Local News

  • Firefighter's funeral is Monday

    Jonathan French, 25, one of 23 firefighters in the Glendale Fire Department, was killed early Wednesday morning when a firetruck was struck by tractor-trailer while responding to a vehicle fire at the 87-mile marker in the southbound lanes of Interstate 65. French, his mother, Lisa French, 43, and his uncle, Chief Richard Peters, were in the finishing stages of extinguishing a van fire around 3 a.m. when a tractor-trailer driven by John M. Hatton of Covington struck a fire truck.

  • Friends recall fallen firefighter Jonathan French

     When Jonathan Upton was looking for a mentor after joining the Glendale Volunteer Fire Department, he found one in Jonathan French.

     “Whenever I had a question, he would answer it to his best,” Upton wrote in an email. “He was one heck of a firefighter. If you had a question about firefighting, he was the man to ask.”

    Upton and French became friends about three years ago. Volunteering for the fire department was at the heart of that bond.

    “He loved firefighting,” Upton said.

  • Glendale firefighter dies while fighting vehicle fire

    A Glendale firefighter lost his life early Wednesday when he was struck by a tractor trailer on Interstate 65.

    The Glendale Volunteer Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire at 2:54 a.m. at the 87-mile marker in the southbound lane.  

    At 3:28 a.m., Kentucky State Police Post 4 received a call concerning an accident involving a tractor trailer and a fire truck at the same location.

  • Jessie Lee Cates: Celebrate Country

    A small town waitress – with a heart of gold and a ton of talent – has dreams of making it big in Nashville.

    It sounds like the plot of a feel-good movie – and it’s a very close description of a story playing out in Hodgenville.

  • County’s 911 service restored after lightning strike, cellphone problems persist

    LaRue County’s 911 service is slowly being returned to its original status after a lightning strike on July 26 knocked out the system.

    The service was out of commission for “24 hours and 58 minutes,” according to 911 Coordinator Nathan Hall.

    The system went down at 11:17 July 26 in a shower of sparks. The dispatcher on duty escaped injury – but wouldn’t have been as lucky if he had been touching a metal object, said Hall. Technicians were contacted but their response time was delayed due to inclement weather.

  • Public Record for the week of August 6


    The following marriage licenses have been issued in LaRue County.

    Eulane Chaney Arthur, 52, and John Thomas Gardner, 53, both of Hodgenville

    Jodi Lynn Gaw, 25, and Gary Andrew Carney, 27, both of Buffalo

    Brystal Jordan Dennis, 24, and James Darren Jared II, 25, both of Hodgenville

    Judy Lynne Bottoms, 45, of Hodgenville, and Gary Lee Chaffin, 39, of Cecilia

    Elizabeth Scott Ross, 49, of Elizabethtown, and Carl Alton Elliott, 53, of Shelbyville, Tennessee

  • Old jailhouse roof repaired
  • Shepherd’s Pie Food Pantry assists families


    There are many food pantries in LaRue County. Most are open once or twice a month, but there is one that is available every week. Magnolia Cumberland Presbyterian Church’s Shepherd’s Pie Pantry is open 5-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, with an optional church service beforehand at 4:15 p.m.

    Unlike many pantries in the area, Shepherd’s Pie Food Pantry does not require that people be from LaRue County to receive food.

  • Phelps files for mayor

    The deadline for candidates to file for nonpartisan races is only days away. All paperwork must be filed by 4 p.m. Aug. 12 in the LaRue County Clerk’s office.

    All six seats on Hodgenville City Council are up for grabs, as are two seats on the LaRue County School Board (District 3 – Lincoln Farm and Buffalo; and District 5 – Hodgenville, Otter, Atilla and Mount Sherman).

    City Council members serve two-year terms; school board members serve four years.

    One person, Jim Phelps Jr., has filed for mayor. The term is for four years.

  • Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar as local store opens

    “The battle for America’s poorest consumers intensified Monday with Dollar Tree’s agreement to buy rival Family Dollar Stores for about $8.5 billion,” Paul Ziobro and Shelly Banjo report for The Wall Street Journal. “The chains thrived during the recession as the number of working Americans living in poverty increased by nearly 40 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.” The two chains operate more than 13,000 stores nationwide.