Local News

  • Nelson County serviceman dies in Afghanistan

    A 2003 graduate of Nelson County High School died Feb. 7 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. According to the Department of Defense, Sgt. Patrick Ryan Carroll, 25, died in a suicide bombing attack while on patrol.

    Carroll was serving with the Army’s 319th Military Intelligence Battalion, 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, in Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • Schools closed Thursday: Winter Weather Advisory

    LaRue County schools dismissed early Wednesday and will be closed Thursday, Feb. 10, due to inclement weather.

    Roadways are getting slick and a pair of wrecks were reported just before 4 p.m. Wednesday.

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until 1 a.m. Thursday. Moderate to heavy snow will continue across south central Kentucky through the afternoon and taper off during the evening. Snow accumulations of up 2 to inches are expected.

  • Mobile home destroyed by fire

    Hodgenville and LaRue County firefighters battled a mobile home fire on Fairview Drive in Marcum’s Trailer Park early Feb. 3.
    The rental home, owned by Micky Stillwell, was a total loss, according to Fire Chief Jason Sadler. The flames appear to have started around a furnace and electrical panel, he said.
    A man who was staying at the trailer told firefighters that he was awakened by a smoke detector about 3:30 a.m.
    Another family in a neighboring mobile home was evacuated.
    No injuries were reported.

  • LaRue schools called off Tuesday

    LaRue County Schools were dismissed an hour early Monday after a combination of snow and freezing temperatures struck.

    Schools have been called off Tuesday also.

    The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Hodgenville until 10 p.m.

    Slushy accumulations of 2 to 4 inches formed on grassy and elevated services.

    Colder air moved into the region this evening and is freezing roadways. Several accidents have been reported.

    Drivers are urged to use caution.

  • Home on Old E'town Road destroyed by flames

    The home of Sandy LaFollette on Old E'town Road, Hodgenville, suffered severe damage from fire Tuesday afternoon.
    No one was at home at the time the flames were reported about 3:30 p.m.
    LaRue County and Buffalo Fire Departments responded to the scene.

  • Kenzi Lewis earns golden ticket to American Idol

    A Hodgenville teen sang her way to Hollywood during a tryout for TV’s American Idol.
    Kenzi Lewis, 15, auditioned for the popular show at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., last summer with Etta James’ “At Last,” Martina McBride’s “A Broken Wing” and Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”
    A Facebook photo shows Lewis and family members leaving Ryman after getting her “golden ticket” to Hollywood.

  • Green County man dies after farming accident

  • Lost ring signifies life for those who seek it


    HODGENVILLE - The white gold ring with a blue stone and Daniel Parker were inseparable.

    If it wasn't on his hand, it was attached to his key chain with his car and house key. At times the ring could be found around his neck.

    It was rare that the ring wasn't in some way with Parker.

    That 2001 State Duals Championship ring he earned as a freshman on LaRue County High School's wrestling team meant everything to him, his mother, Linda Ireland, said.

  • Herald News wins General Excellence Award from Kentucky Press Assocation

    The LaRue County Herald News received a General Excellence Award Friday from the Kentucky Press Association. The Herald took third in the state among medium-sized weekly newspapers.
    Individual awards in writing, design and photography earned points in the annual KPA Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers Contest.
    Correspondent Ronnie Benningfield racked up three awards for sports writing. He took first and third for Best Sports Story and second for Best Sports Feature. He also won second for Best Business or Agribusiness Story.

  • 'Mystery Shopper' scam arrives in LaRue County

    A scam using the lure of easy money for becoming a “Mystery Shopper” has surfaced in LaRue County.
    Terry Davenport received a letter from “Bestmark” offering him the chance of participating in a consumer research survey in “selected retail stores, restaurants and various other commercial establishments .…”
    Mystery Shoppers are used by market research companies to measure the quality of service and gather other information about products.
    The letter, written on official-looking stationery, promised $300 per week and included a check for $1,990.