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  • Local groups assist storm victims

     Several local groups and individuals are holding fundraisers or donation drives to assist victims of the Feb. 29-March 2 tornadoes.

    Concert

    Joseph Williams, an Elvis and Conway Twitty impersonator, and Ray Glenn will hold a fundraiser concert 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, March 16 at LaRue County Park and Recreation.

    Williams, who has performed numerous times in Hodgenville, said a donation will be accepted at the door and all proceeds will be used to assist tornado victims in Hodgenville and Kentucky.

  • Icy roads contribute to wrecks

    Icy road conditions Monday morning led to several vehicles loosing control and two car crashes on New Jackson Highway.
    “Coming out of Magnolia in between Hawkins and South Fork Church the road was extremely slick,” said LaRue County Sheriff’s Deputy Russell McCoy.
    McCoy said about 10 cars lost control in the area. One car traveled more than 100 yards spinning several times in the roadway and two cars went off the side of the roadway and struck trees.

  • Want to build or repair? Check first with building inspector

     The recent tornadoes and high winds damage to the local community has caused much structural damage and destroyed many homes, garages, and utility buildings in the LaRue County area.

  • Boil water advisory affected south Hodgenville

     Residents and businesses in the south end of Hodgenville had some interruption in water service last week, followed by a boil water advisory.

  • Fire reported on Goodin-Williams Road

     LaRue County firefighters were dispatched to 1100 Goodin-Williams Road on a reported house fire about 1:30 p.m. Monday. The resident had been burning an old shed on the property and the flames had spread to the back of an unoccupied house. The property owner had the situation in hand with a garden hose by the time firefighters arrived.

    Weston Heath sprayed the chimney area of the unoccupied frame house with a garden hose.

  • Utility trailer, reported stolen four years ago, recovered in KC Estates

     A utility trailer, reported stolen by its Louisville owner four years ago, was recovered Friday after its owner saw it on TV.

  • Little damaged reported during Friday's storm

     LaRue Countians braced for another round of bad weather Friday evening. A tornado warning was issued about 4:45 p.m. by the National Weather Service. 

  • 1952 tornado tore swath through south section of Hodgenville

    The Leap Day tornadoes will go down in history as one of the area’s worst natural disasters.
    Downtown Hodgenville has been spared for decades of such severe damage.
    Ronnie Benningfield, correspondent for The LaRue County Herald News, said the path of the tornado that hit Hodgenville Feb. 29 was similar to the one that destroyed numerous houses and fairground buildings in 1952.

  • KSP accepting donations for tornado victims

     In the wake of the severe weather and tornado outbreaks across the state, Kentucky State Police posts and headquarters will serve as designated drop off sites for items needed in devastated communities. 

  • National Weather Service confirms EF-2 tornado was responsible for LaRue's damage

    Nineteen homes and three businesses were damaged after a pair of tornadoes cut a swath through LaRue County Feb. 29.
    The National Weather Service has confirmed that the “Leap Day” storms began with an EF-1 tornado that touched down on Kyle Street off Tanner Road just after 11 a.m. It ripped a roof from a house and scattered debris across a field and roadway.
    The second, an EF-2 tornado, touched down in south Hodgenville about 11:15 a.m. with wind speeds estimated at 111 to 135 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.