Local News

  • Homestead exemption adjusted for 2015-16

    The maximum homestead exemption on real estate owned by qualified persons has been set at $36,900 for the 2015 and 2016 tax periods. The 2015-16 exemption reflects a $900 increase over the 2013 – 2014 exemption of $36,000.

    The amount of the homestead exemption is adjusted every two years in accordance with KRS 132.810 to compensate for changes in the purchasing power of the dollar. The exemption provided state and local property tax savings of about $178 million for more than 449,000 elderly or disabled Kentuckians during the 2014 tax year.

  • No injuries in I-65 crash involving five semis

    A wreck on Thursday involving five semi trucks closed down northbound Interstate 65 near Upton for several hours.

    Kentucky State Police said no injuries were reported.

    The Transportation Cabinet said the crash occurred at mile point 77 in a construction zone, which made the roadway more difficult to clear. The fifth truck suffered the most damage, with the front end knocked out of it.

    Motorists were asked to exit at mile 76 and take U.S. 31W back to I-65.

    Names of the drivers were not available. 

  • PHOTO: Groundwater remediation
  • Inside today: Calendar features student artwork

    Inside this week’s LaRue County Herald News is our 2015 calendar.

    The cover (see top of page, left) is original artwork by LaRue County High School student Jacob Cecil.

    Cecil, the 15-year-old son of Jerry and Carlotta Cecil of Howardstown, entered his acrylic and watercolor portrait of 16th President Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Days Art Contest in October in conjunction with the annual festival.

  • Dinky’s magic show is Sunday

    Dinky Gowen will present his 20th annual – and possibly final – Kids Day Christmas Party on Sunday, Dec. 14, at LaRue County Park and Recreation.

    The two-hour event begins at 4 p.m. and will feature an assortment of magic, illusions, ventriloquism, comedy and costumed characters. Santa, Scooby-Doo, Yogi Bear and Sponge Bob will make an appearance.

    There is no charge to attend and the material is family-friendly. Children are often asked to be part of the show.

  • PHOTO: Ho, Ho, Nooooo!
  • Audit reveals problems in former sheriff’s tax settlements

    The Auditor of Public Accounts released Monday the 2011 audit of former LaRue County Sheriff Bobby Shoffner’s tax settlement.

    Most of the audits being released this year are from 2012 and it is unclear why the audit took so long. Stephenie Hoelscher, a spokesperson for State Auditor Adam Edelen’s office said a certified public accountant was contracted to do the audit – and it is not unusual for a CPA to do the work.

  • School district considers contract with PR firm

    Kenny Rambo, of Heartland Communications Consultants was invited by Superintendent Sam Sanders to the school board’s special called meeting Wednesday to pitch the firm’s services to the board.

  • Light Up Hodgenville moves to Civic Center

    Hodgenville’s tree-lighting ceremony, Light Up Hodgenville, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5.

    The event, originally planned to be held on Lincoln Square, is being moved to the Civic Center (City Hall) due to incoming inclement weather.

    Activities include performances by the LaRue County High School Christmas Brass Ensemble, vocalist Gordon Thomas and Hodgenville Elementary students.

    Santa will make an appearance and hand out candy canes.

  • Hodgenville to ‘light up’ Christmas

    Hodgenville’s annual tree-lighting ceremony, Light Up Hodgenville, is kicking off at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

    The event, organized by city councilman and local business owner Larry Davis, will begin with 20 minutes of holiday music, performed by the LaRue County High School Christmas Brass Ensemble.

    The 30-minute ceremony will begin with an invocation by First Baptist Church’s youth minister Claude Ramey. Master of Ceremony Alex LaRue and Chamber of Commerce Director Krista Levee will speak. Gordon Thomas will sing, accompanied by the brass ensemble.