42, of New Haven was charged with second degree official misconduct and tampering with public records. The charges stem from an incident on April 2, 2017 when Frye transported 27-year-old Brittany Zabala to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment. At the time, Zabala was 15 weeks pregnant.

  • A mother to many

    When Mother’s Day comes, Laverne Smith can celebrate having been a mother to many more children than most women.

    The number is at 22 and growing, for Smith and her husband Gary are foster parents. The couple have two boys of their own, but have cared for 20 foster children and have adopted two of them.

    “The whole goal of being a foster parent is to keep and nurture the children until they can be reunited with their family,” said Laverne.