Local News

  • History of theater in Hodgenville

    Hodgenville has always had an interest in the arts. The town has had an opera house and two movie theaters.

    The Mary Anderson Theater, at the corner of Walters Avenue and West Main Street, saw its heyday in the 1950s, hosting such first run movies as the 1956 epic The Ten Commandments and weekly Western serials featuring the likes of Hopalong Cassidy, Lash LaRue, Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers.

  • Local sculptor to be featured at Library

    The LaRue County Library is going to be featuring a new artist for the month of January.

    Stone sculptor, Kathryn Wilson, will be at the LaRue County Public Library on January 5 at 5:30 p.m. for a public reception to talk about sculpting and carving stone. Her art work will also be on display for the entire month of January.

    When most people look at a stone they see just that, a stone. When a sculptor sees a stone they see what it is meant to be, they see beyond the layers that need to be chipped away to create a piece of art from an obstinate medium.

  • Numbers, future of LaRue County

    This is part one of a two part series looking at recent population projections for LaRue County.

    A recent population projection called “2016 Projections and Population of Households” was recently released by the Kentucky State Data Center at University of Lousiville. The recent projection didn’t show much growth for LaRue County.

    The report shows the US Census population estimate at 14,193 and steadily growing through 2025 to 14,348. However the projection shows a slight loss of 308 by the year 2040.

  • New decision on Sanders case

    The Kentucky Court of Appeals released their opinion last Thursday, December 22 in the request from LaRue County Schools Superintendent Sam Sanders to suppress evidence in his DUI case.

    The state court of appeals affirmed the original opinion of the LaRue County Circuit Court, denying Sanders motion to suppress evidence in his DUI case. The three judge panel of the state court of appeals was made up of judges Laurance VanMeter, Janet Stumbo and Denise Clayton.

  • Christmas Eve Santa Run

    Christmas is all about giving, no one knows this better than the dedicated volunteers that work tirelessly in the months and weeks leading up to Christmas Eve when the Santa Bus, Rudolph as it is now called, makes its way across LaRue County to deliver donated toys, food baskets and clothing to those in need during the holidays. Cool wet weather didn’t stop them from making their 50th Christmas Eve run stopping in Magnolia, Buffalo and Hodgenville to bring Christmas cheer to hundreds of LaRue County families.

  • School board seat to remain vacant

    After having a candidate elected that could not take office due to having close relatives working in the school system, the second district of the LaRue County School Board will likely not have a board member representing them until the spring of 2017.

  • Fiscal court purchases animal control truck

    At a special called meeting December 21, LaRue County Fiscal Court approved the purchase of a replacement animal control truck.

    Tommy Turner, judge-executive, stated that the current truck had gotten in bad condition and another one needed to be purchased as soon as possible to prohibit an interruption in services.

    He told magistrates a used one has been found in Missouri. After presenting photos and information on the vehicle, Turner recommended that it be purchased for $6500 which the magistrates approved unanimously.

  • Teaching top talent

    Anna Ronkainen, a 16-year-old piano student of Hodgenville music teacher Diana Aubrey, will be the accompanist for Graciella Sedano, the Kentucky Music Teachers Association state woodwind champion, as she enters national competition in January.

    “Anna has been taking lessons from me for the past seven or eight years,” said Aubrey who has a studio on Walters Avenue in Hodgenville. “She has grown as a performer and has learned a lot working with another student and teacher.”

  • The dangers of hidden gases

    A LaRue County family escaped possible death after they were alerted by their carbon monoxide detectors in the middle of the night.

    Sandy Lafollette of Roanoke said she and her family noticed their carbon monoxide detector going off in their basement on Friday, December 9. Being a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that can be deadly, Lafollette said they had no idea anything was wrong.

    “I went down there to try to turn it off and it had ‘evacuate’ on it and to call the fire department, Lafollette said.”

  • These Four Walls - History of the Hazle building

    If Abraham Lincoln’s presidential statue in Hodgenville could only see and speak from his armchair view, he could say a lot about the history of the Hazle Building directly in line of sight from Abe’s eyes.

    Over the years, the building has been the site of a livery stable, saloon, bus stop, hotel, restaurant, draft board office, savings and loans, and law offices.