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  • Veteran Robert Vance selected for Honor Flight

    Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative and 15 other Kentucky electric co-ops joined with the Bluegrass Chapter of the Honor Flight Network to take 29 veterans, free of charge, to visit the World War II Memorial and other war monuments.

    Nolin RECC spokesperson, Patsy Whitehead, said the co-op offered the trip opportunity to its members who served in World War II.

  • Taft presenter to offer historic speech

    It’s not unusual to see a Lincoln presenter or impersonator visiting LaRue County. Those tall, lanky, melancholy men with their topcoats and stovepipe hats are a fixture during Lincoln Days, the annual festival honoring native son Abraham Lincoln.
    The upcoming celebration of the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial Building will feature a visit from a very different presenter: President William Howard Taft.

  • Lincoln Memorial turns 100

    One hundred years ago, LaRue County became the proud owner of the first memorial building to honor the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln.
    The granite and marble shrine was intended to protect what was thought to be the birthplace cabin (now called the symbolic cabin).
    Three thousand people attended its opening on the birthplace farm. The occasion was capped by a visit and speech by President William Howard Taft on Nov. 9, 1911.
    The National Park Service is planning a centennial celebration for the memorial building at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14.

  • One Knox to work with community members on soldier transition

    One Knox is working to prepare the Hardin County area for the largest number of veterans to return home from combat since World War II.

    One Knox is hosting a community event titled "Returning from Combat ... Building an Understanding Community" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Fort Knox Leaders' Club  to prepare workers in public service industries and organizations for the more than 3,500 soldiers returning home with the 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.

  • Bardstown man injured when tractor overturns

    A Bardstown man calls himself a “fortunate man” after escaping serious injury when a tractor overturned on him Oct. 25.
    Charlie Estes, 69, and his friend Thomas Downs of Howardstown were working in the woods near Flats Road, off KY 84 south of Howardstown. Estes, who has a hunting cabin in the area, was driving a tractor attempting to drag treetops (laps) and limbs out of the woods when the Massey-Ferguson Super 90 overturned.

  • State cleaning up mountain of old tires

    A mountain of waste tires is visible from a secluded spot on Wonderland Road near Upton.
    An old logging lane leads to a large depression in a wooded area where as many as 30,000 old tires have been buried over the years, according to Timothy E. Hubbard, assistant director of the Kentucky Division of Waste Management.
    They’re now being excavated, thanks to money from the state’s Waste Tire Amnesty Fund. Nunn Excavating from Green County is removing the tires from the woods and placing them in large mounds so the state can dispose of them.

  • Four injured in Bardstown Road wreck

    Four people were injured Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on Bardstown Road.
    Phil Scruggs, 61, was driving a Toyota Camry south on U.S. 31-E in the Devers Curve area about 1:15 p.m. Scruggs lost control of the vehicle in the curve and it began fish-tailing, according to Deputy Eric Williamson.
    The Camry was struck in the driver’s side by a northbound SUV driven by Barry Blackburn, 42.
    The side airbags deployed in the Camry, Williamson said.

  • Slick roads a factor in fatality

    A LaRue County woman died Thursday afternoon as a result of injuries sustained in a single vehicle crash on Howardstown Road.
    Tania Terri Balazs, 37, was driving a 2001 Ford Taurus toward Hodgenville in the 1200 block about 4:20 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle, according to Deputy Eric Williamson. The vehicle left the roadway and traveled down a steep embankment. It struck a small tree which caused it to roll on its side. It then struck a large cedar tree.
    Deputy Coroner Brad Turner said the crash appeared to be weather-related as the road was slick.

  • Bridge at Howardstown to close for repairs

    Beginning next week, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Contract Crews will repair the KY 84 bridge located in the Howardstown community at mile point 0.27 near the LaRue County – Nelson County line. 
    The repair requires closure of the road beginning Sunday, Oct. 30 and will last up to 30 days.  Message boards are in place along the approaches to the bridge in order to alert local traffic of the upcoming closure. 

  • Veterans Day Parade and program will be Sunday, Nov. 6

    The third annual Veteran’s Day parade and ceremony will be Sunday, Nov. 6.

    The parade begins at 2 p.m. at Hodgenville United Methodist church. Entries will line up on Creekfront Road by 1:45 p.m.

    The parade grand marshal is William “Smitty” Smith, a member of American Legion Post 87 for more than 40 years and a U.S. Army veteran.

    Late entries are still being taken for the parade. Contact the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce, City Hall or The LaRue County Herald News for an entry form.